Medical Treatments Information

Our medical treatments are done by Dr Riekie Smit and Dr Elmie Nel whom are both qualified medical practitioners registered with the Health professions council of South Africa and members of the AAMSSA and SAMA.

Please note that this page contains links and information about the treatments, but does not substitute, replace or compare to a medical consultation and the type of information that you will receive during consultation. Some of the links may also contain incorrect or out of date information. Therefore, it remians vital that you book a consultation with one of our doctors.

Information about medical aesthetic treatments:

Chemical Peels - information and what is new. Read more here:  Chemical peel-INFO.pdf

Our superficial peelings are done by qualified and well trained aestheticians after a thorough skin evaluation. We offer a variety of superficial peels accoriding to what the skin needs: TIME Peel for aging, firmness, skin quality and radiance; BRIGHT peel for pigmenation problems; LIGHT peel for sensitive skin and acne skin; SALICYLIC ACID peels for oily and acne prone skin.

The medium depth peels and deeper peels are only performed by our doctors. A consultation will be needed first to assess your skin and your health. Preparation before these type of peelings will then be started to ensure that you get maximum results with no complications. Various types of peels are available with our doctors: SKINTECH Easy TCA pain control, OBAGI Blue peel, Apothepeel, Yellow peel and more... The doctor will discuss the most suitable option with you.

Botulinum Toxin - These wrinkle reducing injections are performed exclusively by our doctors using the legally registered products available in South Africa. There are two brands currently registered in our country. Due to these products being scheduled medicines, more information can only be provided by our doctors during a consultation. You can however find more information on the international website: www.botoxcosmetic.com

Both of our doctors have numerous years of experience and training in performing these treatments for a variety of indications.

Fillers - also called soft tissue augmentation. This procedure is done with a suitable product according to the indication treated. Soft Tissue Fillers are used to augment tissues in various levels. The types of treatments that can be done include: Lip enhancement, Fine wrinkles around the mouth, Cheek or mid face enancement, filling of the folds from your nose to mouth corner (nasolabial fold) or the folds below your mouth corner (marionette folds), jaw line enhancement, tear trough, nose improvement and various other indications. Our doctors use high quality fillers registered with our medicines council.

Threads

Dissolvable thread lifting is the latest medical technique to reposition tissue and obtain a non-surgical lift. There are two types of threads that can be used: PLLA threads (http://silhouette-soft.com) or PDO Threads. Both are dissolvable and an in-office procedure with only local anaesthetic needed.

The treatment duration ranges from 20 - 40 minutes. Results can last from 12 - 24 months depending on the type of thread and other factors. 

One of our doctors will discuss the options, costs and other factors regarding this treatment.

Here is a link to the pre- and post care instructions: pdothreadsafter.pdf

Mesotherapy

One of our most poular treatments!

Skin Rejuvenation mesotherapy gives natural results for those seeking a glowing and younger looking skin. Mesotherapy can be done the traditional French way with needles or with rollers or electronic devices (such as the Dermapen)

Pigmentation

Various types of pigmentation can lead to an uneven skin tone. We have a variety of treatments covering all the types of problems. Due to pigmentation being a complicated skin concern, it is highly recommended to first consult with our doctors to work out the most suitable traetment plan for your pigmentation.

Our treatments may include any of the following: medical skin care, BRIGHT peel, Yellow peel, Fraxel Dual, Picogenesis (NEW!), VPL, PDT/ LED, NdYag or KTP laser.

PDT-ALA

Photodynamic Therapy for Skin Rejuvenation ALA-PDT is an exciting advance in photorejuvenation. Photodynamic skin rejuvenation involves the application of 5-ALA or MAL, a photosensitizing agent, which is then activated with PDT light. This results in significant improvement in precancerous conditions such as Actinic Keratosis (AKs), sun damaged skin, and potentially superficial skin cancers. Additionally it improves wrinkles, pore size, skin texture, pigmentation, sebaceous hyperplasia and potentially prevents the development of skin cancer. Treatment benefits are often more significantly health related than cosmetic related, though cosmetic benefits are amazingly for the low cost of this treatment.

 

Photodynamic Therapy for Acne Photodynamic Therapy with 5-ALA (ALA-PDT) for acne is the most recent advance in acne therapy. We offer this revolutionary acne skin care treatment. 

ALA -Photodynamic acne therapy involves the application of 5-aminolevulinic acid or ALA, a photosensitizing agent, which is then activated with PDT light. This results in improvement in moderate to severe cystic acne, inflammatory acne and comedomal acne.

This acne treatment involves three mechanisms of action against acne. First, it inactivates the bacteria that trigger acne.  Second, it exfoliates the skin to unclog pores. Third, and the most exciting mechanism, is that the treatment slows down overactive sebaceous glands in the skin. This is exciting because sebaceous glands are the root cause in the formation of acne so it has a long lasting effect even on severe acne. ALA-PDT acne therapy can even work in patients who have failed isotretinoin (accutane). Oral isotretinoin also targets the sebaceous glands but accutane has fairly toxic side effects. ALA-PDT is a very safe alternative to accutane treatment.

ALL PDT-ALA treatments involve a period of recovery. This will be discussed during the planning fo your treatment.

Deep laser treatments or other ablative treatments

Our deeper lasers are used to treat deep skin lesions such as wrinkles, scars, deep sun damage...

We offer Fraxel Dual laser, Cutera Pearl Fractional and CUTERA Pearl treatments.

Example of healing after Fraxel Dual:

Deeper laser aftercare information: 

Pearl Fractional - POST CARE INSTRUCTIONS-9-11-08.docx

Sclerotherapy

Sclerotherapy is a “non-surgical” method for the treatment of unwanted leg veins. Using a very fine needle, the physician injects a solution “sclerosing agent” into the veins that causes them to contract and eventually disappear. The injected veins become inflamed, blood is then unable to flow through them and ultimately, the body absorbs these non-functioning vessels.

DOES SCLEROTHERAPY WORK FOR EVERYONE?

The majority of persons who have Sclerotherapy will see good improvement. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that sclerotherapy will be effective in every case. Approximately 10% of patients who undergo sclerotherapy have poor to fair results.  (“Poor results” means that the veins have not totally disappeared after six treatments.)  In very rare instances, the patient’s condition may become worse after sclerotherapy treatment.  I also understand the sclerosing solution being used and its present FDA status.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

The number of treatments needed to clear or improve the condition differs from patient to patient depending on the extents of varicose and spider veins present. Six (6) or more treatments may be needed. The average is three (3) to four (4) treatments. However, there is no guarantee that multiple treatments will clear all veins. While Sclerotherapy is a safe and highly effective, more than one treatment is usually required to clear or improve unsightly veins to a patient’s satisfaction. A small minority of patients do not improve even after six treatments. In rare instances the patient’s condition may worsen after treatment.