LIQUID FACELIFT

LIQUID FACELIFT – Part 1

Need a little lift? This month we’ll be discussing : “The liquid facelift” – a mini make-over with botox and dermal fillers

Botox

Firstly for that just had a holiday relaxed refreshed look I inject botox into the frown, forehead, crow’s feet and also into the bunny lines on the nose  to relax the muscles and hence soften the lines. For those that have just joined us: botox or Botulinum Toxin A is a protein and neuorotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. These bacteria release a neurotoxin protein which causes paralysis of the muscles which allows the muscles to relax which gives the appearance that wrinkles have softened or disappeared.

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Botox is such a superb anti-ageing and wrinkle treatment. It is extremely preventative as it stops muscle movement so the muscles can’t cause those little crinkle wrinkle lines – especially the worry one’s. Even if you only have it twice a year you will still see the anti-ageing effects. Don’t forget to “Like” my page please and share too if you find anything interesting! @ Dr Stasi Botha

Fillers

For a natural aesthetic result, fillers are incorporated into areas that have lost fat, muscle and general elasticity of tissue. Fillers can fill in wrinkles but they are especially fabulous for areas where volume loss has occurred. They can literally be placed anywhere i.e. around the eye, the cheek bone area, around the mouth and even along the jaw line.

The liquid face-lift is a costly procedure so I generally advocate that treatments be spaced a few months apart so treatment is then affordable, less down time is required as bruising may occur and also so that you don’t have that “just done look”

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DR STASI BOTHA’S OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

WELCOME TO MY OCTOBER NEWSLETTER!

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Welcome to October, the summer has begun and we are all thinking about the holidays and getting our bodies bikini-ready right?! And that means some of us thinking about our cellulite. If you want to know more about cellulite, how to avoid it and how to treat it, this newsletter is for you!

Call the rooms now on 011 616 4040 to book an appointment and don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page to stay up to date with all the treatments and procedures I offer at my Bedfordview practice!

THE SKINNY ON CELLULITE

The simple fact of the matter is that cellulite is harmless. Cellulite is normal fat and it appears dimpled because the fat cells are pushed against the skins fibrous connective tissue.

Thin people have cellulite. Celebrities have cellulite. If you are overweight, losing weight might reduce visible cellulite but to eradicate it you will need specific treatment.

Many professionals agree that cellulite treatment is particularly difficult.
The key to treatment of cellulite is to break up the fibrous bands in the skin causing the lumpy bumpy skin appearance and also destroying the fat cells.

MESOTHERAPY

At my practice I prefer to use a Mesotherapy technique specifically designed to treat both elements.

Mesotherapy for Cellulite
Mesotherapy is a tried and tested skin rejuvenation technique administered via numerous injections containing various types of medicines, vitamins, and minerals.

It is important to work with a trained injector, as this will make the treatment process far more comfortable.

→KEY INGREDIENTS

The key ingredients in my Mesotherapy cellulite solution are:

  • PPC
  • L-Carnitine
  • Organic silica

These ingredients are key to the breakdown of fat, and fibrous tissue.

Organic Silica
This ingredient hydrates, renews and regenerates cells.

Organic Silica Drainage & Regeneration Solution smooth’s, tones and lifts the skin, slowing down the ageing process. It restores strength, flexibility and elasticity to the collagen and elastin.

This means more supple skin and less visible cellulite.

L-Carnitine
L-Carnitine is responsible for metabolizing fat. After breaking down the stored fat, it triggers the fatty acids to leave via the bloodstream, and converting this fat to energy. L-Carnitine Fat Carrier Solution is essential for optimal fat burning.

Phosphatidylcholine (PPC)
PPC is naturally abundant in cell membranes, this phospholipid, breaks down the fat stored in fat cells.

PPC Lipolytic Solution emulsifies the fat, allowing it to be absorbed into the bloodstream and transported. This makes it the ideal solution for eliminating unattractive, localized adiposities

A single treatment can treat these key areas.

Want to know how to avoid Cellulite in the future?
Here are contributing factors to cellulite development.

  • Poor diet
  • Crash diets
  • No exercise
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat

 
On average your cellulite treatment schedule will include approximately 6 treatments. Each treatment session lasts roughly 30 minutes, so you can nip in and out in your lunch hour.
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DID YOU KNOW!?

→Did you know you benefit from visiting Dr Stasi Botha for a Mesotherapy cellulite treatment in more ways than one? Mesotherapy is also incredibly effective at treating:

  • Stretch marks
  • Skin rejuvenatiom

→There are different kinds of cellulite!

  • Adipose cellulite is the firm cellulite – orange peel effect on loose skin
  • Oedematous cellulite is fluid retention – soft cellulite often on loose skin
  • Fibrotic cellulite is hard – compact cellulite with orange peel effect

Each type of cellulite will require a slightly different treatment approach with a different mix of solutions.

→Cellulite tip
Cellulite is more visible on lighter skin than on darker skin. So if you are heading out in your bikini, apply a little fake tan and make the cellulite less noticeable.

→There are some factors for causing cellulite that are out of your control. This simply means that repeat or additional treatments may be necessary to keep your skin dimple free.

  • Genetics – you may be genetically predisposed
  • Hormones – hormone levels have been proven to influence cellulite
  • Slow metabolism – this can be changed with correct eating

→The most common cellulite treatment areas at my practice are those with poor blood supply:

  • Buttocks
  • Hips
  • Thighs

Make sure to ask Dr Stasi about cellulite even if you are considering another treatment. Mesotherapy is a perfect confidence boosting treatment and many patients combine their Botox and Dermal fillers in the same treatment session.

I hope you loved this newsletter about cellulite and the latest techniques in combatting this common skin problem.

Remember to visit my Facebook page and to share my daily facts with those around you!

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DR STASI BOTHA SEPTEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER: BEST SPRING TREATMENTS!

WELCOME!

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This month on my newsletter I want to talk about all the treatments and the procedures that will make you look even more amazing and ready for summer! I will talk about teeth whitening, dermal fillers, Botox and microneedling.

I have spoken about these topics before on my Facebook page and my blog but I thought that since the warmer months are here and we all want to undergo a little bit of a makeover, why not do a recap for you to know what options are available to your to look your best!?

I hope you enjoy this newsletter and as always, remember that my Facebook and Google + pages are very resourceful when it comes to the treatments and procedures I offer so make sure to pay them a visit and share the info with those around you!

Lastly, if you want to know more about all the treatments I offer or if you wish to book an appointment, please do not hesitate to phone (011) 616 4040 or 072 712 3994!

LASER TEETH WHITENING

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One of the first things that people notice in a person when they meet you for the first time is your smile. First impressions last so maybe you should ask yourself if your yellow teeth make you self-conscious.

LASER TEETH WHITENING
While the latest laser technology is relatively inexpensive, the professional whitening gel procedure is the most cost effective option and does not damage your teeth.

In order to extend the longevity of newly whitened teeth, I highly recommend that you follow the instructions below.

  • At-home follow-up or maintenance whitening – implemented immediately or performed as infrequently as twice / three- / four times a year, depending on your habits
  • Avoiding dark-coloured foods and beverages for at least 2 days after whitening.
  • Whenever possible, sipping dark-coloured beverages with a straw.
  • Practicing excellent oral hygiene – brushing and flossing after meals and at bedtime.
  • Using a whitening toothpaste

HOW LONG DOES TEETH WHITENING TAKE?
The procedure takes a total of 2 hours and includes:

  • A general assessment of the teeth, viability of whitening and pointing out any problematic areas.
  • A professional cleaning of the teeth done by a dental professional
  • Preparation of the teeth, enclosing of all the soft tissue and possible sensitive / problematic areas on the teeth
  • 4 sessions of 15 minutes each – exposure under the laser!
  • Post whitening instructions
  • An at home post whitening maintenance kit, to maintain your white teeth

DERMAL FILLERS

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Now I want to talk about the use of dermal fillers at my practice. They make for very effective, safe and reliable treatments with long-term results and a very high patient satisfaction rate.

With dermal fillers I can:

    • Smooth away facial lines and wrinkles
    • Create fuller lips
    • Shape facial contours, such as cheeks and chin
    • In more recent times I use dermal fillers to revitalize the skin

The most common treatment areas for dermal fillers:

  • Nose to mouth lines (the nasolabial folds)
  • Between the eyebrows (the glabella lines)
  • Lips (adding volume and shape)
  • Cheek augmentation
  • Skin rejuvenation

Dermal filler skin rejuvenation treatments are effective in reversing the damage caused by photo-aging particularly in those difficult to treat areas that ‘give away’ your age, such as:

    •  Neck
    • Décolletage
    • Backs of your hands.

And of course everyone wants to have young and beautiful looking skin all year long but especially in summer, when you show more skin than usual, it can be a really great asset!

Lip fillers will usually last 6-9 months while nose and mouth areas are expected to last 9-12 months. The dermal filler is gradually broken down and absorbed by the body. If no further top-up treatments are done the wrinkles and lines will return to their previous appearance.

BOTOX

Now I would like to talk about Botulinum toxin, which, I am sure, you have heard of before? Maybe you’ve already had Botulinum Toxin (Botox®, Dysport) before or know someone who has?

With this product, I can:

  • Soften wrinkles
  • Reshape eyebrows
  • Reshape lips
  • Treat excessive sweating
  • Reshape the nose

The most common area of treatment is frown lines of the forehead. But Botulinum toxin may also be used to treat numerous areas including:

    • Smokers lines
    • Crow’s feet
    • Nasal reshaping
    • Excessive sweating
    • Migraines

The list is continually growing and I will continue to study new techniques and applications to keep you at the forefront of modern aesthetic medicine.
If you could wish for an aesthetic treatment where and what would it be?

Although the results are easily visible, a Botulinum toxin treatment will not radically change your appearance or make you look as if you “had work done.” The muscle activity that causes wrinkles is simply reduced.

There is no recovery period and no down-time after a Botulinum toxin treatment. You can go directly back to your normal activities, which is so convenient for you to squeeze an appointment in your busy schedule!

The Botulinum toxin will wear off in an estimated four months, and returning patients can be in and out within minutes. Great news to maintain the younger looking you.

SKIN NEEDLING

Have you ever heard of skin needling? It is a great rejuvenating procedure that I offer at my Bedfordview practice. I will tell you what it is, who it is for and how it can transform your skin.

You can also book a skin needling treatment with me at Bedfordview. This treatment combines well with Chemical Peels too for ultimate skin rejuvenation.

Microneedling, also known as Facial Mesotherapy and Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) involves using a digital hand-piece infused with multiple, fine-pointed needles on the skin’s surface to stimulate its own regenerative properties and rejuvenate it.

Some techniques also involve handheld needling, but as technology develops so too does technique. At my practice I utilise the latest Vee Way needling technology.

Mesotherapy can be defined as a series of micro-injections of a cocktail of vitamins, serums, medication or amino acids into the middle dermal layer of the skin. Its purpose is to heal and reverse skin ageing and damage.

When small amounts of serums are injected into the skin, via needling techniques, the blood flow automatically increases to the treated area. This increases nutrition and oxygen to the site. This also improves lymphatic drainage and removes toxins in the skin.

NOTE: This technique can also be effective when treating cellulite.

During the Microneedling session, I use a sterile needle grouping and mechanically stimulate the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. This, in turns, tells your brain to send collagen to the injured site in order to repair it.  This signal creates an abundance of collagen, which will plump up the injured area.

What is left after a needling session? Softer, yet tighter skin.
Your wrinkles, acne scars and other depressed areas will be a lot less noticeable. As an added benefit to skin needling the efficiency of serums and moisturizers is increased as they can now penetrate deeper.

The most exciting element to skin needling is that your skin’s production of new collagen continues for up to 12 months after the procedure.

That’s it for my September newsletter; I hope you found it informative and are now looking even more forward to the warm summer months!

Remember to check follow my Facebook page and do not hesitate to phone my rooms on (011) 616 4040 to book an appointment or find out more about the treatments and procedures I offer.

DR STASI BOTHA’S AUGUST NEWSLETTER

WELCOME!

Welcome everyone to my August newsletter which will be about one of my favorite topics! I am excited to take you through some major technique advancements when it comes to dermal fillers injections, possibly the most requested procedure at my practice.

Dermal fillers offer many applications:

  1. Lip shaping and volume
  2. Cheek volume
  3. Wrinkle correction
  4. Skin rejuvenation

But using a micro-cannula all these procedures and more can be offered with less risk of bruising and swelling…

Have any of you heard of a micro-cannula?  I hope to give you some valuable insight into this popular treatment and to explain why I believe it is the greatest non-surgical anti-ageing option.

Lastly, remember to follow my Facebook page which is full of resources about all the procedures and treatments I offer at my practice. And if you would like to book an appointment, then feel free to phone my rooms on 011 616 4040

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SO WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The benefits are massive and micro-cannulas are revolutionizing dermal filler techniques, but a word of caution. Micro-cannula techniques are only for experienced doctors so please make sure to check the credentials of your doctor before undergoing any aesthetic procedure.

What are the benefits of using a micro-cannula vs. a needle?

First: The blunt tip

A needle causes trauma as it enters the body, this leads to risk of bruising and pain. The micro-cannula is blunt so trauma is greatly reduced.

A second benefit of micro-cannula treatments is that micro-cannulas are highly polished:
This means that the flow of the product is smooth and in controlled hands treatment accuracy is improved.

A less risk, more accurate dermal filler treatment! What more could you ask for.

Perhaps my most favourite benefit from injecting dermal fillers with a micro-cannula is that treatments can now be performed using fewer skin punctures.

A micro-cannula offers both you and me advantages:

  • Convincing results with low levels of pain and tissue trauma
  • Low risk of bruising and swelling
  • Individual treatment plan
  • No downtime
  • Ease of injection

WHAT I USE MICRO CANNULAS FOR

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A micro-cannula is longer than a needle and has multiple length options available. This means I could possible treat:

  • A tear trough
  • Midface (cheek)
  • Cheek skin rejuvenation

Another common area for multiple treatments via a single entry point is the lips:
by making a single entry on the outside of the lips, I can now, using a a micro-cannula:

  • Add volume to the upper lip
  • Add volume to the lower lip
  • Define the lip border on the upper lip
  • Define the lip border on the lower lip
  • Treat the corners of the mouth

All that from a sinle entry each side. Not bad, where in the past that same protocol would involve at least 12 injection sites.

In the past we had limited success with:

  • Tear troughs
  • Temples

But today, the rejuvenation procedure covers many more areas:

  • Lips
  • Skin rejuvenation
  • Tear troughs
  • Cheeks

These areas were notoriously difficulty to treat due to the thin skin and many vessels. Now we can accurately treat these areas with minimal risk and fill out hollow temples or remove dark circles and bags from under the eyes.

A comfortable treatment too…
Due to the lack of trauma the only discomfort reported by patients during a micro-cannula treatment is the entrance hole being made with a traditional needle.

The treatment duration is the same, the long lasting results are the same, and you simply have less pain and downtime.

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THE STAR OF THE SHOW: THE MICRO CANNULA

What is a micro-cannula?

Well first off a cannula is a thin metal tube that is often used in Liposuction and fat transfer to either remove fat or re-inject fat.

A micro-cannula is a specifically designed hollow tube for the injection of dermal fillers.

Micro-cannulas come in varying sizes and lengths. This is to allow the correct size cannula and length to be used in conjunction with the matching dermal filler product and treatment area.

Many people are put off when they first see a micro-cannula. This is because they look like they are thicker than a traditional needle.

This is simply the length playing tricks on the eye. All the micro-cannulas I use match the gauge sizes of the dermal filler equivalent needle.

I’m sure you will agree that micro-cannulas are the future of dermal filler injecting. They were designed to improve patient satisfaction and result accuracy.

The choice in micro-cannula will be discussed with you during the consultation.

A dermal filler treatment with a micro-cannula is just the same as with a needle. The preparation is identical; the only difference is method of application.

Micro-cannula tips are flexible! This is why only experienced doctors should use them, as control can be an issue.

In experienced hands however this flexibility allows for easy insertion into the tissues and therefore reduces the risk of bruising and swelling further.

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I hope you enjoyed this newsletter about micro-cannulas and the advancements in dermal filler injection technique.

Remember to visit and like my Facebook page to stay up to date with the latest news at my practice! 

Dr Stasi Botha’s June Newsletter: Teeth Whitening

Welcome to my June newsletter!

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One of the first things that people notice in a person when they meet you for the first time is your smile. There is nothing more beautiful than a gorgeous smile unveiling bright white, sparkly teeth. First impressions last so maybe you should ask yourself if your yellow teeth make you self-conscious. This is why this month I am going to explain the process of teeth whitening at my practice.

Have you ever wished your teeth were whiter? If so, have you ever considered professional teeth whitening?

Did you know that the shade of your teeth should generally match the white of your eyes? After a teeth-whitening session, your newly whitened teeth will create an increase in vertical symmetry, enhancing your natural beauty. This is another step in the anti-ageing protocol of any modern man or woman.

I hope you enjoy what follows and remember, my Facebook page contains much more information on a daily basis so make sure to head over there and to “Like” the posts!

What causes the teeth to lose their whiteness?

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Most of us start out with sparkling white teeth, thanks to their porcelain-like enamel surface. Composed of microscopic crystalline rods, tooth enamel is designed to protect the teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acid attacks caused by sugar.

Age and lifestyle can affect our teeth. Many of our day-to-day activities can stain and darken our teeth, such as drinking coffee, tea, red wine and cola, and of course smoking. These are bad habits one should be aware of and control as much as possible in order to prevent the quality of the teeth from being impaired.

What happens is that over many years of daily chewing, the dentin remains intact while millions of micro-cracks occur in the enamel. It is these cracks, as well as the spaces between the crystalline enamel rods, that gradually fill up with stains and debris.

As a result, the teeth eventually develop a dull, lack-lustre appearance and no longer seem as healthy as they once were.

Whitening your teeth will not only brighten your smile but take years off your visible age.

What  I can do for you

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There are various options that you have when it comes to teeth whitening. Some of these methods and procedures can be done at home too. Beware of over the counter whitening gels or toothpastes as they cannot provide the perfect and even whiteness that a professional whitening product/service can.

My patients who decide to undergo teeth whitening always see moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their smile but like I always remind them, teeth whitening is not a permanent solution and requires maintenance or “touch-ups” for a prolonged effect.

Thanks to professional teeth whitening, I can safely remove the stains and debris. Some of the cracks are quickly re-mineralized by saliva, while others are filled up again with organic debris. This is why maintenance is required.

Today, with the ever-evolving science in the cosmetic and aesthetic industry, two major teeth whitening options are available. One being the in-office procdure and the other a professional take-home kit. Both rely on varying concentrations of peroxide and varying application times. We will decide which option best suits your needs, budget and timeframe during the consultation.

As your physician, I will judge which option is best for your teeth in terms of efficiency and expected results. Before the sessions we will discuss your needs and wishes, I will assess your case and plan out your teeth makeover accordingly.

This protocol involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam. The peroxide remains on the teeth for 4 x15 minute intervals.

Of course there are more considerations to take when thinking of this teeth-whitening procedure, but feel free to ask away and I’ll get back to you.

LASER TEETH WHITENING

The latest laser whitening techniques use the help of laser technology to remove a very thin coating of the teeth. Porcelain veneers were used in cases of poorly stained teeth. However the procedure is damaging to the tooth as enamel has to be removed and no further teeth-whitening can be done..

While the latest laser technology is relatively inexpensive, the professional whitening gel procedure is the most cost effective option and does not damage your teeth.

In order to extend the longevity of newly whitened teeth, I highly recommend that you follow the instructions below.

  • At-home follow-up or maintenance whitening – implemented immediately or performed as infrequently as twice / three- / four times a year, depending on your habits
  • Avoiding dark-coloured foods and beverages for at least 2 days after whitening.
  • Whenever possible, sipping dark-coloured beverages with a straw.
  • Practicing excellent oral hygiene – brushing and flossing after meals and at bedtime.
  • Using a whitening toothpaste

HOW LONG DOES TEETH WHITENING TAKE?
The procedure takes a total of 2 hours and includes:

  • A general assessment of the teeth, viability of whitening and pointing out any problematic areas.
  • A professional cleaning of the teeth done by a dental professional
  • Preparation of the teeth, enclosing of all the soft tissue and possible sensitive / problematic areas on the teeth
  • 4 sessions of 15 minutes each – exposure under the laser!
  • Post whitening instructions
  • An at home post whitening maintenance kit, to maintain your white teeth

Teeth whitening procedures are safe, quick and effective. If your teeth are discoloured, yellowed, blackened or simply not as white as you prefer them I can help you.

So if you really want teeth that are pearly white and those that help you give a flashing smile, phone my rooms on 011 616 4040 to book an appointment and discussing the best options for your teeth.

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DR STASI BOTHA’S MAY NEWSLETTER: AFTERCARE

 WELCOME TO MY MAY NEWSLETTER! 

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This month I thought it would be interesting for me to talk about aftercare and how to make sure you take the right steps when it comes to recovering after an aesthetic treatment.

As your physician, I cannot stress enough the importance of protecting and soothing your skin after a session at my practice. Whether you came for Botox, dermal fillers, Skin needling or Fraxel, you need to know exactly what to do once you leave my rooms in order to maintain beautiful, long lasting results.

Of course, after your treatment I will give you all these recommendations again and will guide you through the aftercare process. I will answer any questions and make sure you know exactly how to proceed once you get home.

Remember to visit my Facebook page regularly; this is where I post about all the procedures and treatments I offer and also where you will find out about any specials I may run!

I hope you enjoy what follows!

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After your Fraxel Laser treatment, you should clean the treated area by washing with non-allergic cleansers that are soap-free but you should not clean the area more than twice daily. After you have washed the area, it is recommended you pat it dry lightly.

This patting is also great advice for after a shower. Try it, you’ll see what a difference it makes to your skin.

Do not rub the treated area after the Fraxel treatment as it may irritate the treated skin.

There is no need to take time off work after a Fraxel treatment but there will be 2 to 3 days of redness and in some cases you might experience some swelling, which can be covered with makeup. This is completely normal and of short duration.

Knowing that you can be back in the social world within a day gives you great confidence in the procedure.

It is important that you keep the treated areas moisturized by using creams and moisturisers that I will recommend. I will explain how to use these creams, how often to apply them and for how long.
After a Fraxel treatment, it is important that you eat and sleep well in order to ensure the best recovery and results possible.

I always advise my patients to apply large amounts of SPF and make sure they stay out of the sun. If you have to go in the sun, you will need to make sure that the treated area is well covered. Sunblock must be applied hourly and a hat must be worn.

SPF should be part of your daily anti-ageing routine too, sunblock actually only lasts for one hour, therefore you should apply it often.

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It is very important for you to avoid direct exposure to sun rays for at least 4 days after the procedure. But I will still ask you to wear a high quality SPF for more protection.

This is because of the damage caused by the needling, and additional sun damage will delay the healing process. This is why winter is also a great time for micro-needling, because the sun is not so harsh.

Carefully following my guidelines is very important as it will prevent any skin damage. You must keep in mind that a good healing is a process that cannot be rushed or overlooked as it would counteract the benefits of the actual procedure.

After the micro-needling, I need you to avoid the use of sensitizing drugs or skin cosmetics or cosmetics that contain mineral oils, Vaseline, lanoline, petroleum or acids. It is also important to avoid steam bath or sauna the first day after the treatment. Make up and after-shave (because men love micro-needling too) cannot be applied within the first two days post treatment.

→After Botox

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Botox is a popular procedure at my practice that most patients enjoy without any complications. However, it is always good to be reminded that after the injections you may notice some small red dots and bumps which usually fade after a few hours. Minor bruising may occur and last a few days.

It is still very important that you follow my instructions for BOTOX® after care to help ensure that you achieve optimal results.

After a Botulinum toxin session, some patients like to apply a lightweight cold compress to the treated area for a few minutes after the procedure. Even though the injections are not painful per-se, you may still want to get some immediate relief in order to be as comfortable as possible.

If you make sure to carefully follow my instructions, your recovery after Botox will be quick and pleasant. You will be able to resume normal activities immediately after the treatment.

Nonetheless, I usually advise my patients to wait 24 hours before taking part in any strenuous activity i.e. gym or cardio sessions. I also recommend that you avoid lying down for four to five hours following the treatment and that you avoid touching the treated area.

We just want the Botulinum Toxin to settle down. It does take a few days for the treatment to take effect and these tips assist with more accurate results.

→After Dermal Fillers

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Like with any other procedures, there are some risks. With dermal fillers, there is a small possibility of allergic reaction. There is usually localised redness and swelling that can last a day or two.

Should this be the case, a simple script for antihistamines will do, but this is a very rare occurrence.

Bruising is a more common side effect after dermal filler injections which can last up to a 5 days. But together during the consultation we will go over the possible risks and complications. I want you to feel as comfortable and confident as possible.

If you do bruise we do have great medical make-up available in the shape of Oxygenetics, which we can match with your skin tone.

Healing time varies from person to person, however, so some may experience redness and swelling slightly longer than others but overall the recovery and healing process after dermal filler injections is quick and easy.

There should never be any healing side-effect that cannot be covered by well placed make-up, and this is why dermal fillers are proving so popular.

I usually advise my patients to avoid touching and massaging the product situated in the treated area for the first 24 hours after their dermal filler injections as this could disturb the dermal filler gel and impair the results.

Of course this can be difficult, but the advice is to be aware of your treatment area. These are simple tips to prolong the life of your result.

As part of the dermal filler aftercare procedure, it is also advisable to use a cold pack as needed to reduce swelling and redness at the injection site. With the use of cannulas bruising and swelling is reduced, but should you swell a cold pack will do nothing to the result, but will get you out and about again.

A cold pack will be available at the time of treatment.

Remember to follow me on Facebook and “Like” my page. This is where you will find all the updates and news about the treatments and procedures I offer at my practice. 

Dr Stasi Botha’s March 2013 Newsletter: Skin Needling

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Welcome to my second blog post! As a physician, I like to know that you are aware of all the treatments and procedures within your reach that can help you feel more confident and beautiful.  Feeling self-conscious about your skin or body can be a real handicap in day to day life and I want you to know that you don’t have to live with those worries.

This month, my newsletter is about Skin Needling and I am thrilled to be sharing my knowledge about this treatment that I offer at my private practice in Bedfordview.

Remember that you can follow my Facebook page to find out more about my specials and read my daily posts. And don’t be shy; if you have a question, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on my page and I will happily respond.

Also, feel free to book an appointment with me by phoning (011) 616 4040 I hope you enjoy this post!

→What exactly is Needling? 

Skin needling, also known as Facial Mesotherapy and Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT) involves using a digital hand-piece infused with multiple, fine-pointed needles on the skin’s surface to stimulate its own regenerative properties and rejuvenate it.

Some techniques also involve handheld needling, but as technology develops so too does the techniques. At our practice we utilise the latest Vee Way needling technology.

Skin needling is a unique process that stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin.  My objective with this procedure is to smooth your skin and reduce scars or stretch marks through your skin’s natural wound healing and regeneration process.

It’s a very clever treatment to achieve results using your body’s healing process.

What happens during a Needling session?

During the needling session, I use a sterile needle grouping that are usually 1-3 mm long and I gently insert them into the epidermis and the top layer of the dermis. This, in turns, tells your brain to send collagen to the injured site in order to repair it.  This signal creates an abundance of collagen, which will plump up the injured area. 

This is how I will proceed with my hand piece during the needling session.

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Pain of course varies from one patient to another. Skin needling is a semi-invasive procedure.  I will apply a topical aesthetic to the area to be treated for you to feel as little pain as possible.  Most of my clients feel very little discomfort, if any at all

→What can you expect after your needling session?

What is left after a needling session? Softer, yet tighter skin. Your wrinkles, acne scars and other depressed areas will be a lot less noticeable. As an added benefit to skin needling the efficiency of serums and moisturizers is increased as they can now penetrate deeper.

After the needling session it is extremely important that you do not expose the treated area(s) to the sun, heat, hot water or tanning beds for 5-7 days.  It is highly recommended that a serum be used between treatments to enhance the results, due to the deep penetration of the serum.

After the needling treatment, it is normal for your skin to show red ‘pin point’ marks that can be covered by makeup the day after the needling application. 

The most exciting element to skin needling is that your skin’s production of new collagen continues for up to 12 months after the procedure.

The amount of needling sessions necessary varies from 1 to 6 depending on your skin’s needs and the results you are looking for. The initial treatment sessions may be weekly for the first month and two weekly thereafter. Maintenance can be once monthly as an alternative to a traditional facial, or at your discretion. 

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Before and After Botox Photos

Today I would like to post some photos of men and women at different stages of their “Botox experience”.

These Botox sessions were specifically aimed at improving moderate to severe frown lines between the brows.

I want to mention that these photos were NOT taken by me at my practice and these people are not my patients. They were taken from the official Botox website which you can visit by clicking here.

I hope you enjoy and as always, feel free to leave a comment or a question here or on my Facebook page.

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