For the average consumer, plastic surgery is an investment procedure, something that either requires financing or, at a minimum, a lot of budgeting to afford. But women in Hong Kong are reportedly taking matters into their own hands, spending money on at-home, do-it-yourself devices that promise to correct a lengthy list of problem areas without surgery. But do these so-called DIY devices really do anything at all? Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Mitchell of Henderson, Nevada, weighs in.
"Essentially, you’re throwing your money away on these products," says Mitchell. "They can’t do the things they claim to do, and in fact they could actually be harming you in the process."
Mitchell says devices that claim to slim or lift the nose, devices that slim the face and "smile trainers" not only sound uncomfortable, but they could also cause permanent damage to your face and body.
"The truth is, nobody really knows what these things will end up doing to your face in five or 10 years. They could cause muscle damage, or create wrinkles where there might not have ever been any otherwise," says Mitchell.
As for the so-called savings these devices claim to provide, Mitchell says he’d think twice about those, too.
"You’re not saving any money if you’re buying products that waste your time and don’t actually work," he says. "It may not seem like a lot of money spending $20 here or $20 there on this type of device, but it adds up."
So, how do you know if a device is too good to be true?
"It’s the same as with low-cost plastic surgery: If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is," says Mitchell.