Aside from being a woman of science, Dr Joanna Delia is a mother who’s passionate about enjoying life for life’s sake. She embraces challenges as opportunities of learning, and believes in a woman’s quest of striking the balance between a career and the joys of having a family. As an aesthetic physician, she’s also fascinated by visual arts, and her indulgences include performance and musical events.
Photo above: Dr. Delia – Cover: FIRST Magazine Sept 2015.
What had led you to the aesthetic branch of medicine?
I started off wanting to save the world. I dreamed of becoming a surgeon, but after graduating and working in a hospital environment, I realised that I’m too sensitive to other people’s suffering, and found that being a doctor means facing the reality of the anticlimax of human life every minute and every day. I’m in awe of my medical colleagues who pursue the profession with infinite dedication and sacrifice. I then had the opportunity to work in what was one of Malta’s pioneering clinics specialising in Aesthetic Medicine, and realised that as a doctor, I could also give patients the gift of confidence and happiness by helping them deal with issues other than those which make them sick. Since then, I’ve set up my own practice and more than 10 years down the line, I can happily say that I enjoy every minute of it, and I feel privileged and honoured by my clients’ trust, and my ability in helping them feel better about themselves.
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Your portfolio includes an array of some of the latest aesthetic procedures out there on the market. Which would you say leaves the most impact on your clients’ lives?
Every person is different, and every face and every personality has issues, often complex, which require the combination of a number of diverse treatments to arrive at a natural but significantly improved look. We’re lucky to have at our disposition tools which are constantly improving – from medical laser machines to a variety of injectable modulators and fillers which combat deep expression lines, sagging skin and lost volume. I pride myself in my constant research for the best available tools in the market, and to regularly attend and participate in the most prestigious professional meetings in Europe. A good understanding of all these procedures and an in-depth consultation with the client is imperative to leave the ultimate impact. What happens in our rooms is a secret, and all that the world sees is the radiating happiness in our clients’ eyes.
The Mediterranean gene determines certain physical features which other ethnicities might not have. What would you say are your Maltese clients’ main concerns?
Although I believe that people the world over have the same concerns with skin issues and ageing, the average Mediterranean person does have some annoying issues which are more prevalent than in the north of Europe. Some of these are having more hair in unwanted areas such as the chin, navel and lower back, as well as courser darker hair in areas such as the legs and arms. This means that the average Maltese benefits greatly from medical Laser Hair Removal. We also see quite a lot of adult-onset acne and larger visible pores on facial skin, as well as excessive stretch marks. Acne scars, pore size and stretch marks can be improved with the use of fractional laser skin resurfacing.
On a positive note, the oily skin of the Mediterraneans, especially when people protect their skin from the damaging UV rays with sunblock, means that certain signs of ageing such as fine lines are delayed.
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Photoshopping and Hollywood beauty standards have had a major influence on women’s aesthetic choices. Do you ever find yourself advising clients not to become excessive with the procedures they’d like to undergo?
The word ‘excessive’ is always bad. Luckily, most clients actually insist on having a natural look and only want to undergo procedures which allow them to deal with little issues such as deep frown lines which make them look permanently frustrated, or the vertical smoker’s lines on the upper lip which distracts from the attractive quality of naturally proportioned lips. The media often portrays the one-in-a-million freak treatments that some attention-seeking celebrities seem to go for. But I insist that this is not the norm. Treatments are there to boost confidence and allow the client to be happy with their individual look.
What do you think is the next big step for aesthetic science?
Reporting back from the international conferences I regularly attend, I think the most cutting edge technologies currently being developed include dealing with sagging skin in a non-surgical manner, and improving the implantation of artificial hair in persons with hair loss. With regards to the former, thread-lifting is doing wonders for the sagging jowls in the face. This, coupled with injectable treatments like fillers, allow the client to have an immediate lift without having to go under the knife. The feedback from such clients a few weeks after the procedure is extremely rewarding and satisfying.