It is an unfortunate fact of life that all of us will get older. We age, get wrinkles, gray hair and usually put on a few unsightly pounds. To counteract this terrible plight, hair dyes to cover the gray and gym memberships to lose the weight and tone the body are popular with our rapidly graying population.
Smoothing the wrinkles, however, can be a much more involved process. For over a hundred years, plastic surgery has been the most popular way to get rid of the deep creases and sagging skin associated with aging. Although plastic surgery has gotten safer and better over the last century, it is still a surgical procedure with a not insignificant price tag and an extended recovery time.
For many people a non-surgical option is not only acceptable, but it is also preferred. An entire industry has sprung up separating people who want to look and feel younger from their money with dubious, if not outright dangerous, herbal or chemical ‘medication.’ This industry preys on people who fear to get old and are willing to do anything to stave it off.
Luckily, there are a number of different ways to tighten up aging skin and give us results that may not have the dramatic results possible with plastic surgery, but are quite good at toning up the muscles, smoothing out smaller wrinkles and tightening up sagging skin. Most of these procedures are inexpensive, and the facial exercise is free.
Facial massage or acupressure
These two methods are very similar and achieve comparable results. Basically, a steady regimen of facial massage with attention paid to the pressure points on the face can tighten the muscles and smooth the skin on the face. Massage stimulates circulation and allows blood to flow more easily into the face which fills it out some. Acupressure massages increase blood flow and improves skin tone to smooth away smaller wrinkles.
Kneading facial muscles will not give huge results. Facial massage can help your circulation and give you a healthier skin ‘glow,’ but the effect it has on wrinkles and sagging skin is minimal. Combining it with other methods will certainly give you better results.
For people with interest in exotic medical practices, cosmetic acupuncture is showing up in more places. Many spas have added it to their services offered, and it has a number of advantages over acupressure. In addition to firming up the skin and reducing wrinkles – to a degree – cosmetic acupuncture may help improve your overall health.
Not to get overly holistic, but devotees of the process believe that inserting the ultra-fine needles into wrinkles and acupuncture points on the face, as part of a whole-body treatment, can have dramatic results.
Even Dr. Oz has gotten into the act, gushing over the procedure on his television show. There are also numerous other examples of the advantages and limitations of this procedure. Research and references are invaluable in deciding whether acupuncture will help you achieve the results you want.
Facial wraps and chemical peels
For a very short term smoothing of wrinkles, facial wraps work. They aren’t permanent or long-lasting, but for a couple of hours or days after the procedure, the cleansing properties of the wrap or peel will nourish the skin and open the pores making your skin tighter and reducing smaller wrinkles.
These treatments also reduce stress and relax facial muscles. Your skin will feel smoother and softer after the treatment.
There are too many different types of facial exercises that can tighten up muscles and smooth skin to list them all. There are a number that are quite popular, however, that sheer longevity has given a semblance of respectability to.
The common thread that runs through all of the facial exercises is tightening and loosening muscles on the face to make them firmer. Circulation is improved and if the exercises are continued over an extended period of time, smaller wrinkles are absorbed and sagging skin fills out making you look younger.
The more the merrier
One of the nicest things about all of these methods is that they are not mutually exclusive. Facial exercises can be combined with acupuncture which can complement a facial wrap to enhance all of them and make your skin smoother and tighter than trying just one method.
There is nothing inherently dangerous about these procedures, and they are either free or very inexpensive so anyone can do them. If you are concerned about the overt signs of aging but aren’t sure if a surgical face lift is for you, these procedures can give you an idea of what you would look like with reduced wrinkles.
There is a major caveat concerning these exercises and procedures, however. None of them will reduce wrinkles and tighten sagging skin like a surgical facelift will. If you are looking for dramatic results, there is simply no substitute for plastic surgery. All of the exercises, facial wraps or acupuncture treatments in the world won’t get rid of deep creases or completely removing sagging jowls.
Try these methods out and judge for yourself the results. If you are happy with the minor improvements they provide, everything is good. If, however, you are looking for more permanent, long-lasting and visible results, getting a face lift in Sydney is easier, safer and more convenient than ever.
Disclaimer: The information provided on this site is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition.