In a beautiful townhouse on a quiet street in Marylebone with a grand entrance and imposing staircase, you’ll find the Waterhouse Young clinic that offers an impressive range of non-surgical skin treatments. A team made up of surgeons, aesthetic doctors and nurses deal with every skin issue from fine lines and wrinkles to sun damage and acne scarring.
I am no stranger to an afternoon of pampering, but can sometimes find that a facial treatment has more of a relaxing effect than doing much for rejuvenating my skin, therefore I was intrigued by the sound of the ‘HydraFacial’ treatment offered at Waterhouse Young.
HydraFacial is the latest non-invasive skin resurfacing and rejuvenating treatment, which purports to being less invasive than microdermabrasion, but with significantly better results.
Waterhouse Young are keen to not portray themselves as a spa, which is evident as soon as you walk in. There’s no lounging area, steam room or shower but a rather lovely sitting room that’s both stylish and homely where a nurse sits with you to discuss your requirements and your course of treatment.
Your first session starts with a detailed skin analysis using a state-of-the-art VISIA machine, which will highlight any areas of focus that you may wish to address. The results of the tests rank various features of your skin in percentile terms against a large database of your peers of the same demographic. The results can induce both smugness (no wrinkles!) and fear (too many holidays, apparently…)
The HydraFacial procedure at Waterhouse Young involves using a special hand piece to remove dead skin cells and impurities through a gentle suction process, whilst simultaneously cleansing and hydrating the skin with antioxidant serums.
They finish by shining red LED lights onto the skin to aid circulation, reduce redness and irritation, and to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The procedure is non-evasive and is still relaxing despite the suction method used.
The result? I can genuinely say that my skin looked more radiant, healthy and clear after just one session, although they recommend a course of 6 treatments. The most noticeable difference was that my skin looked firmer, which lasted long after the treatment.
For best results, they recommend an intensive course of one treatment per week for six weeks. Each treatment costs £200 and takes approximately 40 minutes to administer.
New for 2013, Waterhouse Young has extended its portfolio of non-surgical skincare treatments by introducing the new Intraceuticals Rejuvenate+ Boosters collection.
The professional Rejuvenate+ Booster treatment serum is delivered using pressurised oxygen so the skin can absorb the nutrients quickly leaving the skin firmer, hydrated and glowing. The full list of Rejuvenate+ Booster treatments can be viewed here. The treatment is perfect before a big occasion or event to remove the signs of the previous night’s over indulgence!
Waterhouse Young have just launched a new treatment focusing on body-contouring, the EndyMed PRO 3DEEP device, which uses radiofrequency technology to heat the skin without any pain or discomfort. Heat application causes collagen to contract, which tightens and lifts the skin – this is perfect to prepare for summer!
Waterhouse Young also offer a ‘come to you’ service for those with demanding schedules. For further information, please visit the Waterhouse Young website. Your skin will be ever thankful.
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