Do facial exercises reduce skin sagging? It’s a common question and the answer is yes.  But before you start working out that face, listen up.

The muscles in the face can increase in size with exercise just as any muscle in body can. By adding volume that naturally decreases with aging, you can expect less sagging. But the exercises required involve continuous facial expressions that will likely deepen fine lines and wrinkles in the face. Common movements are squinting and puckering, which will contribute to crow’s feet and lines around the mouth. The best way to increase volume in the face? Consider Voluma, which lasts up to two years, or fat injections for a more lasting solution. And to tighten the loose skin in the lower face and neck area, a facelift or mini facelift (MACSlift) will give you the best bang for your buck. Facelift surgery is often performed in conjunction with fat injections as one addresses the loose skin and the other restores lost volume.

It’s also impossible for facial exercises to increase collagen in the face, which is the substance that firms the skin. To help your skin maintain firmness, look for peptides in your skincare, such as SkinMedica’s TNS Essential Serum. Retinoids and alpha hydroxyl acids (ie glycolic acid) are also helpful in producing collagen.

The biggest contributor to aging is sun damage. Facial exercises certainly can’t take away sun spots or fine lines and wrinkles that come with years of sun damage. There are a number of treatments available including at-home skincare (SkinMedica’s Lytera Brightening Complex), chemical peels, or a fractional CO2 laser treatment. It’s best to consult with one of our knowledgeable aestheticians to determine what products and/or treatments are right for you.

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