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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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.

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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.

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Eye Fillers

Eye fillers are a treatment that can have an astounding affect on the way a person looks and feels. Many people walk around looking tired and sad –  most of the time this is as a result of the way their face looks. When we age we lose the fat in our cheeks and they begin to sag. The sagging cheeks then pull on the skin just below the eye, and a line forms – known as the tear trough line (named so as it makes you look sad). Before eye fillers came along, the only way to restore volume here was to inject fat that had been taken from somewhere else on your body. Now while a bit of liposuction and some facial rejuvenation are great, they require sedation and surgery – and with that comes downtime, pain, bruising and swelling. Since the arrival of under eye fillers, we have been able to offer clients an in and out service that is relatively painless and has little to no downtime.

Under Eye Fillers

Deep lines under the eyes can be treated with fillers.

The eye fillers procedure takes about an hour – most of that time is spent explaining the treatment and how it works as well as marking out the face to ensure that the correct areas are injected. The markings are made with a white eyeliner – so it easily comes off with a facial wipe – so no need to worry about walking around with lines on your face after your eye fillers treatment! If you are concerned about pain, a topical cream can be applied before the treatment to numb the area. As a general rule, mid face fillers aren’t sore! Below is a video of a doctor injecting eye fillers – it really is a great treatment!

Appointments

Contact us today if you would like to know more about Eye 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. Eye Fillers are great for rejuvenation!

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Botox and Fillers: The next generation in treatment styles.

Dr Wade Merchant uses Botox and fillers to enhance the facial aesthetics of his patients. The medical name for Botox is Botulinum Toxin Type A (BTX). They are both injectables but they act in different ways:

BTX: Acts by deactivating muscles that cause wrinkles. The wrinkle then cannot form and the line disappears over time.

Fillers: Hyaluronic acid gels that are injected into the face in order to provide volume to  certain areas where it may be lacking or has been lost as a result of the aging process.

Botox and Fillers

BTX lasts around 3 to 4 months if the recommended units are used – if less than recommended units are used, the results will not last as long as they should. This is important to remember when attempting to reduce the amount of units because of cost – if you use less units now you will need more units sooner, and will probably end up spending more money than if you had just received the recommended units. Medical doctors are specially trained to assess and prescribe the amount of units needed – just in the same way that they know which dose of your anti-depressant to give you.

Filler treatments last different amounts of time depending on the filler used as well as your particular metabolism:

Voluma (Cheeks): 18months.

Volift (Lips and nasolabial folds): over 1 year to 15 months.

Volbella (under eyes and lip border) – 9 months to a year.

At the end of the day, each face requires a different approach and normally a combination of both BTX and Fillers are used.

 


 

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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Silhouette Soft Threads – Technological innovation serving rejuvenation

When women are asked what they consider their two main signs of facial ageing, the answer is invariably loss of skin tone causing sagging of facial contours and the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines and creases.

This phenomenon, which worsens with age and the menopause, is due to the loss of collagen, the protein found in all structures of the body, especially the skin, and which ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of tissue. With age, collagen diminishes and the skin becomes less firm and saggier. The face also loses fats (becoming more skeletal), becoming hollow on the sides, and heaviness accumulates under the chin, and the lower cheeks.

Solutions exist, but choices have to be made: either to restore volume, using targeted injections, or to tighten the skin, by means of more invasive interventions.

Silhouette Soft Lift

Silhouette Soft Threads are a unique treatment enabling two combined actions

• A discreet and immediate lifting effect : as soon as the suture is applied, the doctor reshapes the treated area by means of a double action: compressing and elevating tissue.
• A gradual and natural regenerating effect : in being absorbed, the component of the suture, polylactic acid allows to restore shapeliness to the face.

Silhouette Soft Threads

The 30 – 60 minute procedure

After a small local anaesthetic, the doctor inserts the suture under the skin to a depth of about three to five millimetres. No incision is required, as the suture is inserted using a fine needle. It is held in place with absorbable cones oriented in opposite directions (bidirectional). Once the suture as been applied, the doctor performs slight compression of the tissue to reshape it by hand and to obtain the desired lifting effect.

The non-inserted ends of the suture are cut off. One or more sutures may be applied, depending on the patient and treated area. Silhouette Soft Threads can be used as a single treatment or in combination with fillers and botulinum toxin.

Silhouette Soft Threads

After treatment : a few recommendations

After the Silhouette Soft Threads treatment, as with any cosmetic treatment, some slight swelling, redness or bruising may sometimes be observed, but these disappear within days.

There is sometimes a slight wrinkling of the skin (required for optimisation of the treatment) which disappears very quickly.

 

Recommendations for good post-treatment follow-up :

✓ During the week after treatment, do not undergo any dental surgery, and avoid facial and  beauty treatments.
✓ Avoid all contact sports for the first few weeks.
✓ Preferably sleep on your back.
✓ In the event of pain, take a pain reliever according to your doctor’s prescription.

 

Silhouette Soft Threads

Appointments:

Contact us if you would like to know more about Silhouette Soft Threads treatments or would like to schedule consultation to discuss the various aesthetic treatments we can offer.

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Silhouette Soft Lift

There are a lot of questions out there about the Silhouette Soft Thread Lift. The short answer: it is not a means of hair removal!

Silhouette Soft

The sutures have cones that facilitate lift.

Silhouette Soft Threading is the latest advancement in non-surgical face-lifts. Threading has been around for the last ten years. The problem was that the threads were not natural and were never reabsorbed by the body. Silhouette Soft Threads are totally reabsorbable, bio-compatible and biodegradable – which means that you get great natural results without the worry of having a synthetic substance in your face.

The actual threads last 18 months before they are naturally reabsorbed by the body. Before they are reabsorbed, the body is activated to form it’s own natural thread made of collagen fibers. So even though the threads are reabsorbed, the effect lasts much longer after 18 months as a result of this natural collagen stimulation.

Silhouette Soft Lift

The thread is specialised suture – not unlike the same one that you get when a doctor places dissolving stitches in a cut or wound. The specialised part is that there are a series of miniature cones and knots along the thread that give it the ability to hold and pull skin and tissue in a certain direction. Generally, on the face, the direction is upwards and backwards to restore what has been lost to gravity.

Before the treatment you would visit Dr Wade Merchant for a consultation to see where the threads would need to be placed. He will take photos of your face in certain positions so that he can study where the threads would best be placed. The threads would then be placed on your follow-up visit.

Silhouette Soft Lift

On arrival, Dr Merchant would ask you to wipe any excess make-up from your face. You will then sit on a comfortable bed where your face will be cleaned and then marked with a pen so that the correct lines of entry, exit and placement can be adhered to. At this point a small amount of local anaesthetic will be injected with a very small needle into the entry and exit points of the thread. Patients tolerate these injections very well and it is usually done in less than 30 seconds. This is the only “painful” part of the procedure. After these injections all you should feel is movement and pressure.

The threads are gently guided under your skin from entry to exit point with a long needle – none of which is painful as you have already had a local anaesthetic injection.

Once the threads are placed under your skin, they are gently pulled so that the cones on them are activated. These cones then support the tissue in its new position – giving you a natural and gentle lift. The treatment generally takes under 45 minutes.

Generally after the procedure you may feel some tightness and a little discomfort at the sites where the needle entered and exited. The discomfort usually wears off after 2 days – and Dr Merchant generally advises clients to get the procedure done on a Thursday or Friday – you can then go back to normal activities on Monday. That said, there have been some clients that go back to work the following day – everyone is different.

If you only have a mild degree facial sagging then one thread should be enough. If you have advanced sagging, two threads will be needed. Considering the cost of a surgical face-lift as well as the complications and downtime of surgery, this has become a great safe and affordable alternative.

 – Dr Wade

APPOINTMENTS

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

bookings@naturalcape.com
0813013277

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