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At TAHQ I stock a wide range of nutraceuticals including anti-oxidants, as well as specialized intravenous anti-oxidant therapies. But what is an anti-oxidant and why do you need them?

Are you able to remember back to you high school chemistry classes? Chemical reaction equations the change of compounds on the left to form new compounds on the right of the equation. Nice and neatly balanced amounts of chemicals. 
Human metabolic chemistry, however, is not as neat as these equations. Organic chemistry has many weak reactions, that leave unstable, unbound molecules with unpaired electrons. The molecules desperately look for and bind the nearest stable molecule, and steal or donate electrons. The next molecule is now unstable, and the chain reaction of stealing and donating electrons damages and ages living tissue – your cells and your DNA.

Sounds like Greek? We call this process oxidative stress. 
Anti-oxidants counter oxidative stress by scavenging free radicals, which prevents and repair the damage that the free radicals cause. 

As humans, we produce very few of our anti-oxidants (only 3, in small amounts). All other anti-oxidants are required in supplements or in food. We need a daily intake of anti-oxidants for optimal health (think fruit and vegetables and vitamins!)

Your requirements for anti-oxidants increases especially when:
•  You smoke
•  You drink alcohol
•  You eat unhealthily
•  You’re overweight
•  You participate in strenuous exercise
•  You are ill
•  You are exposed to radiation (such as X-rays)
•  You are exposed to excessive sunlight
•  You are exposed to pollution
•  You are exposed to pesticides and herbicides

An increased intake of anti-oxidants decrease your risk and risk of complications of chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Your risk of cancer, infections and inflammatory diseases also decreases with anti-oxidant intake.

Some of the most important anti-oxidants to look for include:
•  Vitamin C
•  Beta carotene
•  Vitamin E
•  Co-enzyme Q10
•  Alpha lipoic acid
•  Resveratrol
•  Glutathione
•  Selenium
•  Melatonin
•  Curcumin
•  N-acetyl cysteine
•  Polyphenols

For pharmaceutical grade anti-oxidant supplements and IV infusions, call The Aesthetics HQ on 011 234 2009 or 011 039 2982 to book an appointment today. 

Yours in Health,

Why you should consider eLase™ at TAHQ!

New laser hair removal options such as TAHQ’s eLase™ have made laser hair removal safe and effective on all skin types – light or dark. The only criteria that a patient must meet now is the simple desire to removal unwanted body and facial hair.

While non-laser hair removal methods such as waxing, threading, shaving and epilation creams are time consuming and messy, eLase™ provides fast and painless hair removal for all areas.

With eLase™ laser hair removal say goodbye permanently to:

  • No more stubble and shadowing, cuts or skin irritation!
  • No more ingrown hairs!
  • No more chemical burns!
  • No more growing your body and facial hair for weeks for it to be long enough to wax or thread!

Instead, say hello to smooth, soft skin everyday with laser hair removal at TAHQ.

eLase™ sessions are performed every 4-6 weeks, and costs start from as little as R350/session!

Call 011 234 2009 or 011 039 2982 to book your appointment today! 

As we age, there is reduced activity of cells in the dermis called fibroblasts.  This results in decreased collagen, which means decreased skin elasticity, and less moisture in the skin which results in wrinkles and dehydration.
A big culprit of accelerated aging is sun damage - years of exposure causes photoaging, with the following results: 
•Broken cappillaries
•Dull and uneven skin texture
•Skin thickening or thinning
•Skin cancers
There are also changes in underlying supporting structures of the face and body as we age which can contribute to an older appearance.  These include:
•Bone loss 
•Dental changes
•Loss of fat pads
•Decreased muscle strength
•Muscle hyperactivity in the face 
All of these result in sagging skin and tissues, which add to the wrinkles.
So what can we do to help you?!
There are many treatments to help lift the sag caused by these changes non-surgically, as well as procedures to ease out the wrinkles and products to rehydrate the skin. Ideally you want to start BEFORE these changes are established, so feel free to contact us for a consultation to keep you looking as young as you feel!
Yours in Health,
Dr Claire Jacobsohn

Acne is a chronic condition affecting over 80% of the world-wide population in their lifetimes. It is a recurring condition, and flares up and remits over time without treatment. Growing out of acne is a myth!
Reasons why acne develops: 

• increased hormone levels and hormone imbalance - increased oil produced by sebaceous glands
• pores become clogged resulting in whiteheads and blackheads
• skin cells and skin turnover are not properly regulated
• increased inflammation within the skin
Treated for acne includes:

• Chemical peels
• Correct skincare
• PDT lights
• PlasmaTek
• Oral medication such as tretinoin

Yours in Health, 

Do you suffer from acne? Why not contact us for more information on how we can help you.

Stretch marks are a common complaint in Aesthetic Medicine, and affect up to 90% of patients that we see at TAHQ. 
Stretch marks form in stressed skin areas that are experience continuous stretch forces within the tissue. Essentially, stretch marks are fractures of the skin and the connective tissue. As they heal, scar tissue is deposited (large amounts of collagen and elastin).
Initially as stretch marks form, they are red or purple. As they undergo the healing process over months or years, they become thinner sunken scars that are white or silver-grey. 
Stretch marks affect women and men of all ages and races, and they make all patients that I see self-conscious.
The bad news is that you cannot prevent stretch marks.
Factors that contribute to stretch mark development include: 
• Cortisone use. This is a very big contributing factor to stretch marks, and leaves some of the worst stretch marks that we see at TAHQ
• Exercise. Excessive exercise, exercises such as weight-lifting, all put stress onto the skin and make stretch marks more likely to develop.
• Weight gain, and sometimes weight loss.
• Pregnancy
• Growth spurts in adolescents
While stretch marks cannot be completely removed, their appearance can be substantially reduced. Ideally, treat stretch marks are soon as you are able to. This gives a better result. Old stretch marks can also be treated, but they usually take more work and more treatments.
Treatments used for stretch marks at TAHQ include combinations of:
 Retinol
 Radio-frequency fractional ablation
 Plasma
 IPL (laser)
 Chemical peels
 Injections of Skin boosters into affected areas
Let us help you - contact The Aesthetics HQ today for more information on treatments!
Yours in Health, 

Commonly, this disorder is one that patients seek help for because it is cosmetically unattractive. It is rarely symptomatic otherwise. 
The problem is syringomas – inflammation of the little sweat gland ducts under the eye area which result in the chicken skin or goose bump appearance under the eye.
This condition is most common under the eyes and on the upper cheek area. It is symmetrical, meaning that it is seen on both sides of the face - if one eye has the goose bump appearance, the other will too.  Women are most often affected; men may be affected. This condition is seen in all race groups.
The condition can be treated effectively, and with scar-less healing: at The Aesthetics HQ I use PlasmaTek, TCA, and retinol based eye creams for maximum results to treat the goose bump appearance. Downtime is minimal - you can return to work the following day.
The condition (syringomas) may recur and require further treatment at a later stage.
Another, less common cause for bumps around the eyes are xanthelasma – a xanthoma that occurs around the eyes. In plain English: these appear as small, soft yellow bumps on the eyelid areas. They are most common on the upper eyelid, and usually occur around the inner area of your eye (close to your nose). 
These are seen in men and women of all races and all ages. It is linked to lipid disorders – cholesterol testing and lipograms need to be performed to determine the underlying disorder.  The Xanthelasma are really a skin manifestation of what’s going on inside your body with your cholesterol and lipid levels.
To remove xanthelasma is easy while they are still small. Again, at The Aesthetics HQ I use PlasmaTek and TCA. 
If these lesions are left to enlarge, xanthelasma may require formal surgical excision with a plastic surgeon.
Yours in Health,
Dr Claire Jacobsohn
To contact The Aesthetics HQ about treatment for this, or any other skin conditions, please click here.

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