Cosmetic Treatments: Everything You Need To Know
Your Family|June 2020
Considering a cosmetic procedure, but aren’t sure what to expect? Cape town based general and aesthetic practitioner dr jan nel offers his valuable insights
Catlin Geng

How painful is Botox? Can you afford dermal fillers, and how much of a difference will they really make? And what exactly is a ‘vampire facial’? Dr. Nel explains.

Dermal fillers

‘These are my speciality and one of my favourite treatments!’ says Dr. Nel. ‘Dermal fillers are 99% pure HA – hyaluronic acid – a natural building block of collagen in the skin. They’re comprised of a soft gel substance that’s injected with a very fine needle into different aspects of the skin. Although it’s generally known that fillers have the ability to ‘lift’, they actually ‘push’ certain areas too.’

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM THE RESULTS?

‘Dermal fillers give absolutely stunning results if done in moderation and placed correctly. Together with other treatments, it’s possible to obtain perfect results,’ explains Dr. Nel. They’re especially useful for treating:

Facial areas with volume loss

Lifting a brow

Enhancing cheeks and chins

Softening sunken, dark eyes

Softening forehead and nasolabial lines

Improving skin texture in the neck and décolletage

Enhancing lips in combination with other treatments without giving the ‘pout’ look

HOW MUCH DO THEY COST?

Dermal fillers usually start at R3 000 per vial. The number of vials needed varies between clients – you may require as little as half a vial, or possibly one or two vials depending on the volume loss in the area you’re having treated.

PAIN LEVEL

Jan scores the pain level for dermal fillers a 3-4/10.

Botox injections

According to Dr. Nel, Botox, which is made from the bacteria that causes botulism, Botulinum toxin, remains the most performed aesthetic treatment worldwide. ‘Small units are injected with microneedles into a specific facial muscle, which will lead to temporary relaxation of that muscle and result in less expression. It’s a highly effective method of relaxing unwelcome wrinkles,’ he explains.

WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT FROM THE RESULTS?

‘Although botulinum toxin might not fall under a “natural treatment” as such, in combination with other treatments, it can result in stunning, natural-looking, soft changes and results,’ says Dr. Nel. If undertaken by a reputable practitioner, you shouldn’t look as if you’ve ‘had work done’, but instead appear younger, naturally. He adds that Botox works especially well on the following:

Vertical frown lines between the eyes – it opens up the eyes for a less tired or ‘angry’ look

A subtle brow lift (age-dependent)

Softening of smile lines around the eyes

Subtle lifting of the corners of the mouth

Smoothing out chins

Softening jawlines and neck platysmal bans

Softening horizontal forehead lines (age-dependent)

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

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