People around the world strive for physical beauty. For some people, that means getting plastic surgery. For others, they may not want to do that, either because of the cost, or because they are concerned about the risks of surgery.
Now there is a new category of procedures, which claim that they can give you the benefits of cosmetic surgery, without any knives involved. These do-it-yourself devices look like some strange instruments of torture, but they claim to give you a better smile or an instant facelift. Is there any truth to these claims? Specialists mentioned that these claims usually have no scientific or factual basis. In some cases, they just waste people’s money and time. In other cases, they could damage the user’s face.
Here are a few of the devices available for DIY plastic surgery.
This is for people who want a straighter nose. You insert the nose straightener into your nostrils, and then press the plastic legs into the sides of your nose, the bottom, and the bridge. Then you turn it on, and it starts vibrating. The product claims that three minutes of use each day can give you a straighter nose, without the hassle of cosmetic surgery. Prices start at $50 and believe it or not, some have actually bought it. Not many claimed positive effects though.
Rather than the difficult surgery of shaving off part of your jawbone to get a slimmer face, you could try this mouthpiece. It looks like grotesque clown lips, but it claims that using this for three minutes a day can cure tired muscles and saggy cheeks. You put it in your mouth, make vowel sounds, and end up with a “more youthful, vibrant face”. Another version of the face slimmer device vibrates to exercise those muscles for you.
If you don’t want to spend the money on a traditional facelift, you could try this device that claims to give you an instant facelift by stretching your scalp. You have a ribbon clip that you hook onto your head every day. You pull your hair over it, and it stretches your face, supposedly removing wrinkles around your eyes and cheeks. The Scalp Stretcher was invented by the Japanese, and although it looks painful, some women would do anything to look 10 years younger.
Double Fold Eyelids
In Asia, a lot of people want to develop double fold eyelids, and this device claims to deliver this in just five minutes per day. You wear a plastic frame that pushes up into your eyelid. When you blink, it supposedly trains the muscles in your eyelids to give them the desired look. This product is so popular it sold by the thousands in its first month.
Though it looks like something horrific, this bandage-strap mask claims to make your face smaller (which is a beauty goal known in Japan as kogao), and to keep you looking younger. You wrap the straps around your face, eyes, and over the crown of your head. As you wear it, the product is supposed to apply pressure to your face which helps your skin stay smooth and unwrinkled. Apparently, this anti-aging mask tightens up the cheeks and defines your facial contours.
If you are unhappy with your wide, rounded nose, this product says that it can give you a narrower, pointier nose without surgery. You clip the device inside your nostrils, where it supposedly pushes up the bones in your nose and reshapes its contours. Though this looks painful, it is designed to wear as you sleep.
Rubber mouth piece
The rubber mouth piece is meant for women who want fuller lips. It claims to lift muscles and sagging skin, although it keeps your mouth open which is pretty weird. Once again, the device was invented by the Japanese, and we haven’t heard anyone claiming its usefulness.
DIY plastic surgery devices exist. However, there’s no scientific evidence to prove their efficiency. Most of these gadgets are commercial products that won’t make you look 10 years younger. Real cosmetic surgery is a lot more complicated and just because you’re attaching plastic things to your face, it doesn’t mean their effects are visible.