Vince Bertucci, MD, FRCPC: Bertucci MedSpa

23Women who prefer to take a “natural is best” approach to aging can often feel alienated when confronted by the plethora of high-intervention and invasive anti-aging treatments out there. Tua Viso, a “facial gymnastics” gadget that counts supermodel Kate Moss as a fan, looks like it may be the happy medium.

Most women have heard about facial exercise to help tone the face – but if you want to take it up a notch, the Tuo Viso promises to give your face a full blown workout by using hydro-electronic stimulation to firm underlying muscles. They claim that after about 10 weeks, women will notice increased facial firmness and a reduction in wrinkles due to an increase in collagen and elastin production.

This product has been a huge success in the UK, touted by many leading magazines, newspapers and happy customers as a cure-all for the wrinkles that ail us.

But. (There’s always a but, isn’t there?) Although facial exercise devotees swear by them with the strength of a thousand newly toned mouths, some dermatologists aren’t convinced, saying that muscle movement makes dynamic muscles (those caused by repetitive movement, like frown lines) worse, not better.

Dr. Vince Bertucci, a dermatologist in Woodbridge, Ontario, believes that muscle movement can only make dynamic wrinkles worse.”One should avoid over-exercising the muscles that lead to certain facial expressions so as to avoid unwanted wrinkles.”

Bertucci says that facial “lifting” is actually a complex issue which is not just related to muscle tone. “The quality of the skin itself is very important,” he says. “Repeated sun exposure leads to looser, more wrinkled skin. Additionally, facial volume plays a very large role in facial appearance.”

Bertucci also noted that facial exercises cannot improve depleted collagen, elastin, or the skin’s fat layer, all of which contribute to static wrinkles.

I’d love to know if any of our readers have used facial exercise in the past and what results you’ve had!

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