Beyond the thighmaster: Suzanne Somers and the FaceMaster

Beauty in Seattle on 6 Feb 2007 at 12:19am

Home Shopping Network Queen, Suzanne Somers, made a small fortune selling us the Thigh Master.  She is a tireless entrepreneur, yet with success Suzanne carries a healthy dose of skeptics and controversy.Suzanne Somers pushes the face master

Somers was nearly ruined when it was revealed in 2001 that she had liposuction at the Lasky Clinic; a stinging revelation at the time she was selling the heck out of her thighmaster and special diet.  She explained to Larry King that her lipo was related to her breast cancer and mastectomy.  Even Suzanne's battle with cancer came under attack as she opted for homeopathy to treat the cancer.

Suzanne Somers has forged ahead, producing one HSN hit after another.  Her push into anti-aging includes the FaceMaster, which the FDA warned was a medical device requiring approval (later secured), yet HSN Face Master purchasers seem to like it.

 the Face Master is promoted by Suzanne Somers on HSNA key to Suzanne Somers' success is her passion for the sale.  As she tells a reporter from the LA Times (The Unsinkable Suzanne Somers):

To hear her proselytize for the FaceMaster, for example, a little $100 machine that sends tiny jolts of electricity to facial muscles, is to experience the art of persuasion.
It's a workout for your face, she says, building muscle tone to prop up skin before it sags. She'll show you how she has sculpted convincingly plump cheeks with this little device (FDA approved, mind you), how she has avoided face-lifts and eye jobs.
At 60, she's got some wrinkles. She'll point them out to you. But overall she looks good. And she's so down-to-earth, with that throaty, self-deprecating laugh that's just a few beats away from the Chrissy Snow snort. So you willingly ignore that part of you that's saying, "Electric jolts? To your face? Using a gel as a conductor fluid?"

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Suzanne is a wonderfull person. I read her books and use the facemaster every day. I am 50 and people tell me that i look 30. My skin is thight and is glowing. People Think that i had botox or fillings but i am telling you frankly; the facemaster really works for me. Redfox
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I found something I can use that does not give me a headache! Im so happy with it. Its the Nu Face!!! I also can use the Time Machine from Connie Stevens with no headache. I have no idea why I can use these and not the other ones like Facemaster and DermaWand.
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We have a tens unit that was prescribed for my husband's back problem. It specifically says in the pamphlet to use on face only under a doctor's supervision and warns about using it anywhere near the brain. That is enough to scare me off.
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well i wouldnt think something for the back should be used on the face. it would be way more power than for the face i would think. :)
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It is a real shame that we all get older - yet many of us do not get WISER.

*Sigh*
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I tried the Facemaster and I got a big headache from it every time. I wanted to keep it and use it but these headaches were bad. I got them from the Derma wand too! I must be too sensitive to this type of thing! I tried the lowest setting on them both. Had to return them both sadly!
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Besides the metallic taste, I also would get sensitive teeth from using it. Lately I've been swishing with baking soda water prior to the Facemaster and I've had no further side effects. I wonder if people who are sensitive to the electrodes have heavy metal toxicity which makes them acidic. I've been tested and have high lead and mercury.
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I've had a metallic taste in my mouth too, and I don't have any silver fillings. When using the Facemaster, I get headaches in my temples and jaw pain. The inside skin of my mouth burns afterward and I develop cankor and cold sores the next day. This all happens even at the lowest setting.
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I'm 52 yrs old and I have been using the Facemaster for about 5 months and Dermawand for about 4 yrs. I really notice a difference if I stop. No skin cream, laser treatment, or peel has given me such good, reliable results. I wasted more money than I care to remember on botox, restalyne (and even a "thermage" treatment that was a HUGE rip-off). If you want to see what plastic surgery looks like, check out one of the "Real Housewives" shows on Bravo, and compare some of those women to Suzanne Somers.
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My wife turns 50 this month and looks amazing infact she looks sort of like Suzanne used to way back. She is into the cosmetic industry and knows her stuff very well. She has always followed Suzanne and loved her. Lately though my wife has noticed that suzanne has changed. I myself believe that Suzanne is having a difficult time coming to terms with here natural aging and his given in to the scalpal. Yes even my wife has noticed that Suzanne has done some radical stuff to her face that is not natural. Anyone who does not see this or refuses to believe it is in denial. Age gracefully by using natural moisturizers and creams. The surgery may make you look good in the next 2 years or so but eventuallty you will look horrible and further surgery will only make you look like a monster. To me its a mental issue with most of these people as they think because they are rich that they can attain any results money can buy.
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I have used this product since it came out and its incredible. Don't listen to the bad mouthers. They obviously have not used the product. At least give it a fair chance before you put it down. As far as Ms. Somers is concerned-more power to women in business!
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I received a FaceMaster as a gift this Christmas. The first time I used it I noticed a metallic taste the minute I used it around my mouth. I have a few silver fillings and I can only assume that's what I'm tasting. Can someone please tell me if the electrical currents running through my skin are causing the silver to out-gas? What negative health effects could this cause in the short and long term? Thanks! Steph01
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Amalgam fillings are least 50% mercury, find a Holistic dentist,get them out! Yes they do leech out when you chew, drink hot liquids, brush your teeth, eat and have numerous symptoms. Mercury is the second most toxic substance on the planet and causes brain neuron degeneration. Mercury is retained in the brain, nerves, kidneys, liver, and endocrine glands. Go to www.mercurypoisoned.com, you will learn much more about mercury. Remember there are no safe levels of mercury.
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I have used the FaceMaster 6 times already. TODAY I went and got my nails done at my regular nail spa. The gal said, you look like you're "glowing and have a younger appearance"? Did you have plastic surgery or just come back from a vacation? I told her the truth about the FaceMaster and she couldn't believe I was 51! She said, you look like you're 40! She had never asked my age before, until I started using this product. At first, I started using the FaceMaster every other day..now I'm using daily..For once I've purchased a product that really WORKS! Thank you Suzanne, you have changed my life in the last 2 weeks! ~ Renee
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Does anyone have a buzzing sensations on their lips the day after using the Face Master?
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For the doubters out there...THIS THING WORKS! I am 38 and I was considering botox injections.... I saw this thing....I had my serious doubts before I used it. I lucked out and found a BRAND NEW sealed facemaster with everything in there ( including the original purchaser's invoice ) and I paid only $5 at a second hand store....I figured what did I have to lose...for $5!!! I'll tell you what I lost....The frown lines that everyone gets botox for....and the forehead (raise your eyebrows) lines...DRASTICALLY DIMINISHED after only 2 USES! I myself could not believe it..I have to keep checking..and YES they are almost GONE! With results like these I would pay $200 to replace this little gem. I'll admit..the electrical stim is a little wierd at first...but for these results I will take the wierd little tingly sensation over the wrinkles!..My guess is that the person who bought it originally couldnt handle the eletric stim. I THANK them for passing it along to ME! Last word: GET ONE!!!
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I bought it and I DO see a difference after using this for a week. My jawline is definitely tighter. And I have had a previous facelift so I know what I'm looking at here. It's based on the same premise as TENS units, which you can look up on the internet anytime and understand why and how it works. TENS units have been used for ages to strengthen muscles in the pelvic floor for women suffering from urinary leakage. This isn't a new thing, just a new application for an old thing. My only problem is that the timer doesn't work so I just count out the 10 seconds.
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the facemaster really works. I have used it daily since buying it and began to see results after about 3 - 4 days. This machine has come through for me. I did not expect to see results that soon. I really can see them in and around my eyes and cheeks. I can't wait to see what the results will be like in 2 months. Shouldn't knock it, unless you tried it and if you try it, give it a real try, commit daily. I don't get why folks want to knock it; this technology has been around and known to be successful as well for quite some time.
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I was a supplier of organic durum whole wheat pasta to Suzanne which she sold on HSN. I assure you she has good intentions, she was willing to pay a premium for us to utilize the highest quality ingredients in her products. Her company was very ethical and great to work with.
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I watched Suzanne last night on HSN and for $100 bucks, I have to give this a try. I should receive it in a few weeks, once I try it I will be back with my review. So far I hear more positive. Here's to a happy face
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I would be more interested in purchasing your facemaster, but I have never seen you infomercial, if you have one, on this product. Need time and date and t. v. listing to watch. Wanna be much more informed. Thanks for your help. I live in Florida4
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I just heard Suzanne on a CBC Radio interview. It's all about marketing, but hey, I'm 52 and would love to find an alternative to surgery (which freaks me out). I'd like to hear what a Dermatologist has to say about the product. In fact, I'd like to know why there isn't a "Dermatology" watchdog that helps consumers evaluate whether any of the new products actually work. I have my doubts, but I do believe that there has been real progress in micro technology (mostly due to transferring medications for serious illnesses). Companies like Lancome, Vichey etc. etc. claim that they have incorporated state-of-the-art ingredients. Have they, or is it all marketing?
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I ordered one but never used it. I have glaucoma implants and probably should have known better than to even order it but they don't tell you anything on air about "facial implants" but boy it is sure there in the pamphlet. Most sales people are counting on people never returning anything. Mine is on its way back, Also having cataract surgery is considered a "facial implant" as the eye dr. gave me a card. Suzanne and that Dr, should mention this on air. They also gloss over the cost of the solution which is really high.
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Regardless of what the negative comments are, I am a 40 year old woman who uses the face master. I have been using it for only 4 days now, and it DOES work. My husband came home after the first evening I used it, and asked me how much I spent on fillers. He was amazed to find that I had not spent a dime. Just the face master. Although I don't have deep wrinkles, I was starting to get the "parenthesies" (nasal labial fold's) quite severely from my nose, down past my bottom lip. After only 4 uses of the face master, they are almost completely gone. It has also virtually diminished the expression lines in my forehead, and the "11:00" lines between my eyes as well. I'm quite sure it's not as dramatic as a face lift, but I assure you the face master has taken 6-8 years off of my appearance. For a cost of $100.00, versus $5,000.00 for a face lift, I'll take it! I will continue to use my face master, and should mine quit working, will promptly replace! Thank you Suzanne Sommers for bringing this technology to the public. To heck with what a few "spoiled sports" have to say!
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I have bought it a couple of days and I do see some difference and feel them. Just knowing how RF works on muscles in different part of the body, it would make sense for RF to work on face muscels as well. As with any type of muscle stimulation, patience is a must. My question is when I use the Facemaster near my lips or nose area, I feel some nerve tingling around some of my teeth. Has anyone felt this and is there a way to block the nerve tooth sensation?
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