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AT THE DEL­MORE MED­I­CAL AES­THET­ICS CLINIC IN LONDON EV­ERY­ONE’S A VIP

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Del­more Med­i­cal Aes­thet­ics is a bou­tique clinic in cen­tral London of­fer­ing be­spoke fa­cial aes­thetic ser­vices to clients. The ethos cen­tres on a high level of cus­tomer care and metic­u­lous at­ten­tion to each client’s in­di­vid­ual needs. Most treat­ments are of­fice-based, rel­a­tively pain­less and in­volve min­i­mal or no down­time. The re­sult­ing fa­cial re­ju­ve­na­tion, how­ever, can be dra­matic.

The field of Fa­cial Aes­thet­ics is a blos­som­ing one that has rev­o­lu­tionised the way we think about anti-age­ing and en­hance­ment of our nat­u­ral fea­tures. Up un­til the 1990s the con­cept of see­ing a cos­metic doc­tor was as­so­ci­ated with ma­jor surgery, rad­i­cal changes and pre­mium price-tags. Over the past 20 years the de­vel­op­ment of in­jectable treat­ments for an­ti­age­ing and sub­tle fa­cial en­hance­ment has democra­tised the con­cept of cos­metic medicine.

The ter­rain of cos­metic medicine is a dif­fi­cult one to nav­i­gate. Mag­a­zines are rife with ad­ver­tise­ments, celebrity en­dorse­ments are ubiq­ui­tous and pur­ported ex­perts seem to be present in ev­ery other high street salon. In this per­plex­ing en­vi­ron­ment even the savvi­est of con­sumers can be­come lost in the maze of providers and treat­ment op­tions.

The clinic is hes­i­tant to talk about a “menu” of treat­ments; the fo­cus is to re­fresh the face and op­ti­mise the over­all har­mony of the fea­tures. A com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ment of a pa­tient’s needs is made at the first visit and a treat­ment plan is out­lined. There is no “hard sell” here—a pro­gramme of ben­e­fi­cial in­ter­ven­tions is out­lined and th­ese can be un­der­taken in any com­bi­na­tion or se­quence. In­jectable treat­ments are used to slow down the age­ing process and to con­tour the fa­cial fea­tures for a more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing over­all look. Ap­proaches to op­ti­mise skin health are dis­cussed and a pre­scrip­tion skin­care reg­i­men may be rec­om­mended.

Then there’s the glitzy side, of course. Dr Robert’s aes­thetic ex­per­tise has a canon­i­cal rep­u­ta­tion with pop stars and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­i­ties. High-pro­file clients travel across the coun­try for ap­point­ments. The wait­ing room mag­a­zine cov­ers and wait­ing room chairs are fre­quently pop­u­lated by the same faces. So­cial me­dial sites fea­ture en­thu­si­as­tic

rec­om­men­da­tions. Skin­care prod­ucts are im­ported from celebrity clin­ics in Bev­erly Hills. On ar­rival at the Har­ley Street con­sult­ing rooms, how­ever, this is down­played. E-mails are an­swered within min­utes. Med­i­cal ad­vice is avail­able around-the-clock. Ap­point­ments are un­hur­ried. Ev­ery­one is a VIP here, and the fo­cus is on the in­di­vid­ual.

No­table treat­ments in­clude the fif­teen minute “Liq­uid Rhino­plasty” to im­prove nasal con­tour; in­jec­tions for ex­ces­sive sweat­ing to re­duce the un­der-arm angst of the board­room or pub­lic trans­port; and com­bi­na­tion ap­proaches to wrin­kle erad­i­ca­tion. The key prin­ci­ple, how­ever, is a cus­tomised global ap­proach to three di­men­sional fa­cial struc­ture, anti-age­ing and over­all skin health—and based on the loyal co­hort of de­lighted cus­tomers, it seems to be a win­ning for­mula.

Doc­tor Robert Ta­mar Ali is the Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor of Del­more Med­i­cal. He tells Pride Life about some of the treat­ments his clinic can of­fer What is the ethos of Del­more Med­i­cal and what ser­vices do you pro­vide?

Es­sen­tially the clinic was founded on the prin­ci­ple of a be­spoke ap­proach to med­i­cal care. I would of­ten see peo­ple feel­ing lost in a sea of op­tions and tech­ni­cal jar­gon when it came to all things med­i­cal. I had the idea of a clinic that could ac­com­mo­date some­one with a busy sched­ule, and pro­vide a holis­tic ap­proach to health­care on an on­go­ing ba­sis. That was how Del­more Med­i­cal was con­ceived.

Among other things you pro­vide “aes­thetic” treat­ments? What do th­ese con­sist of?

Yes, our Aes­thetic Clinic has re­ally taken on a life of its own in re­cent years. The phi­los­o­phy is to im­prove the over­all har­mony of the face and to slow down the vis­i­ble signs of age­ing whilst im­prov­ing skin qual­ity, us­ing very pre­cise and safe treat­ments. Bo­tulinum Toxin in­jec­tions are com­monly used, in com­bi­na­tion with ju­di­cious use of tem­po­rary hyaluronic acid filler in­jec­tions and top­i­cal prod­ucts for health­ier skin.

What should peo­ple take into ac­count when de­cid­ing whether or not to choose cos­metic treat­ments.

It’s im­por­tant to find a doc­tor who un­der­stands what you are look­ing for. I al­ways say “less is more”, it’s a cliché but it’s very im­por­tant in cos­metic medicine. Fi­nally, be­ware of bar­gain­hunt­ing! Go­ing with the cheap­est provider can be a recipe for dis­as­ter in this arena. Are there cer­tain types of treat­ment you won’t pro­vide? I’m not a fan of per­ma­nent fa­cial fillers as they can cause per­ma­nent prob­lems. The other sit­u­a­tion where I may refuse treat­ment is if some­one has un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions from the treat­ment, or if I can­not see a de­fect in the first

“THERE IS NO ‘HARD SELL’ —A PRO­GRAMME OF BEN­E­fi­CIAL IN­TER­VEN­TIONS IS OUT­LINED WHICH CAN BE UN­DER­TAKEN IN ANY COM­BI­NA­TION OR SE­QUENCE”

place. Then it is more ap­pro­pri­ate to eval­u­ate this from a psy­cho­log­i­cal per­spec­tive.

What is your most popular treat­ment?

Wrin­kle-re­lax­ing treat­ments are at the top of the list, and so they should be! Clients love how a few tiny in­jec­tions can give them a more re­laxed, re­freshed and youth­ful look for sev­eral months. Treat­ments for ex­ces­sive sweat­ing are also very popular… no-one likes sweat patches on cloth­ing.

Is it re­ally all just about van­ity in the end?

A lot of it is about con­fi­dence rather than van­ity. Im­prov­ing some­one’s ap­pear­ance can boost their con­fi­dence in a way that is lifechang­ing. I wouldn’t say it if I didn’t see it hap­pen ev­ery week.

Do you pro­vide treat­ments for peo­ple liv­ing with HIV or Aids, such as fa­cial fillers?

Yes, this is an area of cos­metic medicine I am very pas­sion­ate about. Fa­cial lipoa­t­ro­phy is a loss of fa­cial vol­ume that is common with HIV. Pa­tients of­ten feel fine and their HIV may be well con­trolled with an­tiretro­vi­ral med­i­ca­tions, but the loss of fa­cial vol­ume makes them look un­well and be­comes a source of stigma in their work and so­cial lives. The use of fa­cial fillers al­lows vol­ume to be re­placed and the trick is to start early, and to stay on top of it—that way peo­ple don’t no­tice any­thing chang­ing.

On a per­sonal note, what is the most sat­is­fy­ing part of your job?

It’s when some­one comes in with some­thing that re­ally both­ered them about their face for years, and I do a treat­ment un­der lo­cal anaes­thetic. Five min­utes later we hand them a mir­ror and the prob­lem is gone. That look of joy­ous dis­be­lief? It’s price­less!

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