Winter is finally upon us, and we’ve had a few questions lately about whether it’s the right time to have facial aesthetic work done. The answer, especially in the case of chemical peels, is yes!
Chemical peels can be harsh on sensitive skin, but they are also very effective at evening out tone variations and even treating certain skin conditions. At the Cosmetic Village, we try to avoid doing “deep peels” wherever we can, rather favouring the lighter versions that are much less harmful.
Regardless of the type of chemical peel, though, winter is the best time of year to have it done. Skin that has undergone a peel becomes very sensitive during the healing process, and so is very susceptible to sunburn. Winter sunlight is much less harsh than the summer sun, and so the success of a chemical peel can be much more likely during winter. In reality, skin that has undergone a peeling process can be worse off than before if it gets sunburnt: there is a risk of scarring and permanent unevenness if sunburn occurs.
A chemical peel works by applying a mask paste to the facial area and leaving it for a certain amount of time, depending on the patient and the type of peel. The mask causes the top layer of skin to flake off, stimulating light inflammation that causes dead and damaged skin to peel off. This process then reveals younger, more even-looking skin underneath. This skin then heals to become smoother, looking very much rejuvenated.
Chemical peels aren’t just for more mature skin, though, nor are they purely cosmetic. Peels have become increasingly popular as a medical treatment, with the process being successfully used to get severe acne under control in young adults, to remove permanent pigmentation in skin of all ages and even remove the signs of facial scars, marks and certain birth marks. Despite the procedure’s popularity amongst women, peels can work wonders on men’s skin too, particularly when it comes to conditions such as acne, scarring and pigmentation. Dermatologists often recommend chemical peels as treatment options for men and women for certain skin conditions. If you’re unsure about whether a peel is right for you, call us and consult with our doctors, or contact your dermatologist to make sure.
Patients generally need only one session, but more than one can be recommended in some cases, depending on the desired results. Fine lines and wrinkles are visibly reduced, and repeat sessions can improve the results over time. The point of a chemical peel is not to look younger – that’s up to more structural procedures like thread lifting – a peel’s objective is to make you look rejuvenated. We’re here to make you look glowing and revived, because when you look good, you feel good. Whether you’re getting a chemical peel on its own or in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures that we offer at The Cosmetic Village, we can reverse the harsh signs of ageing affordably and in comfort.
Because we believe in beauty at any age.
We all have our vices: some of us smoke or enjoy more than occasional coffee or red wine. We end up with less-than-perfect smiles as a result, with our teeth becoming stained over time. Since it’s the 21st century, though, bleaching our teeth is an option to reverse the effects of our lifestyles. Many people are concerned about the negative effects of teeth whitening, with stories of burning, sensitivity and pain being common in conversations about the procedure. Unfortunately, traditional teeth whitening processes do occasionally lead to undesired results, and so the concerns are valid.
On the plus side, whitening technology has evolved – there is no need to panic! Laser whitening has been around for less than a decade, after being developed by leading dentists and surgeons in the USA. Only a handful of South African cosmetic dentistry practices have the equipment for laser whitening treatments, and The Cosmetic Village is proud to be one of them.
Traditional bleaching involves putting a paste on the teeth, leaving it on for around 20 minutes, removing it and then repeating the process. The procedure is known to cause burning sensations as well as tooth sensitivity. Laser whitening was developed by the American BIOLASE group to address these problems directly.
When coming in for laser whitening, our head cosmetic dentist, Dr Adel Rossouw, has a running offer that you will receive a free full-mouth teeth cleaning. Following your cleaning session, the laser whitening process begins. A protective layer is applied to the gums to protect from burning, and the whitening gel is then applied to the teeth. This gel contains calcium, potassium and fluoride, along with the laser-activated whitening agent. Thus, laser whitening strengthens teeth and reduces sensitivity.
The laser whitening process is significantly faster than traditional bleaching methods, since it only takes half an hour, beginning to end (a full hour including the free cleaning). The results, too, are dramatic; traditional bleaching generally achieves an improvement of one or two shades, while laser whitening is significantly more.
Following the procedure, we generally recommend a “white diet” – that is, no coffee, red wine, soft drinks or other foods and drinks known to stain teeth – for ten days. We also provide a small tube of Opalescence® Whitening Toothpaste to assist further with the whitening process and maximise results. With only one painless session being necessary, the results are beautiful and affordable. Perfecting your smile has never been easier!
The effects of laser whitening generally last three to four years, depending on lifestyle, with it being perfectly safe to repeat the process when the effects naturally wear off. Generally, smoking, red wine and coffee consumption are the main culprits when it comes to reducing the life of a whitening process.
Contact us to find out more about how laser whitening works, what the benefits are and how we can help bring the glow back to your smile. The results might surprise you; but we at the Cosmetic Village believe in beauty at any age.
Gone are the days of going into theatre for a chin or cheek lift and ending up with scarring that takes several procedures to remove – there’s a new, non-surgical procedure that produces the same results without the painful post-operation recovery.
Thread lifting is a recent development in the field of cosmetic surgery, where the emphasis is moving towards making procedures as non-invasive as possible. The Cosmetic Village has brought thread lifting to South Africa, pioneering the introduction of the procedure locally.
The practice of thread lifting involves the insertion of dissolvable suture material under the facial skin in areas that need to be lifted. Double chins, crow’s feet, sagging cheeks, sinking brows and nasolabial bulges can all be corrected with the aid of thread lifting. The Cosmetic Village has already performed several thread lifting procedures, with all of those who have received it being overwhelmingly pleased with the beautiful results.
The threads are inserted under the skin with needles in a net-like pattern. These threads then tighten and lift the skin in the desired direction and pattern, elevating and repositioning fat pads in the process to reduce sagging. In some cases, the thread implanting process can be done in conjunction with the addition of a fat-dissolving solution, which will attack fat cells and cause them to self-destruct. Your body will then naturally flush them out over time, with the lifting threads supporting the skin to prevent sagging.
The dissolvable sutures take roughly 200 days to fully dissolve, but in that time, they stimulate the production of your body’s natural collagen. As a result, once the sutures are fully dissolved, you will have a remaining structure in natural collagen remaining under the skin that has been tightened, and this structure will last years. Generally, the effects of thread lifting will last five to ten years, and it is perfectly safe to have the procedure repeated when those years have passed and the facial structure has naturally sagged somewhat again.
The process of thread lifting is painless: only a topical anaesthetic is required, and the results are partially visible immediately. The full effect becomes prominent two to three months after the procedure, however, as the sutures anchor themselves to the underside of the skin and tighten fully. The procedure itself does result in bruising, but it subsides within days.
With this innovative procedure eliminating the need for invasive and extensive surgical procedures, we have on our hands a tremendous leap forward in facial cosmetic work. Thread lifting is significantly more affordable than in-theatre plastic surgery, and it is highly effective. We have found that it is particularly effective for rejuvenating mature facial structures, as well as lifting facial skin that has sagged as a result of dramatic weight loss. Since only one treatment is necessary and the results last up to a decade, thread lifting is a practical, affordable and meaningful addition to The Cosmetic Village’s repertoire of cosmetic procedures that revive, revitalize and refresh.
Because here at The Cosmetic Village, we believe in beauty at any age.
Children are active and accidents happen!
More than 50% of children have some type of injury to a tooth during childhood. It’s part of growing up. Most cases of mouth injuries are not life threatening and rarely a child may develop serious complications. However, injuries to the teeth and mouth can have long lasting effects on the child’s appearance and self confidence.
The teeth injured most frequently are the four upper front teeth. Children aged between one and three are at high risk of injuring their upper front baby teeth. They are starting to walk and run and still have poor muscle coordination. The second high risk group is children between the ages of eight and twelve years. Boys are twice as likely as girls to fracture their front permanent teeth. The main causes of mouth injuries are falls, fights, sports and motor vehicle accidents.
If a child bumps his baby tooth it may turn dark. It usually happens 2 to 3 weeks after an accident. The colour is usually grey or purple- like.
Whether it turns dark or not, doesn’t always depend on the severity of the injury. However, if the tooth is displaced or knocked very loose at the time of the injury, there seems to be a greater chance of it turning dark. If the tooth doesn’t turn dark after a month, it likely won’t have any further problems.
A lot of parents were never taught the importance of baby or, as we dentists call them, “deciduous” teeth. So when their children get teeth, parents have an attitude of: What is all the fuss about baby teeth? They are going to fall out anyway, so if they have a hole, what does it matter? The big teeth will soon emerge. Thankfully that kind of thinking is not so common these days.