How did you get started in Facialbuilding?

I began teaching Facial Exercise in 1976. At that time, Isometrics were the only form of facial training known to the public. A year later, still teaching Facial Isometrics, I became interested in weightlifting and soon after stepped into competitive bodybuilding. This move called for a marked reduction in body fat. Consequently, this loss of fat had an aging effect on my face. As a Facial Trainer, this was not an acceptable trade-off!

I had no intention of giving up bodybuilding but determined to remedy my dilemma. On a hunch that resistance training could add fullness to my face in the same way it did to my body, I decided to convert each Isometric exercise into an exercise using resistance. This was the beginning of Facialbuilding

Knowing what it took to increase muscle density (fullness), I knew resistance training would be far more aggressive than the facial training I had been doing. This took a lot of nerve on my part since I, too, had been duped into thinking any handling of the face could prove detrimental. When I described my new training technique, which I dubbed ‘Facialbuilding’ as “an extension of bodybuilding”, fellow trainers thought I was out of my mind. Frankly, I was not so sure they were not on to something.

Much to my relief, my hunch paid off. A very short time proved physical muscles to be every bit as responsive to resistance training as the rest of the body. My face was still thin, but with the extra lift and firmness, I went from gaunt to a healthier more athletic look. That’s when it became perfectly clear why mainstream facial exercise never got off the ground … we simply were not taking it far enough.

Who would benefit?

Everyone. A better question would be: who would get the most out of it? The answer to this question is the person who starts early, before the signs of aging set in. For them, time stands still. However, the majority of testimonials reporting excellent results are not from the early birds; they are from the late starters – men and women ages 45, 50 and up.

Would you say FlexEffect Facialbuiliding is better than a surgical face-lift?

FlexEffect is not a magic bullet. There are those with such sun damage and advanced facial aging that they may never be able to realize all they hope for in training. But that does not mean they can not get all the benefits that only training can offer.

Cosmetic surgery can alleviate lines and sag but it can not replace the fullness of the face. In most cases surgery flattens the face, which is why so many women have cheek implants inserted at the time of their surgery. The exact opposite is true of Facialbuilding. FlexEffect does a beautiful job replacing fullness, considering to be the most youthful feature of the face.

Those who start Facialbuilding while their face is still firm could expect to erase the need for surgery indefinitely. Many late starters with an excessive amount of sun damage and sag may still find that get enough return from their training to forego a major facelift.

Before anyone ops for surgery, they should first invest time in training to get as much out of it as they can. Then, if the results of their training stop short of their goal, by that time, electing to have surgery, they’ll find that they will not have the need for as much surgery and their skin will be in far better shape for healing. Once all is healed, they should jump back into their training and not let it happen again.

What type of changes should one expect to see?

Initially, the change most Flexers comment on about three weeks into their training is how their face feels different to the touch. They notice increased tautness and thickness in the cheek and mouth area. Lips become more defined, and there is an increase in domestic oil production. This is a real bonus since it is natural oil that holds moisture in the skin – bye-bye dry skin! Three months will bring a visual lift in the cheeks, even more, firmness, and smooth skin where there used to be fine lines. In six months, friends will be asking you to teach them the exercises.

How does Flexeffect affect the skin?

Without a doubt, Facialbuilding is a tremendous benefit to the skin. With this constant flushing of oxygen and nutrients, the skin cells become healthier. Before a cell dies, it clones itself. This newly cloned cell will become unhealthy before cloning itself – and so on, and so on. This means better skin tone and better texture. The bottom line: you can not beef-up muscle without beefing-up its surrounding tissue.

Like any form of fitness training, Facialbuilding takes time and discipline. Muscle builds fast but it’s going to take your skin considering longer (re-cycling of cells) to show the benefit of your training. Give yourself a year. I know a year sounds like a long time, but you’ll be watching your face improve from month to month. Can not get more exciting than that!


In 1997, Eureka Physical Therapy in Eureka, California and Deborah Crowley founder of FlexEffect conducted an independent study on the effects of ‘FlexEffect’ Facialbuilding.

Under the direction of Deborah Crowley, a panel of healthy females (average age 45) trained daily for a period of two weeks in Facialbuilding (FlexEffect) the results showed an average 35% increase in facial muscle strength. 100% of the panelists reported an increase in facial firmness.

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Source by Deborah Crowley