Pigmentation: what can be done?

Pigmentation: what can be done?

Aesthetic Medicine, Pigmentation, Pregnancy, Sun Damage
If you suffer from pigmentation, you will be well familiar with the look of panic or dejection on your doctor or skincare therapist’s face when you tell them that it is a concern of yours.  While not all pigmentation was created equal, it is well known in “skin circles” that pigmentation is likely to be difficult if not impossible to completely remove, and that it requires a much stronger commitment from the patient than other skin concerns might.  Having said that, it IS possible to lighten most kinds of pigmentation, but it usually requires a multimodal approach, using several different treatments or products.   At Cape Aesthetics we offer a broad selection of treatment options that can be combined in different ways to do just that. Causes Pigmentation can be caused…
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Underneath your skin

Underneath your skin

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Your epidermis and dermis occupy about 2mm of the depth of your "skin".  Underneath that we find varying depths of fat, muscles, and of course bone.  While your epidermis and dermis should be kept in optimal health to maintain the visible and functional integrity of your skin, we find that our muscles and fat pads change over time and contribute to the visible signs of aging in our faces. Botox is a treatment used specifically to weaken muscles that have become so strong over years of use that they cause permanent defect in our skin in the form of dynamic wrinkles. If you are unhappy with any of the following, Botox can help: frown lines that remain when you aren't intentionally frowning deep horizontal lines across the forehead "crows feet" wrinkles around the…
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A new solution for an old problem

A new solution for an old problem

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Working in the aesthetics field we get similar requests from patient’s day in and day out.  They’ll point out a few things they know they can get seen to quickly and easily: a frown line, some crows feet, a few smokers lines.  Then they’ll move on to complaining about their nasolabial folds (the line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth), saying they feel it has become deeper, or sagged in the past few years.  And then they’ll start pointing at their jowls, where occasionally there is some real help needed, and occasionally there is just tiniest foreshadowing of what’s to come.  But they can see it, and they know it’s not getting any better from here.  “Basically,” they’ll say, “what I want…
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My Honeymoon Sunscreens

My Honeymoon Sunscreens

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
I have been petrified of the sun for about 3 years now.  You might argue that the fear set in 27 years too late, but up until I qualified and started working I would spend as many summer hours as I could completely sunscreen free and often spritzed in some form of oil working on my tan lines.  LUCKILY as an intern you work allll the hours, so once I entered the working world there wasn’t much time left for tanning and my passion for being brown faded somewhat.  The unintentional stop I put to tanning became an active decision to stop going into the sun and start using SPF daily when I started working in aesthetics and learned more about how the sun affects your skin.  And the real…
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Botox for Bruxism

Botox for Bruxism

Aesthetic Medicine, Uncategorized
Did you know that Botox can actually change the shape of your face?  Or more accurately, did you know that some of your facial muscles may be overdeveloped (or even just very well developed) and that they can bulk out certain areas of your face, and that Botox can counteract this?  No?  Well then keep reading! If you’ve ever heard of Botox before, or read up on it at all you will know that Botox is a toxin that blocks the signals that nerves send to muscles telling them to contract.  This means that Botox paralyzes muscles to varying degrees depending on the doses used and the size of the muscles targeted.  In cosmetic medicine we spend a lot of time paralyzing muscles that cause lines on the face in…
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What does a Botox treatment feel like?

What does a Botox treatment feel like?

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
The day you decide to get Botox is probably a pretty emotional one.  You’ve hit rock-bottom and realized you need help.  You worry that it may be too early or too late.  You have a million reasons for wanting to do it, but none of them would stand up in the Court of Bookclub and you worry that even your doctor will judge you for coming in so early or so late.  You worry that once you start you won’t stop and soon you’ll look like an unattractive combination of Kylie Jenner and Cat Woman.  This is a Botox-user’s darkest hour. Eventually you decide that you’ll go, but probably only to chat about your options with your doctor.  They have to be sympathetic, right?  They can’t laugh you off for…
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What to do about a tattoo

What to do about a tattoo

Aesthetic Medicine, Uncategorized
Tattoos are always going to be controversial.  There will always be those who love them and those who hate them; those who cover themselves in them and those who abhor them and those who have one or two to commemorate special people or times in their lives; those who think they are awful and those who don’t hate them but don’t want them.  All of this is absolutely ok with us!  It’s your body and you should use it as you see fit.  The only reason we want to impart a little advice is because so often we see people who are unhappy with their tattoos struggling to get rid of them…and we feel we may have an unconventional solution! We see a lot of patients searching for a last…
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Sun Facts 3: Sunscreen

Sun Facts 3: Sunscreen

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
So we all know that we should be using sunscreen on a daily basis by now, right?  But which sunscreen are you using, and are you using it correctly?  This is a bit more complex than it seems, and although choosing a higher factor will offer you more protection from the sun there are a few things you need to know when selecting your sunscreen and when applying it too. What does SPF mean?  Okay, so you know SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and that the higher the SPF the more protection.  But it might interest you to know what SPF actually means:  Essentially when a manufacturer makes a sunscreen they gather 20 people with fair or sun-sensitive skin.  They then expose them to UVB and carefully time how…
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Fillers: what can go wrong?

Fillers: what can go wrong?

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
We can’t quite believe that we haven’t blogged on this subject yet!  For those of you considering having a filler but who are nervous as to what the side effects are read on! We cannot stress enough how wonderful fillers truly are.  These quick, easy and relatively painless injections are truly a miracle treatment and in the right hands can take years off your face in only a few minutes and for a very reasonable price.  However there are some negative effects that can come from these procedures, and unlike with Botox, some of them can be permanently disfiguring! What are these horrifying side effects you ask?  Some doctors may fear putting you off the procedure by informing you of what can go wrong, however we believe that having an…
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What does a Dermapen® treatment feel like?

What does a Dermapen® treatment feel like?

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
I’ve had the Dermapen 3 device for about a year now, and have been happily torturing people with it and then watching their skins improve amazingly almost daily.  I’ve been dishing out advice on how long you will be red for after a treatment and what products may tingle in the first 24 hours and what kind of results to expect with confidence.  I’ve been telling people “it’s uncomfortable, but not PAINFUL”, and saying things like “Okay, I’m going to do your nose now, it might feel a bit ugly!” regularly, but I actually haven’t felt the effects of the Dermapen for myself, and this all started to feel a touch sadistic and a little bit fraudulent.  SO if you want to hear what a Dermapen treatment is like from…
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