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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


NATURAL AESTHETICS – BOTOX

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Slender Wonder Cape Town?

There are many weight loss programs out there – some are safe while others are dangerous and will cause people to yo-yo diet. The best weight loss program is one that is done under the guidance of a medical doctor. Weight gain and obesity are medical problems – and the most holistic approach is one where all the medical aspects of weight gain can be taken into account. Slender Wonder Cape Town is a medically-guided weight loss program that helps people to lose weight – and keep that weight off.

Three aspects to Slender Wonder:

  1. Low GI, low calorie diet plan.
  2. HCG inejctions and supplements.
  3. Medical treatments that aid weight loss.

Slender Wonder Somerset West

What is HCG?

HCG is the daily injection that is given to patients on the Slender Wonder program. It is found in very small quantities in all people – but increased levels have been found to help with the breakdown of fat and with the suppression of appetite and cravings. This injection needs to be used in conjunction with the diet plan and supplements as they all work together to bring about a positive change in a persons metabolism.

In addition there are 2 weekly booster injections that are given – these contain an important mix of B vitamins that aid in breaking down fat and stimulating the metabolism.

Slender Wonder Cape Town

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


NATURAL AESTHETICS – Slender Wonder Somerset West

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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


NATURAL AESTHETICS – BOTOX

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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

Telephonic: 021 433 0967
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com

Somerset West Practice:

Telephonic: 021 433 0967
Email: bookings@naturalcape.com

 


 

NATURAL AESTHETICS – Restylane Skinboosters

Cape Town| Green Point | Somerset West

Botox | Fillers | Silhouette Soft | Restyalne SkinBoosters | Chemical Peels | Micro-needling (Dermapen) | Filorga Mesotherapy

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Why medical weight loss?

Weight gain and obesity are complex issues – it is not just about over-eating. Most of the time there is a complex network of reasons as to why someone becomes over-weight. reason can include:

  1. Genetics – everyone has a different genetic make-up. Some people are more prone to gaining weight than others, and some are also more prone to having difficulty in losing weight than others.
  2. Diet – this includes the amount of food (too much or too little), the type of food (maybe you are carbohydrate or fat sensitive) as well as the type of food (processed, organic or take-out foods).
  3.  Emotional state – depression and stress can make people gain weight. Also, a lack of sleep increase your cortisol levels, which in turn causes you to gain weight.
  4. Exercise – although not the focus of this program, exercise plays an important role in mental and heart health.
  5. Medical reasons – some conditions like an under-active thyroid can cause people to gain weight.
  6. Medications – certain medications like cortisone can cause weight gain.
  7. Hormones – menopause, male-menopause and poly-cystic ovaries all cause weight gain.

Why choose Dr Wade Merchant?

  1. Dr Wade is a medical doctor.
  2. He has a special interest in Weight Loss Medicine and has a certificate in “The clinical management of Metabolic syndrome”.
  3. He is an accredited Slender Wonder doctor.

Slender Wonder

What is HCG?

HCG is the daily injection that is given to patients on the Slender Wonder program. It is found in very small quantities in all people – but increased levels have been found to help with the breakdown of fat and with the suppression of appetite and cravings. This injection needs to be used in conjunction with the diet plan and supplements as they all work together to bring about a positive change in a persons metabolism.

Slender Wonder

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


NATURAL AESTHETICS – Slender Wonder Somerset West

Cape Town| Green Point | Somerset West

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What is Silhouette Soft Lift Treatment?

Silhouette Soft Lift treatment is a patented self-anchoring thread technology that permits a minimally invasive approach for elevation and fixation of skin. Silhouette Soft Lift treatment is now available in Cape Town and Somerset West administered under the watchful eye of Dr Wade Merchant. Silhouette Soft Lift treatment is an FDA approved product for elevation and fixation of mid-face, brow and neck.

Silhouette Soft Lift treatment is made from polylactic acid , a material that has been used inside the human body as a suture material for decades. Silhouette Soft Lift is designed with patented dimensional cones that attach to the sub dermal tissue, lifting, suspending and fixating the contour of the brow, mid-face and neck areas.

Procedure Description

The Silhouette Soft Lift treatment is a minimally invasive office procedure performed under local anaesthetic that is designed to elevate, reposition and lift lax skin of the brow, face and neck.  The Silhouette Soft Lift treatment works by having these fine threads inserted painlessly under the skin. These fine threads are similar to those that would be used to support the deep structures of your face if you were to receive a real surgical facelift.

Using local anaesthetic, the threads are passed into the droopy facial element with a special guide needle. The threads are then able to grab on to the droopy soft-tissue and muscle of the desired area. Most patients experience minimal bruising or swelling for 1-7 days. The Silhouette Soft Lift treatment is not painful and most patients can return to normal activities with makeup the next day. The threads stay where they are inserted and, like all internal sutures, are generally well tolerated by the body.

The Silhouette Soft Lift treatment shows immediate effects. Patients can achieve 30-70% of what an invasive facelift may achieve and well over 90% of Silhouette Soft Lift patients report very satisfying lift results. The Silhouette Soft Lift treatment lasts up to 18 month and can be repeated. Many Silhouette Soft Lift patients may combine the skin tightening effects of the Silhouette Soft Less with other procedures. Patients may choose to re-suspend tissue with this technique in several years or go on to more traditional forms of plastic surgery.

Silhouette Soft Lift

What do the threads look like?

Unlike other thread products, Silhouette Soft Lift is clear so they are not visible under fair or thin skin.

How do they work?

Due to the unique design of the cones of Silhouette Soft Less, the surrounding tissues act to hold the threads in place without the need for visible scars. The cones do the work of holding, by being fixated to tissue as they are softly contoured into place. Once in position, your body generates new collagen bundles that surround each thread to maintain the lifting effect.

Does it hurt?

Pain and discomfort are very minimal with this technique and most patients take only Paracetamol for pain relief. In most cases, ice compresses are recommended for the first 24-48 hours.

 Silhouette Soft Less treatment

Is it safe?

The risks and complications are uncommon and usually easily correctable. The actual sutures are made from polylactic acid, which is a material that has been used in brain, heart and abdominal surgery for many years. Since a Silhouette Soft lift is performed under local anaesthesia, there are none of the risks associated with general anaesthesia.

What kind of care is required after the procedure?

Following a Silhouette Soft lift procedure, there are some practical instructions and care that must be followed to avoid traumatizing or dislodging the threads from their supportive locations in the deep fat of the face and neck. Some of these instructions include avoidance of forceful facial rubbing or trauma, sleeping on your back, minimal facial animations, putting pressure on the face, and avoidance of excessive mouth opening. After 3 weeks, there are no more restrictions.

When can I return to work and activities?

Depending upon your job and your tolerance for some minor bruising and swelling, you may be able to return to work in 2-3 days following the procedure. Most patients look good in makeup after one week.

Silhouette Soft Less treatment

How many treatments will I need?

Usually only one procedure is needed to achieve the desired lifting effect.

How long do the results last?

Physicians’ experiences have shown that duration varies, depending on the age of the patient at the time of the procedure, the degree of sagging, and the number of threads used.

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Can this procedure be combined with other cosmetic procedures?

The Silhouette Soft Lift is a stand-alone procedure. However, it is not uncommon to have this procedure combined with Botulinum toxin (Botox) to reduce facial muscle activity, dermal fillers to enhance volume, or peels and laser therapy to improve skin texture.

Are the threads permanent?

Silhouette Soft is absorbable, and it will dissolve over time.

What areas can be treated?

Silhouette Soft Lift is used for:

  • Reposition sagging cheeks
  • Lift drooping soft tissue of the mid and lower face and neck
  • Smooth out premature skin aging

Silhouette Soft Lift

What type of results will I see?

The effects are immediate. During the time of your consultation, Dr. Wade Merchant will demonstrate in the mirror, the relative amount of lift that the Silhouette Soft Lift can achieve. The procedure can also be combined with other techniques including dermal fillers and Botulinum toxin (Botox).

Do I need to have anaesthesia?

In most cases, only local anaesthesia is required. General anaesthesia is not necessary for this technique.

How long does it take to perform?

The Silhouette Soft Lift is most commonly performed under local anaesthesia and the procedure usually takes less than 30 to 60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of threads used. Patients are able to go home soon after the procedure.

Silhouette Soft Less treatment

Who is a good candidate for a Silhouette Soft Lift treatment?

In general, the best candidates for a Silhouette Soft Lift include both women and men who want a more dramatic and long lasting effect than fillers and Botulinum toxin or other treatments can provide, but do not want a full face lift or brow lift procedure.

How do I know if I am a good candidate?

Ideal candidates are women and men in the thirties through the sixties with moderate drooping of the soft tissues of the brow, face and neck. Patients must have realistic expectations. They should not be too heavy or too thin, and should be medically well and not be taking blood thinning medication.

Silhouette Soft Less treatment

Appointments:

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

Natural Aesthetics – Silhouette Soft Thread Lift

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Forehead Botox

Forehead Botox treatments aim to reduce the amount of wrinkles found on your forehead. The forehead muscle is unique in the sense that it is the only muscle in the upper face that lifts the eyebrows. So, without its action, the eyebrows will be droopy. Therefore, when treating this muscle we need to be very careful so as not to over-treat the area as this would risk lowering the eyebrows, which can actually make you look older.

It is for this reason that Dr Wade has created a treatment system whereby the risk for droopy eyebrows is reduced. As we are all different, and our muscles are all different, there is no clear way of estimating how much forehead Botox will be required. Rather than over-estimating and creating an unnatural result, we place a set dose of Botox into the forehead and then review the results in 2 weeks. If there is inadequate relaxation we inject a micro-dose of forehead Botox in order to get the desired effect.

forehead botox

Botox Forehead: 5 Injection sites on the forehead.

Botox is FDA approved for frown and eye wrinkles. It has yet to be approved for the forehead – so we use it as an off-label medication. That is, it works to relax the forehead muscles, but it has yet to be approved by the FDA for that area. Clients must understand this fact – it is also the reason why we take a much more conservative approach to avoid any complications. That said, when done correctly, forehead botox works really well to reduce forehead lines and wrinkles.

– Dr Wade

Appointments

Contact us today if you would like to know more about Forehead Botox 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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Forehead Botox | Fillers | Chemical Peels | Micro-needling (Dermapen) | Filorga Mesotherapy

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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

Botox Injections | Facial Fillers | Chemical Peels | Micro-needling (Dermapen) | Filorga Mesotherapy

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