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Not under the knife by Dr Rita Rakus

With over 20 years of experience specialising in non-invasive cosmetic solutions and dubbed by the media as ‘The London Lip Queen’, it’s no wonder Dr Rita Rakus has attracted a following of celebrities to her Knightsbridge clinic. Here Dr Rakus shares her top treatment picks for turning back the clock.


More and more frequently I am asked for cosmetic solutions with a gradual effect that are not immediately noticeable, and non-surgical treatments are the perfect choice. Increasingly, executive men and women want to have non-invasive procedures to get ahead in business and feel more confident, and quick-fixes can ignite embarrassing discussions amongst friends and colleagues. My patients don’t want to be asked what they’ve had done across the boardroom! Effective, non-invasive treatments that achieve results over a longer period of time ensure an instantly refreshed and natural look with no downtime.

I’m a big supporter of Ultherapy, which is a unique, non-surgical treatment that uses ultrasound to tighten, tone and lift loose skin on the face and neck. Its FDA approved with zero downtime and is the first and only ultrasound device approved for use in facial aesthetics. It uses ultrasound imaging, allowing me to see the layers of tissue targeted during treatment and ensure that the energy is delivered precisely to where it will be most productive.

Ultherapy is a highly effective treatment that takes around 30 to 60 minutes and directs sound waves not only into the skin, but also deep under the skin to address the fibromuscular layer – the layer typically addressed in cosmetic surgery.  In just one treatment, you can see the visible effects of lifting and tightening as well as the invisible result collagen production, which helps the skin maintain its youthfulness. We usually see an improvement immediately, and then continuous improvement over time. I recently demonstrated the effectiveness of this treatment on Presenter Anna Richardson on the Channel 4 Anti-Ageing Show ‘How not to get old’. Anna saw fantastic results with just one Ultherapy treatment, stating that she is massively impressed and that it is a fantastic option if you’re not planning on going under the knife.

Natural, non-invasive treatments are fast becoming the future of the cosmetic industry as technical developments in cosmetic procedures continue to advance. An example of this kind of new, exciting technology is Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections. PRP injections have been widely publicised as the ‘Vampire Facelift’ and many celebrities who are opting for this effective anti-ageing solution have gone public to praise the results they are seeing. Using concentrated amounts of your body’s own growth factors which are introduced to the skin using micro injections, this natural treatment combats several signs of ageing including, frown lines, crow’s feet and worry lines; whilst also improving blood supply to the face, leaving skin rejuvenated, refreshed and glowing, and all using no foreign or manmade substance, just the body’s own cells!

I am the first in the UK to offer a new treatment at my Knightsbridge clinic named The Angel Lift™, which combines PRP injections with fractional laser treatment and fat transfer to produce visible and natural results. I am also offering the Party Glow HydraFacial treatment which promises healthy, sparkling skin. The HydraFacial is the only hydradermabrasion procedure that combines cleansing, exfoliation, extraction, hydration and antioxidant protection all in one. In addition, I have now launched a new stem cell serum and cream from the world-renowned dermatologist Dr Phillip Levy, based in Geneva, Switzerland. Supercharged ArganCellActive complex is scientifically proven to boost the vitality of dermal stem cells and can repair skin ageing.


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Dr Rita Rakus

Dr Rakus has over 20 years of Aesthetic medical experience and is a leader in 5 star medispa services, which has developed her practice into the largest solo non-surgical practice in the UK and the 5th largest Thermage® clinic in the world. Dr Rakus aims to provide the highest level of expertise in non-surgical facial rejuvenation by way of facial line reduction and lip enhancement using injectables (Restylane®, Perlane®, Restylane Vital®, LIPP®, Juvederm SMILE®, Juvederm VOLUMA®, Juvederm HYDRATE®, Sub-Q®, Sculptra®), plus muscle inhibitor treatments (Botox®, Dysport® Vistabel® and Azzalure®). Hydra Facial® treatments plus cosmeceutical skin products for skin rejuvenation. Soprano XL® laser treatments are available for pain-free hair removal plus IPL (intense pulse light) treatments for skin rejuvenation and sclerotherapy for leg veins. Velashape® treatments are used for cellulite whilst Thermage®, Pelleve®, IntraCel® and Ulthera® are all used for facial and body contouring. Fraxel® and FX lasers are available for skin rejuvenation, pigmentation, acne scars and stretch marks. Laserlipolisi® (Body-Jet) is for the removal of subcutaneous fat using laser assisted technology plus LipoSonix Gen II using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) technology for the removal of abdominal fat. Please ask Dr Rakus for a free consultation for an overall opinion on available

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