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Research Letter
March 2018

Association of Facial Exercise With the Appearance of Aging

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Dermatology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 3Department of Surgery, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
  • 4Division of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, Vajira Hospital, Navamindrahiraj University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 5Happy Face Yoga, Providence, Rhode Island
  • 6Division of Dermatology, Loyola University, Maywood, Illinois
  • 7Dermatology and Skin Surgery Specialists, Scottsdale, Arizona
JAMA Dermatol. 2018;154(3):365-367. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.5142

Physical manifestations of facial aging are now understood to include not only skin laxity and superficial photodamage but also deeper substructural volume loss of fat and muscle.1

There has been recent interest in the lay community in facial exercises or facial “yoga” that can rejuvenate the aging face, presumably by inducing underlying muscle growth.2-4 In this report, we describe what we believe to be the first clinical trial to assess facial exercise as a modality for improving skin appearance.

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