Will Electric Stimulation Machines Help Firm Facial Muscles?
- Asked by Neil Redmond
- 3 years ago
What do you think about using an electrical stimulation machine to firm up facial muscles? I'm on a facial exercise regimen - which I'm going to try for 4 mos & I also have a electrical muscle stimulator - which I'm using on my facial muscles - we'll see what happens.
Electrical Stimulation (e-stim) for muscle growth or muscle bulk or as as substitute for resistance exercise
Electrical stimulation has been used to maintain muscle growth/volume to prevent atrophy in cases of denervation (nerve injury) or when resistance is eliminated (zero gravity enviroments that occurs with astronauts) but it is my understanding that it has not been successful in enhancing muscle growth or bulk.
Electrical stimulation and exercises aren’t going to reverse the aging process.
Although electrical stimulation machines are beneficial during physical therapy for healing after injury or trauma, that’s not the same thing as improving muscle looseness that naturally occurs with age. There will always be a marketed alternative to surgery that’s tempting, but unfortunately the ad campaign isn’t necessarily reflective of its efficacy. At this point, the only real solution for improving the major signs of aging through the face and neck is to surgically tighten the muscles and remove excess skin and tissue for smoother contours.
Electrical Stimulation of Facial Muscles?
Electrical stimulation of facial muscles has a role in physiotherapy or rehabilitation of facial nerve traumas, but will not reverse or prevent facial aging. Although you may comments or ads about the value of this treatment, here is no valid scientific evidence that it will successfully rejuvenate the face. Repetitive muscle stimulation or facial exercises actually add to the development of wrinkles and creases.
I would suggest that you find a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns and options for valid rejuvenation procedures, surgical as well as non-surgical, with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
Facial Firming and Lifting with Electrical Stimulation
It would be easy to prove any beneficial effects of electrical stimulation of either facial muscles or facial skin by simply treating one side of the face until a noticeable difference in appearance was evident. So if this treatment actually worked, there would be plenty of unbiased scientific support behind it. However, this is not the case that I'm aware of. I have not seen any peer-reviewed, unbiased studies without conflict-of-interest relationships with the equipment manufacturer. Until those studies are done and confirm benefit, you nor anyone else should believe the claims.
However, it is true that facial creases (crow's feet, forehead lines, frown lines, etc.) are deepened by repeated muscle contraction -- so that, in effect, when you over-exercise your facial muscles, you over-exercise your facial wrinkles and creases. This is at least something to factor into what might seem like a harmless treatment.
Non surgical facelift
I generally say that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Although I do not have first hand knowledge about this treatment, I would definitely consult a board certified plastic surgeon to get a more thorough answer. Best of luck.
Electrical stimulation of facial muscles
Stimulation of facial muscle exercises will not have any firming of facial muscles. In fact, its the repetetive overcontraction which is responsible for deep creases. Physical therapists use TENS units to stimulate other muscles mainly in rehab and nerve injury.
Electric Stimulation for Muscle Tone or Bulk
The "stim" or "e-stim" treatments often used in physical therapy or rehab medicine are meant to help in patients with nerve injuries. These may keep up muscle bulk while a partially damaged nerve is regenerating. To my knowledge, there is not convincing evidence of other uses.
Web reference: http://www.sanfranciscofacialplasticsurgery.com/facelift.php
Will Electric Stimulation Machines Help Firm Facial Muscles?
Although there are a lot of proactive steps you can take to help prevent the signs of aging from showing up in the first place, there’s not much you can do at home that will reverse lax facial muscles. Electrical stimulation for facial muscles is usually reserved for treatment of serious health issues like nerve paralysis or Bell’s palsy. Despite claims to the contrary, positive effects from using electrical stimulation for cosmetic or anti-aging purposes don’t have any scientific backing as yet. If you’re troubled by loose facial muscles, I’d recommend going with the tried and true method of a surgical facelift rather than experimenting with a trendy gadget.
Web reference: http://www.accentscosmeticsurgery.com
Muscles with electrical stimulation
Electric stimulation to muscles is not a new concept. Some patients have tried these in the past. I am unaware of any evidence based peer review which shows long term improvement.In my past, I have used good surgical technique to improve appearance, and the long term results have been successful.all the best
There is No Scientific Data to Suggest that Facial Stimulation or Facial Exercise has any Impact on Facial Aging
There is no scientific data to suggest that facial stimulation or facial exercise has any impact on facial aging. Never the less, claims are frequently made that devices that utilize facial stimulation and exercise can reverse the aging process. These claims are numerous and can be frequently seen on late night television.
If you have significant facial aging your best option is a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon. Every patient has unique aesthetic goals and specific anatomic findings. Your surgeon will be able to help find the option that is best for you.
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.