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The 100 day moisturiser

Want to avoid botox and fillers but after some medical intervention for the dreaded wrinkles? Muddy's Nicky Richardson tries microneedling.

We’re an health-conscious lot in the Muddy office (hey, get us – we’ve just done yoga in the park) and try to keep things as au natural as possible. But we understand that from time to time a little bit of help goes a long way. When Dr Nishel Patel from Skinesse aesthetic clinic in Gerrard’s Crosss suggested we might want to try his 100 day moisturising medical facial, it took, oooooh, about a nanosecond to say TOO RIGHT and then draw straws as to which of was going to suddenly emerge, supermodel-like, from Dr Patel’s front door, flicking hair in slow motion while workmen stared open mouthed, mid-sandwich chew at the beauty in front of them.

Muddy’s Nicky Richardson won the office tussle and this is her verdict on the treatment – ‘mummy’ mask and all. Over to you, Nicky…


I’ve never had any invasive ‘intervention’ on my face. I’ve always been too worried about the negative affects and also resistant to the idea that things need improving when you’re on the wrong side of 30, let alone 50. But the 100 day facial, a ‘medical’ facial that doesn’t resort to poisons or fillers to do its work, piqued my interest. Dr Patel is a trainer and mentor at The Harley Academy in London which offers the first government-regulated training in aesthetic medicine and is also a senior partner in a local GP practice, so in pursuit of eternal youth (or at least the morning off from work – sorry Hero!), I set off for the private Spires Thames Valley Hospital in Wexham, Bucks. Reassuringly practical and unglamorous in a way only medical consulting rooms can be, the space is used across the spectrum of aesthetic treatments – lip enhancement, removal of thread veins, hair lasering and fat blasting, along with the more unusual treatments of migraine relief, joint and soft tissue pain and excessive sweating.

On offer today, the Skinesse Lift, a skin rejuvenating micro needling procedure that punctures loads of tiny holes in your face that naturally stimulates the skin to produce more collagen – the key to skin’s elasticity and wrinkle reducer.

This was to be followed by some targeted injections of hyralaulic acid (the rockstar in the anti-ageing arsenal apparently), around the eyes, jowls and any other saggy bits.

The micro needling was unpleasant but actually not much worse than a bikini wax in the pain stakes, particularly after the topical anaesthetic was applied. It took maybe 15 minutes for the anaesthetic, then 15 minutes for the injections, and then another 15 for soothing mask that felt amazing on, though clearly is not the most attractive look! But let’s face it, no-one will see it but you and your practioner.

My face was a bit uncomfortable for the rest of the day and I was warned to stay out of the sun and put on sun block for the next few days. I pretended I’d had a reaction to a face cream when out and about, but the redness was almost gone the next day and I could cover any evidence of a procedure with make up.

So now for the big reveal – did it make a difference? I have noticed my skin looking plumper and my fine lines and bags reduced but I’ll let you decide.

Before… and after

The micro needling will set you back £190 and the Hyralaulic acid injections start at £400 – not a price for the faint hearted. Having said that you can get a discount when you do both together so focus on that! The Skinesse Lift should last 100 days, and there’s no limit on the number of times you can have the treatment.

Skinesse Clinics run out of the Spire Thames Valley Hospital, Gerrards Cross, Wexham Street, Wexham SL3 6NH and Denham Medical Centre, Queen Mothers Drive, Denham, UB9 5GA. Tel:  01753 316052

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