Dr. Dean Rhobaye understands beauty. As a highly skilled aesthetic surgeon, and clinical director of the Sloane Clinic in London, he performs minimally invasive procedures that transform not only his clients’ appearance but their lives.
“This is a new era of aesthetics,” he said. “And it’s likely that over the next 10 years we’ll continue to see a big shift toward less invasive procedures that carry less risks and downtime than full surgery.”
With the rise of Instagram and social media as well as the popularity of celebrity beauty treatments, more people than ever are coming to him to discuss their options for improving their look. This has given Dr. Rhobaye the opportunity to share many of the benefits, and some of the risks, associated with minimally invasive procedures – specifically cosmetic fillers.
“Everyone knows about these treatments, and you’ve got a new generation where it is much more acceptable,” Dr. Rhobaye said. “But the thing is, people have started to associate fillers almost like a beauty treatment, to the extent of having your nails done. And that is actually a dangerous way to think about them.”
Although cosmetic fillers fall under the category of minimally invasive procedures, they are powerful treatments that can go wrong in the hands of untrained practitioners. In addition to the technical skill involved, clinical providers need artistic acumen to properly deliver the treatments.
“When you start thinking about fillers as a beauty treatment instead of a medical procedure, you almost bring your guard down,” Dr. Rhobaye said. “People start thinking, I’m going to this person because they are cheaper, and it becomes a commodity rather than how it should be viewed, which is as a medical treatment.”
With over 20 years of medical experience and over a decade performing minimally invasive procedures, Dr. Rhobaye has become one of the leading experts in the industry. Sloane Clinic has earned a reputation with patients, even celebrities, searching for someone they can trust. As a result, Sloane Clinic has a steady roster of clients based strictly on word-of-mouth referrals.
“It’s just purely because of the way we look after our patients,” Dr. Rhobaye said. “They trust us – they understand that if we don’t believe a treatment is suitable for them, we say no. When we do recommend a treatment, it is because we know it will benefit them.”
With a greater understanding of the benefits of cosmetic fillers, Dr. Rhobaye is able to personally advise his clients, providing them with the highest level of care. Even if that means turning down business.
“Contrary to popular belief, we know that fillers are not as temporary as we thought they were,” Dr. Rhobaye said. “The trend I see with patients is you start doing a treatment, and you begin what we call the build-up phase, where we’re creating structure and definition in the face, trying to optimize facial proportions, and this might be 2-5 treatments, max.”
At that point, they move into the maintenance phase, with treatments that occur far less frequently and use far lower volume of filler.
“But if you believe that fillers are temporary, there is a perception shift, where you see the difference in your face over the next three months, and then your brain becomes accustomed to your new appearance,” Dr. Rhobaye said. “After a while you look in the mirror and you think, oh, my face looks different, it must be my fillers breaking down, and you go in for a new treatment when in fact that is unnecessary.”
As a result, patients can be left with overfilled and unbalanced appearances, leading to an insidious feedback loop in which they undergo treatments multiple times without achieving the result they truly want.
Dr. Rhobaye takes a more nuanced, personalized approach. As a specialist in facial harmonization, he treats the whole face as a larger aesthetic unit rather than focusing on changes to one or two features.
“I create harmony between different facial features, so that they blend in well and there is greater optimization of the proportions of the face,” he said. “There is a misunderstanding that the key to beauty is symmetry, and that is actually not true. Every person has a dominant side and a lesser side, and as a practitioner you have to understand how the proportions work together.”
With precision and skill, Dr. Rhobaye consistently delivers incredible, sometimes life-changing results for his patients. And by using high-quality ‘before’ and ‘after’ images, he can clearly showcase the transformation.
“Our ethical responsibility is to our patients,” Dr. Rhobaye said. “We will always do what is best for them.”
And when it comes to minimally invasive procedures, including cosmetic fillers, there is nobody performing higher-quality work than Sloane Clinic.