A Former Pro-Athlete’s Allergic Reaction To Botox Influenced The Face Workout Movement

Lana Mar is the owner and founder of the first Face Fitness Bar in Miami, the most unique concept of natural facelift that replaces fillers. Lana Mar is a skincare guru, educator, and certified Acne expert. After a severe allergic reaction to Botox, which is not very common, she was inspired to create an effective alternative. As a former pro-athlete, Lana Mar believed in muscle memory and developed a Signature Hybrid massage with techniques from across the world in combination with cutting-edge technology and organic skin care to replace fillers and Botox. Since then, Face Fitness has become a movement with its shocking instant results, breaking the stereotype of plastics. Face Fitness was featured in Time Out Magazine as Miami's Top 6 treatments of the year 2020.

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It's not every day that one has the opportunity to sit down with the person who put into motion the face workout movement in Miami! In conversation with Haute Beauty, the Founder of Face Fit Bar, Lana Mar highlights how the 'face workout concept' came into fruition and how education and her Botox experience have been a guiding factor in progressing not just her career, but the development of the Signature Hybrid massage to replace fillers and Botox. Here is what Lana Mar shared in this Q & A session:

My greatest achievement:

Developing a ‘face workout concept ‘that can be a natural alternative to fillers and Botox. Face Fit Bar brings facials out of the box and out of the room. We focus on Face Lifts without a needle, using innovative technologies in combination with ancient techniques and luxury organic skincare to sculpt and visibly lift facial muscles. This noninvasive treatment tones, tightens, and sculpts 42 facial muscles, using high-energy massage movements and cutting-edge technology.

What is the future of your field?

Breaking the stereotype of beauty by becoming not just a brand but a movement. Social media created an image of a 'perfect' woman, which took away confidence from millions of beautiful women. I was constantly hearing from my clients about their imperfections and how they want to change this or that to match the look of a magazine cover model. Well, guess what? 'Nobody's perfect,' just like Madonna said in her hit song.

Being surrounded by these comments, had me break the stereotype of plastics, once and for all. Anyways, the ocean has enough of it. To develop the change, I ask you/ What is beauty? Is it a pathetic way of measuring your worth? Who is the Miss Perfect? Is she a 6-ft tall pale supermodel with sky-high cheekbones and a small nose? Or a sunkissed brunette with curves and plump lips? The answer is really simple...

Are you ready to find out? Look in the mirror. It is you! Beauty can not be measured by society, and if you allow yourself to compare, you'll become superficial like the generation today. In real-life your true beauty is not how you look, it is how you love yourself. It is simply inevitable for one to not like something about their face. Their nose is too big or too small. Their cheeks are too full or too hollow. You fill in the blank. But flaws often become the very thing that makes us beautiful. Take a look a look at Lauren Hutton’s gap teeth, Cindy Crawford’s mole, and Anjelica Huston’s prominent nose.

Face Fit Bar is here to enhance your best features, and remind you that what you perceive to be the negatives may very well be pluses. I am on a mission to redefine beauty and make you fall in love with yourself. Face Fit Bar is not just a brand, it's a movement and I am excited to have you join us!

The biggest misconception about my field...

Most clients are very surprised that their facial won’t be in a relaxing spa room with soothing lullaby music and candlelight. Instead, it's house music beats, a trendy open face bar with good-looking people, bubbles and brows. Yes, brows! It's beyond facials. We lift not only your cheekbones but your brows and lashes too!

My most requested procedures:

Get ready for a serious workout! Yes, workout the Face Fitness Facial is not your classic facial. Your personal trainer will perform a warm-up, cardio, and cool down all while using an intense face lift massage and Microcurrent. You will see and feel the results of plumper-looking skin, lifted brows, a defined jawline, and more prominent cheekbones.

The runner-up on the most requested procedure is the Ultimate Power Lift. This anti-aging reconstructive facial is basically a face lift without a needle. It features Microcurrent, Ultrasonic Extractions, Customized Enzyme Peel, Lymphatic and Lifting Massages, Gua Sha Sculpting, Cryo Therapy and LED Light. With this exclusive combination of treatments, instant results are guaranteed!

What surgical advancement are you most excited about?

A non-surgical face lift!


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What is your most memorable patient reaction?

I love seeing the most dramatic before and after. To see the difference, I always perform the treatment on one side of the face at a time. My first-time client was scheduled to do a surgical face lift in California when this visit to Face Lift Bar changed her mind. When she came in I drained fluids, performed a sculpting massage and microcurrent, cold therapy, and Gua Sha. All of these treatments in combination provided such outstanding results that she had tears in her eyes. Muscles have memory and if you don't use them, you loose them. The fact that we can't train our facial muscles in the gym, doesn't mean it's impossible. I am so thrilled that my first-time client walked away complete!

What sets my practice apart?

Immediate results and non-invasive methods. Clients love instant results! We work with models, influences, and celebrities who love to do our facials before events, photoshoots, weddings, or even after a night out when you wake up puffy and swollen. Our method gives you sky-high cheekbone and defined jawlines, and if you don't believe it, just wait till you see it (especially with makeup on), you'll be mind blown!

What I love most about my profession:

It's pure love and addiction in its best form. When I touch someone's skin, I transport to another world. The world of pure love and healing. I don't remember the moves and I don't even both looking at their skin, my hands go through all the motions themselves. Skin is my instrument, a piece of art, that is the most unique and precious!

New procedures you are excited to offer?

The Yonka Paris Time Resist Facial! If you are concerned with filling deep wrinkles, re-densifying your skin, and restoring your youthful glow, the Time Resist treatment may be just what you need. This anti-aging treatment incorporates Yon-Ka Paris professional products and techniques to immediately re-energize and smooth your skin.

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