It’s no secret that plastic surgery is on the rise. Recent 2018 statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons shows that surgically and minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures “have increased nearly 200% since 2000.” More than $16 billion was spent on cosmetic plastic surgery in 2016 alone. The bottom line is that plastic surgery is becoming very commonplace, and Americans are spending record amounts of money to alter their bodies.
However, the vast majority of work done by plastic surgeons is botox work on both men and women. Facial injections, neck lifts, and surgery are especially popular with the face, eyes, forehead, mouth, neck, and nose, being the most common areas to “lift” the face and reduce signs of aging. Botox works by “paralyzing” the muscles temporarily using a neurotoxin called botulinum. A powerful poison, it freezes the underlying muscles and thus has been used to prevent further creases and wrinkles on the skin.
It shouldn’t surprise you that botox is frankly expensive. One treatment could cost upwards of $1000—on top of that, you have to receive treatment every four months for the next two years.
Aside from being unnatural (after all, you are poisoning yourself), botox needs to be applied consistently which will put a serious dent in your wallet. And we’ve all seen terrible photos of those people who decided to get too much botox. It looks absolutely awful and sometimes even frightening. Other forms of plastic surgery are no better: frankly, going under a knife to enhance your face sounds too scary and there’s no guarantee it even comes out right.
Luckily, facelifts without surgery are possible and their effectiveness is only improving. There are a few nonsurgical ways to achieve a facelift (and neck lift) in a painless, relatively inexpensive way. So let’s talk about them.
Get a Facelift without Surgery with Face Exercises
Plastic surgery may be in vogue now, but there are more natural ways to decrease wrinkles and give your face vibrancy. Getting definition in your jawline does not need to involve an injection of botox every four months. Instead, face toning techniques and exercises increase blood flow to your face and increase collagen in the skin. This functions the same as a facelift but it’s natural.
The end result? A nonsurgical facelift, giving you a genuinely healthy look without the need for any needles or going under the knife. Face exercises are the ultimate facelift alternative without needing any scary invasive procedures. Because face exercises are comprehensive in scope, they are also a natural means of achieving a neck lift without surgery as well.
Facial and jawline exercises might, therefore, be the single best way to achieve a facelift without plastic surgery aside from anti-aging cosmetics. And there are so many studies to back this up, too. Best of all, it will cost you close to nothing to try it out for yourself. Most of the techniques you can do daily without the need to spend a cent. As Valeria Georgescu, creator of FACE (Facial Activation Conscious Engagement) told Slate magazine when asked about the researched effects of facial exercises:
“Try it for a month, five minutes a day, and that’s your research.”
If you’re looking to dive into facial exercises, I suggest you read our Comprehensive Guide to Facial Exercises. Alternatively, if you’re looking to specifically focus on your jaw check out our article, How to Get a Chiseled Jawline.
Sometimes, however, achieving a nonsurgical facelift is much easier than even committing to a face exercise routine (although we do suggest you try it out). In fact, it also has to do with your poise and oral posture.
The Mewing Technique
Although the natural position of your tongue should be on the roof of your mouth, many of us rest our tongue on the bottom thus creating sagging jowls and a depressed profile. This can be caused by mouth-breathing, eating too many soft foods as a child, or just plain bad habit.
The so-called “mewing” technique invented by Dr. Mew has been buzzing online as a face corrective technique that has amassed many followers. By training yourself to rest your tongue on the roof of your mouth, you bring your entire midface forward. Your poise improves and you can achieve a noticeable facelift without surgery over time. For more information on mewing, check out our article: Everything You Need to Know about Mewing.
Another Option: Get a Nonsurgical Facelift with Rollers and Massagers
If you’re having a hard time fitting face exercises into your daily beauty regimen, one other alternative to achieve a facelift is with the help of rollers, massagers, and face brushes.
Your best bet is to pick yourself up an inexpensive jade face roller and apply it every day. It’s easy to use and so relaxing. Face rollers boost blood flow to your face, reduce puffiness, and gives your appearance added glow much like a facelift.
The microneedle derma roller is another way to achieve a nonsurgical facelift. Made up of the tiniest needles, these rollers don’t hurt at all. They’re also painless. Instead, they create invisible holes in your skin which allow for boosted collagen production, smoothening the face and lifting your entire profile upwards. I know it sounds scary, but it has been proven to work in clinical studies and have been deemed safe by dermatologists.
For more information on rollers, massagers, and everything in between, I suggest you read our exhaustive guide on the topic here where we outline all the benefits and different categories on the market today.
So, the bottom line: can you achieve a facelift without surgery? The simple answer is: yes, you definitely can.
Have some horror stories when it comes to plastic surgery? Found success with facial or jawline exercises personally? Share your story in the comments below, we’d love to hear about it.