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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
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Magnesium is possibly the most underrated mineral required in the human body. 
Many common ailments in the human body probably link back in some way to low magnesium levels amongst other pathologies. Magnesium supplements have been shown to be beneficial in the following conditions: 
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Depression
- Seizures
- Diabetes
- Fibromyalgia
- Muscle weakness
- Osteoporosis
- Restless legs syndrome
- Muscle cramping
- Athletic performance
- Chest pain and cardiac arrhythmias
- Headaches and migraine
- Acid reflux
- Constipation
...amongst many other conditions!
Magnesium is required in the human body for over 300 different types of enzyme reactions, which importantly affect: 
• Energy metabolism
• Glucose metabolism
• Protein metabolism
• DNA metabolism
• Reactions relating to bone, nerve and muscle functioning
As humans, we excrete magnesium daily. For this reason, our daily intake of magnesium needs to be adequate. Common sources of magnesium include:
o Green leafy veggies such as kale and spinach
o Nuts
o Seafood
o Beans, lentils and legumes
o Avocado
o Banana
o Dark chocolate
Certain medications and lifestyle habits will require higher daily intake of magnesium not to become deficient. This includes substances such as alcohol. Alcohol can increase your magnesium requirements to 2-4 times the normal recommended dose, even in a mild to moderate drinker!
PPI’s used for stomach inflammation, ulcers and heartburn; as well as diuretics (water tablets) also significantly deplete magnesium. 
Awareness of low magnesium levels has increased so much, that one of the highest trending searches by patients in clinical medicine last year centred around magnesium, and magnesium deficiency. 
Cooking methods, food choices and processing of foods have decreased the magnesium content of much of what we eat. 
Magnesium levels can be difficult to test, as 99% of magnesium is stored in tissue, and only 1% or less is circulating in the blood stream.
Certain cells such as red blood cells can be practically tested to determine whether you are deficient in magnesium. 
Supplementation is probably the best way to increase your magnesium levels. Oral supplementation can take several months to significantly increase magnesium levels. IV infusion of magnesium is recommended in symptomatic patients. 
Yours in Health, 
Dr Claire Jacobsohn
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Hormones are chemical messengers that your body manufacturers to affect specific tissues and organs within the human body. Hormones are produced in glands within the body, as well as our sex organs (ovaries and testes). This bodily system is referred to as the endocrine system.
Hormone imbalances can present with a variety of symptoms, which often creep up on you slowly over time. It is often difficult to pinpoint exactly when the symptoms of hormone imbalance started. 

Hormones can be protein based or cholesterol based in nature, and include examples such as thyroid hormone, sex hormones (oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone), insulin and cortisone.

It may be time to see your doctor to have your hormones checked if you experience any of the following symptoms: 
• Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
• Hot flushes or inability to tolerate cold
• Feeling tired 
• Low libido (sex drive)
• Mood swings, irritability or depression
• Insomnia (you can’t sleep)
• Headaches
• Dry skin or signs that your skin appears to be aging rapidly
• Sexual dysfunction, including vaginal dryness and erectile dysfunction
• Poor memory/ ”brain” fog
• Fluid retention
Hormonal imbalances are correctable – but without testing, they will not be detected. It is a worthwhile investment in your quality of life and wellbeing to have symptoms looked into. 

Your in Health,

Botulinum Toxin A (tradenames Botox® or Dysport®) is a purified toxin that is injected into skin and muscle to relax lines or wrinkles created by expression – particularly useful in the upper half of the face. 
These lines of expression, or dynamic lines, can make you look old, angry, hostile, sad and unapproachable. You often will not see these lines as much in the mirror as what you do in photographs and videos. The reason for this is that you don’t animate your face when you look in the mirror, nor view yourself from multiple angles. You may not realise how old and tired you look to others until that photo appears on social media! 
Botulinum Toxin A requires multiple, tiny injection points (almost painless). Botulinum Toxin does not spread far from the site of injection (usually less than 1cm). While it is true than an inexperienced clinician may “over inject” areas, resulting in a frozen and undesirable appearance, an experienced clinician is very unlikely to, but the results are never permanent. 
Botulinum Toxin A injections will leave you looking relaxed, refreshed and more youthful. You will have some movement in the treated area, but shallower wrinkles and a youthful and fresher face. 
Botulinum Toxin injections need to be repeated approximately every 3-4 months to maintain the effect. The cost is R60/unit at The Aesthetics HQ.
For more information on how we can keep you looking your absolute best, please view our skin care treatments and feel free to contact us with any queries.
Yours in health, 
Dr Claire Jacobsohn

At The Aesthetics HQ, I frequently recommend that patients check and supplement their vitamin D3 levels. 
Vitamin D is vital in the body for calcium and prosperous absorption from your intestines. It also stimulates the formation of new bone. 
What patients don’t always know about vitamin D, is that it is important for so much more. Vitamin D is important both in immunity, cancer, and chronic diseases:
•Colorectal cancers and melanomas show improved outcomes on vitamin D. 
•Cardiovascular disease and diabetes shows improved outcome with vitamin D. 
•Depression and cognitive function improves with vitamin D. 
•Autoimmune diseases require increased vitamin D. 
It is also worth noting that any disease states that increase systemic inflammation (measured by a HS – CRP level on a blood test), will decrease your vitamin D absorption.
How can we be deficient in vitamin D in South Africa, if it requires sunlight?
Vitamin D levels are lower in populations who have decreased sunlight hours, such as Europe and Northern America. We are seeing in it sunny countries such as South Africa due to sun-avoidance. People avoid the sun and use sunblock as the sun causes photo-aging (wrinkles, thin skin, pigment changes); skin cancer and pigmentation disorders. 
- Darker skin types also require increased time exposed to the sun to create sufficient vitamin D levels for health. 
- People may not have sufficient dietary intake of vitamin D to compensate for the insufficient sun exposure. 
- Medications such as anti-epileptics increase a person’s vitamin D requirements. 
- Obese patients have lower vitamin D levels.
- Liver and kidney disease patients need more vitamin D.
What is Vitamin D2 and what is Vitamin D3? 
Doctors will recommend that you take vitamin D3 over vitamin D2 every time. Vitamin D2 is also known as ergocalciferol. Vitamin D3 is known as cholecalciferol and is the “natural” active form of vitamin D the body makes on ultra-violet exposure from the sun. 
Vitamin D2 isn’t a natural form of vitamin D seen in human physiology – it is a plant based vitamin D. 
Vitamin D3 therefore has a far better bioavailability in the body – it is basically better absorbed and more active. 
Vitamin D2, although often found in supplements and food, has a short shelf-life. The actual level of D2 in supplements and food is generally far lower than the packaging states for this reason. 
Vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 also cost the same price-wise – so it makes sense to supplement with D3 over D2. 
Vitamin D3 is however, animal derived. Vegans and vegetarians may have to take vitamin D2 purely due to their belief systems. 
Vitamin D3 is easily supplemented – it is best taken either once a week in high dose, or daily in smaller doses. This is dosed according to blood test levels. 
Vitamin D3 is synthesized on sunlight exposure, or found in egg yolk and seafood. It can also be found in certain mushrooms, such as Reishi. 
Dr Claire Jacobsohn
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