Curated by Dr. Costas Papageorgiou
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
Don’t let his sharp sense of style fool you, American trained, London-based Dr. Costas Papageorgiou’s field of expertise is neither fashion nor design but aesthetic surgery and in particular facial rejuvenation. One of a select group of Oculofacial plastic surgeons who holds memberships with the American, European and British Societies, and an accomplished researcher to boot, he has been at the forefront of developing minimally invasive methods and innovative techniques. Having honed his skills at prominent private practices in Los Angeles and New York, Dr. Papageorgiou is now helping patients in London in his role as medical director of the New York Dermatology Group in the Harrods Wellness Clinic. Centered on customized, cutting age treatments that enhance rather than transform facial features, his anti-aging philosophy is all about looking good for your age. We recently caught with Dr. Papageorgiou to ask him about his stylistic preferences, travel habits and of course the latest insights on facial ageing.
How would you define yourself in three words?
Inquisitive, observational, obsessed with details.
A project/initiative you’re most proud of?
My collaboration with Harrods Wellness Clinic in London where we offer cutting edge anti-ageing technologies in a relaxing and sophisticated environment. My goal is to bring this wellness concept in Athens.
Which art/design/style icons you are most inspired by?
Paolo Sorrentino for his captivating cinematography, Zaha Hadid for her daring architecture, Maya Angelou for the simplicity of her words, Vincenzo De Cotiis for his modern twist on classical design, Tom Ford for his impeccable style, and of course Giorgio Armani for starting his career in his 40s proving that is never late to chase your aspirations.
A timeless design piece you own?
Encounter, an iron sculpture by Yannis Moralis.
What simple steps would you suggest for better skin?
Commit to a daily regime. I advise on a multi-layered approach that combines cell regenerators with anti-inflammatory and cell soothing properties. As a matter of fact, I’m currently working on a skincare line that will fuse the latest anti-aging research packed in fortified formulas.
What item in your closet do you wear the most?
A pair of grey trousers, smart casual for the entire day from the clinic to dinner.
The beauty product you can’t live without?
Ultra-Light Hydra-Gel by New York Dermatology Group, a refreshing antioxidant-rich moisturizer packed with hyaluronic acid, and Marvis toothpaste.
Favourite destination and hotel?
All roads lead to Rome and my favourite place is Hotel Vilòn which is facing the private gardens of Palazzo Borghese. Waking up to such view transports you to a different era.
What do you miss most when travelling?
My Beoplay Soundsystem. I don’t watch TV and music is my escape when I’m at home.
Which city would you choose to live in if you had to move?
I have always been fascinated with the casual and cool lifestyle of LA - I was privileged to live there for a few years - but lately, Athens is conquering my heart with its Riviera and unique light.
Your latest discovery?
The captivating beauty of the Athenian Coastline, so nicely depicted in Assouline’s new book Athens Riviera.
Amongst all the museums I’ve been to, the Benakis Museum in Athens is my favourite as it always brings me closer to what being Greek stands for.
What is on your bookshelf?
Mostly design, architecture and photography books by Peter Beard, Bruce Weber, Herb Ritts, Ruven Afanador, Robert McCabe.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
What is your most treasured possession?
My education as a doctor, as no matter, what happens in my life it will always stand by me. Possessions, no matter how attached I am to them, cannot define me.
Your idea of happiness?
Being in peace with your inner self and having selective friends you can truly rely on.
The coolest technology you are familiar with?
At the Wellness Clinic I use a 3D imaging technology to assess the signs of facial ageing. It’s aimed at helping the patient understand the impact of time on the face. With my trained eye I can see everything, but it lets you see yourself objectively so we can have an open discussion about treatment options.
Dr. Costas Papageorgiou - photo by Filip Koludrovi