Dr Mica Engel

Aesthetic Doctor

Location: London

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Originally a GP and A&E doctor in Brazil, Mica untapped her passion and skill in the area of cosmetic medicine while on a study scholarship in Italy. After graduating from the University…

Originally a GP and A&E doctor in Brazil, Mica untapped her passion and skill in the area of cosmetic medicine while on a study scholarship in Italy. After graduating from the University of Udine, Mica established a reputation as an eminent anti-ageing expert and relocated to London in 2007.

We are unspeakably glad that she did so as Mica’s technical skill, flair and deep understanding of the facial structure ensure flawless results, not to mention complexions. An aesthetic doctor at the Waterhouse Young Clinic, Mica’s focus on caring for the skin and enhancing every client’s individual features makes her one of the most sought-after cosmetic practitioners in the capital.

A consultation with Mica will help you to truly understand your skin and its needs. Beginning with a VISIA analysis to identify areas requiring attention (from wrinkles to pores to sun damage, this high-tech machine leaves no stone unturned), Dr Mica creates a bespoke treatment plan to suit your requirements and lifestyle. From dermal fillers to Botox to lip enhancement, Dr Mica’s precise and subtle technique will revitalise your appearance without masking your natural beauty. We couldn’t ask for more.

Find her at The Waterhouse Young Clinic , 21 Devonshire Street, London W1G 6PB

Contact her on 020 7486 3849

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Soprano ICE™ - Pain-free Laser Hair Removal has arrived at Waterhouse Young Say goodbye to the razor, wincing at waxing and painful plucking, the very latest Laser Hair Removal is here and it’s pain free. In the Western world women are becoming devotees of torture routines to remove unwanted facial, underarm, bikini and leg hairs. This “hair phobia” evolved and we even imported Brazilian Waxing, the almost complete removal of hair in the pubic region, which ensures bold bikinis can be worn with confidence. But it is not just women fighting the battle against unwanted hair. Lately, more and more men are opting for have soft chests, backs and legs. Once a sign of masculinity, the hairy chest begins to give way to smooth skin, revealing and framing defined muscles. Luckily, technology has kept up with this trend and today the painful sessions of waxing and the old razor blade can be replaced by laser hair removal (or “epilation”, the medical term). The most exciting thing is that the sessions, which previously required financial planning, are being offered at prices increasingly more attractive by painful laser techniques but only a few are being upgraded to virtually pain free technologies. But before deciding on the best method for you, it is important to address the common misconceptions and the truths that surround hair removal and know what precautions to take to avoid a disaster. Is laser hair removal permanent? The result of the sessions depends on the skin type of each person; the hair colour and the skin tone being two important characteristics. This is because the type of light used in most lasers is absorbed by the brown pigment found in the hair. The heat generated by the light "heats" the follicle, causing great damage (that may be permanent or not, depending on the intensity of the energy used). People with light skin and dark hairs usually have the best results since light tends to be absorbed exclusively by the follicles. In individuals with dark skin, the treatment needs to be performed with more caution as the skin can also absorb the light energy - as a result, older laser technologies can cause burns and in some cases the appearance of skin depigmentation. How many treatments will I need? At least six sessions are usually required for the results to be significant, but the total amount can vary from person to person and different body areas. Not all cases get the "definitive" effect, but in general there is a good reduction of hair when the client is selected well for the procedure. Extra sessions are often necessary at intervals of eight to 12 months - to hold the results, treating any new hair follicles that decide to appear. Is laser hair removal painful? The older technologies used in IPL and lasers used to be quite uncomfortable and seen as a “necessary evil”, but luckily science (and the support of a booming beauty industry) is on our side and the Soprano Lasers were developed to deliver maximum results with minimal (or no) pain. I will explain more about the newest addition to our clinic, Soprano Ice, in a minute. Do men have laser hair removal treatments? Initially men were ashamed to opt for the procedure. However, the technique can be a great solution for beard folliculitis - inflammation due to the use of razor blades. Some men prefer to keep the facial hair as an option and have only the neck area treated, also hair removal on shoulders backs and buttocks is on the increase. How is the skin after the session? With most lasers, the treated skin may become red and sensitive after each session. This is important to know this if you using your lunch break to have treatments done, especially on the face! This problem doesn’t happen with the super hair removal technology of Soprano Ice. Due to its cooling tip; the area treated is immediately soothed so you can go back to work and social activities with no “giveaways” whatsoever. Always good to ask: Research the clinic and the machine for your laser hair removal. Safety first. Ask the professional doing your treatment about their knowledge and experience with the machine. Ask about possible complications and side effects. Avoid sun exposure after lasers treatments, most of the time 4 weeks are necessary, with Soprano Ice only two, and remember to use sunblock after each session (indeed, even when not in treatment ... but that’s another story). Now let’s talk about Soprano Ice: Alma lasers latest evolution of the worlds leading Soprano is the Soprano ICE system, which eliminates unwanted hair quickly, effectively and with minimal discomfort is available at Waterhouse Young. This is the technology in-MotionTM SHR (Super Hair Removal) in which the procedure is performed in a gradual movement promoting heating of hair follicles until they undergo thermal damage leading to their destruction. In order to protect the skin, Soprano Ice is equipped with a cooling tip that soothes the skin making the treatment very comfortable and safe. Because of this differentiated technology, it is the first laser hair removal system to treat all skin types (light and dark), even the newly tanned skin, safely, without side effects and with little discomfort. Add to that the improvement on the skin texture and reduction of ingrowing hairs and we can see why laser hair removal is one of the most popular aesthetic treatments of all time.  February 3rd 2015 12:54:36

PCOS - Know your body and how to treat the symptoms Our ovaries are precious but we don’t pay them any attention until they start to “malfunction” and then we realise how important they are in all aspects of life. Unfortunately, 1 in 5 women suffer from a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which can be really affect someone’s life. Here Dr. Mica Engel discusses the symptoms and how we can help control them…. What is PCOS: PCOS is a hormonal disorder that affects 1 in 5 women although half of these women will not have any symptoms. It can cause some frustrating skin-care and hair-growth concerns as well as potential health risks: irregular periods or no periods at all difficulty getting pregnant (because of irregular ovulation or failure to ovulate) excessive hair growth (hirsutism) - usually on the face, chest, back or buttocks weight gain thinning hair and hair loss from the head oily skin or acne Today polycystic ovary syndrome is also seen as an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease by the presence of obesity, insulin resistance and hypertension (high blood pressure) Aesthetic Problems Of course if we take into account the severity of problems caused by PCOS like infertility and the cardiovascular risk, the aesthetic part of it can seem less important, but the distress caused by acne and male pattern hair growth cannot be underestimated, and these issues should be addressed on the treatment plan. Treatment Treatment depends on the stage of a woman’s life. What is most important at any given time is to address the symptom that bothers the patient the most. As this is a chronic disease, there is no cure and the aim is always to keep the symptoms under control. For a 15-16 year old teenager, with weight gain, abnormal hair growth, acne and menstrual disorders, the treatment will be to firstly restore their normal weight with correct diet and exercise. Sometimes weight loss alone can lead to the reversal of the symptoms, because obesity and insulin resistance can increase androgens, male hormones. If the patient is not overweight, it becomes necessary to reduce the production of male hormones and one of the simplest ways to do it is by taking the contraceptive pill to regulate ovarian function and decrease the production of testosterone. The pill also reduces hair growth and sebum production, controlling hirsutism and acne. For persistent aesthetic problems, prescription skin care for acne is mandatory, not only to improve the appearance of the skin, but also to prevent scaring. There are numerous products lines specialised for acne; the best option is to seek medical advice. On the “fight against unwanted hair” front, we have been blessed with pain free laser hair removal, which improves the situation greatly. Whilst we might not be able to remove all excessive hair growth due to hair growth, regular treatments will certainly control it and hide one of the most visible and inconvenient symptoms of PCOS. Overall, treatment is multifactorial and depends on the problems presented by the patient. A review by an endocrinologist is recommended.  February 3rd 2015 12:53:49

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  • Lorraine G asked: Is the endymed iFine treatment suitable if you have under eye puffiness, or can it make it worse? What do you recommend for under eye skin firming and tightening without using injectibles?

    March 4th 2014 22:00:53

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