I recently sat down to chat with Dr. Fatima Bhabha, Medical Aesthetician, in one of our Moments with our #WCW sessions.
I am very excited to announce that starting today, Dr Fatima Bhabha will be one of our regular contributors on Momentsbydjzinhle.com
Today she talks about what we can do to look younger without surgery.
Dr Fatima Bhabha, Medical Aesthetician
Ways to look younger without surgery – Alternatives to plastic surgery
Do you love the skin you’re in? It is a sad reality that many women do not. We all have our moments when we look in the mirror examining every fine line and wrinkle, every spot and imperfection, wishing for that flawless skin or model worthy body. We all want to look our best, but as we age, our body and skin inevitably undergo changes. Genetics, diet, pollution, smoking, alcohol, hormonal changes and most importantly, sun exposure all play a part in how the skin ages, and how fast. We spend a small fortune on beauty products to achieve the beauty we all deserve. The cosmetics industry alone has an estimated value of over R24 billion in South Africa, and is predicted to grow by 15% in the coming year! But this is not a sustainable solution because we are treating the symptoms and not the cause. The truth is that looking after our body and our skin through establishing a good skin routine, and using age appropriate treatments can go a long way to ensuring a beautiful, healthy, radiant looking skin and body. They say that prevention is better than cure, well that is true for anti-aging and body beauty too. Of course we recognize that sometimes in our life damage to our skin and body is beyond our control, such as when you have an injury or accident, the changes brought on by pregnancy and birth and many other external influences on our outward appearance. But there is hope! You may be considering going for specialist beauty treatments or even plastic surgery, but with the array of products and treatments out there you may be asking yourself:
- Where do I start?
- What is the best treatment for me?
- Can I afford it?
- Is it safe?
- Isn’t plastic surgery too drastic?
Many people feel they want something more effective and immediate than the usual beauty treatments and products, but feel that going ‘under the knife’ is too invasive. What many don’t realise is that plastic surgery is not the only medical approach to cosmetic beauty. Medical aesthetics is growing in popularity as a less risky, non-invasive alternative to plastic surgery and yields remarkable results.
What is Medical Aesthetics?
Medical aesthetics is the use of minimally invasive cosmetic treatments to enhance the physical condition and appearance of a person’s skin and body. Medical Aesthetics is considered to be a specialized form of advanced clinical skincare management that gives clients the choice in how they manage their various skin conditions without the use of medications, surgery, laser treatments or injections. There are many spas that offer aesthetics, but it is important to remember that while a spa aesthetician is focused more on pampering a client during their treatment, aestheticians working in medical aesthetics are more focused on helping to improve the skin’s appearance and helping people whose skin has been affected by disease, trauma, or a pre-op or post-op medical procedure with treatments that provide noticeable results in a short amount of time. At Beauty and Curves all our treatments are performed by us, the doctors.
How do I know if I need medical aesthetics?
Medical aesthetics focus on improving cosmetic appearance through the treatment of conditions including acne and scars, sagging skin, wrinkles, sun damage and pigmentation, excess fat, cellulite, and spider veins. The other benefit of seeking cosmetic treatments from an aesthetic doctor is that you will receive a holistic medical assessment so that treatment for your problem areas will be addressed in a way that is unique to you general health and wellness needs. For example, fatigue and exhaustion is a common contributor to women not looking and feeling their best. A good medical aesthetics practice will offer you treatments to combat fatigue. If you have any of these concerns you are a candidate for medical aesthetics
How are these conditions treated and isn’t it expensive?
In our practice at Beauty and Curves we offer over 100 different treatments from around the globe. When considering medical aesthetics it can be quite daunting to know which treatment is right for you. That is why it is imperative that your first consultation includes a comprehensive assessment by an aesthetic doctor. At Beauty and Curves this includes a Visia Facial Skin Analysis and/or a Quad Body Scan. Following this assessment your doctor will formulate a bespoke treatment plan just for you, based on your needs and budget. The cost of the treatments vary widely and depends on the complexity of the problem you are addressing and the number of treatments you require. Some of the most popular treatment women often come to a medical aesthetic practice for includes:
The treatment involves the injection of a purified protein into specific muscles with a very fine needle, which effectively and safely blocks nerve impulses responsible for wrinkles caused by frowning and smiling. After three to five days contraction of muscles is reduced, and lines and wrinkles appear less severe. The results are temporary, and will usually last around 3 months, before repeat treatment will be required. With regular and prolonged usage, muscles are ‘trained’ to contract less and over time the treated areas will require less frequent Botox injections for a more youthful yet natural appearance.
There are several different types of chemicals used, depending on your individual skin condition, your skin type, and the desired results. It helps to restore your skin, resulting in a more radiant and healthier skin complexion. Treatment consists of the layered application of the peel product. After the peel is removed, a soothing moisturizer as well as a sunscreen will be applied. In some cases, slight swelling, redness, mild itching or stinging can occur, depending on the strength of the peel, but usually ends between three to seven days after the procedure.
Therapy involves injecting tiny amounts of Carbon dioxide (CO2) beneath the skin to break down fatty deposits and stimulate collagen production. Carboxytherapy is rapidly becoming known globally as the leading skin rejuvenation treatment. It is a safe, minimally invasive method to rejuvenate, restore, and recondition the skin and treat wrinkles, laxity, cellulite and stretch marks.
The Dermapen is an automated-micro needling therapy system that vertically pierces the skin to naturally stimulate collagen and elastin with minimal epidermal damage. This enhances rejuvenation results and is a great treatment for all skin types especially patients with acne scarring, enlarged pores and moderate to severe wrinkling.
Fractional lasers are used in laser skin resurfacing to improve skin elasticity and texture, fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, melasma and other skin discolorations. Unlike other laser skin resurfacing, fractional lasers only target small areas, leaving surrounding areas untouched. This can result in a faster, easier recovery. There are numerous types of fractional lasers that vary in many parameters including power, depth of treatment, percentage of skin treated, application of the laser, cost to purchase, speed, disposables and, consequently, results.
Intravenous (IV) therapy or Infusion therapy is a method of feeding vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants directly into the bloodstream to correct intracellular nutrient deficiencies and help numerous health concerns. A few of the conditions that may be helped using IV nutrition techniques include hypertension, asthma, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, hepatitis and even the common cold.
Why should I consider medical aesthetics?
Medical aesthetics is not just about making women beautiful, it is also about empowering women to feel confident in their skin. Medical aestheticians are doctors first and foremost so we care about our patients’ overall well-being. Our role is to educate and inform you about caring for your skin and body to reduce the need for invasive procedures. If you are not certain that medical aesthetics is for you, why not book an obligation free initial consultation to find out what your doctor can offer you.
Dr. Fatima Bhabha
Dip Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM)
Dip PPD Sedation (UWC)
Tel: 011 028 7000