Great Invention Idea? 3 Unusual Ways to Look Your Best

Although plastic surgery is America's favorite branch of medicine, many of us are still wary of going under the knife for purely vain reasons. As a result, we tend to turn to less trustworthy methods of maintaining our good looks, such as unregulated herbal supplements. That's why the next three patents are of such interest. All promise to deliver some of the benefits of cosmetic surgery without the dangers often associated with surgery. Of course, it's anybody's guess as to whether or not the results are noteworthy, but hey, it's worth a shot.

Perhaps United States patent 560351 has the most modest goals of the three patents featured here. This patent is for a Dimple Device intended to give the unfortunate dimple-less among us those benchmarks of youth and good looks, as well as reinforce the already existing dimples of the genetically blessed.

Device for Producing DimplesDevice for Producing Dimples

The Dimple Device is an instrument that resembles a math compass. (You remember those things you used in grade school to draw a circle or arc.) Only with this thing you are meant to press the pearl shaped end onto the part of your face where a dimple is desired, while the roller moves back and forth to make the skin more pliable.

I don't know how effective the device is or how permanent the results might be. In any event, you'll want to start using the Dimple Device right away, as I suspect it is likely to give you a heck of a bruise at first and you'll want to be totally healed and blemish free before Valentine's Day.

Way past the point where a dimple or two will do the trick? Then you might want to consider United States patent 4995379 . This patented device promises an Instant Face-Lift. So, theoretically you could look ten years younger by dinnertime!

Instant Face LiftInstant Face Lift

This patent works on the same premise as Frownies. You know Frownies: basically tape you use to pull back your eyes at night when you're sleeping and not at all concerned with how you look! Anyway, the instant face-lift is achieved by attaching straps to the loose parts of your face, wrapping them around your ears, attaching them to each other and giving a good pull. Seems like a good idea, but like Frownies, what happens when you undo the straps?

For this reason United States patent 6971397 promises to be your best bet. The Face Lifting Wig works on the same principle as United States patent 4995379, only the straps are concealed by a wig making it possible for you to sport the face-lift effects, and possibly a new hair color, to your Valentine's Day rendezvous!

Face Lift WigFace Lift Wig

There you have it, a few "quick fixes" just in time for your lovers' holiday. At worst, the patents won't do much to improve your good looks. At best, they'll give you an idea as to whether or not using your kid's college fund to finance your cosmetic surgery is a good investment. (For you, not your kid.)

Elizabeth Valeri
Patents Writer

Feb 20, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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It's nice to have hope!

Feb 5, 2008
by kimberly (not verified)


See if we can try that...thanks!

Feb 20, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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Frownies Really Work?

I'm happy that so many people, presumably women, have benefited from the use of Frownies.

Feb 22, 2008
by Elizabeth Valeri
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Come back and let us know if they worked.