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Glycation is a non-enzymatic process that is a strong contributor to why our body tissues age with time. Sugar molecules like fructose and glucose bind “donor tissues” in the body, such as proteins, fats and DNA components throughout the body. This is a process known as “glycation”. 

AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products) form as a result. Once the tissues have been bound and stiffened by the sugar molecules, the tissue’s specific function becomes impaired. Normal tissue repair mechanisms cannot repair glycation as the enzymes that would normally repair can no longer bind to the glycated tissue. This further accelerates aging. Collagen and elastin are very susceptible to glycation, and reflects as aging on the skin. 

“Sugar Sag” – skin glycation and aging – presents with:
- Wrinkles
- Decreased skin elasticity
- Broken capillaries and cherry spots
- Poor tissue recovery and healing
- Poor nutrient delivery to the skin

How to limit Sugar Sag - skin aging
- Avoid sugar! 
- Boil and steam foods rather than grill, roast or fry food. Asian cooking methods have been shown to be beneficial to the skin
- Eat more ginger and garlic
- Drink more herbal tea

Aim for food and supplements high in:
- alpha lipoic acid
- B vitamins
- Vitamin C
- Selenium
- Zinc
- Manganese
- Vitamin E

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Liposuction, also known as liposculpture or lipoplasty, involves insertion of cannulas into the fat tissue to suction out adipose (fat) tissue.
The procedure is usually minimally invasive – requiring multiple small incisions, and is performed using tumescent anaesthetic. Tumescent anaesthetic involves the infusion of fluid into the fat tissue before the liposuction procedure begins. Tumescent has many advantages - it minimizes tissue damage and blood loss, as well as keeping the patient hydrated during the procedure, amongst other benefits.

Who is liposuction for?
Liposuction is primarily targeted at patients who are:
- at their ideal weight (BMI of 20-25 is ideal)
- have maintained their weight successfully for several months or years
- eats healthily
- exercises regularly
- has a localized area of fat that does not budge despite the above conditions being met. Most often this fatty area on the patient’s body traces back to genetics – other family members often suffer from the same problem. 

What type of conditions and patients are unsuitable candidates for liposuction procedures?
- Patients who are overweight or obese. A maximum BMI of 35 is about the upper limit for liposuction to be performed. These, however, are more likely to be “debulking” procedures, rather than body sculpting procedures.
- Patients who hope that liposuction is a substitute for weight loss – it isn’t.
- Patients with unrealistic expectations of what the procedure will offer in terms of benefits.
- Patients who have crash dieted to get to a reasonable weight to have liposuction performed.
- Patients with very lax (loose, saggy) or thin skin must be aware that this must be addressed as a separate issue. Skin tightening with most liposuction procedures is unpredictable, and skin tightening should not be the indication for liposuction.
- Cellulite does not always improve with liposuction.

Other indications for liposuction:
There have been promising outcomes where liposuction has been used for:
• Axillary hyperhidrosis
• Axillary bromhidrosis
• Pseudo gynaecomastia (“man boobs” that are attributed to fat rather than breast tissue)
• Harvesting of stem cells. ASC – Adipose-derived Stem Cells have multiple volumizing and regenerative possibilities.

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Resveratrol, a naturally occurring phenol that is produced by certain plants when under stress, has been shown to have numerous anti-aging effects in the human body.

Resveratrol occurs naturally in grapes (wine!), berries, nuts (such as peanuts) and chocolate (another reason why chocolate is good for you!).
The beneficial properties of Resveratrol include:
• Anti-oxidant benefits: particularly with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular disease
• Anti-inflammatory properties
• Anti-aging benefits: Anti-aging gene Surtuin 1 is influenced by Resveratrol
• Protection against neurodegenerative disease
• Protection against kidney disease
• Protection against formation of cancers

Should you be drinking red or white wine?
Red wine and Muscadel have higher doses of resveratrol, however, white wine also contains resveratrol. Resveratrol in wine has an excellent bioavailability.
High doses of Resveratrol (500mg – 1g/day) are seen to have maximum benefit. Such high levels are probably better taken as a nutritional supplement to avoid weight gain and negative effects of excess alcohol.

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PABA and oxybenzone
The controversy around sunscreens arose around 2 ingredients in particular over the past decade.

PABA, an ingredient protecting against UVB radiation, became contentious with allegations that it may induce skin cancer. Ultraviolet Burning radiation (UVB) interacting with PABA when the sunscreen was applied to skin was thought to induce DNA damage in the skin cells.

Further review of both old and new data do not support this theory. PABA has consistently shown protection from sunburn; skin damage and aging.
Oxybenzone is the second ingredient to be scrutinized. Oxybenzone is a common ingredient in both sunscreens, face creams and lip products.
Oxybenzone allegedly can cause hormonal disruptions, cellular damage, and allergies.

Despite many sensational articles around oxybenzone, most experts agree that the evidence is still weak and unconvincing.
Vitamin D deficiency due to sunscreens

Recent evidence suggests that use of sunscreens may be contributing to vitamin D deficiencies, and resurgence of bone pathologies related to low vitamin D levels.
Some experts say that despite the use of sunblock, people still get enough sunlight to allow the body to produce vitamin D.
Others recommend the use of vitamin D3 supplementation weekly, especially in darker skinned individuals.

5 – 20 minutes of sunlight several days a week is thought to be sufficient to produce adequate vitamin D levels in the body.
There is still much debate around the topic.

Irritation and sensitivity with sunscreens
True allergies to sunscreens are very rare, and allergies should not form part of the reason not to apply sunscreens.
Irritation and sensitivity, especially on thin skinned areas such as around the eye, are possible.
Most “allergies” related to sunscreens are likely due to fragrances and preservatives than to the sunscreen agents themselves.
Eczema suffers are especially prone to reactions with sunscreen agents. Sensitive skins should opt for zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for sun protection.

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Oral contraceptives containing estrogen can result in pigmentation in up to 30% of women who take them. It is important to note that they can only do so when activated by sunlight exposure. The combination of the sunlight and the estrogen is what triggers the pigmentation.

Before stopping or changing your contraceptive, remember that the following factors must also be taken into consideration:

  • Was the onset of your pigmentation linked to when the pill was started?
  • Were any other pigment-inducing medications (including OTC and herbal medications) taken in the past 6 months? Antibiotics, antimalarials, ARV’s, psychiatric medications and metals are a few examples of common pigmentation-inducing classes of drugs.

Tips for choosing the correct sunblock when on a contraceptive pill:
Not all sunblocks are equal. If you struggle with hyperpigmentation, purchase a sunblock recommended by your Aesthetic Physician, dermatologist or plastic surgeon.

The key ingredients are:

  • UVA and UVB protections
  • Infra-red protection
  • Anti-oxidants

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Cellulite is a condition that affects 99% of women, and some men too!

As normal as cellulite is, all women strive to get rid of it.

The formation of cellulite is complex, with numerous factors coming together to create an orange peel or cottage cheese appearance; or even a lumpy, irregular skin surface. This means you can have cellulite, whether you are overweight, or very skinny.

Common factors are seen in all cellulite cases to various degrees:

  • Poor circulation both in the blood supply to the tissue, and the lymphatic tissue. This allows fluid to accumulate, and the tissue becomes congested.
  • Toxin accumulation – due to poor circulation and inability to clear waste from the affected areas.
  • Abnormal structure of the skin and/or fat in the affected area (relative to the other body areas that are unaffected. Thick elastic and collagen fibres below the skin pull down into the tissue and create a puckered appearance.
  • Weak connective tissue structures in the skin – allowing fat to “herniate” through creating an irregular, lumpy appearance
  • Abnormally enlarged fat cells
  • Hormonal imbalances

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