New skin clinic opens its doors in Granite City

A luxury skin and wellbeing clinic, which offers the latest in specialist treatments using advanced, state-of-the-art technology, has opened its doors in Aberdeen city centre. 

Based at 9 Carden Place, Grand Aura is led by co-owners Dr Sanjay Rajpara, a world-renowned expert with 12 years’ experience as a consultant dermatologist and derm (Mohs surgeon), and Karen Arthur, who has a background in private medical skincare.

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Grand Aura is a doctor-led professional dermatology clinic with experienced practising staff providing individual bespoke skin and beauty treatments to clients in comfortable West End surroundings – just minutes away from Union Street. 

A 2,000 sq. ft, three-storey granite building has been converted from office premises following a successful change of use application.

A 10-year lease has been agreed with substantial investment made in the comprehensive refurbishment programme and the acquisition of cutting-edge equipment, including laser technology.

The business, which is open Monday to Saturday every week, has created an initial five new jobs and appointed several specialists who are highly experienced in the dermatology and aesthetics field.

 Grand Aura offers clients an extensive range of high-quality dermatology treatments and services under one roof, including anti-ageing injectables, laser hair removal, skin peels and medical facials.

The clinic’s managing director, Karen Arthur, is the former chief executive of Aberdeen-based charity Inspire PTL and previously worked in specialist skincare. 

She said: “It’s an exciting time to launch Grand Aura and there is definitely a gap in the current market for a smaller, more personal skincare and wellbeing clinic, backed up by years of medical expertise, and providing a more intimate service than is on offer at the larger chains.“We’re looking forward to welcoming clients through our doors to showcase the various treatments we have on offer as well as creating a buzz in the West End of town.”

Dr Sanjay Rajpara, medical director at Grand Aura, is a world-leading expert in laser research and practice, whilst also specialising in facial aesthetics and injectables.

He has worked extensively in the NHS throughout the UK as well as King’s College Hospital and Harley Street in London. He continues to consult at NHS Grampian and privately at the Albyn Hospital, Aberdeen. 

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Dr Rajpara said: “We are thrilled to be opening the clinic in Aberdeen, which will offer a bespoke experience to our clients that effectively meets their requirements.

“We pride ourselves on offering a personal, one-to-one service for individuals visiting the clinic; offering skincare and treatment plans specifically tailored for each person so they can benefit from the best possible results.”

Grand Aura is currently in the registration stage of accreditation with Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), part of NHS Scotland. Dr Rajpara was part of the original HIS committee that first established new sector standards, based on quality and regulation.