With over 20 years of experience specialising in non-invasive cosmetic solutions for face and body rejuvenation, and dubbed by the media as The London Lip Queen, it's no wonder Dr Rita Rakus has attracted a following of famous names and faces to her Knightsbridge clinic. Dr Rakus is one of the first experts to launch Ultherapy in the UK, runs the 5th largest Thermage® practice in the world and has been awarded the Black Diamond Award by SOLTA Medical because of it. She is also one of the busiest practitioners for dermal fillers and muscle-inhibitors in the UK. Her Knightsbridge clinic is the first official centre for Pelleve© in the UK and in 2012 received the Pelleve© Glide Safe award for clinical and aesthetic excellence.
Recent lustrous ladies treated by Dr Rakus include stars of stage and screen, business mavens, models, presenters and even mountain climbers. Clients include (top row left to right); Karren Brady, Lisa Butcher, Amanda Holden, Nicky Hambleton-Jones (bottom row) Annabelle Bond OBE, Nancy Dell'Olio and celebrity psychic & TV personality Sally Morgan.
Dr Rita Rakus says:
More frequently, I am asked for cosmetic solutions with a gradual effect that is not immediately noticeable. This is especially important to those in the spotlight. Increasingly, women want to have non-invasive procedures to get ahead in business, feel fresher and more confident and quick-fixes can, and do ignite embarrassing discussions amongst friends, family and colleagues. My patients do not want to be asked what they've had done at the dinner table or across the boardroom table! Those effective treatments that achieve results over a longer period of time like Thermage® are very, very popular and make up a large percentage of the treatments I carry out.
Dr Rakus offers a wide variety of highly effective treatments in her Knightsbridge clinic (which is opposite Harrods) to combat the most common complaints such as poor skin tone, lines or loose skin on the face and body. As well as providing Juvederm/Restylane and muscle-inhibitors for the treatment of lip enhancement, lines, wrinkles and excess sweating she provides state-of-the-art technology including.
Fraxel® laser technology which improves sun-damage pigmentation, age spots, fine lines, stretch marks and acne scars. With a six-treatment course of Fraxel, often at six-week intervals, the result is gradual, avoiding dramatic shifts in appearance and the effects are long-lasting.
Pelleve©, a radiofrequency system which can only be operated by medical personnel, to help treat wrinkles and firm the skin on the face and body. Pelleve© works by delivering constant, gradual energy to the skin, causing heat to build up in the collagen-rich layers of the skin. The increasing heat modifies the collagen bundles deep inside the skin, causing them to contract and stimulating the growth of new collagen over time. This results in firmer, tighter skin, and improvement is instantly visible. PellevÃ© differs from other radio frequency treatments in that it can be used on very delicate and intricate areas of the face to great effect. It is perfect for an immediate boost pre-party because you can see results straight away and there is no downtime.
Thermage® CPT - a one-off treatment of Thermage® smoothes, tightens and contours skin on the face or body using radio frequency to stimulate the body's own collagen production and the effects are apparent over a period of six-months and often last for over two years with a top-up. Thermage® can even be used to treat the delicate eye area to combat the effects of ageing. Dr Rakus carries out more Thermage® treatments in the UK than any other practitioner.
Liposonix® is a non-surgical fat reduction procedure that targets stubborn bulge around the waistline. With custom contouring it provides the flexibility to treat hard-to-reach problem spots such as the abdomen and love handles. Liposonix transmits high-intensity ultrasound energy to destroy targeted fat cells which the body removes through its natural process. The procedure is completed in just one session that lasts approx. one hour, and optimised results are seen between 8 - 12 weeks later. With little to no downtime or aftercare, you can resume your active lifestyle right after treatment.
The latest addition to Dr Rakus™ high-tech treatment portfolio is Exilis - an FDA approved device that offers a non-surgical solution using radio frequency (RF) energy for fat reduction and tissue tightening anywhere on the body. The procedure uses safe radio waves to heat your skin and targeted fat cells. This thermal energy speeds up the metabolic activity of the fat cells causing them to shrink. At the same time it stimulates and strengthens the collagen network which improves skin laxity and texture. There is no anaesthesia, no side effects and no downtime after treatment.
Ultherapy "Dubbed the Ultrasound Facelift¦ For the first time ever, Ultherapy enables practitioners to direct ultrasound energy not only into the skin but deep under the skin to the same tissue addressed in surgery. This gently heats the tissue to lift and tighten loose skin without cutting or disrupting the surface of the skin. Besides the visible effects of lifting and tightening, there is also an invisible result from Ultherapy with the creation of new collagen, which helps the skin maintain its youthfulness.
Ultralip - As a perfect addition to her pout perfecting portfolio, Dr Rakus recently created Ultralip, a combination of two exciting and innovative procedures “Ultherapy (a focused Ultrasound based anti-ageing treatment) and the innovative new lip-specific treatment utilising JUVÃDERM® VOLBELLA® with Lidocaine to produce the ultimate lip enhancing effect. Developed to meet the need of those seeking subtle improvements, this new two part procedure plumps and lifts to achieve a naturally enhanced look to the lips.
The Obagi Nu-Derm System is used in conjunction with Dr Rakus non-invasive cosmetic treatments to improve the look and feel of skin over time with regular use. Obagi is a US market leader in prescription strength, prescription-only skincare and sells three times more product than any other as it is so effective. The Obagi skin care system accelerates the cellular turnover of the skin. This System penetrates deep to improve damage in layers of the skin. It boosts functions of the skin at the cellular level to improve skin's cellular function to help it look and act younger and healthier.
Intracel is an advanced, enhanced non-surgical facelift procedure which utilises a new radio frequency technique to smooth wrinkles, and tighten and lift the skin. Intracel utilises FRM (Fractional Radio Frequency MicroNeedle) technology, a unique and revolutionary system that delivers an electrical current into your skin for a radically enhanced effect.
The Hydrafacial is a 50 minute procedure which has the unique ability to remove dead skin cells whilst drenching the new skin with moisture. Combining gentle but deep exfoliation with hydrating and antioxidant-rich serums, this treatment provides an immediate glow without reddening or down time. The results are immediate and are deemed superior to more aggressive chemical peels and microdermabrasion, offering quick, relaxing and effective results.
Elaf IPL This multi-tasking procedure uses a unique combination of electrical and optical energy to aid skin rejuvenation whilst removing unwanted hair. The beauty of this treatment is that it targets the deeper dermis and the hair follicle without damaging the epidermis, therefore encouraging a smooth, radiant complexion.