‘Sleep with tape to improve your looks’: Guys are taping their mouths shut to achieve a chiselled jawline

TikToker Gabriel Dridi shuts his mouth closed with tape at night, but doctors say it is a bad idea. Picture: TikTok

TikToker Gabriel Dridi shuts his mouth closed with tape at night, but doctors say it is a bad idea. Picture: TikTok

Published Jun 22, 2023


My aunt always told me that you have to suffer for beauty, and from what I’ve seen, people really do the strangest things.

When you think of beauty tricks, one usually pictures women doing all sorts of things to achieve perfection.

So it’s always surprising to see guys do odd things to attain perfect looks.

One of the most bizarre tricks taking over male beauty TikTok is going to sleep with your mouth taped closed in an effort to improve your jawline.

Last December, TikToker Olle Martin took to the video app to encourage his 500K followers to tape their mouths shut at night to achieve the desired chiselled jawline.

“When I discovered mouth taping, I approached it cautiously, fearing it might be dangerous,” Martin, of the UK, told HuffPost.

“My jawline became more defined and my maxilla muscle became more visible, giving me a sharper and well-defined appearance,” he enthused.

Another male beauty TikTok user, Gabriel Dridi, followed the advice and suggested the bizarre trick as well.

The Swede’s post, captioned: “Sleep with tape to improve your looks!”, which has been viewed more than two million times, advises his followers to poke small holes in surgical tape before applying it over their mouths.

“How to boost your looks (Men)” reads the video overlay copy. “Sleep with tape on your mouth. Improves your jawline. Improves shape of your nose.”

@hyperiddaren Sleep with tape to improve your looks! #menselfcare #fypシ #gabrieldridi ♬ original sound - Omar

However, medical professionals have shared that this trend is in no way a quick-fix and even consider it to be dangerous.

Plastic surgeon and Harvard Medical School associate professor of surgery, Dr Samuel Lin told HuffPost that it’s unlikely that a short course of mouth taping will change the bone structure of a person’s jawline.

“This is one of the most dangerous trends I’ve heard of in some time, and I’m quite concerned that it is being advocated as a ‘health’ trend,” Dr David Culpepper, a Lexington, Kentucky-based general practitioner told Fox News Digital last August.

“To put it quite simply, intentionally obstructing your airways during sleep is a terrible idea,” he concluded.