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Swiss Clinic Clinique La Prairie cosmetics double celebration


Clinique La Prairie, nestled between the shores of Lake Geneva and the mountains of Montreux, is preparing to mark its 75th birthday and 30 years at the helm for its owner and president, Armin Mattli.

Over the years the clinic's reputation for Swiss excellence in medical care, and a unique anti-ageing treatment, has attracted a growing Middle East clientele, including royalty and senior dignitaries.

"Our links with the Middle East are stronger than ever, and we have already started receiving messages of thanks and best wishes as we approach our double anniversary," said Mattli.

"As summer approaches we look forward to welcoming back our regular visitors from the Arab world, as well as many new clients from that region, in the years ahead."

Clinique La Prairie opened in 1931 when its founder, Professor Paul Niehans, first administered cellular therapy, which involves injections of a sheep's foetal liver cells to strengthen the immune system and slow down the signs of ageing. The product became known as 'CLP Extract' which is used in the clinic's signature 'Revitalisation' injections today.

Much of the centre's growth and diversification in recent years has been driven by Mattli, who bought Clinique La Prairie in 1976 after being amazed by the effects of CLP Extract. Mattli was a visionary of his time, predicting that slowing down the aging process would become a major trend of the century.

Mattli, a prominent Swiss businessman who has a background in banking and entrepreneurial ventures in Central America, used the cellular research findings to create a highly advanced cosmetics line, La Prairie cosmetics, which he subsequently sold in 1982 after establishing it as the premier skin care product in the world.

In 1992 he established Prestige Products of Switzerland, a production company from which he launched 'Swiss Perfection' - another revolutionary cosmetics line currently used in Clinique La Prairie and other selected spas all over the world.

After inaugurating its medical centre in 1991, the clinic expanded to incorporate a wide range of disciplines such as non-invasive skin treatments, weight management, plastic surgery, orthopaedics, gynaecology and dentistry. Last year saw the opening of a new state-of-the-art wellness and 'thalassotherapy' centre.

Services offered by Clinique La Prairie range from the full 'Revitalisation' package which includes two CLP Extract injections, to a 'Relaxation' package which includes massages, reflexology, yoga classes and body-wraps designed to relieve stress and promote wellbeing.

Due largely to the efforts and vision of Mattli, Clinique La Prairie is now revered throughout the world across all its disciplines and has already won several prestigious awards this year including 'Best European Medical Spa' at the European Spa Awards in Monaco and third place in the 'World's Best Medical Thermal Spa' category at the Conde Nast Traveller Awards.

Mattli has also developed a 50-story, Clinique La Prairie Lifestyle Building in downtown Miami, which will be inaugurated in early 2007. Consisting of one and two bedroom luxurious apartments and penthouse suites, residents live within an exclusive Clinique La Prairie spa complex complete with beauty specialists on site.

Many of Clinique La Prairie's VIP guests, who came from over 80 countries last year, will attend celebration events being held within the clinic's landscaped grounds in August.