From radio waves to sticky tape and even a facial sling, the wacky ways to keep your chin up 


The inhabitants of Downton Abbey positioned nice worth on a stiff higher lip. However when the brand new movie’s feminine stars posed collectively at its premiere this week, it was their uniformly agency jawlines that have been most noticeable.

The attractive Elizabeth McGovern, 58, confirmed no signal of the middle-aged sag that may be some of the recognisable indicators of ageing, with a chin as outlined as both of her thirtysomething co-stars, Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery.

Out of your 40s onwards, the decrease face begins to sag and lose definition. A lot of that is all the way down to pure lack of quantity, as collagen and elastin manufacturing falls.

Alice Smellie (pictured testing the Anacis Vela Contour 4D V Raise Band) teamed up  with aesthetic physician Mervyn Patterson of Woodford Medical to offer verdict on the most recent tightening therapies

‘The volume in our upper face acts like a shelf to keep the chin and jaw firm,’ says aesthetic physician Mervyn Patterson of Woodford Medical. ‘But as we lose upper and outer cheek volume, the lower part of the face starts to move downwards.’

All in all, it’s hardly shocking nearly 70 per cent of us have issues about our jaw and chin. As a brand new tightening therapy, known as Morpheus8, launches within the UK, Alice Smellie takes a have a look at the merchandise on provide and asks Dr Patterson for his verdict …


Oh Ok! Firming Tech Neck Sheet Masks, £7,

WHAT IS IT? An ingredient-soaked, V-shaped hydrogel masks to suit the neck and chin. Comprises avocado to spice up elasticity and marine plant extracts for firming.

Dr Patterson says Oh Ok! Firming Tech Neck Sheet Masks (pictured) has substances which will enhance the looks of pores and skin, however is unlikely to offer everlasting tightening outcomes

HOW IT WORKS: Place the marginally chilly and damp masks across the chin and neck — there are holes so you possibly can hook it over your ears. Depart it on for 20 minutes, then therapeutic massage any left over product into pores and skin. Though splendidly hydrating, there’s no apparent change in the way in which my jaw appears to be like.

VERDICT: Topical substances will assist the looks of pores and skin and, though you could get some tightening impact, it is going to be non permanent.2/5


NuFACE Mini Facial Toner, £125,

WHAT IS IT? Known as a five-minute facelift, this gadget consists of a easy, curved hand-piece with two metallic balls on the high.

It makes use of microcurrent — low-voltage electrical present — to stimulate collagen and elastin manufacturing within the pores and skin, in addition to serving to to raise and tone muscular tissues.

HOW IT WORKS: Apply the priming gel, which incorporates hyaluronic acid for plumping, to a clear face. Activate the gadget and place one metallic ball on the jawline with the opposite outdoors the nook of the mouth. Glide to the ear till a beep sounds (after 5 seconds). Repeat throughout your face.

 Dr Patterson revealed it is doable to attain desired tightening outcomes through the use of NuFACE Mini Facial Toner (pictured) each day 

You may select the depth of the present, which seems like a light-weight prickling — the stronger it’s, the quicker and more practical the therapy.

There’s a little instantaneous impact. For optimum outcomes, use it 5 days per week for 60 days.

VERDICT: There’s proof for microcurrent when treating such circumstances as sports activities accidents, arthritis and again ache — it’s identified to enhance blood move and mobile turnover. However you do have to make use of this each day for outcomes.three/5


Exercise at FaceGym, from £50, London and Manchester,

WHAT IS IT? A facial boot camp at FaceGym, the UK’s solely gymnasium for the face, the place a private coach (facial masseuse) gives you a full exercise.

HOW IT WORKS: A therapist makes use of excessive power kneading actions to tone and tighten the muscular tissues. Fingers, thumbs and knuckles are used across the chin and jaw in addition to some flicking motions up the chin. Followers say outcomes are instantaneous.

VERDICT: Defining the jawline utilizing therapeutic massage is a well-liked type of facial — it’s efficient for a day or two, except you stick with it with the workout routines. If mixed with such strategies as radio frequency, you’ll have longer-term lifting. three .5 /5


Pores and skin tightening with Morpheus8, from £950,

Dr Patterson says Pores and skin tightening with Morpheus8 (pictured) can obtain wonderful outcomes because it combines radio frequency with micro-needling

WHAT IS IT? It feels like an implausible sci-fi character, however that is the subsequent era in face firming. Just about pain-free, it makes use of radio frequency and micro-needling to stimulate collagen manufacturing.

HOW IT WORKS: Numbing cream is utilized, then 24 needles, measuring as much as 4mm and hooked up to a hand- held probe, stamp painlessly, over the jawline and below the chin, delivering radio frequency and stimulation.

Two therapies one month aside are all that’s wanted, and outcomes are everlasting. Preliminary tightening is clear and the outcomes peak at six months.

VERDICT: Radio frequency and micro-needling is an efficient firming method; you might be wounding the physique to stimulate a therapeutic response. Outcomes might be wonderful.four .5 /5


Anacis Vela Contour 4D V Raise Band, £39.44,

Dr Patterson was unimpressed by Anacis Vela Contour 4D V Raise Band (pictured) because it appears labour intensive 

WHAT IS IT? A cloth and silicone band impregnated with substances together with niacinamide, to assist with wrinkles.

It claims to slim, tone and sculpt, and is used with an accompanying masks.

HOW IT WORKS: First, the V-Pack, an oval cloth masks, is positioned over the chin and jawline. Over this you fasten the accompanying V Raise Band — an elastic and silicone hairband. That is impregnated with the mineral tourmaline, to assist agency the world. Thick straps pull tightly up the face. There are two slits for the ears.

You don’t get far more Hannibal Lecter than this.

Depart for as much as 40 minutes, then observe with V Firming Cream.

It feels snug, however you appear like a whole noodle. My high tip is don’t reply the door to the postman. It’s efficient, however wrecks hair quantity!

VERDICT: This appears labour intensive. There could also be some instantaneous, non permanent lifting. However you possibly can’t simply squish flesh and count on it to remain in place.2/5


Face Raise Patch, £10.99,

Dr Patterson says Face Raise Patch (pictured) is ludicrous and fraught with threat because it’s tough to maintain the tape caught to your face

WHAT IS IT? Invisible and waterproof little rectangles of elastic tape that are utilized to the face to haul the pores and skin again and redefine the jaw. To be trustworthy, they appear like plasters you’d choose up from Boots.

HOW IT WORKS: Clear the face and pull the jaw pores and skin again in the direction of the ear. Peel off the backing tape and maintain the sticker down for 5 seconds till it’s agency. Then take away the highest layer of tape so you might be left with a nice, invisible strip holding your pores and skin up. It’s fiddly, however my jaw does look extra outlined — for so long as it holds!

VERDICT: That is ludicrous, and fraught with threat — I don’t see how the tape goes to remain caught in your face in the event you go dancing, for instance. One of the best that may be mentioned is that it’s a reasonable resolution!1/5


Juvederm Volux, from £450,

WHAT IS IT? Fillers are used to sculpt faces in as creative a style as Michelangelo would possibly strategy aesthetic therapies. Juvederm Volux is a brand new, hyaluronic acid-based product for the chin and jaw. It incorporates the anaesthetic lidocaine, so the expertise isn’t uncomfortable.

HOW IT WORKS: The filler is injected in a triangle both aspect of the face to offer the taut pores and skin of a 20-year-old. It’s additionally injected alongside the jawline. Outcomes can final for as much as two years.

VERDICT: I like to recommend this; the outcomes might be spectacular. However ensure you go to a specialist physician for therapy. On the draw back, it may be costly.four/5



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