While cosmetic facial surgeries are becoming more and more common these days, many people can’t afford to pay thousands of dollars for those kinds of results. Others simply don’t want to expose themselves to the risks involved with an invasive surgery. Due to these issues, many people are turning to facelift exercises as a cost-efficient and safe alternative to cosmetic surgery. But do these exercises really work? In this article, we’ll uncover the truth about this cosmetic surgery alternative.
At-Home Facelift Exercises
Facelift exercises are certainly enticing. They are quite easy to do, can be done right at home and are supposed to have the effects of an actual surgical facelift. Here are some examples of the types of facial exercises that many proponents of this regimen suggest:
- Lips: Pucker your lips and suck in your cheeks in 5-second increments. Or, try sucking on a finger as hard as you can as you slowly pull it out of your mouth.
- Cheeks: Inhale and hold your breath so that both cheeks are inflated. Then move the air back and forth from one cheek to another until you’re out of breath.
- Forehead: Place your index fingers on your eyebrows then press downwards. Continue to press down as you try to lift your eyebrows up.
- Chin: Look up at the ceiling and pucker your lips out as far as you can. Hold for 20-second increments.
The aim is to perform each of these exercises while focusing on the specific muscles you are working; other muscles in the face should remain neutral whenever possible.
Expectations And Results
There are hundreds of books, websites and DVDs that claim facial exercises can give you younger-looking, wrinkle-free skin. The idea is that, by working the muscles in your face, you don’t allow the underlying structures to become weakened, thereby allowing skin to sag and wrinkle. Meanwhile, the increased blood flow to the skin could activate the buildup of collagen, which helps the face look firm and smooth. The expectation is that by doing facelift exercises at home, and on your own, you can achieve many of the results that others achieve by undergoing facial cosmetic surgery.
The benefits of facelift exercises are obvious. There are no health risks involved with doing facelift exercises, unlike cosmetic surgery on the face which can involve the risk of infection or other health complications. In addition, there’s the issue of cost. While surgery costs tens of thousands of dollars in many cases, facelift exercises are free. The only investment may be purchasing a book or DVD for instruction.
Unfortunately, there are no guarantees with facelift exercises. Though there are plenty word-of-mouth claims that they really do work, no scientific evidence exists to back it up. Here are a few points to consider:
- Many doctors insist that the idea of using facelift exercise to remove wrinkles is inconsistent with scientific fact. The use of particular muscles in the face is actually the cause of wrinkles (think of crow’s feet or frown lines) and not the other way around.
- When a person suffers partial facial paralysis from a stroke, the paralyzed side of the face (in which no muscles are engaged) is the side that looks much smoother and less wrinkled. In addition, there’s the example of Botox, which works by paralyzing muscles to prevent them from causing wrinkles.
- Another issue is the idea of building up collagen by stimulating blood flow. Doctors assert that there’s no evidence that this actually happens. Like all of the other claims of facelift exercises, there are individuals who swear by them but there exists no research or scientific evidence that it actually works.
Alternatives To Facelift Exercises
Since many facelift exercise programs don’t have hard evidence of their effectiveness, many people are looking for other alternatives to keep their skin looking younger. Here are a few of the most popular options:
- Visit a dermatologist: Non-invasive procedures like microdermabrasion and glycolic acid peels can improve the appearance of skin.
- Use sunscreen: Sun exposure can cause wrinkles and speed the effects of aging. Use a high-SPF sunscreen to block harmful UV rays. You can also use umbrellas or sun hats to shade your face from the sun.
- Apply moisturizers: Use facial moisturizers with alpha hydroxyl acids, vitamin C or retinoic acid, all of which can slow the effects of aging.
Tips that can help keep your skin looking youthful:
- Don’t smoke.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Eat a healthy diet.
(For more information on facelift alternatives, see Organic And Natural Facelift Alternatives.)
Although facelift exercises have been around for decades, there’s still no reliable evidence that they work. Meanwhile, many doctors assert that the ideas behind these exercises are contradictory to scientific fact. If you do try facelift exercises, be aware that there are no guarantees that they will get you the results you’re looking for. Most people have much better results when they take good care of their skin and avoid environmental factors which speed the aging process, such as sun exposure and smoking.