Dermal Fillers are made out of hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring substance that is found in our skin. It’s a gel-like substance that is safely injected underneath the skin to enhance facial features and/or to restore loss of volume due to aging.

What do we use Fillers for?

  • To restore volume (due to aging)
  • To enhance facial features (cheeks, lips, chin)
  • To treat uneven skin texture (due to aging, skin folds, acne scarring etc.)
Example of Fillers to treat Marionette Lines by Dr Wade: 
Dermal Fillers to restore this patients Marionette lines. She also had cheek fillers, which gave her a subtle lift, which greatly improved her jowls.

Dermal Fillers to restore this patients Marionette lines. She also had cheek fillers, which gave her a subtle lift, which greatly improved her jowls.

This patient had cheek fillers as well as fillers around her mouth to treat her marionette lines. Done by Dr Wade Merchant at his Green Point Practice.

This patient had cheek fillers as well as fillers around her mouth to treat her marionette lines. Done by Dr Wade Merchant at his Green Point Practice.

Example of Cheek Fillers by Dr Wade: 
Cheek Fillers to restore this 64 year old patient's cheek volume and cheek bone area. We also injected treated her marionette lines and the volume loss in her lips. Done in under an hour, no downtime. "After pic" taken 3 days post treatment.

Cheek Fillers to restore this 64 year old patient’s cheek volume and cheek bone area. We also injected treated her marionette lines and the volume loss in her lips. Done in under an hour, no downtime. “After pic” taken 3 days post treatment.

Cheek volume added, creating a subtle lift, reducing the naso-labial fold and the marionette line. Done by Dr Wade. Dermal Filler 1ml used. Cost R3,500.

Cheek volume added, creating a subtle lift, reducing the naso-labial fold and the marionette line. Done by Dr Wade.

Example of Lip Fillers by Dr Wade: 
2ml Lip Filler enhancement, by Dr Wade Merchant

2ml Lip Filler enhancement, by Dr Wade Merchant

Dr Wade used Lip Fillers to correct the asymmetry in this patients lips, while adding volume to give her a natural-looking full set of lips.

Dr Wade used Lip Fillers to correct the asymmetry in this patients lips, while adding volume to give her a natural-looking full set of lips.

A great example of volume loss due to aging. Dr Wade used dermal fillers to restore this patients natural volume. There is something for everyone in aesthetic medicine.

A great example of volume loss due to aging. Dr Wade used dermal fillers to restore this patients natural volume. There is something for everyone in aesthetic medicine.

Example of Under Eye Fillers by Dr Wade: 
1ml (0.5ml per side) under eye fillers used to replace loss of volume in the tear through area and to reduce the appearance of under eye bags.

1ml (0.5ml per side) under eye fillers used to replace loss of volume in the tear through area and to reduce the appearance of under eye bags.

Example of Jawline and Jowls Treatments by Dr Wade: 
Jowls and sagging Jawline Treated with Dermal Fillers - Done by Dr Wade Merchant,

Jowls and sagging Jawline Treated with Dermal Fillers – Done by Dr Wade Merchant

 

What is the cost of Fillers?

Dermal Fillers are R3,500 per 1ml
For our full price list, click on the following link: Price List

Our Clinics:

Natural Aesthetics was founded by Dr Wade Merchant, with practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town. Both our practices are discreet venues with state of the art facilities.

Meet the Team: 

The Natural Aesthetics Team, with Dr Wade Merchant, our Skincare Therapists (Lumé, Marieka and Antoinette) and our Practice Manager (Tarin).

The Natural Aesthetics Team, with Dr Wade Merchant, our Skincare Therapists (Lumé, Marieka and Antoinette) and our Practice Manager (Tarin).

 

APPOINTMENTS – DERMAL FILLERS
To book an appointment email us at bookings@naturalcape.com

Should you wish to speak to someone instead, please call us on 021 433 0967.

*Available by Dr Wade in Green Point (Cape Town) and Somerset West.

**Skincare & Body Sculpting Treatments available by our Therapist at both our practices in Green Point & Somerset West.

Redermalization?

Aesthetic medicine can treat facial aging from the level of the bone right up to the skin’s surface. Redermalization targets the skin itself to improve the quality of your skin. There are many treatment options in aesthetic medicine – this is just one of them. The only way to know if it is the best treatment for you is to visit Dr Wade so that he can see your face in person.

Three basic mechanisms of skin aging:

  1. Inhibition of metabolic processes within the skin – cellular respiration, ion transport, inhibition of energy production and proteins (collagen and elastin) synthesis, impaired micro-circulation.
  2. The accumulation of free radicals – uncontrolled synthesis of free radicals, the inefficiency of antioxidant systems, lipid per-oxidation and destruction of the cell genome leading to premature cell death.
  3. Impairment of the optimal water balance in the skin as a result of reduction in the amount of hyaluronic acid in the dermis and reduced ability of the skin to retain water.

Redermalization

What is Redermalization?

Redermalization is an innovative method for efficient aging prevention and skin restoration which affects all the tree main skin aging mechanisms
  1. Regulates biochemical and physiological processes in cells.
  2. Efficiently blocks free radicals.
  3. Prevents skin dehydration
Translated from Latin:
“Re” means “renovation”, “derma” — the basic layer of the skin, that is responsible for its youth. Thus,
Redermalization is restoration of health skin by restoring the dermis.
Redermalization

Redermalization for crows feet.

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town. To book an appointment please contact:

Telephone: 087 135 3017
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


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Dr Wade Merchant Fillers

Fantastic Facial Filler

Facial Filler goes by many names; Dermal Filler, Fillers and Injectable Filler. Let’s take a step back to review what exactly a filler is.

A filler fills. It’s as easy as that – although where it fills and how it fills are the more difficult questions! A filler can either be permanent or non-permanent – that is they either get absorbed over time or they last for life. Non-permanent Hyaluronic Acid (HA) based fillers are the safest type as they can be dissolved.

Lip Fillers

When done correctly, Lip Fillers are about enhancing the lips natural features. Everyone is different and that is why each treatment is completely individualised.

Which brand?

There are many different brands of HA fillers but as I say to all my patients, I only inject the brands into my patients faces that I would inject into my own face. In South Africa we only have a few filler brands to choose from (which is actually a good thing). Our strict laws generally only allow for the best to be injected – and in South Africa, only doctors are allowed to inject Fillers.

 

 

 

 

 

Under Eye Fillers

Under Eye Fillers are all about refreshing and rejuvenating tired looking faces. A blunt needle called a cannula is used to deposit the filler exactly where it needs to be – this also limits bruising.

Which filler, where?

They are broadly divided into thick fillers and thin fillers. It is a lot more complicated than that but for our purposes, the thick ones provide structure, support and volume and the thin ones gently fill areas and help to smooth out lines and wrinkles. So…

Thick: cheeks, chin, temples and jawline
Medium thick: nasolabial folds, lips, cheeks
Thin: under eye and lips.
Very thin: lines around eyes, frown and forehead lines as well as acne scars.

So what is best for me?

At the end of the day the only way a doctor can know what to inject and where is to look at a particular face in person. Some people require more volume than others – so the only way to know is visualize in 3D!

I hope this newsletter sheds some light on fillers as a whole. If you have any questions related to fillers or any other treatments that I perform you can contact me by commenting below or emailing me. Have a great week further!

Kind Regards,

Dr Wade Merchant

 

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town. To book an appointment please contact:

Telephone: 087 135 3017
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


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Forehead Wrinkles

A brief summary of the article written by Dr Riekie Smit in the Summer Issue of the Aesthetic and AntiAging Magazine: found here.

The forehead is one of the most common areas that patients request to be treated. More often than not, there are unrealistic expectations placed on the doctor to take away all of the wrinkles or to make their foreheads completely smooth. The face of the matter is that if you take away all the wrinkles and create a completely smooth forehead, you also take away 100% of the function of the forehead muscle.

So what exactly does the forehead muscle do? Simply put, it lifts up the eyebrows. That said, every face is completely different. Some forehead muscles are strong and some are week, some are asymmetrical and some are symmetrical and finally some serve a purpose (like keeping the eyebrows lifted in people with saggy skin on the upper eyelid) and some have no purpose at all (some males can get away with almost freezing their foreheads – although it is not recommended).

So it is important to keep this all in mind deciding how to treat and how much to treat the forehead wrinkles. so in a nutshell, there are several options:

  1. Botulinum Toxin Type A – This is a good place to start as most of the time people are happy with the amount of wrinkle reduction. If there are still some bothersome wrinkles – a small amount of a thin filler can be used to fill the gaps.
  2. Facial Fillers – the thinnest type of fillers need to be used here – if anything else is used there is the chance that lumps and bumps can develop. Fillers treatments to the forehead and frown must be done with great care – there are complications and patients must be made aware of this. That said, a product like Restylane Vital is great for this area when used correctly.
  3. Peels, Needling, laser and mesotherapy all help to improve the texture of the skin and soften fine lines and wrinkles.
  4. PDO threads increase the collagen content in skin and in so doing help with tightening and fine lines.

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town. To book an appointment please contact:

Telephone: 087 135 3017
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


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Lip Fillers Before and After with Dr Wade Merchant

Dr Wade believes that lips should always look natural – and these lip fillers before and after photos are a testament to that. Not only is every patient completely unique, but each lip filler treatment is completely unique. As we age, volume changes occur. A younger person can not be treated in the same manner as an older person – and vice versa.

Lip Fillers Before and After

As seen above, this younger patient was able to get a volumised appearance with just a single syringe of filler. That is because her foundations were still good – Dr Wade just had to deal with the layout and design of her lips (if we were to continue with the construction metaphor).

Lip Fillers Before and After

As you can see with this more mature patient, a volumised appearance was not possible with only one syringe of filler. Dr Wade focused on her lip border and mouth corners  – so essentially he did “renovations” on the foundations of her lips. She was very happy withe the result as her smokers lines improved and she looked less tired. That said, if she wished to have more volume she would require an additional syringe at a later day.

As you can see – not only are different age groups treated differently, but the results that can be expected are also different. At the end of the day, all that Dr Wade wants for his patients are natural results that make them look and feel better.

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town. To book an appointment please contact:

Telephone: 087 135 3017
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


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Lip Filler – The new normal

A Lip Filler treatment adds definition to the mouth, lips as well as adding volume to the lip where it matters most.

There are fillers that are specifically developed for lips and there are fillers that are not meant to be used in lips. Knowledge of which one to use and when requires medical training and experience. Choose your doctor based on their prior results as well as what other people have said about them – word of mouth referral is the best – but if not, do your research and ask questions. Ask as many questions as you need to in order to feel comfortable that the treatment that you are going to receive is the best for your individual taste and style.

lip filler

Lip Filler is a hyaluronic acid smooth gel that is injected by your doctor, using an ultra-fine needle. It has been specifically developed as a smooth gel to give a soft, natural feel. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles while the hyaluronic acid within attracts and retains moisture, so results can last up to a year.

Lip Filler

These rules must be obeyed by the injector in order to maintain a natural look.

Prior to being injected, your lips will be medically numbed using either a potent medical grade numbing cream or local anaesthetic injections within the mouth. Usually, the potent numbing cream is more than enough to suppress the pain associated with lip injections. That said, if you desire local anesthetic injections instead of the cream, mention it to your doctor so that you can have the best experience possible. Fillers should never be painful!

 

APPOINTMENTS

Contact us today if you would like to know more about treating wrinkles or if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point and Somerset West, Cape Town.To book an appointment please contact:

Green Point Practice (Based at Legs 11 Aesthetic Centre):

Telephonic: 086 132 4752
Email: greenpoint@legs11.co.za

Somerset West Practice:

Telephonic: 081 301 3277
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com


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What are Restylane Skinboosters?

Restylane SkinBoosters are a revolutionary anti-aging treatment, a non-surgical option for facial rejuvenation and skin restoration. Skinboosters naturally smooth and hydrate the skin from the inside. They result in luminous skin with a natural and beautiful glow.

Restylane SkinBoosters
Skinboosters are similar to dermal fillers in that they contain a naturally occurring substance which exists in our skin. This substance works to maintain hydration of the skin by binding closely with water and supporting vital collagen and elastin, which work to maintain the integrity and suppleness of our skin.

As we age, we lose collagen and elastin, resulting in the skins repair mechanisms slowing down creating poor skin tone and texture, lack of elasticity, and the formation of wrinkles and folds.

Restylane SkinBoosters

Unlike dermal fillers, Skinboosters do not add volume or structure to the skin – they work in more subtle ways to improve the overall skin balance and ‘boost’ the appearance of the skin.

There are two treatment protocols:

  1. Collagen stimulation: One treatment every month for 3 months – this stimulated the fibroblasts (special skin cells) to increase their collagen production.
  2. Maintenance regimen: One treatment every 3 to 4 months – to maintain skin hydration and glow – as well as to keep wrinkles at bay.

In addition to these two choices, one can also choose whether or not you can handle the downtime of multiple injections, or would prefer the use of a blunt cannula to limit swelling and busing.

 

CONTACT US

To book an appointment please contact:

Green Point Practice (Based at Legs 11 Aesthetic Centre):

Telephonic: 086 132 4752
Email: greenpoint@legs11.co.za

Somerset West Practice:

Telephonic: 081 301 3277
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com

 


 

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Facial Fillers – Juvederm Voluma

Juvederm is a family of injectable hyaluronic acid facial fillers used to provide correction for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth).

One of the products in the range of 5 facial fillers, called Voluma, replenishes lost skin volume to regain a youthful curve to the cheeks and can be used to enhance the overall shape of your face. Voluma is a brand of injectable hyaluronic acid facial fillers that adds fullness to areas that need a little more support or enhancement. Shortly after treatment with Voluma, you should notice that your facial contours appear fuller and rounder, giving your face a softer, more youthful appearance.

facial fillers

Juvederm aims to rejuvenate.

Voluma was specifically created to restore lost facial volume in the cheeks, cheekbones and chin. It was developed to be smoother than other hyaluronic acid facial fillers, making it easier to inject during the facial fillers treatment and resulting in a smooth, natural look and feel. Voluma was developed with Vycross technology to deliver a natural look and feel, with results proven to last up to 18 months.

facial fillers

Voluma facial fillers have been FDA approved for the treatment of volume loss in the mid-face – and have been in use for some years now. Below is a review of the facial filler on the website Realself. Realself gets reviews from real life patients and then forms a score to show how many patients were happy with the treatment. It generally gives a good indication as to whether a treatment works or not.

facial fillers

Realself is a website that rates cosmetic treatments. 92% of users rated the treatment as “worth it”.

 

 Appointments

Contact us today if you would like to know more about Facial Fillers in Somerset West, Green Point or Camps Bay, Cape Town. Let us know if you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point, Camps Bay and Somerset West, Cape Town.

For Bookings:

Cape Town | Green Point | Camps Bay | Somerset West

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Liquid Facelift

The liquid facelift is the non-surgical method whereby the face is lifted using a combination of dermal fillers and Botox injections. Facial aging is as a result of numerous factors namely, genetics, sun-exposure, smoking, diet and exercise. All of these factors cause the face to sag – everything “droops”. More often than not if you are concerned about the lines on your face you will look in the mirror and gently pull the skin in the middle of your face upwards – that is what a liquid facelift aims to do. Gently Lift the face – without the risk or downtime of surgery.

liquid facelift

In order to create lift the face must be looked at holistically.

In order to do this your face is thoroughly assessed by your aesthetic doctor. Photos are taken and the problem areas are identified. With this information in mind, your face is cleaned and then marked out with a white eyeliner. Marking the face allows your doctor to identify which areas are deficient in volume. Our faces are never symmetrical (sleeping on a favorite side causes one side to sag more than the other) – marking also helps to clearly show which side has the deeper lines.

liquid face lfit

Juvederm Product Range

The liquid facelift starts with the dermal filler treatment – 3 points on the cheek are injected – this replaces volume that has been lost and also lifts the skin below the cheek. Together with the lifting effect, it also rejuvenated the eyes. As you are probably aware, the first place we look we when we see a face is the eyes. Friends, family and colleagues usually comment on how happy or well rested you look – this is all because of the filler treatment. This lifting lasts anywhere from a year to 18 months. Hyaluronic Acid – the substance found in fillers – has also been shown to stimulate collagen production. So in the months after the treatment, you will continue to look great.

Secondly a Botox Brow Lift is performed – the frown and the tail of the brow are injected. This relaxes the frown (so you appear happier!) and gently lifts the eyebrows. It is a great treatment that will leave you looking refreshed and energized. At the end of the day the liquid facelift is all about facial rejuvenation and less about looking like you’ve have a facelift (which is probably a good thing!).

Botox

The treatment itself is relatively pain-less but if you are at all concerned please ask your doctor for a numbing cream to be applied beforehand – they will happily oblige.

– Dr Wade

 

Appointments

Contact us today if you would like to know more about liquid facelift treatments in Somerset West, Green Point or Camps Bay, Cape Town. Let us know if you would like toschedule a consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we offer. Dr Wade practices in Green Point, Camps Bay and Somerset West, Cape Town.

For Bookings:

Cape Town | Green Point | Camps Bay | Somerset West

Botox  | Liquid Facelift with Fillers | Chemical Peels | Micro-needling (Dermapen) | Filorga Mesotherapy

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