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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Botox Injections

Some people tell me that they are afraid of needles and that they are scared of getting Botox injections because of this. Yes, some needles can be scary, but Botox injections definitely are not those!

Botox is injected using a very small needle – it is only 8mm long. It is also extremely fine and thin. These two facts make Botox injections the least scary injections out there. What we actually use is an insulin syringe. Diabetics that require insulin to keep their blood sugar normal use insulin syringes sometimes 3 times a day. Now you can imagine that if they are using it 3 times a day without fail, these Botox injections are most likely pretty painless.

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Insulin Syringes – for painless injections.

The choice of the syringe and needle are very important when it comes to painless Botox injections – but even more important is the injectors technique. Having a steady hand and injecting the Botox slowly ensures that the injections remain painless. Avoiding blood vessels and veins when injecting is also important as busing and swelling can make create pain in the client. As much as technique is important, feeling comfortable with your doctor releases endorphins which are the bodies natural pain-killers – so choose a doctor that you feel comfortable with!

– Dr Wade

 Appointments

Contact us today if you would like to know more about Botox injections 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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Acne Treatments for Scars

Acne treatments are now available – with new technologies we can treat acne scars. Acne scars form as a result of severe acne in the teenage years or as an adult. They can be very disfiguring and can cause some emotional distress to the person that has them. Thankfully there are now acne treatments that work.

The best thing you can do for acne scars is to do microneedling for acne treatments. Microneedling is a treatment whereby the skin is needled and it is stimulated to heal. This healing process makes collagen which then fills in the acne scars. The best microneedling treatment is the Dermapen. The Dermapen is a machine that makes thousands of tiny holes in the skin. Before the treatment you get a numbing cream put on your face – this is so you don’t feel the needles. Usually the most you will feel is a small scratching sensation. Acne treatments for scars used to be very expensive – these days the treatment has become affordable thanks to the Dermapen.

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The Dermapen.

 

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Before and After the Dermapen.

For acne scars you will need around 4 treatments with the dermapen – one ever month. Acne treatments with the Dermapen typically leave you red directly after the treatment and for 3 or 4 days afterwards. Some people then get a light peel – like a sunburn peel. And by day 7 the skin usually looks like normal. Over the next month, the collagen is produced which then fills in all of those acne scars. Acne treatments with the Dermapen are a great way to treat scars!

 

– Dr Wade

 

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Contact us today if you would like to know more about Acne treatments for scars 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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Acne Scars

Acne Scars were once a doctors nightmare – but these days, they can be easily treated.  Acne a skin condition whereby the pores in the skin becomes blocked or clogged. The material blocking them is normally dead skin cells or sebum (a type of oil produced by each individual hair).  Interestingly enough, certain medications and creams can actually make acne worse! Most acne sufferers are teenagers – this is as they are going through hormonal changes as a result of puberty. The increase in hormones increases the skins oil production and the pores become blocked. Once the pore is blocked, it becomes irritated and it swells. Swelling can either take the form of a blackhead or a puss filled whitehead. Adults can also suffer from acne – this is known as Adult-type acne.

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Black heads as seen on the nose.

 

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Whitehead pimple as seen on the cheek.

Mild to moderate acne generally only has blackheads and whiteheads and it generally doesn’t form scars – unless the acne is scratched, pressed or picked at by the person. So as a general rule, don’t ever pop acne pimples – you can form scars. That said, when acne is very bad it is called sever acne – and it is this form that can very easily form scars.

acne scars

Severe acne has pimples which are large and sore to touch.

Acne scars form as any scars in our bodies do – as a result of trauma to the skin.  When the skin is broken or you get a cut the body quickly begins to heal itself by forming a scar in that area. When skin is broken and there is infection (like acne) there is a bad type of scarring that occurs – this is the reason for the deep acne scars.

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Deep acne scars on the cheeks.

In our next blog post we will talk about the treatment options for acne scars.

– Dr Wade

 

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Contact us today if you would like to know more about Acne Scars 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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Dermapen Cape Town – The key to collagen stimulation.

With the help of Dr Wade you can get the Dermapen Cape Town boost that you need. Acne scarring can be devastating – the active acne may be long gone, but the scars remain for life. So often there is a deep emotional reminder linked to those scars. Thankfully, acne scarring can now be treated. Dermapen Cape Town treatments are based in science – the science of collagen stimulation.

 

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Dermapen Cape Town – Indications

 

The Dermapen Cape Town is a micro-needling treatment whereby the skin is needled with a medical device – this needling prompts the skin to produce collagen which acts by filling the scars. Before the Dermapen Cape Town clients’ acne scars were a very difficult problem to treat.

The skin is numbed with a medical grade numbing cream – so that you don’t feel anything. The actual Dermapen Cape Town treatment takes 15 minutes. Your skin is red directly after the treatment, and remains red for 2 to 3 days. You basically look like you have been sunburned. You then have a very light peeling of your skin – by the 7th day you should look normal.

Over the next 4 weeks your skin is stimulated to produce collagen and the depth of the scar is reduced. Dermapen Cape Town clients understand that collagen is the key to rejuvenation. You need 4 to 6 treatments to have an optimal effect. Results are permanent!

 

Watch the video below to find out exactly what a Dermapen Cape Town treatment can do for you.

 

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Contact us today if you would like to know more about Dermapen Cape Town treatments or 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. Dermapen Cape Town treatments stimulate your own body to create collagen – the natural way.

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Cape Town Fillers with Dr Wade

When looking to get a Cape Town Filler treatment, one must consider several things. Firstly, they filler brand. In Europe, there are over one hundred fillers on the market. In Cape Town Fillers can only be imported legally under the auspices of the Medicines Control Council – that is they need to be safe and legal before our Medical Board will even consider allowing anyone to import Cape Town Fillers.

 

FDA and CE approved Cape Town Fillers.

FDA and CE approved Cape Town Fillers.

 

If you are still unsure as to whether your Cape Town Fillers are safe to use then you need to find out whether they are either FDA or CE approved. The FDA is the American regulatory body and the CE is the European body – they oversee the criteria and ingredients that are used – and if they are given the stamp of approval then the Cape Town Fillers are safe to use.

For the most part in South Africa, it is the injector that you need to choose wisely and not the filler. If the Doctor know how and where to inject then that will create the best results. A novice with a really great filler will create poor results. That said, in our practice, we only use FDA or CE approved fillers sourced from reputable long standing suppliers.

 

 

 

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Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

 

What causes the skin to age?

External factors such as increased sun exposure, wind exposure and pollution can all result in wrinkles and discolorations. Wrinkle Treatments by Dr Wade can be done in Somerset West and Cape Town. Diet and poor lifestyle habits such as smoking and not exercising also play a role. A lifetime of stress (in some cases only half a lifetime!) results in the repetitive muscular movements of facial expression – these cause wrinkles. Sudden weight loss, although great, can also cause the skin to age as you lose fat within the facial fat pads – and your face droops and sags.

 

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

When we are born we have the most beautiful young, supple skin – the reason being as our skin is full of a substance called Hyaluronic Acid which acts to hydrate the skin. As we age, we lose Hyaluronic acid and our skin loses the soft supple nature that it once had. This is an internal factor as to why we look older. This process accelerates from the age of 30 – our skin produces less and the rate of destruction is higher.

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

The above factors cause lines, wrinkles and folds to develop. Your skin loses volume and your face changes shape. How fast all of this happens is dependent on what we have already mentioned. Living a healthy life today and protecting your skin from the sun can help to reduce the speed to which you age. In anti-aging medicine it is never to late to change your life and see results.

What are wrinkles?

Wrinkles are folds in the skin and there are two types. Dynamic wrinkles occur over time from repeated muscle use like frowning and smiling – if present for long enough they can develop into static wrinkles. Static wrinkles are always visible and are due to a lack of skin elasticity. They are caused by sun damage, smoking, genetics and prolonged dynamic wrinkling.

Frown Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Frown Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Forehead Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Forehead Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Static Wrinkles – notice the Tear Troughs, Naso-Labial Lines and Marionette Lines

 

Injectable Treatment Options

Botox

Botulinum Toxin (Botox) is a purified protein derived from Clostridium Botulinum that is used to reduce unwanted dynamic facial wrinkles. It acts by blocking the signal from the nerve to the muscle and in so doing prevents muscular contraction. Botox only works on dynamic wrinkles – static wrinkles will need different treatment options. The effects of Botox last anywhere from 3 to 6 months – it really just depends on the dose, your metabolism and if you have had Botox before. The more often you have Botox, you will need less amount of treatments per year.

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Hyaluronic Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our skin. As we age we lose this substance and our skin loses its once youthful tone and appearance. Aging also results in loss of fat from our facial fat pads. A young-looking face has round contours, high cheekbones and a well-defined jawline. The reason we look the way we do is partly because of the bones in our face but partly due to these fat pads beneath the skin. As they lose fat the skin above them begins to sag and as a result our cheek bones move down our face and we get static lines around our nose and mouth. The pulling of the sagging skin then also creates depressions and bags under our eye.

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Juvederm Filler Range

The treatment of facial sagging and static lines is Fillers. These fillers are injected with a very fine needle into the area overlying the cheek bone. Once injected the results are immediate and a gentle lift occurs whereby a new cheek is pulling up the skin from the lower face and as a result the lines around the mouth and nose are visibly reduced.

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

Before and After Cheek Fillers

Fillers generally last from 9 to 18 months depending on where they are placed. Over time they are naturally reabsorbed by our body. The old way of injecting fillers was to inject only in the facial wrinkles of the lower face – this would remove the wrinkles but leave the client with an unnatural result. Current science and thinking points towards the cheek injections as the most effective method to give the most natural results.

Wrinkle Treatments Cape Town Somerset West

 

Below is a video explaining cheek fillers for rejuvenation:

– Dr Wade

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Skin Cream – Retinol Products

 

Retinol is derived from Vitamin A and has been used on the skin since the 1960’s. Initially it was used in the treatment of acne, but doctors soon found that their acne patients’ wrinkles were disappearing. This led the medical community to study whether or not retinol skin cream could help to treat wrinkles.

Not only did they find that the skin cream successfully treated wrinkles, but they also found that it helped with exfoliation and minor discolorations.

In South Africa we have two main types of retinol skin cream –

Retin-A skin cream made by Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Retacnyl skin cream made by Galderma. There are various concentrations in both brands – the two main types are 0.025% and 0.05%. If you have a sensitive skin type I would suggest going for the 0.025%  skin cream first and then work your way up to the 0.05% skin cream. They are also found in either a gel or cream form. For most patients I would suggest getting the cream form as it has less of a chance of drying out your skin. If a product drys or irritates your skin you will be less likely to use it!

Retinol Skin Cream

Retinol Skin Cream

Retinol Skin Cream

Retin A

 The Retin-A brand is sold in a 20 gram tube whereas the Retacnyl brand is sold in a 30 gram tube – which is more convenient as you have to make less visits to the pharmacy.

Each skin cream tube lasts around 6 to 8 weeks – only a small amount of the substance is used. Initially I tell clients to use it only 3 times a week at night. Application involves using a small pea sized amount of skin cream on the forehead, each cheek and each side of the neck. Gently rub the skin cream to cover the whole face. Your night serum or moisturizer can then be applied over this. If your skin becomes irritated then step down to twice a week – but if this doesn’t occur you can step up treatment to as many days a week that you like.

Results take a few weeks to kick in – and treatment can be continued for life unless you fall pregnant – Retinol based skin creams cannot be used in pregnancy.

All of these products require a doctors prescription in order to purchase them. You will find that many over the counter anti-wrinkle skin creams have retinol in them. The reason you don’t need a prescription for those is that the concentration is much less – they may sometimes work but it will usually be an expensive and lengthy process.

Here is a great video explaining exactly how to use these skin creams:

 

– Dr Wade

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The way we think about facial aging has changed significantly in the last 5 years. Previously, when we saw a line on the face, our first thought was to fill it with something like a dermal filler. For some patients this worked – the line was filled and everyone was happy, but for others, the results were less than perfect.

Nasolabial Fillers Cape Town Somerset West

As we age, the first line that seems to bother us in the lower face is the nasolabial fold – this is the line from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth. When fillers first came out, this was the line that everyone had filled. The problem comes when you think about what makes a youthful face look youthful. In a youthful face there is very little volume (forward projection of tissue) in the area between the nose and the mouth. The bulk of facial volume is held in the cheeks.

When you place a filler in a nasolabial fold you run the chance of over-filling the area. This phenomenon has been referred to as the “baboon face” effect. The images seen below are examples of the typical face that results when fillers are injected incorrectly.

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The new and correct approach is to look at the face in 3 dimensions. Rather than filling lines, we aim to rejuvenate the face by adding volume where it has been lost. Once facial volume has been restored to what it once was, we see a marked improvement in nasolabial folds – without adding any filler to this area. This is as a result of the lifting effect that the fillers give. The end result is a more natural look.

I like to think of the face as if it’s a 3 dimensional diamond, rather than a 2 dimensional triangle. A diamond sparkles from all angles, whereas a triangle is invisible when turned sideways!

 

Nasolabial Fillers Cape Town Somerset West

 

At the end of the day, the lack of a nasolabial fold in a person doesn’t make them look younger or more attractive. As seen in the well-known actress, Blake Lively, in the right circumstances a nasolabial fold can be an attractive feature rather than a flaw. What we notice in her is that she has great cheek volume – this is the reason why she appears youthful. Without the use of fillers in years to come, her cheeks will lose volume and her face will sag downwards. This will deepen her nasolabial folds as well as create a line under her eye called the tear trough. Looking at the face as a whole prevents us from treating incorrectly or over-treating.

Nasolabial Fillers Cape Town Somerset West

CANNES, FRANCE – MAY 15: Blake Lively attends the “Mr Turner” premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2014 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

To restore volume to the cheek area and reduce the appearance of the nasolabial folds we typically inject 3 to 4 points on either side of the mid-face. Everyone is different and therefore we map out the face using anatomical landmarks. This allows us to see where volume has been lost – it also allows us to be precise so that the result can be a symmetrical one.

Nasolabial Fillers Cape Town Somerset West

Results from this treatment are immediate. Sometimes there may be some swelling or redness – this usually only lasts 1 to 2 days.

For more information and to make a booking with Dr Wade in Green Point, Cape Town or in Somerset West please contact us via telephone or email – our relationship manager will gladly be of assistance. Nasolabial Fillers Cape Town Somerset West – for natural results.

t: 081 301 3277

e: bookings@naturalcape.com

 


Nasolabial Fillers Cape Town Somerset West

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Somerset West Fillers with Dr Wade

When looking to get a Somerset West Filler treatment, one must consider several things. Firstly, they filler brand. In Europe, there are over one hundred fillers on the market. In Somerset West Fillers can only be imported legally under the auspices of the Medicines Control Council – that is they need to be safe and legal before our Medical Board will even consider allowing anyone to import Somerset West Fillers.

 

FDA and CE approved Somerset West Fillers.

FDA and CE approved Somerset West Fillers.

 

If you are still unsure as to whether your Somerset West Fillers are safe to use then you need to find out whether they are either FDA or CE approved. The FDA is the American regulatory body and the CE is the European body – they oversee the criteria and ingredients that are used – and if they are given the stamp of approval then the Somerset West Fillers are safe to use.

For the most part in South Africa, it is the injector that you need to choose wisely and not the filler. If the Doctor know how and where to inject then that will create the best results. A novice with a really great filler will create poor results. That said, in our practice, we only use FDA or CE approved fillers sourced from reputable long standing suppliers.

 

 

 

Cape Town | Green Point | Camps Bay | Somerset West

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

 

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