Newsletter May 2018
This year seems to be flying by – like every other year since my 50th birthday. I have attended several congresses and training sessions to expand my knowledge and skills and have also lectured to various health care practitioners to help them expand their knowledge and skills.
I am looking forward to the next couple of months – my planning for the next 16 years in private practice is complete and on track, and part of this will be an updated website and increased exposure on social media in support of my quest to share my knowledge and my passion with my patients – all of this should be in place by the 1st of September – to launch with spring!
This month’s newsletter focuses on our perceptions of beauty, approaches to facial cosmetic surgery, non-surgical facial rejuvenation options and the question I probably get asked most often in my practice: I am never in the sun, so why do I have a skin cancer – where does it come from?
Perceptions of beauty

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” or so we are told.  But is it really?
If we but open our eyes and truly look around us, we can see beauty in abundance enriching our lives every day – the beauty of a frail flower opening its petals for the very first time, the beauty of a bee frantically collecting pollen to carry to its hive, the beauty of experience lines on wise faces, the beauty of decay in autumn leaves scattered under centuries’ old oak trees.
Approaches to facial cosmetic surgery

In my February newsletter I discussed how our faces and our skins age.  
In short, faces age due to several genetic and external factors, that have an impact on not only the underlying structures of bone, fat, muscle and tissue, but also on the canvas that covers our face (and indeed our bodies), namely the skin. Understanding this is important, as it directly influences the approaches I will consider when embarking on a facial rejuvenation journey with my patients.
Non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation

I have already discussed some non-surgical options for facial rejuvenation in the article on approaches to facial cosmetic surgery. I purposefully call Botox, Dermal fillers and Silhouette Lift cosmetic surgery procedures, as these need to be performed by fully qualified, trained and experienced medical doctors.
There are several non-surgical options available, however.  
The two options that is used in my practice, specifically for facial rejuvenation, is microneedling and chemical peels.
Why did I get skin cancer?

When we experience a misfortune, it is so natural to respond with “why me?”, and patients are often perplexed why they have been diagnosed with skin cancer, even if they “never go out” and are “never in the sun.”  Many factors play a role, and I will try to keep the discussion short and to the point. 
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