Relaxing Connective Tissue: A Closer Look at SFL

SFL is a natural way to help you look and feel your best. The muscles and connective tissue of the face and neck are treated with a unique lifting technique, aiming to affect the visual signs related to aging and stress.

What is connective tissue?

Connective tissue is a diverse group of tissues that includes bone, cartilage, adipose (fat) tissue, blood, and lymph. It is composed of an extracellular matrix – a mixture of proteins, carbohydrates, and water – that surrounds and supports the cells of the tissue.

The many jobs of connective tissue include:

  • Protecting organs such as the brain and spinal cord
  • Providing structural support to organs and tissues
  • Facilitating the transport of nutrients and waste products throughout the body
  • Helping with immunity and inflammation

What is SFL?

Sculptural Face Lifting (SFL) combines massage, lymphatic drainage, and muscle stimulation to the neck, décolletage, and face. An intra-oral component focuses on the inside of the mouth and cheek.

Developed by Yakov Gershkovich, a reputable Russian esthetician, the method focuses on toning, lifting, and softening the mimic muscles which express feelings, lines and other signs of aging.

Why is SFL important?

Just like the rest of the body, the face ages too! It's impossible to avoid.

Aging potentially leads to:

  • Slower lymphatic drainage
  • Water retention and swelling
  • Less collagen production
  • Increased inflammation
  • Tissue congestion

And that can all result in lax, dull, puffy, and droopy skin

SFL can help bring awareness of how feelings and thoughts contribute to general appearance and overall well-being.

What does SFL feel like?

During an SFL session, upward strokes lift the face, décolletage, and neck structures. Most people feel energized and lighter after the treatment, like their face is tingling.

How does SFL work?

The nervous system controls mimic muscles, the small facial expression muscles that move the face, including lifting the eyebrows, smiling and frowning. When we feel happiness, sadness, or surprise, the nervous system sends signals to the mimic muscles, causing them to contract and produce a facial expression.

Regular SFL sessions will help target muscular imbalance and connective tissue restrictions formed by our over or under-use of our mimic muscles by stimulating proprioceptors.

The intra-oral component of SFL is an essential part of this technique. Massaging the inside of the mouth and cheek helps ease tension, soften lines around the mouth and nose, and lift droopy areas.

Activating proprioceptors

Sensory receptors, called proprioceptors, are located all over the body and respond to changes in temperature, pain, and the position and tension in muscles, skin, and connective tissue.

SFL activates proprioceptors, which constantly communicate with the brain and nervous system, stimulating them by trying to balance the facial muscles and relax restrictive connective tissue. The brain can “re-learn” what a healthy tone and posture are.

Putting it all together

Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve learned about Sculptural Face Lifting:

  • SFL is a natural way to address facial changes related to daily stress, aging, and other life experiences
  • It aims to tone, lift, and balance mimic muscle tension
  • Promotes skin and connective tissue health by improving the circulation of micronutrients
  • It increases lymphatic vessel contraction for better drainage
  • SFL is suitable for both women and men
  • It helps create awareness of how feelings reflect on the face through facial expression
  • The inside of the mouth and cheek are treated for 15 minutes, aiming to relax tension and target lines and lift droopy areas
  • You leave your SFL session feeling very relaxed
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    Look and Feel Your Best

    Get ready to experience the natural lifting and toning benefits of SFL. Book your SFL treatment today and see the results for yourself!