It’s never been so easy to freshen up your appearance, with a wide choice of treatments all promising youthful improvements to the face and body – but how do you know which could be best for you? We met with qualified Doctor and experienced Aesthetic Specialist Dr Tatiana Lapa, the Medical Director of The Studio Clinic, Harley Street to tell us all about a few of the latest and best procedures now available.
“As we age there are several processes that contribute to us looking ‘older’ or more ‘tired’, not quite as bright-eyed or fresh anymore. These processes include changes in the shape of facial bones, loss of cushioning fat pads and laxity and dullness of the skin. Our hair also changes – becoming more brittle, coarse, dull or even non-existent anymore. The Studio Clinic is excited to share the facial rejuvenation secrets that give truly exceptional results. These are three of the most popular and effective:”
Advanced Dermal Peel with Vampire Therapy
First the skin is resurfaced with a nano-technology peel, achieving a precise depth of skin penetration. This advanced type of peel ensures that the skin is brighter, tighter and smoother without having to suffer redness, flaking or skin irritation. Tiny injections of vital nutrients and growth factors which have been harvested from the client’s own blood (hence the nickname of ‘Vampire Therapy’) are then applied. This treatment boosts skin regeneration and gives is treated from within.
* Pain: 3/10
* Anaesthetic: none required
* Total time for appointment: 45-60 minutes
* Post-treatment: skin redness, sensitivity
* Aftercare: Aftercare kit for 3 days
* Optimising results: pre-treatment skin preparation with home care kit for 6 weeks
* Contraindications: pregnancy or breastfeeding. Discuss with the doctor if you have any chronic health problems, regular medication or allergies.
Facial Contouring / Volume Correction
There are certain universally accepted features of beauty: high cheekbones, petite nose, good skin, full lips etc. However, the science of beauty is much more complex. For thousands of years, renowned artists have used a “golden ratio” to map out their
masterpieces. We now know that there is a precise mathematical ratio with the number Phi (1.618) that predicts beauty.
We may be unaware of it, but subconsciously we judge beauty by facial symmetry and proportion – and not just the features of the the face. Dr Tatiana has pioneered a revolutionary concept in non-surgical facial aesthetics: Facial Sculpting. She uses dermal fillers to correct volume loss, facial symmetry and proportion. She also brings better definition to features such as the cheekbones, jawline and chin.
Facial sculpting cannot be achieved with surgery and is the ultimate re-vamp for anyone looking to wind back to clock or correct certain proportions of the face.
* Pain: 3/10
* Anaesthetic: none or injection
* Total time for treatment: 45-60 minutes
* Post-treatment: skin redness, swelling, bruising
* Aftercare: gentle massage for 3 days
* Optimising results: try the long-lasting collagen-generating dermal fillers e.g. Ellanse
* Contradindications: pregnancy or breastfeeding. Discuss with the doctor if you have any chronic health problems, regular medication, allergies, or if you have had facial surgery previously.
Plexr ‘Soft Surgery’
Plexr is the game changer, Dr Tatiana says. . This is a revolutionary innovation in the field of aesthetic medicine and surgery, which removes excess skin in a process called sublimation allowing a multitude of problems to be tackled without a single cut or stitch. It is a very safe and effective treatment.
Plexr is commonly used for:
– brow lift
– saggy skin around the eyes (called ‘non-surgical blepharoplasty’, ‘plexr blepharoplasty’, ‘soft blepharoplasty’, ‘soft eyelid surgery’)
– scars & stretch marks
– acne (active or scars)
– tattoo removal (any colour)
– tightening skin in any part of the body e.g. neck & jowls
– removing benign moles/warts/skin tags/sebaceous cysts
Pain relief: Numbing cream followed by numbing injections.
Treatment time: consultation appointment 30 minutes, treatment appointment 90 minutes, follow-up appointments 20 minutes each.
Post-treatment: redness, swelling, carbon crusts across the treated area.
Aftercare: You will need to keep the area clean, moist and protected from sun
exposure. You will be given an aftercare kit with creams to be applied twice a day for 7 days. This helps to promote healing and optimise your treatment results. You will need to protect from sun exposure until all of the redness has settled post-treatment.
What are the risks/complications?:
Plexr is very safe, it can even be used on the inner rim of the eye. The side effects of treatment are:
– crusting of the skin (a thin crust forms over the area treated with Plexr)
– swelling (for up to 7 days)
– soreness/itching at the treatment site (for up to 7 days)
Prior to treatment, the doctor will discuss Plexr in detail with you, including a thorough review of the risks/complications and how to look after the treated area to ensure you get the best results.
When will I see results?:
You will see immediate results and the treated area will continue to improve for 3 months after your Plexr treatment – so be patient! The treatment packages Dr Tatiana offers include 2 sessions of Plexr therapy and comprehensive follow-up with reviews of the results 2 and 6 weeks after treatment.
Optimising results: Repeating Plexr treatment after 6-8 weeks gives the best results.
How long do the results last?
The treatment is permanent. However, the skin will continue to age and eventually you may see problems such as wrinkles, saggy skin etc re-appear (usually after 5+ years). This is a normal process of ageing and the Plexr treatment can simply be repeated again.
Vampire Therapy for the scalp is the most effective treatment to regain hair and ensure fast growth of healthy, glossy hair. This involves the harvesting of plasma from your own blood and re-injecting it into your scalp. Plasma contains vital nutrients and growth factors that, when re-injected, stimulates hair follicle regeneration and hair growth. This treatment is effective after just several sessions and the results are long-lasting.
Time for treatment: 30-45 minutes
Number of treatments: Monthly treatments for the first 3 treatments are recommended, followed by one treatment every 12-18 months as a ‘refresher’.
Post-treatment: scalp & roots may be wet from the fluid being injected, otherwise no down-time.
Aftercare: Leave the treatment on the scalp overnight and wash hair the next morning.
Optimising results: Start treatment in the winter or spring in order to support hair follicles and prevent excessive seasonal hair loss.
Dr Tatiana is the Medical Director of The Studio Clinic, Harley Street. In addition to being a fully qualified Doctor (BSc Aerospace Physiology, MBBS, MRCGP) is an experienced Aesthetic Specialist with a background in Surgery, Dermatology and General Practice.
She has a unique understanding of facial aesthetics bringing creativity, innovation and a sharp eye-for-detail to The Studio Clinic. She combines her artistic flare with her advanced technical skills to achieve beautifully refined results, and champions safe practice, transparency and client-centred care within Aesthetics. As such, The Studio is proud to offer comprehensive pre-procedure counselling and post-procedure follow-up.
Dr. Tatiana Lapa also has a keen interest in research and has conducted trials in
specialist centres in Brazil and London and has published and presented her academic work internationally. Her research and clinical expertise has lead to expert advisory roles for several high-street brands and magazines. Owing to her interests in teaching and training, Dr. Tatiana has set up an International Exchange Programme for UK Medical students, worked as a National Exchange Officer for the UK and continues to regularly teach Medical Students and Junior Doctors.