I just read an article in the September 2010 issue of W about estheticians who massage their client’s muscles inside their upper lip, cheek, and jaw in order to promote blood circulation, relaxation, oxygenation to the skin cells, and encourage movement in the neck, head, and jaw. All this results, according to the claims, in a tighter, smoother complexion and better absorption of skincare products. The technique is known as Buccaling and is borrowed from Rolfing the body alignment method.
Though this sounds intriguing I have to admit that before I came across this article I had never heard of this technique anywhere – not in the professional literature that I read or from other estheticians or clients. Does this work as it says it will? I can’t answer that question at the moment.
But this idea dovetails into another issue I read about. This time I read an article in Harper’s Bazaar about the real way to look younger – get a dental face-lift. As we age our teeth wear down and our jaw recedes resulting in a more hollow look to your face. So in order to fill in those collapsing areas individually sculpted veneers are applied to upper and lower teeth which lifts the cheeks, plumps the lips, and helps bring volume back to the face. It turns out this is a subtle change that can have a big effect on your appearance in the end, and since veneers can last 15 years or more the results are relatively long lasting.
Once again I can’t comment on this procedure, but it is interesting and frankly makes a lot of sense to me. I guess now there is more than one good reason to see a good dentist (and develop a good relationship with them). Who knows? Maybe the fountain of youth really does exist and it lies in our mouths.