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1. WO2020109131 - DISPOSITIF À PORTER POUR LEVER DES ZONES DE LA PEAU

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WEARABLE DEVICE TO LIFT AREAS OF SKIN

The present invention relates to a wearable device which lifts and smooths areas of the wearer’s skin.

Various wearable devices and garments are known which use panels of resilient material to compress and smooth out areas of the body, such as the stomach or arms. Examples can be seen in US 9,801 ,420 and US 4,625,338. However, such garments act by completely covering and restraining the relevant body area and are usually worn as underwear below other items of clothing, or incorporated into other garments.

A wearable device is described below which acts to lift an area of a wearer’s skin, rather than restraining or compressing it. In general terms the device, comprises a gripping element having an outer surface, and an inner surface formed of or coated with a non-slip material, wherein the gripping element is configured to fit around part of a wearer’s body with the non-slip material contacting the skin, and further comprising at least one lifting element secured to the gripping element and configured to be adjustable in length, whereby in use, the or each lifting element is adjustable so as to exert a lifting force on the gripping element, the skin gripped thereby and an area of skin below the gripping element.

Specifically, the present invention provides a wearable device for listing an area of skin on a wearer’s torso which is situated below the device in use, as set out in claim 1.

Thus, the device of the present invention lifts and smooths an area of skin, in particular on the wearer’s stomach and lower back, without covering the area , so that the user can leave that area exposed if they wish.

The gripping element typically comprises a front portion to be positioned across a wearer’s front and a rear portion to be positioned across a wearer’s back and a pair of lifting elements each comprising a strap attached to the front and rear portions and configured to extend over a shoulder of the wearer.

The band may be a continuous loop, or an elongate strip with two ends and co operating attachment devices secured at each end.

Preferably, the gripping element is formed of a resilient material, such as a knitted fabric. The non-slip material of inner surface of the gripping element may comprise a silicone-based material.

The present invention may also comprise a garment incorporating a wearable device of the type described above.

Another form of wearable skin-lifting device maybe configured for use on the upper chest or decolletage area of a wearer. In particular, a wearable device for lifting an area of skin on a wearer’s chest which is situated below the device in use may comprise a gripping element having an outer surface, and an inner surface formed of coated with a non-slip material, wherein the gripping element comprises a elongate strip configured to lie across the upper chest or decolletage area of a wearer and the non-slip material extends along the strip and contacts the skin, and the device further comprises a lifting element secured to each end of the gripping element and configured to be adjustably attachable to each other behind the neck of the wearer, whereby in use the lifting elements are operable to exert a lifting force on the gripping element, the skin gripped thereby, and an area of skin on the chest below the gripping element.

The invention will now be described in detail, by way of example only, with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Figure 1 is a schematic perspective view of an embodiment of a device in accordance with the present invention;

Figure 2 is a schematic perspective view of a variation of the first embodiment;

Figure 3 is a schematic view of a person’s torso wearing a device as shown in Figures 1 or 2;

Figure 4 is a schematic front view of a person another form of skin-lifting device;

Figure 5 is a schematic rear view of a person wearing the device of Figure 4; and

Figures 6a and 6b are photographs of a person wearing the device of Figures 1-3 before and after adjusting the lifting elements to lift the gripping element.

A device 10 in accordance with an embodiment of the present invention is illustrated in Figure 1. The device 10 comprises a gripping element 12 and at least one lifting element 14. In this example, the gripping element 12 is in the form of a band configured to encircle a wearer’s torso and there is a pair of lifting elements in the form of straps 14 attached to front and rear portions of the band and configured to extend over the shoulders. Each strap 14 includes means 16 to adjust its length, for example in the same manner as a conventional bra strap.

A single lifting element 14 could also be used, for example in the form of a single strap extending over one shoulder, or a Y-shaped strap having two separate portions which merge together. For example, there may be two straps at the front and passing over the shoulders, which merge into a single strap at the back, or vice versa.

The band 12 is preferably formed of a resilient or elastic material, e.g. a knitted fabric, which can stretch slightly to help the wearer put it on and take it off. The band 12 is preferably sized so that when in position it will be slightly in tension to give a secure fit. The band 12 has an outer surface and an inner surface. The inner surface is formed of or coated with a non-slip material 18 that will grip a wearer’s skin and resist any relative slipping. The non-slip material may, for example, comprise a silicone-based material such as is commonly used in hold-up stockings. However, non-silicone versions of such non-slip materials are also available. These non-slip materials have a rubbery or gel-like consistency which has a slightly sticky feel, so that it will gently adhere to a wearer’s skin and resist slipping, but is easily removable by peeling away from the skin.

In the first embodiment of Figure 1 , the band 12 is a continuous loop, which a wearer would normally put over their head in order to put it on. Alternatively, as shown in Figure 2, the band 12 may comprise an elongate strip 20 which can be fitted around a wearer’s torso and the ends 22 of the strip 20 can then be secured together by suitable attachment means 24 to form a loop. The attachment means 24 may be of any convenient form, for example hook and eye fasteners as conventionally used on bras. The ends 22 of the strip 20 may be joined together in the centre of the wearer’s back or at the centre front, or elsewhere as desired. This form may be easier for a wearer to put on and take off.

In use, a wearer fits the band 12 around the torso, typically positioning the band 12 around the lower part of the rib cage. For women, it will be positioned below the bust. The straps 14 are positioned to extend over the wearer’s shoulders, as shown in Figure 3. The straps 14 are then shortened or tightened, using the adjustment means 16, in order to exert an upward lift on the band 12. The non-slip material 18 on the inner surface of the band 12 grips the skin it contacts without slipping and therefore the upward movement of the band 12 serves to lift the skin with it. The skin below the band 12 is also lifted and smoothed out.

Thus, the appearance of any loose skin beneath the band is improved. The upward lift is illustrated generally by the arrows in Figure 3. The upward lifting sensation may also act as a physical trigger to the wearer to encourage a good upright posture.

The non-slip material 18 on the inner surface of the band 12 preferably extends substantially continuously around the entire circumference or along the whole length of the band 12. Preferably, the non-slip material 18 covers a large surface area so as to contact a large area of skin to improve the gripping and lifting effect. Therefore, the non-slip material 18 may be, for example, about 2-4cm in width. Alternatively, two or more narrower portions of non-slip material 18, for example about 5mm in width, may be provided.

The device 10 may be a completely separate item that a wearer can use in addition to any other clothing. Alternatively, the device 10 may be incorporated within a garment. It is particularly suitable for incorporation within a bra, bikini top, bralette, cropped top or similar, which is designed to fit around and cover the bust area, while leaving the stomach and lower back exposed.

Figures 6a and 6b show an example of the invention in use. In Figure 6a the user is wearing the device 10 but has not yet adjusted the straps 14 and loose skin on the person’s stomach is visible. In Figure 6b, the straps 14 have been adjusted to lift the band 12, thereby lifting and smoothing the skin on the stomach below the band 12.

Another skin-lifting device for use on the decolletage area, i.e. the upper chest just below the neck, is illustrated in Figures 4 and 5.

In this case, the wearable device 10 comprises a gripping element in the form of an elongate strip 26 which can be applied to a wearer’s skin across the upper chest area just below the base of the neck. As with the embodiment described above, the strip 26 preferably comprises a resilient material, with an outer surface, and an inner surface provided with a non-slip material 28. As seen in Figure 4, the strip 26 may be generally U or V-shaped to lie across the wearer’s decolletage area in the same manner as a necklace. Accordingly, the outer surface may be formed with a decorative finish, for example a luxury fabric and/or it may be embellished with beading etc. The ends of the strip 26 preferably extend a short distance over the shoulders and towards the back of the wearer’s neck.

Lifting elements 30 are attached to the ends of the strip 26. In one form, these can be secured together behind the wearer’s neck and adjusted so as to exert a pull on the strip 26 (as indicated by the arrows in Figure 5) to lift and smooth the skin below the strip 26 in the decolletage area. For example, the lifting elements 30 may comprise length-adjustable straps which can be joined together by a suitable clasp or attachment means 32. The lifting elements 30 may also comprise elongate elements of fabric, cord or ribbon which can be joined by tying them together, as tightly as required to provide the necessary lifting effect on the strip 26.

This device may also be incorporated into a garment. For example, some designs for dresses and tops leave the decolletage area uncovered. The gripping element 26 could be incorporated into such a garment as a neckline feature, whilst still leaving the

decolletage area below it uncovered.

When incorporated into a garment, the lifting elements 30, rather than attaching together behind the neck, could extend down the wearer’s back and attach to another part of the garment such as the back of a bodice.

A garment may also be designed to include both embodiments of the invention, that is with a gripping element configured to encircle the torso, with one or more lifting elements extending over the shoulders, and a further gripping element configured to lie across the decolletage area which could be attached to the same lifting element straps so that they lift both gripping elements when tightened.

Thus, the present invention provides a wearable device which is effective to lift an area of a wearer’s skin without completely covering the area. This may improve the wearer’s appearance, which may be beneficial to the wearer’s self-esteem and general mental health. Some people are greatly affected by having areas of loose skin which may be due to aging, weight loss, child bearing etc. and wearing a device of the present invention is a simple solution to improve the problem, avoiding the need for a more radical solution such as plastic surgery, which inevitably involves significant risks.

It will be appreciated that the precise design of the device and any garment which incorporates it can have many variations whilst still falling within the scope of the present claims.