It’s that time of the year again. You know the one: the season when it seems that no amount of coffee or concealer can hide the fact that you’re feeling (and looking) completely shattered.

The late nights (whether spent at the office or the bar), tight deadlines, and hectic schedules are all starting to show – and it’s not a pretty picture. And just in time for the slew of office parties and your summer holiday… But is it really necessary to wait until your December break to start looking and feeling human again?

Dr. P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre can help you address both looking and feeling tired through a combination of treatments. “It’s extremely important to look after yourself when your body is feeling stressed and overwhelmed,” explains Dr. Portia Gumede of the Dr. P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre. “By relieving pressure internally and boosting the skin externally we can help you feel and look rejuvenated, so you can truly enjoy your holiday.”


Boost Your Skin

Volume loss is easily one of the biggest contributing factors to looking tired. Various factors like ageing, excessive weight loss, sun exposure and hormonal changes can contribute to volume loss in the face. When we lose volume, our skin starts to sag, fine lines appear and the area under the eyes becomes hollowed making us look tired. The cure-all for this used to be fillers and botulinum toxin injectables and these are still good options. Today, however, we are able to subtly address volume loss and rejuvenate the skin with Skinboosters™. The result is a fresher, brighter and more rested appearance. “Skinboosters™ are wonderful because the treatment works equally well on both male and female patients. The improvement is very natural and you’ll just look like you returned from a lengthy island holiday,” explains Dr. P.

Restalyne®’s Skinbooster™ is specifically formulated to work in the deeper layers of the skin. The micro-droplets of hyaluronic acid (HA), which are specially formulated for this treatment, are meticulously injected in specific areas to boost the skin. HA has an impressive water retention ability and through this, it’s able to plump up the skin, improve the appearance of sagging and address fine lines. The results are immediate and long-term, after a Skinbooster™ treatment patients look more rested, the skin appears hydrated, smoother, brighter and over time it will also become firmer and more rejuvenated.


Address fatigue internally

It’s one thing to look like you just returned from a holiday, but it’s quite another to feel as though you’ve just returned from one. Dr. P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre aims to give their patients both of these results– because feeling rested will also naturally translate to your skin and only further boost results. When we’re stressed, sick or regularly over indulge, we place strain on our lymphatic system and it can become less responsive. The lymphatic system plays an integral part in keeping the body healthy by detoxing and removing harmful substances. When it’s not working as it should you will feel tired, struggle with headaches, water retention, increased weight gain, and cellulite will become more apparent. Lymphatic drainage is an effective and fantastic way to rejuvenate the lymphatic system and improve the health and wellbeing of a patient.

Dr. P Aesthetic Lifestyle Centre uses the BTL Lymphastim to encourage lymphatic drainage. The Lymphastim works on the principle of pneumatic pressotherapy and replicates the way a therapist would manually do lymphatic drainage. The mechanical massaging encourages the movement of lymphatic fluids and deeply stimulates the lymph nodes. Lymphatic drainage is a natural way to encourage detoxification in the body and boost the immune system. As the body gets rid of toxins patients may feel tired, but the long-term effects far outweigh the initial drowsiness. Ultimately patients feel rejuvenated and also find that problems such as indigestion, fluid retention, cellulite and poor circulation are improved.

Turns out you don’t need a holiday just quite yet – all you need is a date at Dr. P Lifestyle Aesthetic Centre! For more information or to book a treatment, call (010) 001 8557/8 or email You can also click here to visit their website.


About Dr. Portia Gumede

Dr. Portia Gumede obtained her medical degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2002. Her interest in dermatology and aesthetics led her to complete her aesthetic training at the renowned American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. She recently attended the Oculo-Facial Aesthetic Academy in London to further her skills and training. In addition to starting her own aesthetic clinic, Dr. P as she is fondly referred to, serves as a national trainer for Galderma, a global leader in neuromodulators and dermal fillers.