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If you are predisposed to developing varicose and spider veins, you won’t get away from them forever. Your genetics and sex already are predicting factors of your chances of developing this problem, and that cannot be changed. Females with spider veins outnumber their male counterparts by 3:1. Supplements and creams cannot remove or reduce your spider veins, but they can relieve the symptoms. Heavy legs, itching and discomfort can be improved with supplements such as vinpocetin.

If you want to be pro-active, try the following:
• Regular exercise (you knew that one would be in there)
• Good posture – avoid high heels and crossing your legs as this will increase the pressure in your leg veins
• Keep your weight down – try to stay at a BMI of 25 or less
• Avoid tight, constricting clothing that can increase the pressure in your legs
• Avoid standing for long periods of time
• Wear graduated compression stockings if you fly, or your occupation demands standing for long periods, such as shop assistants and nursing. Also wear the compression stockings in pregnancy.
• Avoid corticosteroid creams and ointments – these promote broken veins
• For women – speak to your doctor about contraceptives with low or no estrogen, such as the Mirena.

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Cellulite can be managed and improved, but not totally removed. Consistency is required for both at-home and medical treatments to achieved the best results.

Things you can do to lessen the appearance of cellulite at home: 

  • Exercise. This will improve the circulation, and help remove toxins and reduce the fluid retention in the affected area
  • Quit smoking
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Clean up your diet. A diet high in sugars and starches will aggravate the appearance of cellulite.
  • Reduce your stress levels. Cortisol levels in the body increase when we are under stress – this can aggravate the appearance of cellulite.
  • Regularly massage or brush the affected area (such as body brushing in the bath or shower daily).

Following the above steps should already improve your cellulite. If you are still unhappy with the appearance of your cellulite, consider consulting with your doctor about the following treatments: 
Lipolytic (fat dissolving) injections
Lymphatic drainage and skin smoothing and firming with devices such as Venus Legacy
Liposuction for thick fat deposits.
Supplements such as vinpocetin to improve the circulation

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No, not directly. Spider veins and thread veins are more of a problem due to their cosmetically displeasing appearance.

Spider and thread veins are a sign of incompetent perforator veins deeper in leg tissue, or problems with the deep venous system in the legs.

Veins have one way valves to allow blood to flow in one direction only. If the valves are failing for any number of reasons, the blood flows back in the wrong direction, resulting in dilated blood vessels.

By virtue of the fact that these veins are functioning incorrectly, they are usually unnecessary – especially small veins of up to 3mm diameter.
This allows your doctor to treat and remove the cosmetically unattractive veins, as they are not performing their function for your circulation.
Small spider and thread veins are at least as symptomatic, if not more symptomatic, than large, tortuous varicose veins.

If you experience any of the following, consider consulting with your doctor to have broken veins removed:
o Leg heaviness and leg fatigue
o Leg pain and cramping (especially at night)
o Swollen legs
o Itchy legs
o Cosmetically unattractive veins that make you feel self-concious

At TAHQ we perform spider/thread vein removal on the legs with a procedure known as sclerotherapy.
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Fitness gurus will tell you that there is no such thing as localized fat loss or spot reduction. If you want to have defined abdominals or svelte thighs, you cannot just exercise those problem parts without addressing your overall diet and training program. While eating less and exercising more remains effective, we also have a few more tricks up our sleeve.

So the first step in managing problem areas would be to manage your weight and body fat percentage. If you struggle in this area, we can help you with correcting hormonal imbalances through proper medical intervention. Correcting thyroid function, insulin resistance and stabilizing growth hormone and testosterone levels are amongst the interventions that may be what you need to kick start your diet in a way that self-control cannot.

Ask for our medical weight loss program or let us run proper blood tests to see where the problem is.

If you are at a healthy weight, but still have pockets of resistant fat, you are an ideal candidate for liposuction. Our Ultra-Z procedure removes fat permanently and helps to tighten the area. Results are dramatic, but takes a while to settle. This remains the gold standard in localized centimeter loss.

Another option is lipo-dissolving injections. These painless injections work well for smaller areas. It is a medical procedure where a series of injections are given to the area of the body where the fat needs to be reduced. These injections all contain a chemical solution that will directly affect and destroy the fat cells. This is not as invasive and dramatic as liposuction, and requires a series of treatments.

Venus Legacy treatments will tighten saggy, loose skin. This is useful for people that have lost a lot of weight naturally or through liposuction. Venus Legacy will also tone and tighten cellulite and age related loss of tone. You will need a series of treatments and centimeter loss is not dramatic. The process is not invasive.

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NEW! A unique combination of two potent anti-ageing ingredients which help to build collagen, to support the skin matrix while reducing all signs associated with skin ageing: wrinkles, fine lines, uneven skin tone and age spots. It also helps to minimize pore size and gives the skin a radiant glow.

Scientists have taken 2.5% Retinol and placed it into a microsphere – a microscopic, porous shell. As the encapsulated cream is applied to the skin, the sphere is compressed releasing small amounts of Retinol into the skin. The effective concentration of the Retinol delivered to the skin is 0.5% and the slow release promotes stability and enhances the tolerability of this high strength formulation, reducing irritation and making it a far more comfortable experience.

Retinol, together with patented NeoGlucosamine® (NAG) amplifies and intensifies the volumizing and firming effects making the Retinol more effective than when used on its own. Time-release micro-encapsulated Retinol helps to make use of the product more tolerable reducing irritation, redness and sensitivity. NeoGlucosamine® is also a gentle exfoliant that helps to reduce the appearance of uneven pigment and age spots. Freshness and efficacy of this product are maintained with a Triple Stabilizing Complex and specially designed airless pump packaging.

This products costs R1368.00

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The non-surgical blepharoplasty, also known as soft surgery, is one of the most impressive and exciting breakthroughs in Aesthetic Medicine in recent years. 

The Plasma -lift has revolutionized blepharoplasty, allowing for puffy eyelids and loose eyelid skin to be permanently corrected in a short and affordable procedure in the consulting rooms. 

No incisions or theatre time is required!

Plasma-lift works by ionising gas in the air to form plasma – creating a tiny electrical arc, known as micro-lightening, to the skin to be treated. The epidermis is instantly ablated, leaving tiny scabs that last 3-7 days.

Plasma-Lift Benefits:

  • Precise
  • Efficient
  • Accurate
  • No incisions
  • Permanent
  • Scar less
  • Minimal downtime

Dr Claire will be performing this procedure next week at The Aesthetics HQ in Rivonia – follow us on Facebook to learn more about this revolutionary new procedure.

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