Size Matters.  What size bra are you wearing?

Size Matters. What size bra are you wearing?

Aesthetic Medicine, Uncategorized
I come from a family of women with boobs.  All of us have boobs, some too big, none too small but all with issues of their own.  We have a long line of breast-cancer survivors on my mother’s side, with my mom herself having had cancer in her early 40’s, and on my father’s side we have a Plastic Surgeon.  Needless to say, we talk about boobs a lot in my family. It was interesting to me then to find that my dad has taken on a new crusade that he thinks is more important for boobs than surgery is.  This is a man who has come into contact with a lot of boobs in his lifetime (more professionally than socially), and who alters more than a few pairs a…
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My laser experience

My laser experience

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
Growing up in Cape Town, a city that has fantastic summers with white beaches at your fingertips and a huge outdoor culture I have loved the sun for as long as I can remember.  Having a father who is a Plastic Surgeon I probably had more education about what the sun can do to your skin and how dangerous it can be than most, but that didn’t stop me from spending entire days in the swimming pool with little sunscreen on, and in my teenage years experimenting with baby- and olive oil as tanning agents!  When I now think of how many sunburns I have had that have resulted in blistering and peeling it literally makes me shudder. The first time I noticed that I was developing freckles from my…
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Do you need an antioxidant?

Do you need an antioxidant?

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
It seems to us that every time we turn a corner there’s a new skincare product that we MUST use, or a new treatment we MUST have.  This is all well and good, but there comes a point where one simply doesn’t have enough energy, time, or even enough space on your face to fit all these things in!  After cleansing, exfoliating, toning, moisturizing (using a serum, a lotion AND a cream), SPF, and then finally applying makeup and finishing it all off with some mist is there really room for another potion in your regimen? Unfortunately, if you aren’t using an antioxidant the short answer is YES.  There is.  Don’t panic just yet, you may find that many of the products you are already using actually contain antioxidants, so…
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Pregnancy lips.  Is that a thing?

Pregnancy lips. Is that a thing?

Aesthetic Medicine, Pregnancy, Uncategorized
If you have any social media at all you have probably seen Kim Kardashian’s latest #pregnancylips selfies.  She claims that her pregnancies (she did this during her last pregnancy too) caused her lips to swell to epic proportions, much like her sister Kylie’s...except that to my knowledge Kylie has never been pregnant. As a doctor I was naturally suspicious when I saw these pictures.  During my years of obstetric training this was never a subject that came up in teaching, and was certainly never one brought to my attention by my patients.  With Kim’s history of admittedly (and obviously) using Botox and fillers my first thought was whether she had had fillers injected and was passing this off as a symptom of her pregnancy.  If you’ve read any of our…
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When good treatments go bad…

When good treatments go bad…

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Have you ever looked at someone, be it a celebrity or a friend or the woman behind you in the queue at Woolworths, and wondered “HOW did her face get that way?”  “Surely she can see how ridiculous she looks?”  “Which doctor did that to her?”  “Why hasn’t her family/friends/husband told her to stop?”  While the entire medical aesthetic industry gets a bad reputation from these cases, you can rest assured that 90% of these treatments DO NOT end up looking overdone – but how does this happen?  Here is our opinion: Patient factors: One thing that anybody in this industry will agree with is that it is amazing how quickly people forget how they look.  It is incredibly common for a patient to undergo a treatment, only to come…
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The Pregnant Pause

The Pregnant Pause

Aesthetic Medicine, Pregnancy, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
Falling pregnant, and carrying a new life inside you is possibly the greatest miracle your body will ever experience, and with it comes the greatest responsibility.  Pregnancy is a minefield of Do’s and Don’ts that changes everything you thought you knew about your body and how you need to treat it.  Not only does it require awareness of what you are putting into your body in the form of food and medication, but you should also be extra aware of what you are putting onto your body, and whether it could affect your baby in any way.  We’ve put together a short list of things you may need to push “pause” on during your pregnancy. The obvious first point we need to address is whether aesthetic procedures are safe in…
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FYI: What smoking does to your skin

FYI: What smoking does to your skin

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Look, we know you know you need to stop smoking.  We know you know it’s bad for your lungs and for your heart and for your sex life and for your teeth.  We know you need a vice, and smoking may be a lesser evil than other vices.  We know you will quit when YOU want to quit, not because of anything we say, but because you’re ready to.  We pretty much know everything there is to know about you and your smoking, but did you know what smoking does to your skin?  Even if you did, have another read.  And even if you’re not a smoker, here is why you shouldn’t enable your smoker friends by standing in the smoking areas with them – second hand smoke is equally…
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The “Hands On” approach to anti-aging

The “Hands On” approach to anti-aging

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
Time and time again in this industry we see patients spending infinite amounts of time and money on their faces and neglecting the rest of their bodies.  One of the biggest giveaways (provided the patient has had the good sense to use their facial products and treatments on their necks too) is hands that look years older than the face that they should match!  Here are a few reasons for discordant hand aging, and how to remedy them: The sun: Usually, our hands get just as much sun exposure (if not a touch more) as our faces, but are we as vigilant about protecting the skin on our hands from the sun as we are about protecting our faces?  If the answer for you is no, you need to start…
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Make winter work for your skin

Make winter work for your skin

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
We’ve all heard the saying “summer bodies are made in winter”, but did you know that summer skin is better made in winter too?  Cape Town is really laying it on thick this year, with cold days that dry your skin out, and thunder showers that prevent even the bravest from leaving the comfort of their couch, and what better time to work on your skin quality? For some of us the excuse of not having to shave our legs turns into general skin neglect, where the no shaving turns to no moisturising, and the no moisturising turns to not taking your make up off at night and before you know if you look like a combination of a Chewbacca and Pete Doherty after a rough night.  We are all…
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Prolong your blow out…with Botox!

Prolong your blow out…with Botox!

Aesthetic Medicine, Uncategorized
If by now you weren’t aware that Botox® is a miracle drug you have a lot of catching up to do!  From use in cardiac arrhythmias to depression, from cerebral palsy to large pores and from frown lines to squints, this stuff that you can barely see inside its 100 unit vial is probably the answer you’ve been looking for, no matter what your ailment.  The latest trend in Botox use is for sweating, but not the common complaint of sweaty, smelly pits, this time Botox is being used for sweating of the scalp! Your first thought may be “why are people’s scalps sweating so much?”.  It seems strange until you consider that you probably know a very small number of women who don’t require a GHD or at the…
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