They are particularly eye-catching on Instagram at the moment: Facelift Tapes, which are supposed to help reduce wrinkles quickly and easily. They are actually no strangers to facial treatments, having been used by makeup artists and drag queens for many years. In addition, the tapes are part of the standard inventory on fashion shows and film sets. But are they also suitable for normal home use? We get to the bottom of it.
What are facelift tapes?
You have certainly heard of taping. Functional tape dressings or kinesiological tapes are used in sports medicine, orthopedics and trauma surgery to tighten and strengthen certain body structures. In this way, they obtain more stability. Typical applications include injuries to muscles, ligaments or joints.
Mark Traynor – a make-up artist and hair stylist – had the idea to apply the tapes to the face in 1969. He invented an elastic band, to both ends of which he attached tape tabs. Traynor’s idea revolutionized the beauty world. Without his invention, transformative and rejuvenating beauty looks would be unthinkable today.
Many manufacturers have taken this idea and further developed Facelift Tapes. They advertise that customers can use them to achieve a younger and firmer look for a few hours. Wrinkles and crow’s feet can be reduced and cheekbones are better emphasized.
Application of the facelift tapes
First, remove the hair from the face and fix it at the back of the head. Before you apply the facelift tapes, you should – for a good hold – clean your face with an oil-free cleanser. After that, stick the tapes on your temples and around the eye area. Make sure to apply them very close to your hairline. Push up the excess skin and press the tape firmly. Now connect the elastic bands together at the back of your head. Now style your hair so that it covers the tapes as best as possible. For the perfect illusion of a lift, conceal the tapes with make-up.
Dr. Tatjana Pavicic
Dr. Tatjana Pavicic is a specialist in dermatology and venereology with her own practice in Munich. She is an internationally recognized expert in aesthetic dermatology with a special focus on dermocosmetics, botulinum toxin, fillers and lasers.
Facelift tapes: these are the advantages and disadvantages
Facelift tapes have clear advantages: they can reduce crow’s feet around the eyes, emphasize cheekbones and give the visual impression of a lifted face. Compared to a surgical procedure, they are significantly less expensive. You can even buy them online. Moreover, they are not only suitable for the face, but you can also use them to tighten your neck for a few hours.
And that’s where we come to the other side of the coin: face lifting is only short-term – for long-term results, other measures are necessary. Besides, the application is not easy, it takes a lot of practice to place the facelift tapes so that the look does not look artificial. Often they are not as invisible as you would like them to be, even after makeup is applied over them. In addition, allergic reactions may occur.
Facelift tapes have only a temporary effect – but ultherapy has a permanent effect
Those who are familiar with facelift tapes can achieve a facelift with an immediate effect. However, the effect only lasts for the duration of the application. If you want to permanently eliminate wrinkles and sagging tissue on your face or neck, longer-term alternatives are needed. But it doesn’t have to be a surgical facelift! We can rejuvenate your skin with device-based or minimally invasive treatments.
First and foremost is our Ultherapy ultrasound lift, a gentle but highly effective alternative to scalpels and chemicals. The non-invasive treatment works via ultrasound.
The energy reaches into the deeper layers of the skin. It is possible for us to reach the SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system, the actual connective tissue holding apparatus of the skin) with Ultherapy. This connective tissue muscle layer in the subcutaneous tissue is usually treated during a surgical facelift.
Through the micro-focused ultrasound energy, we heat the tissue. As a result, the connective tissue contracts, and collagen stimulation occurs at the same time. The effect unfolds over several months. This means that the effect continues to improve. With Ultherapy we can tighten your skin, stimulate the deeper layers of the skin to regenerate and stimulate collagen production for a strong skin structure.
Other options for wrinkle treatment and facial tightening
Expression lines such as crow’s feet or frown lines can be optimally treated with BTX. By injecting botulinum into the corresponding muscles, they can relax. This leads to a smoothing of the wrinkles.
With hyaluronic acid or Radiesse we can treat gravitational wrinkles (e.g. deep nasolabial folds) or tissue slackening. It is also possible for us to use them to build up volume. In this context, we can, for example, plump up your tear trough, accentuate the cheekbone for rounded cheekbones or even out hollow cheeks. We can also sculpt your lips and enhance the jawline.
Btl exilis elite™
This is a radio/ultrasound treatment that we use to heat the surface of your skin to 40 to 43 degrees Fahrenheit and the deep tissue to about 45 degrees Fahrenheit. This encourages your body to produce new collagen. With BTL Exilis Elite™, your skin gains firmness as a result.
With a chemical peel (also: medical peel), we can boost your skin’s own regeneration mechanisms and cell renewal. At the same time, the peeling activates the formation of new elastic and collagen fibers and increases the production of skin’s own hyaluronic acid. For this purpose, we apply certain substances to your skin. The peeling is even suitable for the treatment of the eye area.
The combination treatment of laser and cosmeceuticals allows us to give your skin more firmness and freshness. With LaseMD™, we can treat all skin types while improving your skin tone and texture. We can even treat pigmented lesions with it.
Fractional co2 laser
We can treat sagging skin and clearly visible wrinkles – even under the eyes – with fractional laser. We remove the superficial layers of skin and heat the surrounding tissue. In this way we can achieve a tightening effect. With laser treatment we can smooth even deep wrinkles.
Wrinkle treatment and skin tightening treatments in munich
If you like what you see after a skilful facelift tape treatment and would like to keep the result permanently on your face, we are here for you. In our practice in Munich, we offer customized wrinkle treatments with a treatment concept that is individually tailored to you. Try it out and simply make an appointment!
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