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Can Exercises Improve Sunken Areas of the Face?

author image Keith Strange
Keith Strange spent more than a decade as a staff writer for newspapers in the southeastern United States, winning numerous awards for his work. He has a B.S. in wellness/sports medicine from Averett University and completed graduate work in exercise physiology. Strange is a former competitive martial artist and holds a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do.
Can Exercises Improve Sunken Areas of the Face?
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Our faces are often the first places that show the signs of aging on our bodies through wrinkles and sunken skin due to loss of elasticity. While there are surgical remedies for some of these conditions there are also exercises that may help alleviate these signs of aging. Talk to your doctor before starting on these exercises to be sure that they are right for you.

Cheek Inflation

This exercise helps tone and tighten the skin around your mouth and cheeks, according to the website Ageless.co. It is performed by holding your mouth closed and filling it with air. Begin by moving the air under your upper lip and hold it there for 10 seconds before moving it to your left cheek followed by your right cheek. Be sure that you hold the air for 10 seconds in each position. Proponents at the Ageless website note that these exercises can be performed once a day or three times a week while LifeMojo.com suggest that you perform five repetitions of this exercise each time you exercise your face.

Exercise With a Smile

This exercise also helps fill in those sunken cheeks by helping to strengthen the muscles of your face, according to LifeMojo.com. It is performed by looking into a mirror and smiling while keeping your mouth closed. The website suggests that you perform this motion as you were trying "to make your mouth corners touch your ears." Follow this exercise by wrinkling your nose to help stimulate the muscles located under your cheek. LifeMojo.com recommends that you hold each contraction for about five seconds and repeat each exercise 10 times.

Eye Exercises

Our eyes often sink in with age, resulting in an unsightly appearance. This exercise will help tone the skin around your eyes to help achieve a more youthful look. Sit in a comfortable chair with your eyes closed. Keep your eyes closed and move your eyeballs as if you were looking as far up as possible followed by looking down as far as possible. Repeat 10 to 15 times, according to the facial exercise page at FitnessHealthZone.com. Another eye exercise is performed by closing your eyes and lifting your eyebrows up as far as possible to help stretch the skin of your eyelids. You should hold this position for about 10 seconds and repeat 10 times, according to the website.

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