MR H, STYLE, 2015


Arriving at Michael John in Mayfair I enter to a buzzing atmosphere and full production. A glass of champagne was swiftly poured and handed to me as I awaited my appointment. The salon is a celebrity favourite with clients including Anna Wintour, Naomi Campbell and Amal Clooney. I am here to have ‘The Hybrid’.

I am sure we have all watched a Hollywood blockbuster and looked at the leading man’s skin with a touch of envy and then quickly made accusations of air brushing. I did exactly that with Eddie Redmayne and was proven wrong some weeks later when interviewing him on the red carpet at the Academy Awards.

This is when Dr. Costas Papageorgiou, the American trained Plastic Surgeon steps in bringing his skills and expertise from the University of California Los Angeles to London. He is regarded as one of the aesthetic industries leading men along with his close friend, David Colbert the celebrity favoured dermatologist in NYC. Refreshingly, Dr Papageorgiou views Botox as a last resort option. He advised me to ensure that my skin is in the best possible condition it can be before pursuing aesthetic procedures. Prevention is a key element of his aesthetic philosophy.

What causes ageing skin?

Dr. CP: “Ageing largely affects the ability of a special pool of cells named fibroblasts to renew collagen fibers, a scaffold that provides strength and support to the skin. As a person ages, the metabolism of the fibroblast cells gradually declines and the dermis looses its strength and flexibility. It is estimated that after the age of 25 we lose up to 1% of our natural collagen stores each year. In addition the outer skin layer (epidermis) becomes thinner and the pigment-containing cells (melanocytes) increase in size leading to uneven pigmentation. These changes occur in a self-perpetuating fashion causing the skin to lose its youthful appearance and radiance. Due to the perplexity of the skin structure and the multitude of layers and elements responsible for its integrity, a single conventional treatment cannot be sufficient to address the complex aging cascade. Over the last decade we have developed the ability to counteract ageing through subtle aesthetic interventions and minimally invasive surgeries that enhance rather than transform our facial features.”

“The Hybrid is not a conventional facial but an innovative skin rejuvenation medical program aiming to revitalise the entire face. It is stratified in three phases and involves five regenerative processes targeting the face.”