CLINIC FOCUS – RIVER AESTHETICS, LYMINGTON, HARLEY STREET, SANDBANKS
River Aesthetics are a rapidly expanding group of leading cosmetic medicine clinics and are a centre of excellence for thread lifting and feminine rejuvenation treatments. Led by a ‘dynamic duo’ of two expert medical aesthetic doctors – Dr Victoria Manning and Dr Charlotte Woodward
Founded in Lymington in 2012, growing exponentially through organic recommendations and resulting in the opening of two new locations in the last twelve months – the Harley Street clinic at the end of 2016, and the Canford Cliffs clinic in spring 2017. Patient numbers have grown from 20 at launch to over 1000 today – an annual growth rate of 5000%. This tells us that they must me doing something right!
River Aesthetics now has an ever increasing celebrity following including Meg Matthews who opened the Canford Cliffs clinic and spoke to the media about her RiverLIFT procedure.
Dr Manning and Dr Woodward have also gained increasing visibility in elite consumer magazines, being recognised by Condé Nast Brides Magazine as one of the UK’s top 10 facialist clinics in 2016, and featured within the Tatler Beauty & Cosmetic Surgery Guide for their work with thread lifts.
“The best decision I have made for a long, long time was to go to see Victoria at River Aesthetics. I thoroughly recommend a visit to River Aesthetics as they will give you sound advice for a treatment tailored to your needs.” – V
The River Ethos
The River Aesthetics philosophy is to use their years of aesthetic expertise to deliver the best possible treatments for a natural, rejuvenating and restorative result – time and time again. For the River team, success means not only addressing problems and delivering natural-looking results, but helping patients maintain a beautiful, healthy appearance for as long as possible. From the moment patients enter the clinic, they are given the red-carpet treatment – even including a concierge service for local hotel and train station pick-ups and an in-clinic chef providing canapes.
The River Trademarks
Their trademarked RiverLIFT treatment restores natural facial balance and softens signs of ageing using a combination of threads and cosmetic injectables. River Aesthetics also pioneered the UK’s first ever breast thread lift and they also specialise in feminine rejuvenation using Desirial, with Dr Victoria and Dr Charlotte recognised as UK expert trainers for all these procedures. Additional available treatments include cosmetic injectables, thermavein, chemical peels, skin tightening, skin resurfacing, their signature River Renew medical facials with Hydrafacial and plant stem cells as well as prescription skincare, mesotherapy, and silhouette soft & PDO thread lifts.
“I’ve been having treatments with Charlotte & Victoria for a year now and I am thrilled with the results. I have tried various clinics over the years for Botox and Fillers however I can unequivocally say these ladies are the best. ” – H
The River Interview
How does your personalised approach manifest itself in clinic?
As a very small team, me and Charlotte and more recently Gemma, patients are assured a personal service. We feel very strongly against the conveyor belt mentality and we really enjoy spending time with our patients.
What is a typical patient journey and is there ever a typical patient?
There is no Charlotte and I are advocates for patients starting their journey with us. We take a thorough medical history discuss motivations for treatment and possible alternatives and then an examination. We guide patients through the process and make a record in their bespoke RA treatment log book. One treatment rarely gives the wow factor so we treat the logbook as a year planner so they can make gradual subtle changes so people comment they look well not done. We always give patients a cool off period so they can digest the information given and make an informed decision.
Are the reasons why I am seeking aesthetic treatments important to you?
Absolutely we always seek the motivations behind a treatment. Always asking why and why now. It is imperative to ensure patients are doing this for themselves and for no other reason. It is also important to assess patient expectations to ensure we can meet them. Otherwise we have unhappy patients and unhappy doctors. I often tell patients I have a syringe or a thread not a magic wand!
What if I am unsure whether I am ready to commit?
We can give you all the information you require to make an informed decision, do your due diligence before seeing any practitioner and never be coerced into something you don’t feel 100% comfortable with. On the flip side if Charlotte or I don’t feel 100% that we can meet a patient’s expectations we would rather not treat them.
The initial consultation is important to me – how long do I get with the practitioner and is this with the practitioner who will treat me?
All new patient consultations are 1 hour long. We try to book in with the practitioner who sees the patient but each of us has areas of expertise so we try and get the patient to see the specialist. However working so closely we often co-consult and offer different opinions or advice which patients love. Four eyes better than two!
Please explain the RiverLift and why is it different from other clinics?
We have developed the RiverLIFT as the ultimate non-surgical cosmetic procedure to lift and tighten the face and neck by adopting and combining innovative thread technologies, dermal filler techniques and radiofrequency to give a completely natural rejuvenated appearance. So the bespoke treatment is tailored to the individual patient so it is beyond chasing lines and wrinkles but it is really treating the underlying causes of facial ageing. With two doctors involved in the procedure who are both national trainers’ patients can be assured that they are in very safe hands.
Victoria & Charlotte x
About | Dr Charlotte Woodward (MBChB MRCGP MBCAM), is a UK trainer for Ellanse, Desirial and PDO threads, with over 13 years’ aesthetic experience. Dr Victoria Manning (BM DFFP BCAM) is also a UK trainer for Silhouette Soft, Desirial and PDO threads, again with 13 years’ aesthetic experience. Both Medical Directors keep up to date with the newest industry innovations by attending regular updates and global conferences, as well as ‘train the trainers’ courses in line with GMC guidance. The clinic is also an Obagi skincare ambassador clinic.