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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The nasolabial folds, and what to do about them

The nasolabial folds, and what to do about them

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
One of the area’s that we most commonly get asked to improve or remove altogether is the nasolabial fold, which is the line that runs from the corner of your nose to the corner of your mouth that becomes exaggerated when you smile.   We all agree that when this line becomes too deep it can age a face and give it the impression of sagging as it draws the eye downwards. Luckily this can be easily remedied using non-surgical aesthetics, but there are at least 3 different methods to do this and the correct one needs to be chosen according to the reason this line has become more prominent or bothersome.  The first and most obvious way to eliminate this fold is to fill it directly using a deep filler…
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#TBT: Megan Fox

#TBT: Megan Fox

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
When you’re trawling the world wide web looking for celebrities who have had a splash of work done you would have to really mess up your search to not come across before and after photos of Megan Fox.  This girl probably sees her doctor more often than she sees her mother.  While we obviously love all things aesthetic, we are aware that as much as “too little too late” can be damning in terms of facial aesthetics, so can “too much too soon”, and we are a little concerned that this beauty who is not yet 30 may fall into the latter category. That said, lets take a look at what this star has probably had done to achieve her new look.  While we work very closely with Plastic Surgeons,…
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#TBT: Cindy Crawford

#TBT: Cindy Crawford

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
Supermodel Cindy Crawford has always been one of our favourites.  She’s managed to always celebrate her beauty, despite having what the industry would call “asymmetry” and  extra curves (!).  We have had our eye on her for some time and she seems to only improve with age.  While we know a lot of this has to do with strict diet and exercise regimes that keep her skin in flawless condition (which is really the best way to hide your age) we also suspect that Cindy may have had a little injectable help!  Here’s what we think she has done to keep her looks fresh: Botox: we see this as a fundamental part of skincare when it comes to anti-wrinkling, and would be very shocked if Cindy denied the use of…
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Botox®: The unwanted effects

Botox®: The unwanted effects

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
As we have said so many times before: Botox® is completely safe, and side effects are rare.  However, what happens when you don’t so much get a side effect as get too much effect?  And what can be done about it? Botox should always be injected by a qualified professional (in South Africa that means doctors and dentists ONLY, not spa therapists who once knew a doctor who gave them Botox).  Your injector should assess your face and your needs and should advise you on what can and cannot be done with Botox.  For example, Botox cannot erase sleep lines or non-dynamic lines.  It cannot give you a facelift, and it cannot do anything at all without paralysing some of your muscles, and needs to be administered in doses that…
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The Dermapen® Difference

The Dermapen® Difference

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
A question we get asked all the time at CapeAesthetics is whether a Dermapen treatment is similar to microdermabrasion or a peel, or which of these treatments is the best.  The answer is that these treatments are completely different and target different systems.  They will all give you a result, the difference is in the intensity of the result. Dermapen®, as we have said before, is a microneedling treatment based on the same concept as the Dermaroller.  The concept is that creating controlled microinjury to the skin will activate the body’s own capacity to heal, and in doing so will increase the blood supply to the “injured” area, as well as delivering growth factors to the area and stimulating the production of collagen and elastin.  What’s more, during a Dermapen…
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Changing Jenn(d)er

Changing Jenn(d)er

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
This blog has taken a direction we didn’t expect or hope for, in that essentially the only before and after’s we’ve been blogging about are all from one family (see our thoughts on Kim and Kylie), but how could we let Caitlyn Jenner’s big reveal pass us by without giving you a rundown on what we think she’s been up to? Before we go any further: our special interest at CapeAesthetics is non-surgical aesthetics, and because of this we can only give opinion on the non-surgical changes Bruce may have made to reveal Caitlyn.  Bruce Jenner has spoken openly about his FFS (facial feminisation surgery), including the shaving of his trachea, reducing of his brow bone (which entails an ear-to-ear incision over the top of your head, and then peeling…
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The dangers of beauty sleep

The dangers of beauty sleep

Aesthetic Medicine, anti-aging, Uncategorized
When I was a child I thought my parents told me that I needed to get “beauty sleep” so that they could throw a rip-roaring party downstairs with a pony and a jumping castle and a princess cake while I slept upstairs.  As I got older and started realizing that even Cosmo spoke of the wonders that getting enough sleep could provide I managed to get over my FOMO and took sleep a little more seriously!  It is only recently however, that I have learned that part of “beauty sleep” is not how MUCH you sleep, but also HOW you sleep…and this is where it gets tricky! If you look at older people you may notice that the lines on their faces are not only caused by expression.  Yes, they…
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