As we age the skin loses its elasticity and drooping, sinking or sagging can occur. Zipp Health is there to get a handle on ageing and offers a range of treatments and products to assist in the fight against looking older. Have you noticed that there are lines around your mouth where you laugh and smile? Has your jawline got a little slack? Are your eyes looking a little tired and baggy? Dermal fillers are the answer to your woes!
Over the years, more and more people have turned to versatile dermal fillers to treat wrinkles, soften lines or fill lips, and portray a more natural and youthful look. However, today sees dermal fillers as way more than that – they are now driving the evolution in aesthetic medicine and being used to treat areas that were previously thought impossible to treat. Dermal fillers have been used, in some form, as early as the 1890s and have evolved in terms of the substances they use, treatment areas they target and their techniques for treatment.
First there was transplanted fat, which was used as a facial filler during the 1890s, followed by the use of paraffin a few decades later. Naturally, with serious safety concerns associated with latter, the use of highly refined injectable silicon became a popular filler during the 1940s. Again, the health complications that arose with the use of silicon resulted in it being banned around the mid 1970s and the search for safer and longer lasting dermal fillers continued in earnest. The last 25 years have seen significant advancements in the evolution of dermal fillers and the substances contained therein. Bovine collagen became the industry standard for decades until the development of human derived collagen fillers. In addition, non-animal hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers have become extremely popular in current times, mostly because they stimulate the body to produce its own collagen. HA fillers are a natural component of the skin and because the HA holds 1000 times its own weight in water, it helps to restore volume to the treated area.
Treatment areas that are targeted by dermal fillers have also evolved from the more traditional lip filling and wrinkle correction to more contemporary areas such as hand and neck rejuvenation, non-surgical nose reshaping (rhinoplasty) and tear trough correction. The heel or ball of the foot is also a relatively new treatment area where dermal fillers are injected to cushion the pressure from wearing high heels. Dermal fillers are also now used in volume restoration of the skin, cheek enhancement and augmentation and even to correct facial asymmetry.
But how does the dermal filler evolution compare with the ever-popular Botox treatment? Botox is a natural, purified protein that is used to temporarily relax facial muscles that cause lines and wrinkles. Fillers, on the other hand, are used to fill lines and while these two are commonly used together, they work differently and are used on different lines. According to Dr Matthew Schulman, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York, lines of expression need Botox while lines at rest need dermal fillers. Fillers can last for nine to 12 months, while Botox typically wears off after approximately four months. So while Botox is best for frown lines, crow’s feet and ‘11s’ between the eyebrows, dermal fillers have a deeper filling power and are better for marionette (corners of the mouth) and laugh lines as well as sleep wrinkles.
Zipp Health is waiting for you to make your appointment or consultation to achieve the best results from your dermal fillers. The procedure is pretty non-invasive and can be performed in your lunch break with you returning to the office afterwards with a little redness and perhaps some bruising but nothing that cannot be concealed.
To make your appointment now and receive 20% off rhinoplasty fillers or lip fillers, click HERE or visit the Zipp Health Facebook Page
Wanting a family dinner but wondering how you’re going to navigate the terrain (safely) with your baby in tow?
Not to worry. BabyYumYum, SA’s leading online resource platform and parenting community for all baby-related information has teamed up with Zomato, South Africa's premiere restaurant discovery platform and food review hub, to bring families a collection of baby friendly restaurants in South Africa.
And just in case you’re still not 100% convinced that you can brave a restaurant dinner with your baby, here is our 6-step solution mapped out for you:
It’s time to have the odds stacked in your favour. Choose a baby-friendly restaurant. To get the best up to date information on baby-friendly restaurants, visit CAPE TOWN BABYYUMYUM DURBAN BABYYUMYUM JOBURG BABYYUMYUM
The link will direct to the best reviewed restaurants which have specific baby-friendly criteria such as easy pram access to the restaurant; ease of manoeuvring between tables; clean high chairs; a private breastfeeding area; clean baby changing facilities; a suitable, safe place for babies/toddlers to play with minders; ability to assist with extras such as warming up baby food or a bottle; sterilized plastic bowls, cups and spoons for baby’s meal and even offering baby food on the menu!
Think in advance about the possible landmines which need to be sidestepped (like a full nappy, hungry baby). Once you have this ‘obstacle list’ you can then plan how to handle possible challenging moments (for example, have a change of nappy and clothes with you).
If the restaurant has baby food, then everyone can ‘eat out,’ including baby. Be careful to take waiting time into account so that you avoid the tear-filled situation of a hungry baby. If on the other hand you want to feed baby either before or at the restaurant, you’ll need to factor that in too.
Bring your baby’s favourite toys, which keeps your little one occupied. This is a great way of engaging your baby. A bonus is that these familiar objects provide additional security, making your baby feel happy and more relaxed, which means you get to enjoy more of your meal.
Make sure that you have with you extra wet wipes on hand, a disposable bib and a spare nappy disposal bag to wipe up and toss away all left over meal items ( the empty yoghurt carton or the Kiri Cheese wrapper) and spills. Let’s be honest, no waiter wants to wipe up sloppy baby food. Be a clean, considerate mommy.
Most importantly, use this time to connect with your loved ones. It can even be regarded as the starting point of a great tradition of enjoying family activities together.
Don’t aim for perfection – that’s for amateurs. Embrace the fact that it could get messy, but this is just a means to a more palatable end of making time to be together as a family. Just remember when it comes to going out with your baby, practice makes …happy.
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