Destiny - - Contents - BY Sheena Adams

Dr Ler­ato Masemola is the owner of Thari Health Ex­cel­lence, a Johannesburg prac­tice that spe­cialises in both med­i­cal and aes­thetic treat­ments. She shares some of the in­no­va­tions and in­spi­ra­tions be­hind it

My in­ter­est in medicine was largely spurred by my par­ents. I feel as if they made me do it. Much as I love it now, their mes­sage was clear: “Black child, go and be a doc­tor!” I stud­ied medicine on a gov­ern­ment bur­sary and my first job was at a Polok­wane pub­lic hospi­tal with very few re­sources. I had to climb a tree to get cell­phone re­cep­tion. Those conditions chis­elled me into the kind of doc­tor I am to­day.

I’d de­scribe my­self as dis­ci­plined and rig­or­ous. A lot of who I am to­day came from med­i­cal school, in­clud­ing my en­durance and dis­ci­pline. I com­pleted the Com­rades Marathon this year – a big ac­com­plish­ment for me!

I be­came in­ter­ested in aes­thet­ics after nu­mer­ous queries from my pa­tients. Moms would ask about acne treat­ments for their teens, for in­stance. These were re­la­tion­ships es­sen­tially based on trust and con­ve­nience. Among my pa­tients’ most preva­lent con­cerns are acne, scar­ring, weight loss and re­quests for fillers.

When it comes to fa­cial treat­ments, trends are def­i­nitely mov­ing to­wards en­hanc­ing and anti-age­ing treat­ments. My ad­vice is based on in­di­vid­ual con­cerns, but a chem­i­cal peel is of­ten a good start­ing point. Clients then con­tinue the pro­gramme at home with sci­en­tif­i­cally for­mu­lated prod­ucts. I’m a big fan of the Obagi Clen­zi­derm range, a three-step acne treat­ment that’s had amaz­ing re­sults. It’s es­pe­cially good if you don’t want to go the route of Roac­cu­tane and an­tibi­otics. Slim­ming treat­ments have come of age with BTL Van­quish Me, a fat-dissolving ma­chine. It ba­si­cally uses ra­dio fre­quency to break up fat cells which, once bro­ken, are es­sen­tially dead and gone. My pa­tients see a re­duc­tion in cen­time­tres and also tight­en­ing of the skin to a cer­tain de­gree. It’s great for body con­tour­ing, although I rec­om­mend that over­weight pa­tients try to lose the bulk of the weight be­fore do­ing the treat­ment. It’s best for peo­ple with a mod­er­ate num­ber of cen­time­tres to lose, such as bulges, love han­dles or bra rolls. It’s not cheap, but the re­sults are al­most im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble. It gives gym bodies hy­per-def­i­ni­tion and works to counter cel­lulite, as well as post-preg­nancy fat. However, a good diet and gym reg­i­men are rec­om­mended to keep the weight off. It’s no quick fix.

In­tra­venous ther­apy is also pop­u­lar, from vi­ta­min C drips for acne-suf­fer­ers to glu­tathione, which is a pow­er­ful an­tiox­i­dant. With this ther­apy, you walk out feel­ing bet­ter in­stantly – which can only be a good thing!

The three-step Obagi Clen­zi­derm range – acne treat­ment with a punch

Eric­son Lab­o­ra­toire Fat Shock Gel Cel­lulit’ VIB, a per­fect anti-cel­lulite treat­ment that ac­ti­vates enzyme sys­tems to loosen the adipocytes which are vis­i­ble on the sur­face of the skin.

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