Do Face Exercises to Develop and Create Higher Cheekbones Really Work?

There are several programs like Carole Maggio "Facercise" do they really work? Specially the ones to develop and create higher cheekbones?

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Facial exercises for higher cheekbones

As of this writing, our office is unaware of any exercise program that can do this.  If you start on a type of program, please take photos and take copious notes.  You can them judge if there is any benefit.  Typically one needs volume in the area.

Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
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Do Face Exercises to Develop and Create Higher Cheekbones Really Work?

 Facial exercises, like all muscle exercises, will tone muscles but have limitations.  The Cheeks are aesthetically shaped by the cheek bones, fatty tissue and various facial muscles.  The muscles are only part of the equation and IMHO, if you have flat or concave cheek bones, no amount of facial exercises can or will change that.  The only options are fillers like Perlane and Radiesse or Cheek Implants.  So by all means try the exercises but have realistic expectations.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Sadly, no. Bone structure cannot be changed with exercise.

 Exercising a muscle cannot change the shape of any bones. Nor can facial exercises tighten skin. If they could, we would not need tummy tucks or facelifts. 
 There are many programs for improving facial aging that are just not effective. If is sounds too good to be true--then it is probably not true. Laxity of skin and soft tissue cannot be changed by either exercise nor diet. 

Diane I. Duncan, MD, FACS
Fort Collins Plastic Surgeon
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Higher cheekbones

Not aware of any exercises that can create or mimic higher cheekbones.  There are procedures that can be performed in the office that can lift your cheeks.

Paul Carniol, MD
Summit Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dermal Fillers for Higher Cheek Bones

Dear morocha10:

For higher cheek bones or cheek reflation, I would recommend using a dermal filler like Juvederm Voluma which works fantastically in this area.  To date, I have not come across any evidenced based literature which relates higher cheek bones to facial exercise.  Hope this information helps. 

Facial exercises really do nothing to create higher cheekbones

Thanks for your question and I think, with all the other comments here, you now know that facial exercises really do nothing to create higher cheekbones. If you have these concerns, you should consult with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to learn what treatment options actually work and would be of benefit for you.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Higher Cheekbones

Facial exercises with not create higher cheekbones.  Sculptra or Voluma are the best ways to increase the volume in the cheeks and midface, giving you a younger looking appearance.  Please consult a board certified dermatologist with a great deal of experience with facial injections to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure.

Voluma works best for cheek volume

If you are looking for more volume in the mid-face area I recommend learning more about Voluma. This facial filler will volumize your cheeks instantly giving you a younger appearance. Consult with your doctor in order to determine if this is best for you.

Bruce E. Katz, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
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Exercises for a higher cheekbone

In short, the answer is no. The main mass of the cheek is fat, not muscle. If anything, it will cause deflation of the fat and your cheek will diminish in size. You will need filler injections or a cheek lift  or even fat grafts to achieve a larger cheek. Sorry about this bad news.

Muscle enlargement through exercise is for the gym

Thanks for the interesting question.  There will always be someone who thinks they can improve their face by avoiding surgery.  And I salute them and the innovative things they are willing to do.  Ten years ago it was the electrical face stimulator.  Two tiny electrical probes passed a small current through your muscles and supposedly the exercise it produced made the muscles larger.  if that had worked we would all have one in our bathroom.  Watching a video of how to make your muscles bigger is pretty much the same thing.

So this is why you should save your money.  You have 31 muscles in your face most working in harmony with the others. They can go in different directions and work both in harmony or against each other depending on your emotion.  How can you make some of them bigger and others not?  Pretty much impossible unless you are Jim Carey.

What causes wrinkles in the first place?  When our skin thins out with age and sun damage the muscles don't. So a wrinkle is just the pleating of your skin that is connected to the muscle.  Muscles aren't smooth.  Look at any flank steak and you see they are bands of tissue lying in parallel.  Tightening them will only make the wrinkles worse since the chords of muscle will get bigger.

A facelift won't give you higher cheekbones so why would bulking up you muscles be better than surgery?  If it sounds too good to be true then it probably isn't.  Try putting your money in the cookie jar and smile each time you do that.  Save your change for something that really works.

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