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If you are one of many people who have trouble with blackheads on and around your nose or white bumps which appear on the face, commonly the forehead, that just won’t go away we can help you. One of the best treatments the extraction of blackheads and whiteheads is the Thames Skin Clinic’s HydraFacial™ elite treatment. Our therapists and doctors are highly trained in professional HydraFacial™ treatment, helping clients feel confident without make up or covering blackheads and whiteheads.

Unfortunately, the worst way to get rid of these minor imperfections is to pick them yourself. Doing so can cause scarring and infection, especially if you just use your fingers, as your hands carry a lot of bacteria on them regardless of how often you wash them. While there are many products on the market for at home extractions, it’s best to leave this particular treatment to the professionals.

Professional extraction treatment is one of the most important parts of HydraFacial™ if you have blackheads or whiteheads. The skilled aesthetician can remove them more safely and hygienically and treatment is most successful. It is very important to find a good experienced aesthetic therapist to work with because, like you, your skin is individual and has personally regulated levels of oil or sebum on the surface with specific build up rates.  Individuals require slightly different treatment plans tailored to your skin.

Over the past 12 years Dr Hemming and her team have been successfully treating unwanted spots, blackheads and comedones using a combination of treatments. Hydrafacial™ has now become the best options for extraction along with at home skincare programs to continue to treat, improve and transform  your skin’s health.

At Thames Skin Clinic Dr Hemming has designed her bespoke facial and extraction treatment program to ensure your skin is prepared and treatment professionally. We take your medical and skin history to make sure you are suitable for this particular treatment. If you are not or we believe a different treatment will suit them better, we can offer this instead.

Instead of asking you to decide we use your assessment appointment to offer the most suitable treatment for the areas you are concerned with.

Why use a clinic based treatment for extraction?

The pros and cons of at home treatment should be considered when making your decision to treat blackheads. While you may save a bit of money investing in an aestheticians extraction tool of your own or getting a deep cleaning product or pore strip the results are not comparable and in some situations can make your skin worse.

Deep cleaning pore strips remove the blackheads and comedones (clogged hair follicle in the skin) and rip off the outermost layer of skin as well, often leaving the tip of a blackhead and pore clogged. Skin preparation is selected to minimise irritation and potential scarring.

Other side effects from home treatment are associated with excessive pressure causing broken capillaries in sensitive reddened skin (otherwise known as couperouse), hyperpigmentation or increasing dark spots, provoking an infection and causing it to spread.

Great home skincare is essential for maintaining skin balance and controlling oiliness in the skin as long as you are regular with your routine. Thames Skin Clinic designs your home treatment products specifically for your skin and provide advice and support on how to use them properly. We believe your skin needs regular check-ups to ensure the correct products are used and we recommend you book a monthly review or appointment when your skin products finish to ensure they are the correct products for your skin.

Professional treatments for blackheads and whiteheads

While the right home treatment and specialist home skincare are a great step towards fit and healthy skin we advise those suffering from deeper blackheads, comedones and whiteheads to consider our elite HydraFacial™ treatments.

HydraFacial™ uses a patented vortex technology for extraction, through a special HydraFacial™ wand tip. Vortex technology safely removes blackheads and blockages from pores within the skin, making it very comfortable and less likely to damage the surrounding skin.

Extraction takes place after the skin has been thoroughly cleansers, exfoliated and soften the blackhead sebum and dead skin plugs blocking the pore. The combination of the above steps help to remove the clogged pore safely and effectively.

Whiteheads are harder to remove than blackheads as typically a layer of dead skin cells has grown over the plug of sebum. In order to remove these safely your aesthetician has to make a very small opening in the skin with a lancet (fine sterile needle). Regular treatments or our weekly focused HydraFacial™ course will help reduce build up of thickened skin or deep blockages and aim towards clearance.

Things to remember when getting extractions

Extraction treatment should not last more than 10 minutes. When placed within a Hydrafacial this will form an important section of the whole treatment. If you have many blackheads or whiteheads you should not expect them all to be removed in one treatment.

If you have acne or blemishes, extractions are the most important part of a facial for you. Once your follicles are cleared our your skin should start to improve. However you may need to get a facial every one – two weeks until your skin is completely clear. It is also important to following up with the right products and good home skin care routine.

Other treatments options are available and may be preferred. Topical products include the ZO skin health redness program including rozatrol, a clinically proven redness reduction serum.

Is this treatment suitable for me?

Extraction treatment with our Thames Skin hydrafacial is suitable for all skin types and ages. There are some medical conditions, allergies and medication that can affect treatment including shellfish and honey. Please discuss this treatment with us if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

How safe is treatment?

HydraFacial extraction treatment is extremely safe. Thames Skin Clinic therapists are highly trained in the use of HydraFacial treatments to stimulate the very best extraction process. Please consulted one of our team to discuss treatment options.

Will I feel any pain or discomfort during my treatment?

No. HydraFacials are skin stimulating and involve exfoliation as well as relaxing elements including the rejuvenation phase with LED therapy. This is the most luxurious part of the treatments and we hope to leave your skin refreshed, rejuvenated, pampered and relaxed.

Are there any associated risks?

There are no side effects or risks associated with this treatment. We discuss your medical history and allergies prior to treatment.

How much downtime is usually needed and what should I expect?

There is no downtime at all following an HydraFacial extraction treatment. You may leave with a spring in your step feeling fabulous and confident with gorgeous glowing skin.


Following a consultation with one of our wonderful Thames Skin Therapists or your initial new patient consultation with Dr Hemming we will discuss your treatment goals and plan for your treatment. Thames Skin Clinic will check your medical history is suitable for treatment and you will sign a consent form. We record all of our patients photographs for comparison later.

If you have a history of cold sores an anti viral medication may be prescribed.

Hydrafacial treatment has 3 stages with 6 steps plus optional PERK, an additional step in the program for your focused lip or eye area, or both.

Lymphatic stage Gentle lymphatic massage techniques via a special suction handpiece or finger tip drainage to increase blood circulation and detoxify, resulting in better overall skin.

HydraFacial Stage Serums are used with the HydraFacial. MD™ range delivered direct to the skin surface by a new hydropeel™ tip designed to cleanse, hydrate and focus in individual needs such as acne, congestion, fine lines, wrinkles, laxity and sagging.

LED STAGE LED application during which red and blue LED is applied to the HydraFacial treated skin to aid rejuvenation and treat acne.

  • Red LED light enhances cellular metabolism, repair and renewal of damaged skin cells, stimulates collagen and improves skin texture and firmness.
  • Blue light targets the bacterial known to cause acne. The acne bacteria reacts to blue light following which is it destroyed.

Combination treatments enhance both your results from your HydraFacial but also the effect of the combined treatments. As a skin clinic Thames Skin Clinic is passionate about transforming your skin and recommends Skin Health for Life HydraFacial treatments in combination with

  • Step up focused courses for pigmentation, acne, rejuvenation, antiaging and collagen building
  • Radiofrequency treatments as part of our HydraTite program
  • Laser treatments as part of our HydraBrite program

is used in combination with chemical peels, some skincare products, LED lights and different types of tips if a more aggressive treatment is needed.

Your comfort levels and expectations are important factors which are considered in your consultation.

Treatment Areas

Treatment is a safe and effective way of improving your skin and making it more healthy.

HydraFacial is a mild treatment with subtle results including a freshening in the appearance and texture of skin.

Treatment improves

  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Congested and enlarged pores (blackheads)
  • Oily or acne prone skin
  • Hyperpigmentation and brown spots

Used in combination with chemical peels, skin tightening treatment and LED therapy gives an elite treatment options for your particular skin focus.

HydraFacial is not suitable to treat deeper wrinkles, scars, deep hyperpigmentation or broken veins in the skin.

Side effects

Side effects are minimal if any.

Treatment is painless and doesn’t irritated the skin greatly. A few patients may experience slight tightness and redness of the skin which can last for a couple of hours. Treatments using peel products may prolong redness.

On very rare occasions redness may continue for a day or so and sensitive skin around the eyes can become swollen, a cold compress will help should this side effect occur.

The risk of scarring is very rare with this procedure.

Treatment is not suitable if you

  • are taking Roaccutane or oral isotretinoin within the last 12 months,
  • have active skin infection, cold sores
  • have problems with skin healing or lymphatic drainage.
  • have true allergies to aspirin, shellfish and honey.

Use any post-treatment skincare products provided and ensure you have a good quality sun screen to protect your skin. We can recommend a suitable SPF for your skin.

The cost of extraction treatment with our elite Hydrafacial varies by the extent of treatment required for best results.

We often get asked about the cost of treatment. At Thames Skin Clinic we pride ourselves on results rather than focus on the price of a treatment, it is more important that we get the correct quality of product and equipment, rather than offer cut price treatments, products and services (especially when it comes to medical treatments). You will never see Thames Skin Clinic advertising services on social coupon sites such as Groupon as we believe they have a negative impact on our customer safety, results and satisfaction. We also wish to abide by the advertising regulator and work in a safe ethical manor.

Our prices reflect the skill, training and premier product choices we have made as well as the true reflection of the beautiful bespoke clinic surroundings.

To discuss blackhead, whitehead and comedone extraction treatment please call us today and book an initial consultation with our specialist practitioners. There is a charge for appointments with Dr Hemming.


HydraFacial Elite pro £215
course of 6: £1,075  save £215
course of 12 £1,935  save £645

Includes an extra skin treatment to control oil production or targeted acne treatment.

HydraFacial Elite pro + PERK

HydraFacial pro + PERK £300 
course of 6 £1,500  save £300
course of 12 £2,700  save £900

As above plus both PERK  lip and eye rejuvenating focus treatments


Worth £4130 save £1170

HydraFaical pro course 6 weekly treatments focused on your main concern

Followed by monthly HydraFacial pro course of 12

ZO Skin Health Kit 1 (worth £260)

Additional effects

Smoother skin, improvement in fine lines and wrinkles, decrease congestion and pore size, minimise hyperpigmentation and brown spots

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Initial appointment

New Patient consultation 45 minutes

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Treatment takes

30 minutes (following consultation)

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Follow up

Monthly review and treatments advised

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Lasts for

4 weeks

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Results take

Immediate effect

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Anaesthetic required

No anaesthetic is needed for extraction treatments.

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03 Apr 2020

The results just keep getting better.

I’ve been visiting Doctor Anna for over a year to revitalise my skin with topical treatments. As I grew to trust her professionally, I decided to take that bold journey to address my dark circles which have gotten worse with age. I was incredibly nervous and a bit scared that I would look unnatural or vastly different after treatment. From the first day of treatment, I was excited and pleased with the results. It’s been two weeks now, and the results just keep getting better. I feel beautiful. The cherry on the cake is my loved ones and close friends haven’t noticed a thing!


20 Mar 2020

Amazing place, lovely staff

I was a bit apprehensive as I had never had a facial before but when I arrived and met Lizzie she put me as ease immediately and the treatment out of this world. Amazing place with lovely staff and a wonderful experience.


19 Mar 2020

I really trust Dr Anna Hemming

I have been coming to Dr Anna Hemming for wrinkle treatment for the past 4 years. I’m always happy with the fresher natural look she gives me. Friends have been surprised when I tell them I haven’t been on holiday and that my rested look is actually wrinkle treatment. I really trust Dr Hemming to do the best for me and feel safe in her experienced medically qualified hands. So, now she has opened a fabulous new clinic I’m venturing to other treatments. I’ve just had 3 LED sessions with aesthetic practitioner Lizzi (who is very knowledgeable and super friendly) and these have really plumped up my skin . I’ve booked a Hydrafacial for next week. The clinic is a uncluttered minimalist space with the latest skincare equipment. It feels hygienic yet relaxing. It’s a pleasure to visit. Thank you.


18 Mar 2020

I absolutely love the results of the filler on my face and lips

Hi everyone, could you please let Dr Hemming know that I absolutely love the result of the fillers on my face and lips. I wanted a natural look and discussed this with her, and I have to say I was a little anxious about putting filler in my lips but I love them. I have the natural look I discussed with Dr Hemming and the one I was hoping for, it has given me a real confidence boost. Stay safe love Marian x


28 Feb 2020

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I am very happy with the treatment and service I received. Very friendly staff and Dr Anna is amazing. I’d love to come again.


05 Feb 2020

Treatment delivered with great skill

Attentive professional treatment delivered with great skill


09 Jan 2020

I can highly recommend Dr Anna Hemming

I started to develop skin issues around my eyelid area. Having been to see two other dermatologists who were unable to assist due to the delicate and sensitive area around the eyes, it was a welcome relief for Dr Anna Hemming to be recommended to me. She immediately put me at ease, talked me through the available treatments, provided me with a quote and arranged to see me again to carry out the procedure. Within 2 weeks of the initial consultation my treatment was completed. It has made such a difference to my face already. I feel more confident and am so relieved to have found a consultant who not only listened but carried out a procedure that I was told was not possible. I can highly recommend Dr Anna Hemming and have already to my friends. I have no doubt I will use her again for any other derma-logical procedures.


12 Dec 2019

Anna makes you feel totally relaxed

Anna makes you feel totally relaxed and inspires confidence with her knowledge.


13 Feb 2019

Helped improve my skin

She helped me improve my Skin. I wish I met her 10 years ago. I never thought my Skin will glow and get rid of my acne.


22 Jan 2019

Fabulous results!

Amazing! As I new client I was very impressed with the wrinkle treatment consultation, procedure and results. Dr Anna is first class at providing that much sought after rested and refreshed look.

Heather Latham

10 Jan 2019

Just excellent!

Anna is amazing, she really understands what her patients need and doesn't try and over push any product or procedure. She always does what is just right. Thank you Anna.

Terrey Burr

09 Nov 2018


Amazing person and Dr, professional, extremely knowledgeable, caring and friendly, makes you feel relaxed and comfortable. I’ve been a few times now to Dr Hemming, I always look forward to going, and the results are always incredible.

Amanda W

18 Jan 2019

Absolute Professional

I first came to Anna when I suffered from tired, dry and lifeless skin very prone to breakouts. Anna put me on a skin rejuvenation programme using some amazing products and my skin is now the best it’s ever been and I now get frequent comments on how amazing my skin looks!

Charlotte Edwards

08 Nov 2018

A very relaxed environment

A very relaxed environment and felt very safe in Doctor Hemmings hands. Very pleased with my results and will be going back. I would thoroughly recommend Dr.Anna to my friends and family!

Alex Lyons

11 Nov 2018

All round great experience

Efficient, friendly and super informative. You can tell that Anna has been in the practice for years and knows exactly what she is talking about.


08 Nov 2018

100% recommend Dr Anna

I recently saw Dr Anna and am extremely happy with the results. The treatment and product were fantastic as was her manner and professionalism. She really listened to my areas of concern and came up with a fantastic treatment plan and my before and after shots are really impressive!

Ali Branson-Willis

01 Nov 2018


I would heartily recommend Dr Anna Hemming to anyone seeking cosmetic treatment. She is truely up to date with all the latest techniques and products, and she practises with great skill and subtlety - her friendly manner makes consultations a pleasure. 5 stars.


04 Oct 2019

Satisfied Client

I am delighted with the results of my first treatment for plasma blepharoplasty with Dr Anna. What a difference in just one treatment. Dr Anna is highly professional and was really supportive, reassuring and informative. I have already booked my second treatment.


01 Nov 2018

Highly recommended!

Excellent. Very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. I felt very relaxed and well looked after. Never rushed. All options were explained and I was shown new ideas that I had not heard of before from other practitioners. Highly recommended. I feel lucky to have found Anna.


28 Aug 2018

Clearer skin at last!

Dr. Hemming is the best when it comes to skin health and rejuvenation. I’ve been loving the OZ skin health range and it’s really improved my skin. (Clearer skin, tighter all over and reduced pore size). I’ve been spot prone all my life and was so fed up with nothing ever working. Finally I have a plan that is clinically proven and safe for my long term skin health. Thank you Dr. Hemming!


12 Apr 2018

Great listener

Great listener, tailors treatment to needs brilliantly. Recommend her services to all! Great doctor!


20 Jul 2017


Dr Anna Hemming is extremely professional and knowledgeable in all kinds of treatments and skin care where her expertise is second to none. I have known Dr Hemming for many years and she successfully treated my children’s acne and now she is successfully treating my middle age complaints. She is an inspiration and always full of enthusiasm for the help she can give her patients.


15 Aug 2017

I look younger!

I received Fractora treatment now 3 weeks ago from Dr Hemming. There has been a slow healing and gradually I see myself less tired looking and my lines have noticeably reduced . The beginnings of a jowel I had along my jawline has disappeared which is exactly the part of my face that bothered me most. It seems as if I’ve had a face lift! My skin is firmer and the hollows less deep. I dare say I look younger.


21 Mar 2017

I will definitely be back

It was great to find Dr Anna, she works in a very professional environment. She has a great eye for detail. I am very happy with my results and I will definitely be back to find out more about your skin care range too.


08 Mar 2017

No make up and loving it

No make up and loving it, you have totally sorted out my skin. You have a gift, use it! One happy 40 year old. Love you!


21 Aug 2020

Go, you will not be disappointed.

I have recently moved to Barnes and was searching for someone that could deliver wrinkle injections on my skin but I wanted someone reputable, Doctor led, and that didn’t over do my face as I don’t want it to look like I have treatments. I had my appointment with Anna, the lovely lady that owns this clinic and what a brilliant experience it was for me. I knew my end result would be exactly what I was after. I shall be back, for other treatments because I feel I’m in safe hands and you all know what you’re talking about. No I know why Anna has such a great reputation within the industry. She is not only a wealth of knowledge when it comes to skin but I feel at ease and taken care of in her beautifully designed clinic in Twickenham. Go, you will not be disappointed.


31 Jul 2020

Dr Anna and her team are professional

I’ve had the pleasure of going to Dr Anna for a few years now and was delighted when she opened The Thames Skin Clinic as so close to where I live. The space is gorgeous and bright so perfect for any treatments you may require! I’ve been used to, in the past to going into these darkened rooms where they surely can’t treat you properly. Dr Anna and her team are professional and friendly in the right measure and make you feel at ease and confident that you’ll walk out of there looking and feeling a million dollars!! Would def recommend a visit to see for yourself!


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