Dr Fatima Bhabha
As a co-founder of Beauty & Curves, Dr. Fatima Bhabha has been a thought leader in the beauty industry for almost a decade.
With an inherent passion for sharing factual information surrounding the medical aesthetics industry, including dispelling common myths and marketing messages used, it is Dr. Fatima Bhabha’s objective to help both men and women make informed choices for their skin and beauty needs. Dr. Bhabha prides herself on ensuring that each and every one of her patients receives the very best and carefully tailored treatments, specific to their needs.
“It is very important for me as a person to promote honest, straight-forward information about the field of medical aesthetics and women’s issues. The vast amount of information available on the internet does not necessarily mean people are well-versed. In fact, so much of it is not factual and can lead to patients making uninformed decisions that can be detrimental to their health.”
Her thirst for knowledge and continuous path for professional development means she is continually studying, and just recently she and her sister, Dr Zaheda Bhabha completed the second phase of their Diploma from the AAAM. As one of the leading aesthetic practitioners in South Africa, she is a qualified Medical Doctor having attained her MBBCH from the University of Witwatersrand. Her many degress include DA(SA) and PPD in Pain and Sedation (UWC), and she is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and the South African Association of Cosmetic Doctors. She holds a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine from the world renowned American Association of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) as well as a Diploma in Vaser Liposuction and specialises in Asian and African skins.
In addition to her dedication to her practice, Dr. Bhabha is very active in her community, both professionally and personally. She is an expert in her field and recently chaired numerous sessions at the COSMEDICA 2015 conference. She volunteers her time campaigning for Pulmonary Hypertension in children and has made appearances on radio giving talks on the rare condition and bringing awareness to the plight of children affected by it. Dr Fatima Bhabha is married to businessman Imrhan Paruk and they have two children, Aadam and Rayhaan.
Dr Zaheda Bhabha
As the business strategist and co-founder of Beauty & Curves, Dr. Zaheda Bhabha has made women’s health and well being her mandate.
Dr. Zaheda Bhabha has both a holistic and innovative approach to modern aesthetics, placing the patient and their overall well-being as a priority. She attained her MBBCH from the University of Witwatersrand, completing her internship at Baragwaneth Hospital and spent time doing community service at Helen Joseph Hospital. She then went on to complete her Masters in Family Medicine and practiced for seven years as a General Practioner. When her daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate, Dr Bhabha made it her mission to find a solution and began researching non-invasive scar revision and sculpting. It was this that prompted her to pursue a career in non-invasive aesthetics.
In her 10 years of working in aesthetics, Dr Bhabha is focused on training for new treatments available in the United States and continually advances her knowledge of the field. Like her sister, Dr Bhabha is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine and the South African Association of Cosmetic Doctors.
She has completed a number of advanced courses in Botox and Fillers and holds certificates and diplomas in Vaser liposuction, laser scar revision, non-surgical injectable body sculpting, fat transfers as well a venous sclerotherapy and facial thread lifting; silhouette soft and miricau threads. In addition to these courses, she holds a Diploma in Travel Health, as well as in Aesthetic Medicine from the world renowned American Association of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM), as well as the Part 2 Diploma and is currently studying to complete her Board Certification in Aesthetic Medicine AAAM. Dr Zaheda Bhabha is married to Dr NE Motala, a gastroenterologist and they have three children, Ahmed, Zuhaira and Huzaifah.
Dr Bibi Aysha Bhabha
Dr Bibi Aysha is the eldest of the Bhabha sisters and one of the founders of Beauty and Curves. Dir Bibi Aysha graduated in the year 2000 with her MBChB from Wits University. Post qualification she worked in oncology, and it was during her role in a step down palliative care facility that she discovered her calling for this area of practice. She has since furthered her knowledge by completing a diploma in palliative care. Dr Bibi Aysha is an advocate for early palliative care as she believes this provides the best outcomes for providing optimal care to alleviate the side effects of treatment and to improve the quality of life for patients with chronic and life threatening illnesses.
She is also passionate about women’s health, weight loss and fitness. Her approach to weight loss is to love food, cheat at times and still look good. Her mission is to dispel common myths around nutrition and take every individual on an exciting, fulfilling yet achievable weight loss journey.
As a cancer survivor, Dr Fatima Bhabha understands the personal struggles of cancer patients and what their bodies endure during treatment, while her sister, Dr Zaheda Bhabha faced her own emotional trauma when her daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. At the time she had completed her Masters in Family Medicine and was volunteering at Helen Joseph Hospital. She immediately began researching non-invasive scar revision and sculpting, which prompted her move into non-invasive aesthetics.
“It is incrediblly rewarding to work in this field of medicine,” shares Dr. Zaheda Bhabha. “It is not about making women look beautiful. It is about empowering them and giving them confidence again. Life has so many twists and turns and sometimes an injury that can cause severe scarring can leave a women too embaressed to leave the house. We also see many patients who have gone through illness and their appearance has changed as a result. It is amazing how much better a woman can feel about herself when she looks in the mirror and we have restored her former beauty. “
“Having personally fought cancer, and witnessed the anguish my sister went through when her daughter was born with a cleft lip, we know and understand what women go through when they are undergoing medical treatment for long-term illness or unforseen injuries. More often than not its their self-esteem that disappears first as their looks change. We are not here to just provide aestethic treatments; we see our purpose as more than that. It’s about improving their wellbeing and restoring their self-confidence. We offer them advice on how to deal with hair loss, skin and complexion changes, and truly feel we give them hope.”