Is taping your face just as good as Botox?

April 18, 2013

Is taping your face just as good as Botox?
Is taping your face just as good as Botox?

Anyone who has seen "Pee-wee Herman's Big Adventure" probably remembers the scene when he tapes his face up to look silly. But PeeWee wasn't the first person in Hollywood to use tape to distort his face. According to New York Magazine, several famous starlets, including Raquel Welch and Joan Crawford used special tape and adhesives called "Frownies" to make their wrinkles disappear - at least temporarily.

Putting Frownies to the test
So do Frownies actually work, or are they just bunk? To find out, the column's author, Gina Way, put them to the test. She invested in a few of the stickers and applied them to her face before going to sleep at night.

The author opted for a newer brand with the same concept known as Furlesse Rows. Way placed the stickers around her crow's feet and forehead, hoping to eliminate the wrinkles. Though she admits her face looked a bit like a package from UPS, she noticed that the tape did indeed eliminate her wrinkles.

However, not many people would be keen to walk around with tape on their face, so Way was hoping to see long-term results. She noted that as soon as she took off the tape, her wrinkles returned. After one week, Way says she didn't see any "significant improvement" around her eyes.

She consulted with a New York-based dermatologist to discuss her experience with Furlesse. The doctor explained that "adhesive tape won't stop the muscles from moving, like Botox does, to relax the wrinkles."

The dermatologist went on to say that using the patches every night could reduce the signs of sleep-induced wrinkles.

An immediate fix
One physician did speculate on how Frownies may be able to provide better results in the future. "What would be a real game-changer is if these patches were infused with anti-aging ingredients. Then the pressure from the adhesive would physically push those ingredients into the skin," she explained to the news source.

That being said, patients who are looking for a longer-term solution in the immediate future may want to talk to a board-certified plastic surgeon about Botox or soft tissue fillers. According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, results from Botox can last from three to four months while collagen-based fillers may last up to six months. 


The mission of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) includes medical education, public education and patient advocacy. Plastic Surgery News Briefs are summaries of current stories found through various news and magazine outlets that relate to or mention plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures. The views expressed in these news articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of ASAPS, but are merely published as an educational service to our members and the general public. For additional information on these subjects and other plastic surgery related topics, please go to www.surgery.org

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