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These Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are intended to clarify; briefly explain and to promote a better understanding of the Medical Practice: “Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre”; its medical aesthetics treatments and queries relating to Medical Aesthetics in general. They provide basic information, sometimes about fairly complex topics, and might link to more detailed information. The FAQs are for informational purposes only and are not intended to provide medical advice in any way whatsoever. The FAQs list is not comprehensive and may not cover medical aesthetics issues that affect you. For further details, please contact us at CapeMAC. You are also welcome to visit with us at CapeMAC in Plattekloof, Cape Town. Dr Manoj Bagwandeen will be glad to discuss any queries and questions you may have.

How to choose a Medical Aesthetics Practitioner

Regardless of the medical specialty or the level of practitioner, there are important aspects on what you should look for before scheduling a medical aesthetics procedure. We have put together some guidelines for you to follow when considering medical aesthetics or any other medical treatment, even for routine aesthetic enhancements.
The following guidelines are for you to gain some perspective on basics. The list is not comprehensive; there might be more to look out for depending on your circumstances and the chosen procedure.

How to choose a Medical Aesthetics Practitioner

What exactly is it that CapeMAC offers?

At Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre (CapeMAC), we offer medical treatments that you would place between the beauty treatments that you get in a SPA and the surgical treatments carried out by plastic surgeons.

CapeMAC offers an array of non-invasive, or minimally invasive treatment options like Botulinum toxin (BOTOX®), Fillers, Deep Laser, Peeling, Cellulite treatment and Skin Tightening, Liposuction/Liposculpture, Body Augmentation and Hair Transplants! We can be of service for a range of general health, skin and cosmetic problems – all of which are effective for just about anyone – regardless of your age, your skin type or your gender.

You can read about further details on the different treatment options here on our website. To assess the nature and extent of your concerns and to consider what options are available for you to improve the condition and appearance of your skin, simply book a first consultation with Dr Manoj Bagwandeen.

Who will do the treatments?

All the medical aesthetics treatments and procedures are done by qualified and experienced medical personnel in our fully equipped and comfortable medical facilities.
Dr DH (Manoj) Bagwandeen, who is the director of Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre, is also the principal medical practitioner of the practice.  You will be fully examined and assessed by Dr Bagwandeen, with a view to determining the best treatment option/s for your specific needs.  Thereafter, he will perform the medical aesthetics treatments and procedures on you, with the assistance of registered nurses and trained therapists – depending on the nature of the treatments. You are in good hands.

See our ‘about us‘ section to learn more about Dr Bagwandeen’s qualifications.

Where do the procedures take place?

The relatively short and gentle treatment sessions are performed at either the consulting rooms, situated here in Plattekloof, or in our mini theatre, situated at UWC.

How long you will need to take leave for?

You will be back at work sooner than you think. Current technological advances in medicine allow us to perform quick, relatively safe and very cost effective procedures, which can treat innumerable conditions such as unsightly skin conditions, wrinkles, facial asymmetries, excessive sweating, body disproportions, hair loss and weight problems without having to resort to drastic surgical measures allow you to go right back to work with minimal or no down-time.

Why you can trust us?

Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre- CapeMAC – is part of the professional medical practice of Dr DH (Manoj) Bagwandeen. The Practice is also contracted to the University of the Western Cape to provide health related professional services and has been doing so for the past 11 years.

As a Medical Doctor first and foremost, Dr Manoj Bagwandeen subscribes to the highest ethics of the medical profession and as such will not seek to prescribe treatments and services that are not of proven benefit to you. Your health and well-being and our treatment results will always form the primary essence of our interactions.

See our ‘about us‘ section to learn more about Dr Bagwandeen’s qualifications.

Can I see before and after pictures?

Due to new regulations regarding sample patient pictures, we do currently not publish any before or after pictures of patients.

You feel much younger than you look like - how we can help you?

Many patients have concerns and are unhappy about skin wrinkles and a loss of volume in the face, very normal changes that come with the passage of time, but cause one to look older than you actually feel. This especially affects patients who are often exposed to excessive sunlight, eat ‘unhealthy’ foods, do not exercise regularly, drink too little water each day and/or are exposed to lots of stress over prolonged periods of time.

Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre (CapeMAC) offers you many different medical aesthetics treatment options to address the multiple factors responsible for diminishing facial definition and to improve your appearance and enhance your self-confidence. The various aesthetic treatment options are also designed to accommodate your budget without causing further stress!

You also can read about the details on the different medical aesthetics treatment options here on our website.

To assess the nature and extent of your concerns and to consider what treatment options are available for you to improve the condition and appearance of your skin, simply book a first consultation with us.

Receding hairline or thinning hair - can we help you?

With the advent of the new ‘patient friendly’ surgical hair transplantation techniques (Follicular Unit Extraction – FUE), surgical hair restoration procedures has seen a dramatic increase in uptake. Dr Manoj Bagwandeen is also qualified in this procedure and is a certified trainer in this field. Should you consider hair transplant, get in contact with Cape Medical Aesthetics Centre (CapeMAC) for a first consultation.

What is Botulinum Toxin A?

Botulinum Toxin A is a highly purified protein produced by the Clostridium botulinum bacteria, which has the ability to reduce the activity of the muscles that cause those frown lines & other facial wrinkles that form as we age. It is a simple, superficial and almost painless injection administered by a trained Medical Doctor, into the area to be treated which then causes a temporary relaxation of the underlying muscles, thereby smoothing out the wrinkled effects of the skin. One 10-minute treatment—a few tiny injections—and within a few days – there’s a noticeable improvement in moderate to severe frown lines and wrinkles which can last up to 6 months. Botulinum Toxin A is also used to treat Hyperhidrosis (excessive perspiration) of the armpits, hands and feet. It is highly effective in this condition and will almost instantly change the quality of your life! There are also many other medical uses of Botulinum Toxin A and is now being tested for the treatment of depression as well! The Botulinum Toxin A procedures are safe to have repeated – at medically assessed intervals of course – as the product is naturally degraded and removed from the body and hence, does not accumulate in the body.

Why or when should you get treated with Botulinum Toxin A?

You feel that those prominent frown lines between your eyes make you look tired or ‘angry’.
You want to help maintain your already youthful appearance by preventing wrinkles.
You want to relax the wrinkle lines around your eyes, forehead, lips and neck area.
You want to reduce ‘Bruxism’ – the excessive, unconscious clenching of your jaw.
You suffer from ‘Hyperhydrosis’ – excessive perspiration of the armpits, hands & feet areas.
You want to consider an alternative to medication for Depression etc.

What is the difference between Botulinum Toxin A and BOTOX®?

Botox® is the most common word used for botulinum toxin, a substance used for, amongst others, wrinkle reducing injections and rejuvenating the ageing face. However, Botox® is in fact a registered trademark belonging to the multi-specialty health care company Allergan. See Botulinum toxin for treatment with wrinkle reducing injections.

What are Chemical Skin Peels?

A Chemical Skin Peel is a medical procedure which involves the controlled application of certain prescribed chemical solutions to the skin to improve the appearance and texture of the skin. The Peel Solution causes the upper layer of the skin to become denatured & somewhat damaged which eventually peels off. The underlying skin has immense self-healing properties, which this technique exploits and the new, regenerated skin grows back smoother, less wrinkled and with less pigmented spots than the old skin. Dr Manoj Bagwandeen will do a full examination and analysis of your skin condition and skin type before a Chemical Skin Peel is prescribed and carried out. This will involve a prescription for a 2 – 6 week skin conditioning program before the first peel procedure is even performed. The skin conditioning program is vital towards preparing your skin for the actual Chemical Skin Peel and preventing unwanted side effects such as excessive skin damage and a post inflammatory increase in pigmentation. Go to Peels

How are Chemical Skin Peels performed?

You will be assessed by the Doctor and prescribed a pre-peel skin conditioning program. You may be required to stop taking certain drugs and to limit your sun exposure during the entire Peel procedure. The Chemical Skin Peel is performed in the Doctor’s rooms as an outpatient procedure with minimal ‘down time’. The Peels we perform are considered superficial to medium depth peels, with deeper peels being prescribed only very rarely.

How is Laser treatment done on Spider Veins?

Treatment is done with a specialised laser devise and either under topical anaesthetic, or with the aid of a skin cooling mechanism to minimise pain during the procedure. The area to be treated is cleaned and the laser beam is directed through the skin and onto the affected vein. The laser is designed to be very precise and will target the red blood cells and vein walls. The intense energy delivered to the inner aspect of the vein causes the vein to shrink in size and the subsequent burn injury leads to the vein shutting off and later becoming reabsorbed by the body’s healing mechanism. This is a relatively new form of treatment and will need to be studied further to determine the long term benefits and cost effectiveness when compared to the well-established, non-surgical Sclerotherapy

What is PRP Therapy?

The PRP treatment is an innovative, non-surgical approach based on using ingredients of your own blood and the body’s own healing process to rejuvenate and restore the skin or the scalp. Its possible effects on wound healing, tissue repair and promoting hair growth make PRP therapy an exciting non-surgical treatment option for skin rejuvenation and hair restoration. PRP Therapy

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