a Trip, Return a New Person - LITERALLY!!
It is said that travel changes people. For those who sojourn at La Prairie, this is true, literally, as well as figuratively. A refuge of celebrities and royalty, widely acclaimed and once-controversial rejuvenation treatments, lofty-priced skin care products - these are only the most publicized pieces of the Clinique La Prairie, a complete medical and surgical sanctuary on the edge of magnificent, mountain-wrapped Lake Geneva, in fashionable Montreux, Switzerland. It's a haven whose single goal for the last 60 years has been to improve the quality of life of its clientele.
That improvement can take many forms at Clinique La Prairie (CLP), a multi-disciplinary facility offering a range of treatments that encompasses almost all medical specialties except heart surgery. The famous and the little-known from the world over choose La Prairie for all types of cosmetic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. There is even a renowned fertility clinic on the premises, but "Aesthetic problems" and anti-aging programs are the main focus.
Plastic surgery of every kind on eyelids, nose, ears, chin, cheeks, scalp, breasts, stomach, thighs, buttocks, knees and shins provides a facelift, browlift, forehead lift; a minilift or soft-lift; tummy tuck or buttocks lift (why not both?); profile remodeling (i.e. a "nose job"). Reconstructive operations that include skin grafts, post-trauma work, varicose vein removal, and even hair grafts can be performed in the modern CLP operating theater. And what a beautiful setting to aid recovery. Indeed, your family pet might not recognize you upon your return!
THE FINE ART OF AGING
I didn't know in advance that everyone desiring treatment at La Prairie goes through a stringent medical history analysis, full physical exam, heart and lung check-ups and blood tests to preclude any adverse reactions. If needed or desired, consultations with top specialists can be added. My first 2 days were spent with various doctors, planning a schedule for the week to integrate the Beautymed program with therapy for my back problems, then taking the battery of tests to confirm my health; sitting with the dietitian to decide the daily calories (which determined what I would eat over the week), meeting the attending nurses (more like guardian angels), and scheduling treatments and workout times. Whew!
After the doctors OK'd me for the CLP Extract treatments, I was tested for allergic reactions to the Extract itself on the third day, then received the injections the 4th and 5th days, with 2 more days for monitoring any unexpected reaction. There was none.
The whole process was perfectly orchestrated. I met the nurse in my room. She had me lie on my side on the bed, made sure I was comfortable and had my book to read, then gave me the injections and instructed me not to move for an hour. She returned several times to be sure I was fine, then I was free to go about my activities, just avoiding the sauna and jacuzzi the rest of that day. The CLP Extract treatment strengthens the immune system and general health over time, and hundreds of guests return for regular tune-ups.
MORE ZEST FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE
The exquisite meals are lovingly prepared and graciously served like works of art, so even guests consuming the minimum number of calories feel more than satisfied. I couldn't believe some of the gorgeous dishes were really low calorie! An excellent wine list is available if you have a guest or your diet allows it.
On three days, my schedule included a 20 minute mineral bath in a special hydroxeur tub. The alternating bursts from 164 jets felt like a musical performance. After the bath, I was ensconced in a cocoon and a practitioner managed the mechanical stimulation of various parts of my body by high tech equipment developed exclusively for La Prairie.
The Corpomed, Corpotrim, Corpolift, Corpofit, and Corpolux units provide powerful and specific but painless electrostimulation to various parts of the body, helping reduce excessive fat or cellulite, drain the lymph system, firm up tissues, and smooth the skin.
The director of La Prairie, calls Beautymed an "association of treatments for internal and external beauty." My week also included 3 physical therapy treatments, 2 massages, private exercise sessions with the trainer, a daily pool exercise group (only 2 of us that week) followed by a sauna, steam room, and relaxing in the tranquil solarium. I even tried a laser treatment.
Everything at Clinique La Prairie is done with style. So, while the allure of nearby Montreux beckoned, I felt so comfortable, yet pampered, I had little desire to leave the premises the whole week. I returned home feeling like a new person. Maybe I'll return from my next visit looking like a different person, too!
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