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Dr Melinda Burger is an MBChB graduate from TUKS who has trained with some of the best aesthetic specialists in the world. She has a vast accumulation of aesthetic experiences and believes that the field of aesthetics is an art which should look natural, but significant.
She is the founder of Dr Melinda Aesthetics with practices in Pretoria East and Cape Town. Dr Melinda is well known for her world-class lip sculpting but most importantly, has a profound passion for every procedure and patient.
I get asked why I chose aesthetic medicine and why it is so important to me on a regular basis. I’ve discovered that it isn’t something that I can tell you, but rather show you. To see a scarred patient’s face light up after a lip procedure or experiencing the joy of a woman who before a 15-minute non-invasive face-lift gave up on a difficult life, crying with a patient who was bullied at school for her features, giving a young girl her confidence back and helping her realise how beautiful she is. This is why aesthetic medicine is so important. These are the moments I live for.
The field of aesthetic medicine is rapidly growing, and skincare treatments are reaching new levels. Instead of giving you the usual skincare advice of using a good SPF, drinking water, and staying out of the sun, I’m advising you to take advantage of some game-changing procedures for overall skin health.
Mesotherapy with NCTF135HA is one of these procedures. It is the ultimate revitalising cocktail with all the vitamins and minerals your skin needs for improvement of fine lines, wrinkles, skin texture, pores, radiance, overall skin appearance and health. A definite winner among my patients. Another piece of advice I can give out of experience would be to change your cosmetic home care products from time to time as your skin gets used to the same routine.
Beauty is attainable and the idea of aesthetic medicine normalising is growing each day. I saw a quote recently that said “Nobody is ugly, just poor”, with a photo of one of the Kardashians. That is true to a large extent. Social media rules our everyday lives and if you look at some before photos of most of these celebrities, you will see how this rings true. Aesthetic medicine is already normalised in Hollywood. Ten years ago, we only had anti-wrinkle injections, but with everything we have available today beauty is absolutely attainable.
Pay attention to people’s faces around you. You will quickly learn that aesthetics is more common than you think and you are a part of a majority, not a minority if you are having procedures done. I believe the stigma around aesthetics stems primarily from a misperception. This is why I personally use my social media platforms to educate people on exactly what it entails.
One of my most popular procedures is my signature “Doll Package”. This package was compiled to get the best results possible while treating the entire face and not just one area. It’s basically a face makeover done in under an hour. My patients love this procedure so much because you save money and the results are unbelievable. The package can also be customised for each patient and consists of a combination of treatments, mostly dermal fillers and threads.
Follow Dr Melinda on Instagram @drmelindaaesthetics for more info or get in touch with Dr Melinda’s practice – Pretoria 012 021 0404 or Cape Town 067 400 1033.Read More
As lockdown eases up, supporting local businesses is a way to get the economy restarted. Here are a few local businesses that you can support in and around Durban.
Nestled in a mid-Illovo valley, iNsingizi Lodge and Spa is a beautiful break for those who love the outdoors. Aside from the lodge and “out of this world” spa you can also enjoy adventure bike rides, hikes and walks in the bush and forests on the property. They are running weekly lockdown specials where you can buy packages now to use later.
Pet rescues are one of the many NPOs that have been hit hard by lockdown. The friendly and passionate team at Kloof and Highway SPCA are making the most of lockdown thanks to incredible community support and innovation. You can support them by donating using snapscan or buying essential items from their pop-up shop. If you have done a mass home tidy, they also take item donations that they sell for extra money.
A family-owned Italian restaurant, Lupa Osteria in Westville offers exceptional service and heart-warming pizzas and pasta. Along with other branches, they are delivering via Uber Eats and Mr D.
Bellevue Cafe in Kloof has opted to use their space and equipment to help the community during lockdown. With the help of ongoing donations, they are running a soup kitchen and food parcel initiative that has already fed over 600 families in the Pietermaritzburg area.
One of Durban’s oldest NPO’s, Highway Hospice continues to support the eThekwini community by providing Hospice and Palliative care. You can support them by buying from their Charity Shop in Pinetown that is selling winter clothing, blankets, books and homeware.
Treat yourself to a pampering spa day after lockdown at TreeSpa. Buy a voucher now that you can use later to enjoy some peace, fresh air and beautiful views.
Anthony and the Garage Door Supplies team have branched out to help curb the spread of Covid-19 with the sales of foot-operated “Sani – stations”. This eliminates having to touch sanitiser pumps or bottles with your hands and limits contact with those who may need to help you by spraying it onto your hands.
Find more businesses to support here.Read More