Thursday, December 29, 2011

Love! Love! Love! These Jovani and Terani dresses


Cosmedica 2011

Okay , I should have blogged this ages ago (just after I attended Cosmedica).
This year was only the second year of its existence but what a well-put together conference it was. With diverse international (Europe, The States and Asia) and local experts it was both exciting and  . Worldwide opinion leaders who are experts in the field of  Botulinum toxin treatments, dermal fillers, lasers, chemical peels, spider vein sclerotherapy and anti-ageing medicine congregated to share their wealth of experience as well as teaching skills.

It was great to meet docs there with the same interests and some old friends from medical school as well.

Gala Dinner - Melrose Arch, Moyo

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Dr Jamuna Pai

I was actually more excited about this than the whole Dr Rey thing . Way back when I was in High School I used to read the Indian addition of Femina and religiously read her column. I was so excited to actually see her in person.

 Her history : A medical graduate from Nair Hospital Mumbai, Dr. Jamuna Pai made the switch to cosmetic medicine in 1994 following her lifelong passion for beauty. After completing her training in the United Kingdom and with acclaimed dermatologists from all over the world, Dr. Pai has perfected her well honed skills and has gone on to become a brand in herself. Being Indias leading cosmetic physician for over 15 years, Dr. Pai has always had the first mover advantage in the skin care industry. She constantly updates her techniques and extensive knowledge of the subject by attending training workshops and seminars. She is credited to have pioneered and introduced various skin treatments and techniques over the years such as Fraxel, Thermage, skin lightening peels and filler injections thus giving her the title of being the Pioneer of Cosmetology in India by many. Dr. Pai introduced Botox to India in the year 2000 and has become the single largest injector in India ever since.

Can you believe she is in her 60s?

Dr Robert Rey . I'd have to admit that yes I used to watch Dr 90210 but he was acting crazy at the conference. At the Gala dinner he failed to show up to speak and said he had a sore throat but on twitter he was tweeting topless pics of himself  with girls in his LingeREY at SET night club in Rosebank.  He also took off his shirt in the exhibitor stands area. Not sure if South Africa is really ready for him.

Dr Rey - Much ado about nothing

Dr Anushka Reddy with Dr Des Fernandes (Founder of
Environ) - Absolutely beautiful place in Newlands , Cape town. I once attended a conference here in third year. I was exhibiting and speaking about on an oral microbiology research project (IADR)

Taking into account the demand of the public for SAFE therapies to look and feel better and younger, Cosmedica 2012 has prepared an important program of educational sessions combining SAFE anti-ageing practice with non-invasive aesthetic techniques. A highlight of this years program is the facial cadaver dissection with international experts which will be broadcast LIVE from the University of Cape Town’s anatomy department. This is an important session for doctors who want to learn how to administer injectables safely.

A new addition to this year’s congress are the expert teaching courses. This will include the ‘Spider Vein Sclerotherapy’ course and the ‘Basic Surgical Procedures for General Practitioners’ course.

So if you interested in Aesthetics I suggest you check it out, it's well worth it and seems to be getting better every year.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dentists ARE people too

Many people think that dentists are like the character Steve Martin plays like the lady who wrote the comments that follow
1. Because I really want to waste 30 minutes to an hour of my time just so people can poke me, prod me and otherwise get on my nerves.
2. All the dentist speak. All doctors do it, so you know what I’m talking about. For instance, “She’s got a problem with her lower T-12. We’re going to have to ostracize it and cross-counter the white-balance so as to prevent problems in the future on that bicucpid (sic).” Okay…what?!?! Speak English. I’m RIGHT HERE IN THE CHAIR. Also, what am I? A computer or a piece of hardware?!
3. The scraping tools. I should know what they’re called, seeing as my mother works there (although only as a receptionist), but I don’t. I just hate that feeling of hard metal, grinding against my teeth. Who doesn’t?
4. When the dental hygenist(Sic) asks you a question and you clearly can’t answer because their hands are in your mouth. Really, trust me, I’d love to talk about my brother’s love of duck(which is somewhat strange, if you ask me, considering his former loves were Big Macs and turkey sandwiches) or the fact that I’m taking a semester off from college, which you probably think is extremely lazy of me, but I can’t. You inserted your gloved hand down my mouth cavity and I can’t speak around it.
5. Whenever they insert those aforementioned tools in your mouth, scrape, and come up with some previously consumed snack food residue. They wince, you wince, and it’s just altogether an awkward experience and, I feel, an invasion of my privacy. You needn’t know all that I had to eat yesterday..or (sic) days prior.
6. And now that we’ve gotten to that…attacks on your dental hygiene. “Do you floss 5 times a day?”, “Does your toothbrush get more action than you?”, “Do you consider using fluoride a must?” NOOOOO!!!! I will be the first to admit that I don’t floss, unless it’s on special occassions(sic) such as Hanukkah, which I don’t even celebrate because I’m not Jewish. Touching wet, saliva-covered pieces of string and pulling them in between my gums is not my idea of fun. I don’t even wear my retainer. How do you like me now?
7. When they tell me how small my mouth is because they a-l-w-a-y-s do this. Well, if my mouth is so small, then it should be completely understandable that I cannot reach those back two teeth with a rotating, gargantuan toothbrush. (That same toothbrush was my Easter present. Hallelujiah! Now I can brush and brush and brush my problems away!!! Because isn’t that what the season is all about?!) I would also like to say that those two teeth? They weren’t there until about, oh, circa 2008. I am not entirely used to the fact that they are there, seeing as the oral surgeon had to uncover them because of the previously mentioned “small mouth” problem. They literally were unable to come in.
8. I don’t like my dentist. He’s an okay man, I guess, but I still hold a grudge against him. He’s not the most tactful man ever to roam the earth. One time, during Shark Week, I was getting my teeth cleaned and he compared my molars to that of a lemon shark.
9. My mom works there. Which makes it..weird (sic). Convenient, how she can just schedule me and I can walk right in, but..still (sic) weird. I don’t want to talk to you about what happeed (sic) in there. The only way it could be more awkward is if she was a receptionist at the gynecologist.
10. They always tell you, “This won’t hurt.” Sometimes they’re telling the truth, sometimes they’re not. It’s usually a 50/50 gamble between searing pain and a mild jerking feeling. But just in general, I don’t like pain or inconvenience. When that sucking thing ejects your spit back onto you, when they try to x-ray your teeth and you nearly choke on the thing that’s supposed to keep your mouth open, when they give you those gift bags with free toothbrushes. I don’t need them. Give them to children in Somalia!

What a bad attitude from the above blogger!

In response to this a dentist wrote a blog post that went viral on the internet and garnered up such an emotional response. This is from her blog - my comments are thrown in there as well

1. The first thing you say when you sit down in my chair is, “I hate the dentist.” Really?!? Did your parents teach you any manners? Did they ever teach you that it is impolite to tell someone you hate them the moment you greet them? What I really want to say back is, “aww, I hate you too.” It's not even just saying it when patient's enter the dental office.

 I (this is me now) was chatting with a family friend (from my husband's side mind you) and she just blurts " Oh I just hate dentists." - to my face. Why ? no reason - because it's socially acceptable to hate them, because everyone says you should, because we make you recline? Who knows?

2. You come to your appointment, and it’s obvious you haven’t brushed your teeth in days. I’ve had some people with great hygiene come in and apologize because they’ve just eaten lunch and couldn’t brush. This is not what I’m talking about. I mean food and thick plaque everywhere. After 10 years of seeing blood and rotten teeth and some really nasty things, this is still the 1 thing that makes me dry heave. You know when you come to us that we have to be in your mouth. Would you clean your home before having company? Additionally, I have spent hours literally bending over backwards repairing your teeth. Could you at least pretend that you are caring for the work that I have struggled to complete for you?

(me again)Terrible - a patient told our oral hygienist today that he had to eat Christmas lunch with dirty teeth (like it was her fault he doesn't brush)because we had no appointment openings. This patient has never been for a check-up before never had a cleaning even though services were available.

Once heard a dentist say to a patient . . . um, I'm not sure I should say? It has do with the above - relates to personal hygiene and a visit to the Gynae. *heebie shivers*. We had a prof who would scrap the plaque off the patient's teeth, show it to the patient and then ask the patient to put it back - always followed by a disgusted look by the patient. He used to tell the patient "well you had no problem having it there in the first place". Gr.oss but true.

3. After we have spent hours of meticulously repairing your teeth, you complain about the bill. Would you walk out of the grocery store with a bag full of groceries and expect not to pay? I’ve just helped you to continue to smile and eat comfortably, two pretty valuable things that help your quality of life.

4. I tell you that you have a cavity and you need a filling, and you wait months or even years to get the necessary work done. Eventually the tooth starts hurting. Two weeks of pain go by, and you call me on a Saturday night while I am at dinner with friends because your tooth that needed a filling a year ago and that started hurting 2 weeks ago is suddenly an emergency.

I see many of the comments on Lolabees blog that relate to this complaint about lack of funds. I work in a Government Dental practice where all this specialized dental work (composite restorations, dentures, orthodontics,surgicals,scalings, free medication etc) is provided FREE of charge and patient's still exhibit the above behaviour. The tooth has been decaying for ages but only when the pain is almost unbearable do patients come in. I always tell patients that it doesn't mean that there is no pain , that something is not wrong. Cancers do not present as initially painful tumours or lesions. We have outreach programmes , brushing programmes and still people do not take care of their teeth.

5. You come to me so I can help you, but you make it hard for me to do a good job. You wince and make faces when it’s not hurting. The idea that I’m hurting you makes me just as uncomfortable and stressed as you are. If it hurts, please tell me, and I can help you with that. But if it’s because you don’t like the whole experience, you are only causing me to work in undesirable conditions, making it harder to do my best. And when you push your tongue in the way, or you don’t open wide enough, it makes it physically impossible to get my work done. Don’t you want it to be easy for me to do the best job for you?

6. You call and say, “my tooth didn’t hurt before you worked on it.” You came to me with a cavity. I did not put it there. You did. I am simply fixing a rotten hole that was in your tooth. To do so, I must use a tiny drill to cut the rot out of your tooth. If I took a drill, cut a hole in your femur bone, and then filled it in with a foreign material, don’t you think it might be sore for a while? Same concept.

7. When we try to take an x-ray, you won’t bite down on it. We have to do this to see what is going on with your tooth. Without knowing the problem, we can’t properly treat you. I know, in some cases some people really can’t do it; but some people could and won’t just suck it up for 15 seconds. I’ve had x-rays too, and they hurt and dig into my gums, but I just do it. Luckily there is digital imaging and digital impressions now as well.

Okay I don't have the above problem

8. You tell me that you bought my car for me after having a crown done. Contrary to how it seems, you actually didn’t buy me a car. You bought yourself a crown. I have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on an education, and have spent hours making this crown fit precisely in your mouth, so maybe you helped me make a portion of a student loan payment. But you certainly didn’t buy my car. Exactly! And the lab costs of the technician making the crown - exorbitant!

9. You no-show an appointment or cancel last-minute. Some things are unavoidable, but when it’s because your hairdresser got a last-minute cancellation and you had to take that appointment instead, this is just rude. Not only am I unable to fill the 2 hours of my schedule that I reserved specifically for you, but someone else who wanted to get in had to wait 2 weeks for his/her appointment. And on that note, when you have the first appointment of the day, and you show up late for your appointment, I am late for every other patient the rest of the day.

10. When I tell you that you grind your teeth, you deny it, as if I am accusing you of having a horrible disease or being a baby murderer. It’s not that bad to be a tooth grinder. I’m just pointing something out and maybe offering a way to prevent more problems in the future. This observation is concluded from signs or symptoms that are based on real science, not myth.

And along those lines… bonus #11. You tell me a diagnosis I make is simply wrong without listening to me. If you know so much, why are you coming to me? You do the filling or root canal yourself. You obviously don’t need me.

Please click on the above link to the blog - the comments are priceless

Here is one - my thoughts are in there too.
1) “Soft teeth run in my family, so it isn’t my fault my teeth are all rotten.” Enough said. Or the baby sucked all the calcium out of my teeth.

2) The patient who complains they hate needles, doesn’t let you give a local, then whines and flinches when you try and work without anaesthesia at their request.

3) The patients who think that fluoridated water and amalgam fillings are giant conspiracies where dentists are trying to poison everyone. (These are usually the ones who keep coming back time after time because their “natural” white fillings are giving them post-op sensitivity–And it’s probably a good thing they don’t know that composite contains BPA!)

4) Complete strangers who, upon finding out you are a dentist, pop out their dentures in the middle of the grocery store while describing every past experience they have ever had with dentists…(These are the times I thank GOD I’m not a proctologist!)

5) Parents. “I don’t know why my 4-year-old has cavities in every tooth. He SAYS he brushes his teeth!” Followed by “I can’t get him to stop drinking pop. He doesn’t LIKE water.” Followed by “I don’t care that my kid is screaming, flailing and trying to grab the instruments out of your hand, and we aren’t leaving until this is done because we can’t afford to pay for sedation!” (I even heard someone tell their child “It’s okay dear, it’s totally normal to have teeth ripped out of your face. Look, mommy has had it done lots of times!”) I get so angry when I see this. These poor children – I used to have an assistant who would tell these parents that it is child abuse. How can your child brush by themselves? Also you can see that their teeth are in need of attention but only bring them when there is an abscess in the mouth. Remember at our clinics all the services are free and all mothers get constant education. We even have prepared special oral hygiene packs for babies and their first teeth. Even with our crèche and school programmes.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Trying to get waisted

I write this while munching on anti-oxident rich Organic Dark Chocolate.*Bwahhaahahha* (my bad evil laugh-I'm working on it). Even with my half-arsed efforts I am seeing progress. wooooo , signs of a waist. From apple to hour-glass - miracles happen every day my friend.

I want to be in perfect shape before the big Three- OH, I turned 29 recently-ish (15 Oct), so time is ticking! I'm not as serious as I should be, not to mention minor gym mishaps.

Update : So I think I wrote the above bit about a year ago and guess what I have hit the big 3-oh! (about two months ago) . I am not in perfect shape - no where near it. In fact I may be in worse shape.Sigh.

So I'm still trying to get into it. Back in the day about 5 years ago - maybe seven- gym was a regular twice-a-day, 3-hrs-a-day thing and now it has become a chore but I must push on hey - can't be an aesthetic doctor who is chubsy. I have to "live my brand".

Despite some gym mishaps - wearing a t-shirt upside down and see-through black pants with Fuschia undies (on two separate days thank goodness) I still push on. I also happened to yell out "moobies" at someone when I just should have thought "moobies"

Check with me in 3 months - I'll let you know how it goes.

Also Check out :

This is a bleh blog post because I am feeling Bleh.

Update: 7/01/12 - Today I wore my T-shirt back to front at the Gym. Luckily the husband who got to gym before me , was there to tell me. I cannot believe that I've been doing such silly things - I need a holiday!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Cappuccino Chronicles - Nice, 4th Avenue, Parkhurst

"the Boss" (as Byron calls her) Lovely lady who asked us what we would like to drink while we were waiting

Watermelon Juice. Yummy!

Choc Croissant

Veg Basket

Half and Half - Crumpets and Basket

Menus were scarce -I think people nick them. So I took a couple of pics

A cake platter - choice of 5 cakes. There Belgian choc is more dark choc than flour
so they say it's their "healthiest cake" hehe. Pecan, cheese cake , Strawberry Roulade, Carrot cake

Call 011-7886286
Physical address: Corner 14th Street and Fourth Avenue, Parkhurst, Johannesburg
Cuisine: Light meals, Continental
Ambience: Hip & Happening, Contemporary Cool
Breakfast: 8:00am - 3:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday
Lunch: 8:00am - 3:00pm, Tuesday to Sunday

I came across a little article on this place in the Property 24 Mag and immediately wanted to go try it out.

What an awesome,unpretentious little place. It was very full when we got there and we had to wait a bit but we didn't mind at all. We had a very friendly, knowledgeble waiter called Byron.

Nice’s breakfast cups are uhh-mazing: two toasted bread ‘cups’ filled with perfectly poached eggs, a subtly spicy tomato and onion relish, mushrooms and generous slices of avocado sprinkled with Parmesan (R50).  You can even have them with crispy bacon (that is the veg version). The  Salmon Basket: a toast basket of scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, tomato relish and cream cheese (R50). Crumpets: a stack of fluffy crumpets with crispy bacon, strawberries, and marscapone drizzled in honey (R50).

Nice also serves lunch (delicious salads, paninis, grills, pies and pasta), as well as scrumptious cakes (lemon meringue, double belgian chocolate, cheesecake, carrot cake, roulade, lemon tart and brownies).

Nice also has a book store and a Nice Couture clothing shop which I didn't get a chance to see :( *sad face*. So this Sunday we're going with some friends and we will definitely visit the shops!

You can't book tables for breakfast so get there early if you have a large crew. The wait is definitely worth it.
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