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Face Yoga Is the New, Natural Anti-Aging Trend

Pixland/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- The world of yoga keeps stretching to new extremes.  There’s aerial yoga, hot yoga and even karaoke yoga.  Now, the latest craze is yoga for the face.

Instead of the downward dog or warrior poses of traditional yoga, this new trend involves contorting the face into a variety of expressions, including the “lion face,” “fish face” and “satchmo.”

Facial yoga is designed to be a natural, non-invasive alternative to the Botox, fillers and plastic surgery that Americans pay millions of dollars for every year, and its proponents claim the facial exercises can help keep people looking younger.

Facial yoga was developed by Annelise Hagen, of New York Yoga, who wrote a book on mastering what she calls the ultimate facelift.  In an interview with ABC's Good Morning America, Hagen explained that there’s an actual technique to making the faces.

“If you just made weird squirmy faces randomly you’d get more wrinkles,” she said.  “We’re trying to tone and lift the muscles of the face.  It’s been scientifically proven that the muscular activity helps to prolong the production of collagen and elastin, which makes your face firm and springy.”

Hagen says facial yoga allows people to guide the way their face ages from the inside out.

Dr. Neil Sadick, who is the go-to dermatologist to some of the stars of The Real Housewives of New York, actually recommends yoga for the face to his patients, saying it promotes collagen production.

Face yoga stimulates muscles, Sadick said, adding that “although there’s not great science around it compared to other technologies like chemical peels or Botox, we know that by stimulating any component of your face like your muscles you’re going to have a beneficial effect in terms of your overall appearance.”

Jan O’Connell is a yoga and pilates instructor who’s now offering face yoga at Smart Workout in New York because she says the demand for it has increased tremendously.

“I think everyone has been saying that they feel more relaxed, a little more calm, also they’ll leave with a little bit of a rosy glow, maybe a little bit more of a lift in the eyes, and plus you have fun,” O’Connell told GMA.  “You make a lot of funny faces at your neighbor or at yourself in the mirror.  And we have a good time.”

The various faces have specific benefits.  For example, the “fish face” firms the cheeks and lips, while the “bumblebee” affects the cheeks, lips and jaw.  The “satchmo” targets the cheeks, and the lion face is supposed to stretch all the facial muscles and release tension, Hagen said.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Video Captures Embryo's Face Being Formed in the Womb

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- An animation based on scans of a developing embryo has captured the formation of the face in the womb.

The video, produced for the BBC series Inside the Human Body, reveals how sections of the face grow and fit together like a puzzle just three months after conception.

“The three main sections of the puzzle meet in the middle of your top lip, creating the groove that is your philtrum,” says BBC’s Michael Mosley, whose philtrum is “quite a prominent one.”

The 30-second clip strings together 3-D models of the developing face based on scans taken in the first trimester.

“It was a nightmare for structures like the nose and palate, which didn’t exist for most of the animation,” graphics researcher David Barker told New Scientist. ”Their formation is a complicated ballet of growth and fusion of moving plates of tissue.”

Plates of tissue that fuse at the philtrum, which can be long or short and deep or shallow, depending on a person’s genetic makeup.  The failure of those plates to fuse can cause a cleft lip or palate.  And a smooth philtrum can signal disorders like fetal alcohol syndrome.

“This whole amazing process -- the bits coming together to produce a recognizable human face -- happens in the womb between two and three months,” says Mosley.  “If it doesn’t happen then, it never will.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Woman Dies After Injecting Face with Hot Beef Fat

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) -- An Illinois woman who injected hot beef fat into her face died Thursday of a bacterial infection soon after she administered the homemade cosmetic surgery. Oddly, doctors say the questionable injections had nothing to do with her death, which was deemed natural by Illinois’ Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Janet Hardt, 63 of Homewood, Ill., boiled beef, extracted the fat and injected it into her face before she went to the hospital complaining that her face felt as if it was burning, according to ABC News Chicago affiliate WLS-TV.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Hardt had infections and scarring in her mouth and on her lips, but an autopsy declared her death was a result of peritonitis, an inflammation of the abdomen’s inner wall.

This bizarre story does not come without lessons, experts say.

“There are a lot people out there doing self-injections for wrinkles, but I don’t know of any medical associations that would recommend this,” said Dr. Phillip Haeck, president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. “It’s not worth taking a chance with your face to try to save money when it could ultimately cost you a lot more money.”

Hardt reportedly injected her face with the beef fat several times, and she also underwent several legitimate plastic surgery procedures. Because she injected herself multiple times with the animal product, Haeck said she was at risk of developing an allergic reaction.

“One of the injections could cause the skin to erode or ulcerate,” said Haeck. “We know that injections of animal proteins do not cause systemwide failure, but it tends to cause local reactions. A lot of people who have allergic reactions to animal proteins will say that their face is burning like this woman did. That’s probably what was going on here.”

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Porexia: What to Do about Big Pores

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Move over Botox and collagen.  Forget wrinkles and sunspots.  Now more than ever, people are becoming obsessed with the pores on their face.

Dermatologists have even coined a new term for it: porexia.

"I see patients all day every day who are literally obsessed with the size of their pores," Doris Day, a dermatologist, told ABC's Good Morning America.

Enlarged pores are generally caused by genetics, but sun exposure and oily skin can make them appear like mini-craters.

"There's nothing that you can do to make your pores go away but there are things you can do both as a quick fix and over the long term to make your pores appear smaller," Day, author of the book Forget the Facelift, said.  "This is something as simple as using a product containing salicylic acid, or by gently exfoliating the skin."

Some A-list celebrities fret over their large pores and reportedly use products to conceal them.  But what can you do when makeup and creams don't get the job done?

For one, you can get a "Galvanic Current Mask," offered in places like New York City's Face Place.  The FDA-approved facial comes in three parts and takes just about one hour and thirty minutes to complete.

Tom Woodhouse, the head aesthetician at Face Place NYC, explains how the $140 treatment works: First, a leather mask called a heat dome is placed over the face and neck.  A heating element runs outside of the dome.  After 10 minutes, strips of cotton soaked with vitamins and minerals are applied to the face.  Then the galvanic current mask is applied.

"And it makes dry heat rather than the damp heat, steam.  It's much gentler on the skin.  It does a beautiful job gently opening the pores and it starts to liquefy the oil," Woodhouse said.

The treatment allows vitamins and minerals to go deep into the skin, and at the same time the galvanic current contracts the muscles in the face and neck, helping to firm the tissues and tighten the pores, Woodhouse added.  But if electrical current isn't your thing, how about something that's all-natural?

At Shizuka Day Spa, owner Shizuka Bernstein says her geisha facial -- which includes the use of purified bird droppings -- is in high demand.

"The ingredients in the droppings have a natural enzyme and it exfoliates, it breaks down the top layer of the skin, so it's a good exfoliation," Bernstein said.

But about that treatment, Day wasn't so sure.

"Anything that is a leftover or a by-product especially in feces of another animal I would be very hesitant to use on my skin," she said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Charla Nash Gets Face Transplant After Chimp Attack

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A team of more than 30 doctors and nurses have carried out a face transplant for Charla Nash, the Connecticut woman who was mauled by her friend's pet chimpanzee in 2009. An attempt to give her a pair of new hands failed, and the transplanted hands were removed.

Nash, 57, was helping Sandra Herold lure her pet chimp Travis inside when the 200 pound animal ripped off her nose, lips, eyelids, and hands before being shot and killed by police.

Since the attack, Nash wore a straw hat with a veil to cover her injuries, but revealed her mangled face on a November 2009 episode of Oprah.

The date of the transplant will not be released to protect the donor's identity, but officials at Brigham and Women's Hospital said it occurred in late May. The 20-hour surgery was fraught with complications, according to John Orr, a spokesman for the Nash family.

Nash is the third person to undergo a face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dallas Wiens received the nation's first face transplant patient there in March.

The only other known simultaneous face and hands transplant was performed in France in 2009, and that patient later died.

Herold's 911 call offered a haunting description of the violent attack. Herold can be heard screaming that the ape had killed her friend and was "eating her."

"The chimp killed my friend," Herold screamed. "Send the police with a gun. With a gun!"

The dispatcher later asks, "Who's killing your friend?"

"My chimpanzee," she cries. "He ripped her apart! Shoot him, shoot him!"

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Connie Culp, Recipient of First US Face Transplant, Meets Donor Family

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Since Connie Culp had her face torn off by a shotgun blast in 2004, she's measured her recovery with countless milestones. This weekend, Culp reached another, finally meeting the family of the donor who gave her a new face.

Culp, a 47-year-old mother and grandmother, underwent the first full face transplant surgery in the U.S. in Dec. 2008 at the Cleveland Clinic. Before the surgery, Culp couldn't walk down the street without drawing stares, but the transplant has given her a new chance at life.

"I don't have little kids coming up saying, 'Eww, there's a monster,'" Culp said. "They think I'm amazing. I'm just normal, but we need more people like the donors to help people."

Until now, though, Culp knew little about the woman who provided her face. Doctors would tell her only the donor's age and nothing about the surviving family.

"They've never contacted me," Culp told ABC News this past August.

But two years after losing their beloved wife and mother, the family of donor Anna Kasper was finally ready to step forward. The Kasper family decided to break their silence and share their story, hoping to raise awareness for organ donation.

Two weeks before Christmas in 2008, Anna suffered a fatal heart attack.

Two years after the trauma of losing their loved one, the Kasper family decided that they wanted to meet Connie Culp, having seen her remarkable spirit in Culp's previous interviews.

After waiting and wondering for so long, they finally met this weekend with tears and hugs.

Copyright 2010 ABC News Radio

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