This Facialist Sticks Her Fingers in Your Mouth. And There’s a Six-Month Wait List to Try It!

April Brodie Buccal Facial
Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Editor

Apr 16, 2024

From aromatherapy to hydra-versions, I’ve been spoilt with the opportunity to trial a range of skin treatments. But with a six month long wait list, the in-demand April Brodie Buccal Facial by the leading Aussie dermatologist by the same name had so far eluded me. So, naturally, I jumped at the chance to trial the $500 treatment. Even if the thought of having a stranger stick her fingers in her mouth in the name of better skin did leave me slightly apprehensive…

What is a Buccal Facial?

With fans including Meghan Markle and Jennifer Lopez, buccal massage is a facial treatment that holds remarkable potential. The technique involves delicately sculpting the skin from within. By gently manipulating the muscles in the buccal cavity, the space between teeth and cheeks. While its ability to reshape the face is celebrated, its true magic lies in its ability to provide immediate relief and relaxation. Buccal massage offers a unique and indulgent experience that can leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed. Additionally, for those seeking to enhance their facial appearance, active facial exercises complement the benefits of buccal massage. Whether you’re looking to alleviate jaw tension or simply pamper yourself, buccal massage opens the door to a world of possibilities for radiant skin and inner peace.

All about my appointment

April Brodie, who flies into Sydney from Melbourne for one week a month, offers her appointments at the Intercontinental Double Bay. Prior to your session, a pre-treatment form allows April to assess your skin and address any concerns.

Despite some initial apprehension, April helped ease my anxiety about the procedure. (She understands that its to be expected when you think about someone sticking their fingers into your mouth!) But, surprisingly, the experience was not as uncomfortable as expected. In fact, some parts were downright relaxing to my wound up self.

The facial proved not be a simple is not just a skin care treatment. Offering instead a holistic experience that combined facial therapy with sculpting massage techniques. April’s unique approach addressed some concerns I didn’t even realise I suffered from. Such as jaw clenching, teeth grinding and tension headaches. Making it ideal for those seeking both relaxation and rejuvenation.

Ultimately, the 90-minute April Brodie Buccal Facial not only rejuvenated my skin but also provided a unique sensory experience. It involved a blend of detoxification, stimulation, and relaxation. Targeting neglected facial muscles to maintain tautness and vitality. During the treatment, April employed highly considered movements to release blockages and improve the skin’s performance. The Gua Sha Stone Massage, further enhanced the facial experience by relieving muscle tension and stimulating lymphatic release.

April Brodie Buccal Facial

Are the results worth the price?

While it will be some time before I am confused as a breakaway princess, or a Grammy award-winning artist, there was denying my skin looked fuller, flusher and generally fabulous-ser. So, if it takes a firm set of fingers lodged in my mouth to achieve this aesthetic, then sign me up!


By Marie-Antoinette Issa

Lifestyle Editor

Marie-Antoinette Issa is the Lifestyle Editor for The Carousel and Women Love Tech. She has worked across news and women's lifestyle magazines and websites including Cosmopolitan, Cleo, Madison, Concrete Playground, The Urban List and Daily Mail, I Quit Sugar and Huffington Post.



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