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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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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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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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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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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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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#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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Sun Facts 2

Sun Facts 2

anti-aging, Sun Damage, Uncategorized
While summer is winding down in Cape Town and our mornings and evenings are becoming nippy, we need to make sure we protect ourselves from the damage the sun can cause year round.  Here are a few more interesting Sun Facts to follow on from our previous post (Sun Facts 1). Use of a sunbed once a month or more increases your skin cancer risk by 55%.  This risk is increased for those using the sunbed from their 20s.  Sunbeds can also damage your eyes and your immune system, and the notion of “prophylactic” tanning by using a sunbed before going on a summer holiday is also detrimental to your health, not only because of the sunbed, but also because the mistaken belief that having a tan will protect your…
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