It seems as if you can’t open a magazine or turn on a TV without seeing another “revolutionary way to look younger.” Although many people are more than willing to give them a try, most of these “discoveries” have little or no scientific basis, so they simply won’t produce the results you expect. But one technique which has been debated for a long time is “facial yoga” or the “workout facial”—exercising the facial muscles as a way to look younger. So does it really work? As a double board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve taken a closer look at the claims behind facial exercises and the science surrounding them.
As we age, we lose volume throughout the face. Youthful fat diminishes with other tissue succumbs to the aging process, and the result is a more gaunt and “hollowed” facial shape. The primary claim behind facial exercises is that by toning the facial muscles, we can lift and enlarge these muscles in order to replace some of the age-related volume loss. Another added bonus is the enhanced blood flow that comes from the exercise, making your skin appear more radiant and youthful.
Proponents of facial exercises are correct that we lose muscle tone with age, and that exercise helps to give the skin a brighter look. But all in all, facial exercises will not make you look younger (and will certainly not replace a facelift) for a number of reasons.
First, there are several different factors in facial aging. Volume loss is one of them, but much of the volume lost is fat, rather than muscle. The other major contributor to looking “older” is the weakening and sagging of the skin. For many patients, this is actually the issue they are most bothered by, and facial exercises are not able to firm or smooth the skin. The only way to do this is through non-surgical skin treatments like Band Aid Skin Tightening and Band Aid Laser Skin Resurfacing, or for a more precise and comprehensive result, a surgical facelift or Band Aid Mini Face Lift.
Second, in some cases, facial exercises might actually accelerate wrinkle formation. Facial wrinkles are generally caused by a combination of weakening skin and repeated facial expressions, so if you’re making repetitive and dramatic facial movements, you could be forming new wrinkles in these areas.
Third, while the claim that facial exercises enhance blood flow for a brighter complexion does hold some merit, this has been found to be the case with any exercise, from jogging to lifting weights. A consistent workout routine can give you that energized complexion while also offering the many health benefits of an active lifestyle and avoiding the wrinkle-causing risks of facial exercises.
It’s understandable that everyone wants to look younger with as little effort as possible, but in this case, sticking with tried and true facial rejuvenation options such as Botox®, laser treatments, and face lifts can actually save you a lot of time you would have spent on ineffective (or even counter-productive) facial exercises. To discuss how I can help you achieve the more youthful and well-rested yet natural appearance you’re looking for, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John L. LeRoy. Or, for more plastic surgery tips and news, join me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
As a double board-certified plastic surgeon who has specialized in facial cosmetic surgery for over twenty years, I’ve found that post-surgical scarring is among the first questions nearly every patient asks during their consultation. After all, the purpose of plastic surgery is to allow you to regain confidence in your appearance, and if you’re just as self-conscious about your scarring as you were about the original problem, you won’t be able to enjoy the full potential of your results. Cosmetic nose surgery, or rhinoplasty, is a procedure which, to many patients’ pleasant surprise, leaves very little scarring—or even no visible scarring in some cases. But why is this the case?
Nose surgery is not exactly “minimally invasive.” After all, it often involves making changes to the actual bone structure of the nose. But because of the nose’s shape, its structure can be accessed with relatively small incisions, which is why most patients are left with little if any scarring. It all depends on what your aesthetic goals are, and with rhinoplasty, this can be reshaping a crooked or bumpy nose, changing the angle of the nose’s slope, reforming the tip of the nose (or even adding a nasal implant), resizing the nostrils, or any number of other changes. Most nose surgery patients will have one of two types of procedures:
- Open Rhinoplasty – The nasal structure is accessed through an incision in the narrow area of tissue separating the two nostrils. This results in a very subtle scar which is only visible to someone looking at your nose from below.
- Closed Rhinoplasty – Incisions are limited to areas within the nostrils, which means you will have no visible scarring.
How do you know what type of nose surgery you’ll need? Unfortunately, there are no hard-and-fast ways to know what to expect without a plastic surgery consultation. Your procedure will be designed based on your unique anatomy and the aesthetic vision you’re working toward. Every patient hopes to be a candidate for a closed rhinoplasty with no external scarring, but rest assured that if you do need external incisions, I will make them with your cosmetic goals in mind and conceal them within your natural contours as discreetly as possible.
Whether your aesthetic concerns include a crooked nose, facial aging, fat under your chin, or any number of other issues, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons (including potential scars) as a whole to decide whether a particular surgery is right for you. To get started, schedule your plastic surgery consultation. Or, to learn more about plastic surgery and stay up-to-date on our latest special offers, follow me, Dr. John L. LeRoy, on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
I am a firm believer in making sure a patient and a surgeon are on the same page before any cosmetic surgery in order to attain the best possible results. That’s why the consultation I hold with each patient is more than just an informational meeting – it’s an opportunity for us to get to know each other and to make sure we’re working with the same vision in mind. Building this connection with my patients is one of the reasons so many have been thrilled enough with their results to offer plastic surgery testimonials for other patients as well.
Throughout the cosmetic surgery consultation process, many patients ask why I chose to be a plastic surgeon. At first, this question threw me for a loop. After all, how often do we truly understand why we have the passions we do? So I did some soul-searching, examining what I found to be the most rewarding about the process. Check out my video below to learn more about why I chose plastic surgery and why I’m so dedicated to attaining the best possible results for each patient.
There is no shortage of things to love about cosmetic surgery. It’s a fascinating and constantly evolving field which is highly rewarding, thanks in part to the interactions I have with my patients. To learn more about the plastic surgery procedures I offer, including my specialized, minimally invasive Band Aid surgeries, schedule a consultation with me, Dr. John LeRoy. Or, for all our latest news and special offers, follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ and subscribe to my newsletter.
At the plastic surgery office of Dr. John LeRoy, we place strong value on being part of our community. After all, it’s because of our patients in the Atlanta area that we are able to spend every day pursuing our passion of helping men and women be their most confident selves. To give back to our neighbors in Atlanta and beyond, we host a social media charity contest each quarter, allowing Georgia-based non-profit organizations to compete for a $1,000 donation. We’re excited to announce that our summer 2016 contest is now in full swing, and you have the opportunity to help your favorite charity win!
Our charity giveaways have two stages: nominations and voting. During the nomination stage (July 21st – August 5th, 2016), anyone is welcome to nominate the Georgia-based non-profit organization who they believe would make good use of our donation. After the nominations close, we’ll select up to four finalists. Then, from August 8th through August 19th, 2016, we’ll have a poll on our Facebook page where you can vote for one of the four finalists. The winning charity will be announced on Monday, August 22nd and will receive a $1,000 donation to use toward their cause.
Here’s how you can participate and help your favorite charity win:
- Visit the John L. LeRoy, MD Facebook page before August 5th and comment on the “Summer 2016 Charity Giveaway” post with the name of the organization you want to nominate. Feel free to add up to 50 words explaining why they’ve earned your nomination. Each nomination must meet the following criteria:
- The charity must hold a 501(c)(3) non-profit distinction or be a valid and charitable crowdfunding page.
- The charity must be in Georgia.
- The nominator must be at least 16 years of age.
- Each nominator may only nominate one charity.
- The charity must contribute to a greater good, identifiable through a published mission statement.
- The charity may not be a previous charity contest winner (recent winners include Little Nuggets Rescue, The Mastocytosis Society, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Atlanta Humane Society, and Atlanta S.E.E.D.s).
- Last Step: Return to our Facebook page between August 8th and August 19th to place your vote for a final winner! We’ll announce the voting in a post at the top of the page, so you’ll be able to simply click on the link in that post and place your vote. While there’s no need to be a plastic surgery patient or have an affiliation with our office in order to vote, each person may only vote once, so be sure to spread the word so your friends can vote for your favorite charity, too!
At Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic surgery office, seeing how thrilled our patients are to look in the mirror is one of the most rewarding aspects of our job. But we also enjoy helping the members of our community who have needs in other areas of their lives, like housing, healthcare, or simply emotional support. If you have questions about our current or future social media charity contests, contact Dr. John LeRoy’s plastic surgery office. Or, to keep up with our future charity contests, special offers, and other news, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, and subscribe to our newsletter.