Thursday, September 20, 2012

Some More Exciting Things!

Hi Everyone ! Tomorrow morning at from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM I will be on SAFM ( 105.1 FM) talking about issues around skin lightening. Please listen out !

 Click here to have a look at a blog post I wrote about the issue

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Filorga GLYKOPEEL® 20 % Review

GLYKOPEEL® is a superficial dermatological glycolic acid peel, with sequential pH variations. It allows a gentle treatment that provides an immediate and visible result without down time. These peels can be repeated at 2-weekly intervals ( even every 5-7 days!).

I've been thinking of doing some Filorga peels for quite some time and since I've been doing Lamelle for some time ( I do their Beta, Beta Plus , Alpha and Lactic Acid Peels) and have been happy with the results from those peels - so I didn't really consider another peel range to offer my patients. 

Rene , the rep from Filorga , kindly offered to do a demo on me so I could get a feel of the peels. We decided to do the 20% Glykopeel on my face,neck,Décolleté and hands.

The actual peel treatment is a 4 step process but before we started she cleansed my face with a Filorga Cleanser and Toner ( which smells rather nice and refreshing and not very "medical") .

Then the Pre-Peel solution was applied (pH 4.5) - just a bit lower than our pH5.5 epidermis. Then the peel (pH2) is applied which was not at all uncomfortable. Glycolic acid peels are time dependent so can be left on from 2- 10 minutes. 

This unique and complete formulation provides the following 4 actions:
PROTECTION – White mulberry, brown algea, glycerin
PIGMENTATION CORRECTION – Kojic acid, bearberry

 Thereafter is is neutralized by a a post -peel solution of pH 8 and then a refreshing remineralizing mist is applied . 

Rene then applied Filorga's Pigmentation Cream and Sunscreen (SPF 50).

The treatment was quick and comfortable . My skin looked amazing afterwards - I immediately looked at my skin in the mirror and I said "wow!" I'd been feeling a bit down about my skin lately as pregnancy can cause a bit of havoc. I've been told I look nice and that I'm "glowing" but I don't really believe it. After the Glykopeel it really was glowing and radiant - I was so impressed.

 I  ordered my peel kits straight away and will be offering these peels alongside the Lamelle peels. 

Later on the Smoo (the hubby) and I went through to run some errands and pick up business cards and what not. A cute little blue-eyed girl around seven kept on smiling and looking at me at the shops . I thought I must look like a shiny, mascara-smudged oddity after the peel. She came past and said - "you are really pretty!". That really sold me on the peel!

Some Exciting News and Specials

Hi Everyone! This is my first official newsletter! Exciting news and exciting specials on Chemical peels and a great lip filler offer!

Exciting news :
As some of you might already know I’m going to have a baby soon - in December. I will keep you updated  as you can never plan these things. I should still be available all through November as well as early December. 

In other exciting news I am now at the new rooms in Glenvista  which some of you have already been too– Please take note of the new address
63a Mount Pellan Drive, which is still in Glenvista.

Naturally Lush Lips with Restylane Lip Refresh

Restylane Lip Refresh is a HA (hyaluronic acid) based filler, as with standard Restylane. However, it is formulated to restore hydration and plumpness to the lips, which are lost with age, but without giving extra volume.It is used for restoring hydrobalance and rejuvenating the lips
This new Restylane skinbooster product is developed specifically for the lip. It will give you that refreshed look with improved glow, definition and structure of the lips without the need for a great change in volume.
Restylane Lip Refresh gives an especially soft result and is excellent for treating small lines around lips. Results are good for smokers and those who have had excessive sun exposure. Restylane Lip refresh also helps to treat dry, flaking lip skin.
Restylane Lip Refresh treatment is especially suitable for more conservative clients, who want a very natural look, restoring hydration and volume with no risk of “trout pout” or over-done lips.

Restylane Lip Refresh rejuvenates the lips through emphasized definition and improved smoothness of the lips to generate a glossy look. Just one treatment gives instant, natural results and a fabulous smooth appearance. Treatment is non-permanent and long-lasting.
By comparison, Restylane Lip Volume and Restylane are primarily designed for lip enhancement and adding volume. Specially formulated for the lip area, Restylane Lip Volume “settles” well in the lip area for natural, soft results.

 Other Lip Treatments include:
The Luscious Lotus Lip™ Sculpt and Plump with Restylane or Restylane Lip Volume –
A Great Special On in October – only 4 vials left – R1000 for a lip augmentation
(usually R2700)

The Paris Lip Cupids Bow Hi-definition – to sculpt the Cupid’s Bow

The Malibu Lip – to pump up the Volume

The Lip Smoothie Combination – To moisturise dry, chapped lips without significant volume and also to soften those barcode lines around the mouth . This is done using Restylane Vital Injections and Lip Refresh
The Cinderella Lip
The Lip Refresh
Smoker’s Lines with Restylane Vital

Restylane Skin care only available through doctors who administer Restylane Fillers

Starter Pack ( Cleanser, Day cream and Night cream) available for only R250! Perfect to take on a holiday with you!

Restylane® Skincare has been formulated using technologies which have a natural affinity to the skin. The biocompatible formulations help to normalise skin after aesthetic treatments and build up the skin barrier function. In addition they enhance the bioavailability of active ingredients.
Derma Membrane Structure (DMS)
DMS is a technology that enhances the biocompatibility of cosmetic formulations. The structure of a DMS cream is similar to the skin’s own structure and content and will therefore have a unique ability to strengthen and build up the skin and its protective barrier.
Restylane Skincare uses a technology called KemSpheres. The technology allows the creation of microfine formulas where the particle size is much smaller than the average size in conventional formulations. As the size of the decrease, the surface of the cream that covers the skin increases rapidly.
 NASHA technology – Stabilized Hyaluronic Acid
 Hyaluronic acid can bind large amounts of water and this important property underlies the unique characteristics of Restylane® products. In its natural form in the body, hyaluronic acid lasts just a few days. Therefore, stabilisation with NASHA™ technology is necessary to give the long-lasting results of the Restylane products.
The stabilized hyaluronic acid still retains its natural water-binding properties with superior tissue biocompatibility. Incorporating stabilized hyaluronic acid in the Restylane Skincare creams improves the skin’s water retaining ability

Restylane Day Cream 50ml        R365                                                                                          
Restylane Night Cream 50ml    R365
Restylane Facial Cleanser 100ml   R260
Restylane Night Serum 15ml     R380
Restylane Hand Cream 50ml    R250
Restylane Recover Cream 25ml  R230
Restylane Day Cream SPF15 50ml   R370
Restylane Whitening Cream 50ml   R 465
Restylane Eye Serum 15ml      R460
Restylane Travel Kit (25ml Cleanser, Day Cream, SPF15 & Night Cream)  R250

Monday, September 10, 2012

Will this really Boost your Botox?

There's been a bit of a buzz lately about this - Zytaze ( a supplement to boost the effects of Botox.

ZYTAZE® is licensed to OCuSOFT, Inc., an ophthalmic company. 

It has been noted by many medics over the years since we have been using botulinum toxin for both medical and cosmetic indications that some patients simply don’t achieve the responses to the drug that others can, leading to increased dose requirements and more frequent treatments, particularly in older patients. It was from this observation that researchers started to look at the zinc levels of patients and consider the concept of supplementation.

Each capsule of the patent pending ZYTAZE supplement contains 25mg of zinc citrate and 1500mg of phytase as the primary active ingredients. Phytase is an enzyme which effectively breaks down phytates which are a group of compounds found in certain foods such as whole grain breads, whole wheat cereals, beans, corns, nuts, rice and other foods such as peas and peanuts many of which are zinc-rich as well.  Phytates prevent zinc absorption by the body by tightly binding themselves with any zinc they find in the intestinal tract. By introducing an enzyme which destroys any phytates, it’s expected that zinc absorption would no longer be impaired and the maximum zinc levels could be achieved.

A recent, modified double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled, crossover pilot study * of 44 patients (average age of 65 years, with 75% women) conducted by researchers at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, lead by Oculoplastic Surgeon Dr. Charles Soparkar (he developed the supplement), used ZYTAZE to increase zinc levels for 4 days before botulinum toxin injections in the treatment of blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm (4 patients) and cosmetic procedures for wrinkles (10 patients).

2 patients were treated with Myobloc® (Neurobloc®) for blepharospasm, 3 were treated with Dysport® for cosmetic indications and the remaining 39 were treated with Botox® for various indications.

Patients were given one of following for 4 days before their botulinum toxin treatment; either a lactulose placebo, 10mg zinc gluconate or 50mg zinc citrate and 3,000mg of phytase (the ZYTAZE® supplement). Patients were then asked to keep a daily log of their self-perceived toxin effect, and the degree of effect was then rated on a scale and compared with their pre-study experience. The duration of effect was recorded as a ratio of their usual effect duration, i.e. compared to established treatment intervals before they participated in the trial. This is a very subjective way of recording results, and the study sample is so small. I don't think there is enough clinical data to really prove anything.

The patient-specific change in the duration of the botulinum toxin effect (irrespective of the individual brand used) was compared. When given ZYTAZE a 23.6% change in the duration of action was observed which surprised the researchers, who as yet are unsure of exactly the precise method of action of the zinc supplementation.

They concluded that this study suggests that using ZYTAZE may lead to fewer botulinum toxin injections at a lower dose and with less treatment-to-treatment variability in effect.

The findings are currently under review.

Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

I've been doing a fair bit of this simple procedure lately and patients love the subtle results.
All it takes is a little bit of Restylane Perlane ( Some people use Radiesse but I prefer Perlane) and what a difference it can make. What is fantastic about Perlane is that  is a form of Hyaluronic acid which is naturally found in the human body. Also it is reversible with a simple injection of Hyalase. It is a cost effective procedure and results are immediate.

Ideal Candidate for the Procedure
Patients who wish to diminish the appearance of bumps on their nose.
Patients who have dents, hollowness or indentations, or have noses which look asymmetric.
Patients who have a flat nasal bridge, and wish to create a bridge or augment their original bridge. This is a very common request in the Asian and African American population.
Patients with droopy tips or downward appearing tips who wish to raise the tip of the nose. ( In certain circumstances this can be done with a combination of Botox and Fillers)
Patients who have had surgical nose jobs in the past and are unhappy with the appearance of their noses and are left with irregular dents or bumps.

It's important to note that not everyone is a suitable candidate and some patients may require surgery for functional and aesthetic reasons.

Have a look below at some of the results that can be achieved. 

Blogger Dreamspot

I believe this is somewhere in the Maldives. I would so love to  visit one of the beautiful places in the Maldives

Bloggie Block- Million Mile long Hiatus

I seemed to have taken a blogging hiatus - more like a sink hole. For the life of me I'm not really sure why I stopped blogging but I did and until now felt it may be too difficult to start it up again. I think I just got lazy and demotivated and let other things take over.  Well it won't be easy but I decided that I should get back on the bandwagon and start posting again ( no matter what I write). Also I was prompted to start again after reading Justine Campbell's blog - something about it  just re-ignited the Bloggie Spark and prompted me to start writing again . So look out in the not-too-distant future for some blog posts

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