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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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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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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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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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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