Dr Beautiful - Dr Kiran Lohia

Having beautiful skin can seem like the simplest yet most daunting thing in the world. But every beautiful woman knows that apart from having great habits and a healthy lifestyle, having a stellar dermatologist on speed dial is very helpful. Delhi-based Dr Lohia brings the best of New York skin care and treatments to India, and helps women put their best foot forward by offering the latest dermatological treatments that are being used around the world.

What’s the most exciting part of what you do?
As a dermatologist, I love working with cutting edge technological advancements, while still being an artist. Every day I ensure that I review the latest developments in techniques, treatments and procedures in dermatology, so that I can deliver the highest standard of care.  

In general, older Indian women do not take care of their skin as well as some of their Western counterparts. Why do you think this is the case?
Indian women prioritise their responsibilities above their looks due to stereotypes in our society. Hence, they show the signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, sagginess, and roughness of skin in their early 30s. However, this trend is gradually changing, as we are witnessing growing popularity and awareness about laser treatments for ageing.  

What advice would you give women who want to look their best?
Avoid salon facials, fancy products, and home remedies which provide temporary solutions, as they can cause greater damage to your skin. Look for natural moisturising agents in your skin care products and visit a dermatologist who can suggest a skincare treatment suitable for your skin, because these treatments act on the skin from within.  

What regimen must a woman follow in order to age gracefully?
Switch to hydrating products such as a hydrating serum. Look for constituents such as hyaluronic acid, glycerin, and humectants in skin products that promote the increase of the skin’s natural moisture. Remember, the more hydrated your skin, the younger it will look. Just exfoliate, moisturise, and avoid excessive sunlight or UV radiation, and consult a certified dermatologist to determine your skin type. Begin a laser treatment while you are young, since these treatments promote the collagen stimulation, which helps in retaining youthful skin.     

Is it true that looking good past a certain age is an expensive proposition?
Not necessarily. When started early, a treatment is more effective and requires fewer sessions. Hence, it is far more economical compared to a skin care regimen for totally damaged skin.

What are some of the unique treatments you offer that most people may not be aware of?
If you want a flashing glow, with a reduction in marks, pores, and pigmentation, then the NY facial is the right alternative for you. It consists of steps such as resurfacing, brightening, laser toning, and LED light administration, which gives you a memorable glow in just an hour. For those who seek to treat some mild discolouration, tanning, and pigmentation, Renew laser toning is the answer. The laser rays in this treatment penetrate deep into the epidermis and stimulate collagen production, which helps bring out the youthful glow of your skin. For those who are looking for treatments of skin ailments like acne and anti-aging, Neo Laser is the right choice.

What would you tell women who are afraid of plastic surgery, Botox and other anti-ageing treatments? How can women overcome the stigma around this?
There are many technologies that offer similar results to surgery without actually going under the knife. Treatments such as Ulthera, Ultralift, and 4DX Invisilift all offer rejuvenating and tightening results without side effects, downtime or any need for surgery. And don’t forget about options like Botox and fillers which are effective and very safe, without downtime and can erase lines, lift skin and help you regain your youth. So for fuller lips, a higher brow line, nasal reshaping and more, fillers can provide the solution you are looking for.  

Is skin that has been damaged an irreversible problem? Or can this be rectified with the right techniques?
Every kind of damage can be treated to a certain extent. A skilled dermatologist will assess the situation appropriately, and will prescribe the right number of sessions and techniques to take care of any skin ailment.   

Any other advice?
Stay away from temporary solutions like home remedies and salon facials. While these treatments seem inexpensive, they might end up bringing their own set of problems. This is due to tons of different untested products present in salon facials that may cause allergies, rashes, acne, and marks. Also, start a preventative regimen early on to avoid invasive treatments in the latter half of your life. In New York and Los Angeles, women and men start preventative care early, so they look young well into their 40s and 50s.