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Masters of anti-ageing

Heinrich Griesel and Kobus Erasmus are aesthetics doctors who practice their anti-ageing mastery at Contour.med in Bloemfontein. Here Get It finds out how we can all age better…

What led you to be where you are today? 

Heinrich: I finished my MBChB degree in 2015 at Kovsies. I did my internship in Bloemfontein and my community service at Botshabelo District Hospital. Then, I worked as a GP while doing various courses. I’m a member of the Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa and the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine. I enjoy making positive changes in people’s lives and giving them the confidence that they deserve; so, Contour.med was born in 2019.

Kobus: I started my medical career after studying medicine at Kovsies. I did my internship in Johannesburg and completed my community service in Bethlehem. I stayed on as a medical officer in Orthopedics for another year, and eventually ended up in Bloemfontein in the Department of Forensic Pathology; I however missed the interaction with patients. I met Heinrich while we were still in med school so when I mentioned that I wanted to get back into clinical medicine he considered me a good fit for Contour.med; here we are almost a year later, moving into a new premises, and expanding our scope.

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What services do you offer?

Contour.med offers a wide variety of aesthetic medical procedures including meso-therapy, dermal fillers, medical weight loss, thread lifting, and IV nutraceuticals. Our ideal patient is any individual who is interested in anti-ageing treatments and who would like to promote their overall health.

What is the most asked-for aesthetic service at Contour.med?

Anti-wrinkle injections and our famous Contour.lip filler treatment.

It is said that people in their early 20s spent so much time looking at themselves during Zoom meetings that they started to notice their “imperfections”, and have turned to Botox and fillers. Is this your experience?

Zoom meetings and webinars have definitely contributed to people observing or discovering facial features that bother them. Due to mainstream social media there is a certain expectation created of what people should look like. It’s important to us to guide our patients through their concerns and their treatment expectations. It is not uncommon for us to have spent time on a consultation and having the patient leave our offices confident that their imperfections are normal and that they do not need treatment at this time.

Have Instagram filters led to an increase in the demand for fillers?

Yes, because they create mostly unrealistic beauty standards. Lips are a big social media hype now and we often get requests from patients who want their lips to look like a picture they show us. It’s important to have an in-depth consultation to ensure that patients’ requests are not based on unrealistic expectations and unhealthy representations on social media.

Has there been an increase is the demand for threading?

Threading is a popular treatment in our practice with exceptional lifting capabilities. People want to move away from invasive surgery. Threading is considered a lunchtime procedure with minimal downtime.

What approach have you adopted at your practice?

Heinrich: We believe this is a journey for the patient and not a once-off-fix-it-all session; we also believe in creating long lasting relationships with our patients.

Kobus: We are and always will be medical practitioners and we stand by our oath to first do no harm. Our approach is always to diagnose the problem and implement the safest and best treatment, always ethically managing our patients’ needs and concerns. Our meticulous evaluation in consultation ultimately dictates the type of treatment we will be recommending.

Do you think aesthetic medicine requires of you to look past the obvious to understand what makes a patient happy?

Heinrich: Yes, because we need to understand that we’re here to enhance a patient’s own features and not create a cookie cutter look.

Kobus: Completely agree! The obvious is not always obvious to our patients. We often get patients who come in with concerns of small lips or wrinkles around the mouth, and end up with a treatment plan for cheek augmentation and chin enhancement; thus, balancing the facial profile rather than enhancing a single feature like the lips.

Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you.

Heinrich: I’m an excellent chess player.

Kobus: I wanted to become a veterinarian.

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