Early in the 2016, I will be trialing an exciting new evidence-based therapy that is an alternative to Botox and fillers. My rationale for introducing an alternative to injectable treatments is discussed below. Happy Reading!
The January 2016 issue of the Vogue talks about something I come across in the clinic – clients complaining of having an “angry looking face”. The author Kelly Gilbert seeks an antidote for her advancing “resting angry face” and I will add scientific rationale to the insights she quotes.
People notice minor irritations accumulating on their faces; re-telling a different story than they feel was their life story. However, a story rather than “no story” – by Botox and fillers – written in the face is always preferable.
“People’s faces do not reflect how they feel, they feel positive and energetic but their expressions don’t reflect this..”
- Dr Murad links “cultural stress” as contributing to furrows. His patients are tired, stressed and unhappy due to digital dependency – and he provides an App for them to develop a more positive outlook.
It is often our European expressiveness – as opposed to e.g. the Japanese lack of facial expression – and bad facial mimic habits (frowning when conveying a position of authority, pursing lips when trying to concentrate) that are to blame for premature lines and wrinkles. Paralysing facial muscles is only a short-term solution and coming off-trend.
The remedies offered in the article are Selfridges-based FaceGym (a take-home version of FaceGym is a part of my facial yoga tuition), facial acupuncture or Botox administered to the decompressor muscle underneath the lower lip (recommended by Dr Prenna-Jones).
Professional treatments can make a significant difference if carried out regularly but it is the at-home facial yoga and massage that can be done daily (and is free of charge) that can tip the balance favourably. We all want to look enthusiastic and full of energy.
- FaceGym offer a new frown treatment with a focus on “the fed up look” ie. drooping corners of the mouth and forehead muscles that permanently contract. The protocol is based around lifting and stretching the muscles using finger work and machines (their Pure Lift device is a rather expensive (£349) electrical stimulation wand.
- Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners in London attempt to replicate the back-from-holiday look when jaw relaxes, the cheeks lift and forehead releases all tension. The relaxation of facial muscles improves blood flow (and energy flow) – the 3rd eye chakra being identified as the liver point which holds anger and stagnating energy (it sits between the eyebrows). Facial acupuncture can reset tense muscles.
I agree that there is a need for muscle movement in the face. Freezing muscles hinders the microcirculation and lymph flow. Repetitive Botox can lead to puffy eyes and lack-lustre skin.
Is Botox falling out of favour? I hope so. It has long been the go-to treatment for eradicating expression lines.
But it is important to look after the whole face – not just select areas. If rejuvenating only one part of the face, discrepancies between the zones will shift other peoples’ readings of declining facial attractiveness to “looking strange”.
I advocate effective natural treatments that help the body harness its own repair. Needle-rolling facials that activate collagen response when combined with topical active products might have fantastic results but only if the products are correct for skin type. As with any minor-invasive therapy, repetitive skin injury might bring on more pigmentation.
Facial Yoga delivers results in four weeks time. The new therapy I will be adding to my portfolio in 2016 seems to offer good results without any side-effects.