A youthful face with the right contours

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  • Tuesday, 17 Mar 2015

Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh, a cosmetic facial surgeon says that one needs active cosmeceuticals to prevent or fight the ageing process. Before cosmeceutical products, there were only cosmetic skincare containing oil, water and fragrance.

For an instant skin lift, Dr Sebagh’s new serum claims to do all that and more.

SOME women go to great lengths to get the sought-after V-Line face shape. Described as the “oval face shape”, the look is deemed ideal because it tends to make the face look more feminine and can make one look up to 10 years younger.

To achieve the well-contoured look, some go for facial lymphatic draining massage, or face yoga which helps to tighten and tone facial muscles. Others prefer bronzers and highlighters which can work wonders. There’s also the thread-lift procedure, whereby micro threads are inserted from the lower cheek to the corner of the temples under the skin and pulled up to fix the sag. Ouch!

But if the idea of even a minimally-invasive cosmetic surgery doesn’t appeal to you, there are other options.

Dr Sebagh has come up with Instant V Lift, a new serum said to lift, firm and restructure skin. Formulated by renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr Jean-Louis Sebagh (pic), the serum is the latest addition to the Dr Sebagh award-winning Advanced Anti-Ageing Skin Care range.

“Most women want skincare that lifts, repairs and restructures skin. They also want a product that can reduce wrinkles and restore radiance. Instant V Lift helps to improve elasticity, and smoothens fine lines and wrinkles with a natural sculptured result,” said Dr Sebagh, 59, during an exclusive interview with a group of Malaysian journalists who were invited to view the Instant V Lift at his swanky clinic in London.

It took over two years for the French doctor, renowned for his anti-ageing surgeries, to develop the serum for women wanting a slimmer and more toned V-shaped face.

“Most women want skincare products that can deliver immediate results. But for a quick outcome, one would need to undergo surgical procedures which can be painful and unpleasant. To create a good skincare range, it is important to identify suitable ingredients that work synergistically with positive long term results. Our mission is to create products that have positive effects on skin,” explained the renowned aesthetic doctor who has carved a name for having pioneered the use of botox, hyaluronic acid fillers and vitamin injections.

Touted as one of the world’s premier cosmetic doctors, the Algerian-born aesthetic surgeon has coined the phrase “age-maintenance” to describe his work to preserve existing youth and vibrancy without surgery.

His clinic, conveniently located behind Oxford Street, is filled with socialites and models for his breakthrough age-maintenance treatments ranging from Ultralift (an ultrasound procedure to “lift” skin and deep muscle layer underneath), fraxel laser treatment (using pinpoint laser beams that penetrate beneath skin’s surface to eliminate damaged skin cells) to facial fillers.

Some of the list of high profile clientele include famous figures such as Cindy Crawford, Elle McPherson and Madonna.

And if you’re planning to visit Dr Sebagh, better make that appointment six months in advance.

Instant V Lift serum has a blend of over 10 active ingredients that work to tighten and firm the skin, while providing anti-ageing benefits.

The concentrated formula is claimed to improve skin repair and cohesion while providing a “second skin” layer to protect the complexion from external environmental factors.

The serum contains plankton extract (sourced from micro-organisms off the coast of Brittany, France) where the plankton’s sugar polymer interacts with collagen fibre network in the skin to increase collagen production.

“The serum also contains tapioca starch. Its high content of polysaccharides forms a film on the skin that offers an immediate tightening and lifting benefit,” explains the doctor.

Hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisturiser naturally present in the skin, acts like a biological sponge to activate hydration and maintain skin structure integrity.

Narcissus bulb extract, from the dormant plant bulb, slows down skin ageing. Yeast extract, selected for its own active peptides, helps maintain the skin’s natural barrier function, and reinforces the cohesion and development of the epidermis.

Illuminating pigments offer a formidable illuminating effect to give the complexion an instant radiance and glow. Snow flake bulb extract fights against oxidative stress and helps to slow down the ageing process by preserving the skin’s youthful characteristics.

The serum, once applied to freshly cleansed skin, is instantly absorbed, and is touted to result in an immediate firming and lifting effect, smoothening away fine lines and wrinkles.

Instant V Lift may be used any time throughout the day for an instant skin lift effect and to boost radiance.

Dr Sebagh Instant V Lift is available from April at Ken’s Apothecary in Bangsar Village New Wing and Bangsar Shopping Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Price: RM899 (GST included).

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