Your face needs to be pampered because it reflects your health from within. However, there are some things which we cannot avoid. Human aging is one. When a person ages, his or her skin develops facial lines and wrinkles. When these facial lines and wrinkles bother you a lot, you may have to opt for a facelift.
The facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure which can give the face a more youthful appearance by removing excess facial skin. Also called a rhytidectomy, the facelift can also tighten underlying skin tissues and redrape skin over the face and the neck.
However, just like any other surgical procedure, a facelift may cause swelling and discomfort right after the surgical procedure. This may be due to the process of wound healing, which is composed of the inflammatory phase, the proliferation phase and the maturation phase. The inflammatory phase is the normal response of the tissues to injury. During this phase, hemostasis or blood clotting is first achieved, then white blood cells, antibodies, nutrients, growth factors and enzymes are brought into the site of injury for repair. This results in exudation, which in turn brings about signs of inflammation such as pain, heat, redness, welling and other discomforts. After this, there is the phase of proliferation, wherein injured tissues are repaired and there if growth of new cells to replace the old and damaged ones. After proliferation, the wound matures and there is complete healing.
If there is incomplete healing of the site of injury, scars would result. You certainly do not want scars on your face after your face lift, do you? Thus we must explore all means of maximizing tissue healing after a facelift. One way of maximizing tissue healing and of restoring the youthfulness of the face is through the use of facial massage.
So what are some of the benefits of facial massage? First, facial massage can alleviate pain and improve elasticity of the facial tissues. It can also enhance immunity by stimulating lymphatic flow, which is the body’s natural way of excreting toxins and waste materials from the body. Facial massage can also help exercise facial muscles after surgery and can promote the regeneration of tissues. Facial massage can reduce scar formation and stretch marks. It can improve circulation to the skin, giving the face a youthful glow. Enhancing good circulation on the skin will pump oxygen to the skin tissues better and deliver nutrients to the skin tissues effectively.
However, you should bear in mind some things before you start facial massage after a facelift. You should first ask your doctor about when would be the best time to start your facial massage. Your doctor will first ensure primary healing before you can do your facial massage.
A facelift massage is similar to that of a general facial massage. However, to be specific, you should specifically address certain muscles in order to achieve that firming and lifting effect on your face. You should be more specific and focused on your strokes to maximize results.
Another thing which you have to remember is that you have to choose a good lubricant. A facelift massage may use moisturizers for normal to dry skin. You should be able to get a good quality moisturizer for your facial massage. It’s better to use non-comedogenic moisturizers on the face because they will not clog skin pores. Do not use moisturizers that contain mineral oil or other petroleum ingredients because they may prevent moisture from getting into your skin. Rather, get a moisturizer that has a plumping effect to lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles and get rid of skin aging.
In using moisturizers as a massage lubricant, apply a small amount on small parts of the face one at a time to prevent reapplication. Also, blend your massage lubricant with a touch of confidence. Have lifting strokes rather than pulling strokes. Make shorter strokes rather than longer ones because facial muscles are small. Also, when you reach the jaw area, you should apply deeper pressure. Do not place pressure on the area around the eyes and on the area around the mouth. If your client has dentures, you may have them removed.
In doing a facelift massage, you should avoid overstretching fine facial muscles; rather, you must focus more on moving the underlying tissues and not moving the surface skin. Start at the top of the face and work your way down so that there will be better circulation to the face.
So, how do we perform facial massages? There are about five ways to do so. You may use facial masks or shiatsu; or you may use forehead techniques, mouth techniques or other techniques.
There are a lot of facial masks that you can choose from. These facial masks include clay masks, thermal masks, peel-off masks, fruit masks and non-setting masks such as warm oil masks and paraffin wax masks. The masks differ by their benefits, so you should consult your doctor or a professional first as to what masks you should use after a facelift procedure.
Another facial technique you may try is the shiatsu. Shiatsu is the Japanese word for finger pressure. Shiatsu is said to reduce muscle pain and stress and promote relaxation. Shiatsu massage is not limited to the face alone but it may also be applied to the body.
If you want to try massaging your face on your own, that will be okay. You can try out this forehead technique: tap your scalp or forehead with your finger many times, and then place both hands over your forehead to run them smoothly up to the hairline with a lifting motion. You can also do a mouth area massage: tap the area around the moth and cheeks. After that, try some smiling exercises and repeat them for five to six times. Smiling stretches your facial muscles and increases your facial circulation.
Other techniques you can try include massaging your ear from top to the lobe. You can also tug your earlobe afterwards and pinch the area around the collarbone and throat. Be creative. Massaging your face after a facelift is fun and healthy.