Warm weather is on its way. For those who experience Hyperhidrosis; the summer sun may be simply one-more-thing to worry about in a world where sweating is already causing embarrassment and leading to social and physical discomfort.
Warm weather is on its way. For those who experience Hyperhidrosis; the summer sun may be simply one-more-thing to worry about in a world where sweating is already causing embarrassment and leading to social and physical discomfort.
Facial Changes through Time
Time changes the structures of our face, we age. Skin loses volume and elasticity. Here are some of the things that happen and how a Non-Surgical Facelift can address them such that a rejuvenate appearance is achieved.
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Lips come in all shapes and sizes
Before you decide which is the best option for you, here is a quick guide to lip shapes:
These are the pouty lips that are voluptuous and curvy. They are probably the most sought after lips.
The opposite of full lips, thin lips are subtle and well defined.
Round lips look like a button and tend to make a person look cute.
This describes lips where the lower corners are accentuated by a high-crown of the upper lip.
This type of lip is characterised by a broad shape, both top and bottom.
This lip type looks like a heart.
The Golden Ratio and Your Lips
The Golden Ratio is believed to be the secret to creating aesthetically pleasing art. It has been used in structural design and art by architects, philosophers, and artists for thousands of years. Leonardo Da Vinci is thought to have used the golden ratio when painting the Mona Lisa as did Salvador Dali in his masterpiece The Sacrament of the Last Supper. The same theory can be applied to the human aesthetics. The distance from the finger tip to the wrist in relation to the distance from the wrist to the elbow is very close to Golden Ratio. By getting the ratio right during the reshaping of the lips, your new profile will drastically improve your appearance by capturing an element of beauty; proportion is of the utmost importance in composition.
Dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin are used to enhance the shape and size of the lips. A relatively simple procedure, the process of achieving your desired results is easier than you think. Choosing the right shape for you all depends on the symmetry of your face and your desired results. Minimal downtime and top quality dermal fillers from Juvederm® are reason to smile. You can book a Lip Sculpting appointment by contacting our rooms on 011 954 0070. There are also HomeCare Options.
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Light treatments to invigorate your complexion today
In a world where everything needs to have happened yesterday, where deadlines are more than tight and the thought of delays strike fear into the stress mad world we live in, it must come as some relief that we have a solution to keep you looking your absolute best. Our lifestyle, stress and environment all reek havoc with our skin complexion and finding time in amongst the busy schedule for a skin rejuvenation treatment is daunting enough without the possibility of social downtime whilst you recover – but we have a shortlist of treatments to satisfy your precious time.
Find a gap
To offer true value these services need to satisfy two very important criteria:
To begin, we must clarify that ongoing skin complexion treatments do need to be maintained, as you would with hair or nails. This approach translates to better budgeting but also halts ageing and offers very natural ageing results.
As such we would love to offer full skin analysis scans to all our patients to fully comprehend where the skin damage exists, and also how best to treat it.
Visia Scans provide Dr. van der Mescht with insight into your existing skin condition and underlying problems. Various light forms map the surface subcutaneous layers of the skin to highlight underlying pigmentation, early formation of wrinkles and dryness. The results allow for accurate treatment in the layer of skin you need it most to correct your skin problem with the most suitable treatment plan.
Botulinum toxin is the well-known wrinkle correction treatment. Every patient in Dr. van der Mescht’s practice would benefit from the anti-ageing effects and natural aesthetic results caused by the onset of temporary paralysis of overactive muscles.
Botulinum toxin meets both our criteria in that a return treatment can take as little as 15 minutes and the final result is visible within a day or two.
What’s more, most treatments only require a few injections rendering the social downtime risk as minimal. Most people will never guess you’ve had a treatment, especially under the controlled hand of Dr. van der Mescht.
Light Chemical Peels
Light Chemical Peels are extremely superficial skin treatments to only remove the outermost layer of dead skin cells. Deeper chemical peels do create the need for downtime but superficial peel technology today means you can walk out without so much as redness.
This chemical exfoliation will present final results immediately. These results include young, fresh and unblemished skin creating a glowing and vibrant complexion.
For ultimate results one will need to undergo a few treatments but each treatment can take as little as 30 minutes, meeting the “gap in the diary” criteria. Once complete, you can simply return to work or the office without any redness or visible peeling, most people will however notice your new glowing complexion.
Dr. van der Mescht recommends to visit the practice for a full consultation. Her goal is always to provide you with the best anti-ageing advice for your skin needs, desired outcomes and budget. Be sure to let her know if you are heading to an important function or holiday, as she will take this into account before deciding on your ongoing treatment protocol.
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Complete your UV protection to prevent skin ageing
Living in South Africa we are aware of a few home-truths: 1. Sun damage from overexposure is a significant cause of wrinkles and premature ageing. (Not to mention cancer). 2. Escaping the harsh South African sun requires multiple approaches i.e. sunblock, protective clothing and avoiding the sun during the harsh hours. 3. Even under the most heavy and cloudy day we are still susceptible to UV damage.
What we are not so aware of, however, is the role that indirect UV damage causes. Much of what we are taught or read about relates to direct sun exposure and the ageing effects thereof, these are called Beta Rays, but little is spoken about the damage caused to your skin from driving, common household lights or even watching TV.
There is a common misconception that Alpha Rays (UV-A) does not damage the skin or cause visible skin ageing. This may be true in the sense that damage is not immediately felt or visible, but make no mistake the damage is being done.
UV-A light is far more prevalent than UV-B in that as much as 95% of all the UV light reaching earth is considered UV-A. This means we are exposed much more to the effects of UV-A.
Another harmful consideration is the UV-A Rays are equally prevalent during the day and night, can also penetrate clouds but importantly for us in South Africa, can penetrate glass i.e. while you are driving – this makes them specifically harmful to our driving/outdoor/social lifestyles.
A scary thought
UV-A is the ray responsible for your tan. The risk, however, is that this tanning ray causes cumulative damage in the basal layer of the epidermis and this has now been proven to increase your risk of skin cancer. As for visible skin ageing, Alpha rays essentially damage your skin’s DNA. This means you may not necessarily feel sunburn but your skin cells will not reproduce as effectively as they should for your age and you hasten your skin ageing.
How do you prevent UV-A Damage?
The answer is quite simple. First, understand and respect the Alpha Rays and take protective measures. Sunblock’s, hats and clothing are of paramount importance. One can also purchase protective shields for your car and house windows.
To reverse Alpha Ray damage requires treatment of the deeper dermis, so treatments will often be a little more aggressive i.e. Deeper Chemical Peels, Dermapen or Vampire Facials. The purpose of aesthetic treatment for UV-A damage is to hasten cellular turnover to eradicate damaged cells as fast as possible in the correct layer of the skin.
The best advice would be to make an appointment to see Dr. van der Mescht and let her evaluate your treatment needs. Dr Martina prides herself in the art of graceful ageing and she will certainly have a minimal downtime protocol to match your unique skin needs. Call today on: 011 954 0070. You can also connect via Facebook
Hello everyone! This article is all about quick and easy makeovers that will have you looking incredible for months!
Did you know that in a recent survey performed on 2,500 women, 78% said that they would be impressed to get Botox or dermal fillers injections as gifts.
The top 5 treatments the women surveyed said they would like to receive for Valentines’ Day are:
Whether or not you are going on a date night or having a quiet night in, this Valentines’ Day, I think we can all agree that there is nothing better than feeling gorgeous and confident thanks to quick, results-driven treatments.
What are your plans for Valentines’ Day this year?
For some of us, Valentines’ Day is the perfect excuse to improve our skin, erase those few wrinkles or give the lips a subtle, yet glamorous makeover – so I thought I would reveal the various ways that I can, at my Krugersdorp practice, help you look fabulous, just in time for the 14th!
For more information on all the treatments I offer at my practice, please call my rooms on 011 954 0070/3 and of course, feel free to ask questions either right here on my blog or on my Facebook page where I love to interact with my followers!
Since Valentines’ Day is almost here, let’s talk about the lips first because who does not want soft, plump lips? If you are dealing with lips that are not as full as they once were, I can help restore their youthful and full appearance year round, giving you kissable Valentine’s Day lips! Lip makeovers are becoming more and more popular at my practice as patients are attracted to their quick accessibility and non-invasiveness.
Lip sculpting involves augmenting or adding volume to thin lips. I can redefine and enhance the shape of the lips by using Juvederm. It is a hyaluronic acid filler which is also used to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, acne scars and to help shape and add volume to thin lips. Juvederm is perfectly safe, it is a FDA approved filler.
A lip enhancement can be just a small correction of a sad mouth corner, making an irregular upper lip more balanced or making your lips fuller. Remember that a little improvement goes a long way! I am all about giving a natural yet younger look!
With a Juvederm lip treatment, I can build subtle volume, add softness and smoothness by restoring the natural hydrobalance of your lips, all in one simple rejuvenating treatment. Even small changes can make a big difference that will last between 9 and 12 months. Make sure to read this article to find out more about dermal fillers at my practice.
Is this something you would be interested in? Then feel free to call my practice now on 011 954 0070/3.
We all know that waking up with radiant, young and fresh looking skin always makes us feel beautiful and confident. Unfortunately, maintaining gorgeous skin all year round can be tricky. Sun exposure, the elements in general, smoking, diet and our drinking habits will very quickly affect the skin’s appearance: the skin begins to show wrinkles, spots, uneven skin tone, and scars.
The great news is that you are a chemical peel away from seeing what your skin truly looks like! Simply put, chemical peels slough off roughened, tired, dull skin surface layers to reveal new fresh plumper skin beneath! That alone can transform your looks, and take years off your appearance, making you feel on top of the world during your Valentines’ Day date and for many months thereafter. That being said, there are a variety of chemical peels to choose from, depending on your skin condition and the results you are looking for. This means that the end results as well as the recovery do vary from one chemical peel to the next. But do not worry: this is definitely something we will talk about during your consultation.
But in the meantime, this article on my blog should give you some guidance.
If you have looked in the mirror recently, and saw that your skin had lost its freshness, you probably need a little rejuvenating boost and could be a perfect candidate for a chemical peel at my practice. The results are simply incredible!
A chemical peel is extremely effective in improving any of the following skin conditions:
Maybe something to consider this February?
Botox is a very safe cosmetic treatment that can be used to diminish the appearance of deep lines on the forehead, marionette lines around the mouth, and crow’s feet that occur around the eyes.
Many patients, men and women just love how easy and convenient Botox is. It takes a few minutes, is virtually painless and efficiently diminishes the appearance of facial wrinkles while leaving you looking natural – but with that little wow factor. You will still look like yourself but as though you are coming back from a very relaxing holiday and the results will last between three and five months.
With Botox injections, there is no downtime but I strongly recommend that you book your appointment at my Krugersdorp practice a few days before Valentines’ Day in order to look your best for your special occasion! Of course, you and I will talk about the results and the possible post-treatments symptoms but in the meantime, find out more about Botox injections by visiting this page.
You see?! A rejuvenating makeover does not always require general anesthesia and painful recovery! Some minor procedures like those covered in this article can ease wrinkles in my office in less than an hour! Today, having some cosmetic TLC done can be a lunch-hour errand.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article. Remember to follow me on Facebook and Twitter where I post daily and feel free to leave comments and questions to which I will reply as soon as I can.
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If you would like to find out more about the treatments available at my Krugersdorp practice or would like to book an appointment, simply phone my rooms on 011 954 0070/3.
In the past decade, we have been bombarded –and rightfully so- by the message that the Sun is our skin’s worst enemy. We now know too well that high frequency Sun exposure leads to premature ageing but most importantly, causes skin cancer.
Avoiding the Sun and protecting our skin and our eyes from the Sun rays are great habits that benefit us more than we realize. But the truth is, few people knew how bad the Sun was 20 or 30 years ago. Back then, most people could not get enough of the Sun and would just spend their summer days baking for hours without any protection whatsoever.
Here is the scary part: Even though you may think that your skin was not really affected by this intense and consistent exposure, the damage done a few years ago is unfortunately working its way to the surface and there is not much you can do about it now.
Fine lines, wrinkles, sagging jaw lines, patches of mottled pigmentation and age spots are emerging. You may think these are due to the normal process of ageing but it is very likely that the Sun is the main culprit. The occurrence of skin cancer is rising and this type of cancer is becoming the most prevalent. Rates of melanoma, the less common but more dangerous form of skin cancer, have more than quadrupled since the 1980s. And once again, it is not occurring because of how you treat your skin now but how you used to treat it 10, 20 years ago.
And if you think that only middle aged people are affected by skin damage and skin cancer, think again! Shockingly, melanoma is one of the most common cancers among the 15-34 age group! A bad Sunburn in childhood could double your risk of developing melanoma later. Experts see the Sunburnt DNA as a real time bomb because even when the Sunburn fades, you are not safe: damage remains.
As I mentioned earlier, the effects of Sun damage take years to manifest themselves. The number of years does depend on the extent of your Sun exposure but also on your skin tone (pale skin tones are the most susceptible to damage) and your lifestyle (where you live, what you eat and how well you protect yourself)
So what can you do to prevent future damage and make sure your skin is strong?
We also stock Heliocare, a gold standard Sun protection range which comes in the form of a traditional cream as well as convenient pills to help you help you maintain a more youthful and healthy skin such that you can still enjoy the Sun safely in moderate amounts. To book a consultation, do not hesitate to call the practice on 011 954 0070/3.
There is a big difference between applying sunscreen and applying it the right way! In this article, I will explain how you should always protect your skin and I will give you plenty of tips to enjoy Summer days out with total peace of mind.
If you are looking for great skincare advice, please call my rooms on 011 954 0070/3 and make sure you follow me on Facebook and Twitter!
Applying sunscreen onto your face is absolutely crucial as the face is a common area to develop basal and squamous cell carcinoma, the most prevalent forms of skin cancer. What’s more, sun exposure will also result in unsightly dark patches, fine lines and crow’s-feet. Many women mistakenly assume that their makeup will protect them from the sunrays simply because it has SPF. But the truth is, you never apply enough makeup to achieve significant protection.
Sunscreen remains your best ally! Ideally, choose one that is light weight and oil-free, especially if your skin is prone to breakouts.
Another good idea would be using a moisturizer with a high SPF. But remember, if you run out of sunscreen, wear a wide brim hat or a baseball cap.
If you have been touched by the Sun – I have written extensively about facial rejuvenation so make sure to read my articles on Botox and fillers right here on the blog!
We have all gotten back from a Summer’s outdoor day without having used adequate protection. The skin around your eyes is very thin and fragile and ages fast if not taken care of. Sunscreen can sometimes irritate the eyes by bringing about redness and/or tears. To avoid that, choose a formula that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide which are unlikely to irritate your eyes.
Most importantly, too much exposure to UV light raises the risks of eye diseases, including cataracts, growths on the eye, and cancer. So put your sunglasses on! They can block 100% of UV rays and will rest your eyes from the bright sun.
Most of us completely forget to protect our lips but like any other area of exposed skin, it gets hit and thus damaged by the sun. Your ideal shield: SPF 30 lip balm. If you do not have any, wear your favourite matte lipstick but do avoid lip glosses as their shiny textures intensify the sunrays and increase the damage.
The forgotten areas
Please remember, when you apply sunscreen on your upper body, do not leave out your neck, chest or hands! Especially if you are regularly on the road, your hands will be hugely affected by the Sun. It only takes a few seconds yet makes a huge difference: Better safe than sorry!
Order is important
I always like to clarify that sunscreen goes on after moisturizer (yet another crucial step in your daily skincare routine) and other skin treatments but before makeup. If you do not wear any makeup, sunscreen should be the last product you put on your skin.
Ideally, apply 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen on your whole face to ensure adequate coverage. Repeat application onto the forgotten areas mentioned above. And do so 15 to 30 minutes before going outdoors. This gives the sunscreen enough time to be absorbed into your skin and offer you ultimate protection. Do not forget to re-apply every couple of hours.
I hope you enjoyed this article, remember that we stock Heliocare, an amazing sun protection skincare range that we will talk about later this month. If you would like to know more about what I offer at my practice, do not hesitate to call 011 954 0070/3.
ONE SCLEROTHERAPY TREATMENT AT A TIME
Summer is nearly here and many of us are increasing the time spent in the gym to get ready to show toned arms and legs. But what about those unsightly veins? Have you ever heard of Sclerotherapy treatments? They are very popular at my practice; in particular when the warmer days arrive my patients really love to show the results!
Sclerotherapy treats spider veins, occasionally varicose veins, and venous malformations. Sclerotherapy, which takes its name from a Greek word meaning “hardening,” is a method of treating enlarged veins by injecting a sclerosing agent into the vein. Injection sclerotherapy may eliminate the need for an invasive surgical procedure.
If you are interested in undergoing sclerotherapy treatments but are not sure whether or not it the right option for you? Please phone my rooms on 011 954 0070/3 and I will happily guide you.
If you have questions about sclerotherapy treatments or any other procedures, feel free to leave a comment here or on my social media platforms and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Also, please visit my website by clicking here.
You may already know this but just to clarify things:
→Spider veins are those tiny purple and red blood vessels found most commonly on the thighs or lower legs of men and women. They are hereditary and can form anywhere on the leg, from the top of the thigh to the ankle, and even on the face.
→Varicose veins are larger veins that usually appear raised with a bluish colour and can become quite painful.
Did you know?! Although spider veins and varicose veins carry blood, they are not part of the venous valve system so do not worry, these veins do not have a purpose other than to make you feel self-conscious! Furthermore, sclerotherapy is not bad for your circulation. The treatment eliminates veins that are no longer useful, eliminating pain and improving the cosmetic appearance.
Why do we have spider veins in the first place?
Well, no one really knows why spider veins occur. Like The genetics factor explains some cases as it seems that certain families are unfortunately predisposed but other factors, such as the natural process of ageing, physical falls, long periods of standing or sitting, as well as pregnancy and hormones could also be responsible. Exercising regularly and maintaining a healthy BMI could help prevent the occurrence of spider veins and varicose veins but sometimes, despite their best efforts, my patients cannot be rid of them.
During your sclerotherapy procedure, I inject the troublesome veins with the sclerosant agent. The agent that I use is called Aethoxysklerol. Upon injection, the substance causes the lining of the blood vessel to break up and also stops the flow of blood through that vein – the body absorbs and disposes the treated cells. The procedure is done in my clinic and usually does not take longer than 30 minutes, but it does depend on how many varicose veins are treated and how big they are.
→What about the pain?
Sclerotherapy is not painful, it is a tiny prick. Occasionally there may be a feeling of discomfort in some areas of the leg (this varies from person to person).
The legs may feel slightly tender for the first few days following treatment. An anti-inflammatory drug such as Ibroprofen is often helpful. Wearing compression garments and walking may aid in the recovery and in achieving the best results.
→How many sclerotherapy sessions are needed?
I will only be able to give you an exact number once I have assessed your veins. Indeed, the number of treatments you will need to clear or improve the condition differs from one patient to another, depending on the extent of varicose and spider veins present. It will also depend on the extent of improvement desired.
Usually, about 50-70% of the treated vessels will be permanently resolved which means that most of my patients require a few treatments to completely correct their targeted veins. On average, three to four sessions are needed. My patients experience 50 to 90 percent improvement after several treatments but then again, this highly depends on each patient’s unique characteristics.
However, new veins may appear overtime, even after you have finished all your sessions. So in order to guarantee optimal long term results and counteract avoid the appearance of new spider veins, touch-up treatments may be required every year or so. But this is something we can discuss during your consultation.
RECOVERY AND RESULTS
What you should expect after your procedure…
Usually, the veins take six to eight weeks to disappear completely.
After the procedure, pressure is applied over the veins to prevent blood return when you stand up. You can then return home wearing a pressure dressing for a few days. This is to maintain the pressure to keep the treated veins closed, reduce bruising and promote healing. Bruises around the treated areas usually disappear after the first week. Sclerotherapy generally does not require any recovery period and you will be encouraged to walk immediately after the procedure but you should take it easy for the first 24 hours post-procedure and avoid any strenuous exercise.
We will have to wait for at least 3 weeks before you can come back to my practice and undergo another series of injections in the same site. However, different sites can be injected sooner.
You absolutely need to avoid exposing the treated areas to the sun for the first two weeks after your sclerotherapy procedures. This is to avoid developing brown spots during healing. But I will make sure to give you all the post-procedure guidelines during the consultation.
I hope that this article has helped you understand how sclerotherapy can treat spider veins and varicose veins but if you have a question, please do not hesitate, either leave a message right here or call my practice on 011 954 0070/3 and we will be more than happy to help you.
Skin aging, like most physiological phenomena, is the result of many things. But only about 20 to 30 percent of the process is genetically determined. So there’s more you can do to control it than you might have thought. We know you already wear sunscreen every day to fend off those UV rays—here are some stealthier skin agers and ways to mitigate their effects.
The skin starts showing signs of ageing from 25-30 years. The first sign of ageing is change in texture and hydration level of the skin. The skin gets drier, patchy and its radiance reduces. We are not glowing the way we used to! By 35 years of age, it is not uncommon for my patients to start noticing fine lines around the eyes called crow’s feet.
My patients who are in their forties tend to complain more about frown lines (forehead wrinkles). By 50-60 years the laugh lines get deeper and neck wrinkles appear and skin laxity sets in. Some people develop age spots, patchy skin and pigmentation.
But don’t worry (or you will get even more wrinkles!) The good news is that ageing can be delayed, avoided and even reversed! There are so many things t can do to erase fine lines and wrinkles at my practice! Depending on the severity of your ageing signs I will explain what I think should be done about it and together we will look at the various ways in which I can make you look years younger!
Remember to keep an eye on my daily social media updates where I publish content about the non-surgical treatments I offer at my practice to keep you looking beautiful year after year!