The no knife nose job! Bizarre gadgets claim to plump up lips and eradicate wrinkles (but can they REALLY work)
Beauty experts have developed a way for women to get the effects of plastic surgery without going under the knife – but the resulting bizarre facial contraptions involved are only for the seriously motivated.
Among the amusing range developed in Japan is the Hana Tsun nose straightener – billed as a 'nasal support beauty clip' which has two silicone prongs that are inserted into the nostrils.
According to the seller, Japan Trend Shop, putting the gadget into one's nose for 20 minutes a day is enough to achieve the perfect profile.
Knife-free nose job The Hana Twin Nose claims to give the user a more 'graceful' nose
Buzz your way to a better nose: The Beauty Lift High Nose applies vibrations to help push the nose higher and make it firmer
It reads: 'Do you have a complex about your nose Then reach for the Hana Twin Nose, a much cheaper alternative to plastic surgery and it doesn't hurt either!
'After slipping this clip gently into your nostrils, the supports on either side will help balance and push up the bones and contours of your nose, so it has an overall sharper, straighter shape, less round and more graceful.'
The name comes from the word Hana, meaning nose in Japanese, and 'tsun,' meaning to perk or stick up, which is a characteristic of what is deemed to be the ideal nose shape.
Other unusual products sold on the website include the 80 Eye Slack Haruka, which is aimed at combating sagging skin around the eyes with battery-powered vibrating pads, and the 70 Beauty Lift High Nose, which applies vibrations to help push the nose higher and make it firmer.
The manufacturers insist that just three minutes' use a day will make enough of a difference that others will notice the user's perky new profile.
The cartoonish Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece slips over the wearers natural lips and claims to enhance the natural pout without the need for injections
The Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece is made of a pliable silicone that is said to be comfortable to wear
For those who hanker after the plumped-up lips of the likes of Katie Price, or even more extreme, Pete Burns, the rather cartoonish Face Slimmer Exercise Mouthpiece slips over the wearer's own mouth with the ultimate goal of boosting the lips to a more prominent pout.
And a facial toner – the Facial Lift At Once Toner – in the form of a cylindrical plastic gadget is gripped between the user's lips where it buzzes at a high frequency, thereby toning the area.
'All you do is put on the mouth cover, pop it in your mouth and it does the hard work for you!,' the website claims, adding: 'If only running a marathon could be as easy!'
The Japan Trend Shop claims the results are instantaneous.
Lip up: A facial lifting device fits between the lips where it buzzes at a high frequency to exercise the area, resulting, say the manufacturers, in a youthful, taut complexion
Other gadgets include rubber masks that can be strapped on to provide resistance for facial exercises (just 10 minutes a day will provide staggering results, they say) and a pair of outlandish goggles that the makers claim will mean you 'won't look old and tired any more' thanks to their ridged form that massages tired, lined eyes.
Whether the gadgets will take off in this country is doubtful. Last year a survey found that seven in ten young British women wanted to have plastic surgery.
1,150 women aged between 18 to 30 revealed 72 per cent were looking to have breast enhancements, nose jobs and liposuction.
The survey said the trend to plastic surgery was 'worrying' and that young women saw surgery as a normal, desirable and acceptable way to make facial changes.
Bizarre: The Eye Slack Haruka creates vibrations that combat sagging skin, say the manufacturers