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Facelift in a Bottle?

by | Jun 17, 2016 | Blog, Facelift

We live in amazing times. Almost daily, we’re treated to exciting news about advancements in science, medicine, and beauty, too. Many of these advancements will prove to be of genuine value to millions of people. Others turn out to be nothing more than a flash in the pan, helping a few unscrupulous people line their pockets with gold.

Accordingly, when we read about a new two-step cream than researchers say “tightens up baggy eyes and can keep dry legs from flaking,” our excitement was mitigated by a little bit of healthy scepticism. 

Here’s the science behind the new sensation.

From the Research Labs: 5 Benefits of Second Skin

About a decade ago, a research team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology set out to develop a protective coating for the skin. The goal was to find a way to control the properties of skin by coating it with polymers that would impart beneficial effects.   

In May of 2016, the team announced the results of their work: XPL, a new silicone-based polymer. The material is intended to be applied to the skin in a whisper-thin coating.  Once there, researchers say it can

  • Temporarily protect and tighten skin
  • Erase wrinkles
  • Smooth out eye bags
  • Create a protective barrier against the sun
  • Deliver medication to skin conditions (eczema) and other types of dermatitis


Does this sound too good to be true to you? It may well be. It should be noted that these impressive results were achieved using just four test groups with limited subjects. 

“Consistent results achieved over time are the true test of any new product or procedure. While the idea of a facelift in a bottle is appealing, there is a great deal more research needed.” – Dr George Marcells

We remain cautiously optimistic about the findings at M.I.T. and will let you know as more news develops. This may leave you asking:

“What should I do if I need a face lift?”

It’s a question we love to hear. 

Trust Proven Surgical & Non-Surgical Facial Enhancement

Patients seeking facial rejuvenation at our practice are in good hands with Dr Marcells. During a long and illustrious career, he has established himself as a leader providing the very best in medical and cosmetic care. Only treatments that have a long and proven track record of success make the cut here in Edgecliff. 

Some of our face-saving, anti-ageing treatments are surgical in nature:

Others are less invasive, but wonderfully effective in their own right at turning back the hands of time on an ageing face:

Dr Marcells meets with patients individually to assess their anatomy, discuss their lifestyles, and learn about their enhancement goals. Armed with this information, he then recommends a treatment solution that is customised to his patient.

Lifting Faces & Spirits

Dr George Marcells is a facial plastic surgeon whose skills and aesthetic expertise help men and women achieve a more pleasing appearance. If you would like to know about facelifts, brow lifts, eye surgery, cosmetic injectables, and other procedures that can help put your face in balance, please use our online enquiry form or call us on 1300 555 095 to get answers.

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Meet Dr Marcells

MBBS (Syd), FRACS (ORL-HNS)
President – Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons

Dr George Marcells is known for excellence in facial plastic surgery and is considered a true master of rhinoplasty. He performs advanced surgical techniques to restore balance and harmony to the face and can also resolve functional issues such as breathing difficulties.

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