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Simon Rademan is a South African fashion designer and
stylist, who believes that changes need not be costly, or
permanent. Experience all you can, and be sincere to your
inner soul. We receive many inquiries about personal
makeovers and felt it necessary to answer several of the
questions in this month’s article about makeovers.
If a change is as good as a holiday, and you feel the urge to
move mountains, best is to consult with a specialist in that
field before you indulge in a makeover. A makeover is a term
applied to changing one's appearance, usually through cosmetics.
Makeovers can range from something as simple as a new haircut,
to the extreme of cosmetic surgery.
A Grooming guru can give expert advice on
grooming, personal hygiene and/or make-up.
Fashion Savants are experts on clothing and
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and home organization.
You may even seek advice and/or expert guidance on popular
culture, relationships, and
food and wine
connoisseurs about cooking or preparing a different meal.
I asked a specialist in the medical field about non-surgical
Botox is what Dr Madeleen de
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin protein produced by the
bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is one of the most
poisonous naturally occurring substances in the world, and it is
the most toxic protein. Though it is highly toxic, it is used
in minute doses both to treat painful muscle spasms, and as a
cosmetic treatment in some parts of the world. It is sold
commercially under the brand names Botox and Dysport for this
purpose. The terms Botox and Dysport are trade names and are not
used generically to describe the neurotoxins produced by the
physician and poet Justinus Kerner called botulinum toxin
"sausage poison", as this bacterium often causes poisoning by
growing in badly handled or prepared meat products. He first
conceived a possible therapeutic use of botulinum toxin. In
1870, Muller (another German physician) coined the name
botulism, from Latin botulus = "sausage". In 1895, Emile
Van Ermengem first isolated the bacterium Clostridium
botulinum. In 1944, Edward Schantz cultured Clostridium
botulinum and isolated the toxin, and, in 1949, Burgen's
group discovered that botulinum toxin blocks neuromuscular
transmission. On April 15, 2002, the FDA announced the approval
of botulinum toxin type A (BOTOX Cosmetic) to temporarily
improve the appearance of moderate-to-severe frown lines between
the eyebrows (glabellar lines). BTX-A has also been approved for
the treatment of excessive underarm sweating. The acceptance of
BTX-A use for the treatment of spasticity and muscle pain
disorders is growing, with approvals pending in many European
countries and studies on headaches (including migraine),
prostatic symptoms, asthma, obesity and many other possible
indications are ongoing.
Side effects can be predicted from the mode of action (muscle
paralysis) and chemical structure (protein) of the molecule,
resulting broadly speaking in two major areas of side effects:
paralysis of the wrong muscle group and allergic reaction.
Bruising at the site of injection is a side effect not of the
toxin, but rather the mode of administration. In cosmetic use,
this means that the client will complain of inappropriate facial
expression such as drooping eyelid, uneven smile, loss of
ability to close the eye. This will wear off in around 6 weeks.
Bruising is prevented by the clinician applying pressure to the
injection site, but may still occur, and will last around 7 - 10
days. When injecting the masseter muscle of the jaw, loss of
muscle function will result in a loss or reduction of power to
chew solid foods. All cosmetic treatments are of limited
duration, and can be as short a period as six weeks, but usually
one reckons with an effective period of between 3 and 8 months.
At the extremely low doses used medicinally, botulinum toxin has
a very low degree of toxicity.
Dr Madeleen de Villiers
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Look 10 years younger --- BOTOX!
- You look stunning with your new Simon dress,
if only you can make that angry look, caused by the vertical
line between your eyebrows disappear.........
YOU CAN and YOU HAVE TO! - Botox injections are the answer. Botox is a
medically approved purified protein that has been cosmetically
used for more than twenty years with great success. Look at
Hollywood and the fashion world ...
HOW DOES BOTOX WORK?
- Low dosages Botox are injected locally and
paralysis the muscle, which prevents you from frowning. The
effect can last from three to six months and anyone with an
unwanted wrinkle, can use it. Generally the procedure is done
by a highly trained medical doctor which will provide the best
WHICH AREAS ARE BOTOX EFFECTIVE FOR?
- There are six facial muscle groups that you
can use it for. The most important line to eliminate, is the
frown between your eyebrows, the lines on your forehead, the
crowsfeet around your eyes as well as the lines surrounding your
mouth. It can be used for necklines as well. The secret is to
keep emotional expressions but to lose the visible creases.
Individual evaluation therefore is extremely important! Wow
that was easy....... For more info contact Dr Madeleen de
Villiers at 0824418407
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Rademan believes in the power of a makeover from time to
time and has successfully transformed many women on their
special day, be it as a bride, for their matric farewell or
just because you love yourself enough. He is a
fine ambassador for style and will continue to inspire those who
want to dress well. He has been asked at numerous occasions
what inspires him, and his answer was simple. “My client
gives the framework, and I paint the picture. Life is full of
traditions, so why not celebrate its luxury with the freedom it
So, what is
the power of a makeover then, you may ask? Well, it is
enigmatic and magical, and could be a
life-changing experience. Use the above information to
plan your own makeover, and
us know what your thoughts are, or:
a consultation with us for an exclusively designed gown.
consultation, our aim is to show you the possibilities of
looking your best! Knowledge is power! We shamelessly
share information with you and enable you to experience the
splendour of looking your best at all times! Should you want
this information at hand, at all times, we now have selected
information available regarding the following: Wardrobe-planning,
analysis, The little black no.,
How Simon Rademan lost 35kg,
and The Elements of Fashion.
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