Ellansé S’il Vous Plait
Words KARL PLEWKA
One might associate the flushed-cheek thrill of a clandestine afternoon rendezvous as a ‘French thing’, rather like those enjoyed, with jaded insouciance, by the Marquise de Merteuil in Les Liaisons Dangereuses or Catherine Deneuve as Séverine, the bored, albeit masochistic housewife of Belle de Jour.
The closest I ever get to such aprés-midi frisons is with those able-fingered masters and mistresses at the select coterie of medical aesthetic establishments I regularly frequent.
Rather like Deneuve—at least as she appears in my fantasies—I am apt to stride into Harley Street clinics, head to toe in Saint Laurent (Rive Gauche, of course) throw my sable at the receptionist, rip off my Hermés foulard, tilt my head towards the light and purr something in the manner of, “Create something wonderful with my face Emeline”
Now the Emeline I refer too is Emeline Hartley and, in the beauty, fashion and celebrity worlds she is an extremely well kept secret. Emeline is the perfect combination of medical professional and artist (she is a trained sculptor) coupled with being discreet to MI6 levels about everyone who visits her Harley Street practice. And they do, with the regularity and loyalty that only comes from being a guru, or a genius, in this oversaturated arena.
“Emeline is the perfect combination of medical professional and artist (she is a trained sculptor) coupled with being discreet to MI6 levels about everyone who visits her Harley Street practice. And they do, with the regularity and loyalty that only comes from being a guru, or a genius, in this oversaturated arena.”
Recently, in her most cosy, but firm, bedside manner Emeline suggested I try Ellansé, a semi-permanent dermal filler with a 2-in-1 action: the immediate correction of wrinkles and folds as well as redefining contours and shape coupled with the long-term action through collagen stimulation that reverses the signs of ageing for up to 4 years.
Ellansé actually works as a bio-stimulating dermal filler which uses the body’s natural response to foreign bodies to stimulate the formation of collagen. This treatment ultimately offers a versatile, non surgical approach to increase soft tissue and contouring of the face. The product’s aim is not only to provide a smoother skin surface but also to restore the face’s individual features such as the jaw line, cheek hollows, temple hollows, chin and jowls, thus providing a balance of the lifting effect on the face.
As Emeline emphasises, “The patient’s skin will immediately look rejuvenated, fresh, lifted and most of all this can take years off. I call this product the ‘Benjamin Button of Fillers’ because it works over time. The treatment has minimal downtime and patients can vary in swelling after the treatment, however, it does not have a disruptive effect on the patient’s everyday life.”
I have to say I was fairly swollen for several days following the treatment, however, in the 6 weeks after the results—although surreptitious at first—have been rather marvellous. You start to wonder at the newly, sculpted look to the bone structure as well as a noticeable dewy and firm feel to the complexion—it truly is like turning back the clock. And I’ve got months to see the results improve even more.
Indeed this ‘Benjamin Button Effect’ could be seriously habit-forming. I’d like to say I could give up my medical aesthetic addiction but the results are just too good, my quest is ongoing (watch this space) and, as the Vicomte de Valmont said of his own addiction to certain liaisons, dangerous or not, “It is beyond my control.”