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Good morning everyone! I'm new, so forgive me if you have tackled this topic before. I am looking for a way to tighten my lower face. I'm starting to get jowls and the corners of my mouth are turning down. I have lost faith in any creams that claim they can tighten...i'm wondering about gadgets like facial flex and nuface...does anyone have experience with either of these, or maybe (hopefully) other brilliant ideas to tighten and lift the lower face? You all are wonderful - thanks for your help!
 

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thanks! I've been working with the facial exercises today and already am feeling a difference. I'm guessing it will take time to see changes but I'll report as I go!
I was also wondering about the facial flex to use on my commute to work and back. Any feedback on this device? Thanks again! Lala
 

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Hi lala! wow that's great that you have already started on some exercises!! If you gradually increase the # of reps, you will see continued improvement.

Re: Facial Flex device....most ppl say it's cumbersome and even that it hurt their mouth. And you have to carry it along. The FlexEffect routine is the best one I've found. She even gives you some "hands-free" exercises to do in the car. Facial Exercise: If it's not FlexEffect It's not Facialbuilding.

Keep exercisin', girl!



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The best way to get rid of this problem is o do regular facial exercises.I faced this type of a problem few months before and someone recommended me some facial exercises and they were very effective.
 

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I tried the facial flex device for a time and I really didn't get on with it at all - I think I got 'overbuild' quite quickly and took on a very unbalanced look. Now I use the flex effect programme - I can't say I can see a difference yet (started April last year I think) but I can certainly feel a difference with my fingers, so I guess I'm on my way, and as it incorporates exercises for the whole face an unbalanced look is less likely
 

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Did you sign up for the forum choccy? They can answer your questions and help if you plateau or just dont see anything happening. Some exercises can be modified to suit. Its one of the perks of buying the program.



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Well I've been using this rubber ball under my chin for some time and it's tightened the muscle, but the loosoe skin is still there. Fillers have helped with my nasolabials and marionette lines, but after several years of checkin around, went to see this physician in Tampa regarding the Image Lift which he specializes in and it's so natural looking. The lifestyle and thread I vetoed way back. Hitting 70 and trying my best to hold back mother nature but will not resort to a full face lift. Costs are around 4500. So beginning to save my money.
 

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G-String necklift: http://www.youthfulneck.com/office_necklift.htm At this facility its done under local anesthetic with conscious sedation. It involves suture suspension thru incisions and was pioneered by Dr Giampapa. Something to consider anyway ...



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Yes but there have been situations wherein the sutures have broken and to remove them is treacherous as fibrous tissue has healed around the sutures and thus can cause some pretty bad problems. If they are using some form of cat gut, (which I don't think in this case is used), some of the "fishhook" on the suture used to grab the underlying tissues have also been known to puncture the skin. I'd check whatever method you are going for out thoroughly. Askthe tough questions. I was fortunate in asking a very direct, honest doc who clearly laid down the facts and after hearing them all said forget it!
 

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I know the procedure youre thinking of, but this doesnt use the same fishhook suture material. Youre right: the fishhook stuff is hell to remove and can cause dimpling. The Giampapa procedure uses non-barbed suture and has been in practice for at least 20 years. I saw a man who had had it done that long ago and it looked very natural and he said he'd had no problems with it.



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Wow thanks Fawnie for that article!  Very informative.  Where is this guy?  Got to check him out.
The Giampapa Institute is in New Jersey http://www.youthfulneck.com/our_practice.htm But other plastic surgeons do his procedure. Its been around a long time (20 years) and he's trained other surgeons to do it.



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Hi lala: This may be a late response but I just logged on after a several month absence. After a 3 year search went to see Dr. Castellano in Tampa for an Image Lift. I had the neck lift plus sculptra and am absolutely thrilled with the whole experience. It is done in his office, took an hour and felt no pain whatsoever during and afterwards. They prescribed 30 hydrocodone, 6 halcyon, antibiotic and nausea med. I changed the script to 4 hydrocodone, 2 halcyone, kept the antibiotic and got the nausea med but never had to use it. Mild discomfort mostly in having to sleep upright for a week. Very important to me that I ABSOLUTELY did not want any visible scars and minimal as well. Well that's what I got....the stiches are INSIDE the ear. I'm 70 and felt it was time. I have good genes, but the neck an jowls were depressing. Do a google on Image Lift and check it out. BTW I live in Mass.
 
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