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Facial exercises to fill in hollows in the face

Updated April 17, 2017

Hallows in the cheeks can make you look old and tired, or even sick. Facial exercise can help to plump up your features, smooth your skin and reduce the sight of wrinkles. Exercises that focus on plumping the cheeks help reduce the depth of those lines that extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and give you a more youthful and fresh-looking appearance.

Firming

Exercises can help keep the cheeks looking firm and toned. When you exercise your facial muscles, you help to make them bigger. This is not to say your face muscles will develop like your biceps do when you perform weightlifting exercises, but exercises will help them grow a little bigger, giving the appearance of smooth, supple cheeks. One of the best facial exercises to plump the cheeks and rid them of that hollowed out look is to suck your lips in like the kids do when they make the "fish face." This is a wonderful exercise that will help fill in the cheeks, encourage blood flow and circulation, and firm the jawline at the same time. Start practicing this exercise two to three times a day and hold the "fish face" position for a count of 10, repeating the exercise three to five times to start, and gradually increasing to 10 times as the cheek muscles grow stronger.

Toning

Sagging or hollow cheeks benefit from isometric exercises such as placing your fingertips on top of your cheekbone. Then, tilt your chin downward toward your chest while you lift the skin and muscle fibres of the cheekbone upward. Exhale while you do this. Open and close the mouth 5 or 10 times to feel the muscles stretch and tighten. Do this exercise three times a day, and you'll notice a difference in about a month.

Smiles

Smiling is a great way to exercise cheek muscles and tone them at the same time. One of the best exercises is to smile, keeping the lips closed and the corners of the mouth turned up. Try to extend the corners of your mouth toward your ears. This takes a bit of concentration. Now, wrinkle your nose. If you place your fingers on your cheeks, you'll feel them contracting. Hold the move for a count of five and then relax. Repeat this exercise about 10 times.

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Denise Stern is an experienced freelance writer and editor. She has written professionally for more than seven years. Stern regularly provides content for health-related and elder-care websites and has an associate and specialized business degree in health information management and technology.