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Meet the experts


Dr Nick Lowe is a consultant dermatologist at Cranley Clinic, London and clinical professor of Dermatology at UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, American Academy of Dermatology and American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. He has authored more than 450 clinical and research publications, 15 scientific and five educational books.


Dr Uliana Gout is the founder of London Aesthetic Medicine Clinic & LAM Academy. She is president of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) and sits on the Board of Trustees. She also acts as a BCAM Appraiser for the GMC.

She sits on the Board of the International Peeling Society and has co-authored numerous medical textbooks.


Dr Sophie Shotter is a cosmetic skin doctor and renowned injector.

She sits on the complications board for Allergan and most recently joined the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) board. Dr Shotter is the founder and medical director of the Illuminate Skin Clinic in Kent. Currently, she splits her time between there and her private practice on London’s Harley Street.


Dr Steven Harris has been practising aesthetic medicine at his clinic in North London since 2004 and has gained an international reputation for producing natural-looking results. His original approach and techniques include Facial Reshaping with Myomodulation and the Non-surgical Lip Lift (NLL). Dr Harris is also a trainer and educator.


Dr Shirin Lakhani has an extensive background in medicine, having worked both in general practice and in a hospital environment. She is also a trained anaesthetist. In 2013 she founded Elite Aesthetics in Kent. She also practices from the renowned Cranley Clinic in London.

She has a specialist expertise in intimate health and appears regularly on television and in the press as well as speaking at medical conferences worldwide.


Dr Raj Thethi graduated from Leeds University Medical School in 2013, having completed an additional BSc (Hons) 1st Class Degree in Anatomy. On completion of his surgical training in the Yorkshire Deanery he qualified as a Member of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh). He has completed a Level 7 accredited course in Aesthetic Medicine.

He is also a trainer for Teoxane and founder of Yorkshire Skin Centre.


Mr Ali Ghanem is a consultant aesthetic plastic surgeon and clinical senior lecturer in plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery at Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, as well as visiting professor and head of department of Aesthetic Medicine at the College of Medicine and Dentistry, Ulster University. He is qualified in Medical Law and Ethics, Surgical Science and Developmental and Stem Cell Biology.


Aesthetician Dija Ayodele is author of Black Skin: The Definitive Skincare Guide, founder of Black Skin Directory and owner of West Room Aesthetics in London – ago-to destination for patients of colour seeking skin rejuvenation treatments and skin advice. She is a GLAMOUR Magazine columnist, Trustee of the Beauty Backed Trust and Advisory Board Member to the British Beauty Council. She speaks regularly at both industry and consumer events.


Mr Arturo Almeida is an experienced consultant surgeon and internationally-renowned keynote speaker. He is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Murcia, Spain and is a leading expert in the field of fat dissolving injectables. He is also the founder of Baarle Academy, providing training for medical practitioners in aesthetic treatments and business consultancy for clinics and business owners. He is a full member of BCAM.


Kerry Belba is a laser and skin practitioner and laser and IPL trainer.

She was the first non-medical practitioner to obtain the nationally recognised BTEC Laser & Light award and has completed the Advanced Skin Laser Applications Award. In 2021, she was the first aesthetic laser practitioner in the UK to be voted onto the British Medical Laser Association (BMLA) as an Executive Board Member. She is also the owner of Laser Skin Solutions in Bournemouth.


This article appears in the July-August 2022 Issue of Aesthetic Medicine

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This article appears in the July-August 2022 Issue of Aesthetic Medicine