Megha Chadha, 29, has a lot of questions for the skin expert she’s spending the afternoon with. She wants to know more about the microderma-abrasion procedure she is getting done to peel off the dead skin from her hands to make them soft and fair. “What do you use for the exfoliation? Diamond or glass? How safe is it? I don’t want anything going wrong,” she says.
Chadha’s paranoia is natural. She is 33-weeks pregnant, and has travelled across the city from Civil Lines to get pampered at the Med Spa at Fortis’s La Femme hospital in south Delhi’s Greater Kailash.
Preeti Kamboj, who is doing the exfoliation, answers her questions patiently. “You don’t have to worry at all. All the procedures done here are completely safe for you and your baby,” says the 24-year-old, who holds the rather unusual designation of ‘skin aesthetician’ at Fortis La Femme, the birthing centre that has now positioned itself as an answer to
any woman’s — pregnant or otherwise — prayer.
Kamboj doesn’t tire of women prattling about their newborns. “Having a baby is a very happy moment for all women and these days they don’t want to walk out of hospital after delivery looking like a rag. They want to look their best, for themselves and the photo albums, so they go for a range of procedures, beginning with skin-pigmentation correction and going on to botox and plastic surgery, done by cosmetic surgeons,” she says.
While training as a skin specialist, Kamboj had not imagined she would ever end up working in a hospital. “Most of
my friends work in hotels, but I like it here. We usually get women in their 20s and 30s — both pregnant and post-delivery — who want advice on what to do to look their best. Women undergo a lot of biological changes when they are expecting and often become unhappy with the way they end up looking. They prefer getting treated at a medical spa because it gives them the assurance that all procedures are medically sound,” said Kamboj.
Chadha is happy about the pampering. “I love this place. Of course I want to look good. I want the baby to have a pretty mum around,” she says with a laugh.