Doctor Madhu Chopra can be known as the mother of the world star Priyanka Chopra Jonas But that hasn’t stopped him from carving out his own niche. Trained as an ENT specialist from the Pune Armed Forces Medical College, she worked for the armed forces for a significant part of her career.
This year is special for her. She became a grandmother to Priyanka and Nick Jonas’s daughter and her clinic, based in Mumbai. studio aesthetics, turned 14 years old. Dr. Madhu began the study with her husband, the late Ashok Chopra, in 2009.
In an interaction with His story, Dr. Madhu and Dr. Neetika Modi, Director, share your journey and vision for the times ahead.
the star mother
Around 2008, Dr. Madhu accompanied Priyanka to Florida where she was filming for Dostana, starring Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham. She shares that her sister, who is a neurosurgeon, sent her a flyer that had cosmetology courses.
“He told me not to waste my time and to train. I completed the courses and enjoyed them so much that I decided to bring that knowledge to Mumbai.”
Back in India, she discussed the idea of starting a cosmetic surgery studio with her husband, and eventually Studio Aesthetique emerged.
“Dr. Ashok felt that India, and Mumbai in particular, needed a clinic that specialized in cosmetic treatments. He was already a specialist in laser treatments that focused on reducing belly fat,” says Dr. Neetika.
Sadly, Dr. Ashok passed away in 2013. Dr. Neetika was the Chopra family dentist who also specialized in dentofacial treatments. “I shared a very good relationship with Dr. Chopra and the family. There were times when we even crossed our patients with each other.” Dr. Neetika has been practicing dentistry for approximately 23 years.
“Since we shared the same ideologies and the same vision of investing in technology, we decided to collaborate at the end of 2018.”
Dr. Madhu says that they have tried to bring innovative aesthetic procedures to their clients, including lip injections, non-surgical rhinoplasty, anti-aging dermal fillers and more. In addition, the two have worked closely together to implement new-age photography techniques software that will help the patient know the result if he plans to proceed with treatment.
Today, studio aesthetics has become a comprehensive solution for dentofacial solutions, cosmetic surgeries and skin treatments. Located in Juhu, Mumbai, it has clients that include movie stars “some of whom are in Hollywood”, cricketers, industrialists and more. However, they cannot name any clients as there are confidentiality clauses.
“The utmost confidentiality, the best doctors and the best team” are the foundation of his practice, reiterates Dr. Madhu.
Giving a different meaning to beauty in this age
Dr. Neetika points out that the Internet has democratized cosmetic surgeries and treatments. “Before, only those who were in front of the camera had these treatments, but today everyone aspires to correct what they feel is wrong with their body.”
She says that she, along with Dr. Madhu Chopra, looks at the big picture to understand and plan how to bridge the gap between what the patient wants and how it can be met. They plan treatment together and work closely together.
At a time when the concept of beauty is constantly being redefined on the one hand, and social media is constantly putting pressure on unrealistic beauty standards on the other, people are realizing the importance of embracing their natural beauty. How does Studio Aesthethique balance such predicaments?
Dr. Neetika agrees that sometimes patients make unrealistic demands like, “We need PC’s (Priyanka Chopra) smile. I tell them you don’t have a PC nose or chin, so I can’t give you that smile because it has to fit who you are and your face type.”
She adds that in the modeling industry, some of the girls who come in for treatment are as young as 18!
“These girls are so full of illusion in their eyes that we have to sit down with them, sometimes with their parents, and reject many procedures such as chin augmentation.”
Dr. Madhu says that she tells her clients that they should not accept themselves if they are unhappy or feel less secure. “There is no need to feel guilty about wanting to look good and pretty.” She also says that getting older and living in polluted cities take a toll on her skin. “You can’t stop lines from appearing on your skin because you’re too stressed about work or home or other responsibilities. The environment in which people live today is not as good as those in which our ancestors lived.”
And so, in such cases, he says, “you have the right to keep your skin and your body.”
However, she says she becomes strict with clients who try to overdo it. “I just enhance who you are and I don’t get into reshaping faces that make you look like a different person.”
Dr. Neetika says that they also make sure to counsel clients properly and make them understand the treatments before proceeding with the procedures.
Looking back, Dr. Madhu shares that it has been a great journey for her as a businesswoman and as a physician. According to her, the study has evolved along with the ecosystem and society in general. Facing prejudice as a female doctor and businesswoman, she says that men are more confident and supportive as well. “There was a huge bias against female doctors, especially when I lived in small towns. But I am happy to see the change and the growing awareness among men.”
She says it’s also very encouraging to see women excel in whatever role they take on.
In the future, Studio Aesthetique plans to expand to other cities in India and abroad like Dubai. These plans are still in progress. In addition, they also plan to bring more technology, which includes bringing more gadgets, equipment, machines, and more. Studio Aesthetique is also collaborating with well-known Mumbai-based dermatologist, Monica Jacob, to up their game and improve the services they currently offer.
“Scientific advances are happening very fast, and it is more important to be aware of them. Likewise, I think collaboration is the way to go. People with experience in different fields help you become a one-stop shop,” he concludes.