Renaissance Surgical Clinic

A World Class Cosmetic Surgical Clinic in the heart of Cape Town

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Patient & Travel Information


We would urge you to read through these recommendations when planning your surgery and travel arrangements. Should you have any specific queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Planning Your Journey

In planning your journey we can recommend Medical Tourism South Africa and Surgical Bliss These are companies that source places to stay and offer transport to and from the clinic on the day of surgery and for follow-ups.

  • You should plan to arrive in Cape Town at least 2 days prior to your intended surgery.
  • To facilitate adequate recuperation and a comfortable return journey we recommend you remain in Cape Town between 1-3 weeks after surgery (see below).
  • Suggested duration of stay (This should be confirmed prior to making you flight reservations):
    • Eyelids and liposuction : 7-10 days
    • Breast Surgery : 10-14 days
    • Facelift : 2 weeks
    • Abdominoplasty : 2- 3 weeks

The Renaissance Body Science Institute which houses the Surgical Clinic and the overnight facility has spa and gym facility. These are available for patients and relatives pre and post op. Patients are welcome to book massages, pedicures etc during their stay at the over-night facility.

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Medical Considerations

  • If you have any medical conditions make sure you have informed the Clinic well in advance prior to your departure.
  • Please ensure that you have informed the Clinic of any medications or supplements you may be taking prior to your confirmation of surgery.
  • In certain instances you may be requested to consult your general practioner or have blood tests prior to your departure.
  • Certain medications should be avoided for at least 2 weeks before surgery: aspirin or aspirin containing medications, (common in cold and flu medications) Anti Inflammatories, (Voltaren, Brufen, Vioxx, Norflex) arnica and some homeopathic or herbal remedies. These may thin your blood and predispose to bleeding. Garlic and red wine should be avoided for 2 days before surgery.
  • At your pre-operative consultation ensure that all your questions are answered and that you are confident that you understand your procedure, the risks and the likely post-operative course. The better prepared you are, the easier it will be.
  • In the event that you develop a bacterial or viral infection (respiratory, skin etc.) your surgery may be postponed.

Thromboembolic Disease

  1. What is it?

    Prolonged immobility on a long-haul flight and sitting with bent legs with compression of the back of the knees by the front edge of the seat can obstruct the flow of blood in the leg veins. This may initiate the process of thrombosis (clotting) of the leg veins resulting in their blockage.

  2. How can this be avoided?
    • Predisposing factors should be modified:
      • Try to achieve your optimal weight
      • Stop smoking / Please note that some procedures (e.g. facelift, abdominoplasty) may not be performed at all in smokers. In these cases a month's abstinence prior to and after surgery is mandatory. Smoking affects blood circulation to the wound site and is contraindicated for wound healing.
    • Precautions during your flight:
      • You should purchase and use full length Anti-Embolism (TED / DVT) stockings for the duration of your flight, during and after surgery.
      • Drink lots of water and not alcohol as this dehydrates your system.
      • Take along your own bottled water.
      • Walk around as often as possible during your flight to keep your blood circulation going (get an aisle seat).
      • Avoid sleeping tablets as they result in prolonged periods of immobility.
      • While you are in your seat, alternately contract and relax different muscle groups, especially those of the lower legs, this helps the blood flow in your legs
    • When you arrive in Cape Town:

      Go for a good walk soon after arrival to assist the circulation in your legs.

The Day of your Surgery

  • You should not have anything to eat or drink for 6-8 hours before your surgery.
  • Take a shower before surgery you may be given some antiseptic soap to use on your pre-operative consult with your surgeon.
  • Avoid make-up.

What to bring

  • Slippers & light dressing gown
  • Basic toiletries
  • Loose clothing with buttons or zippers – (avoid 'pull-over' clothing especially for breast surgery) Sunglasses & scarf for facial surgery.
  • Any current medicines
  • ID Document
  • Payment of the theatre fees (as per your quotation) may be made before surgery by EFT (please bring proof of payment) or by Credit Card on the day of your surgery. If you are intending to pay by any other means please ensure this is cleared with the theatre management.

What NOT to bring

  • If possible leave valuables at home.
  • No weapons of any description are allowed.
  • No smoking is permitted in the Renaissance Institute


Valuable Information

  • Most patients are required to stay at least one night at the overnight facility, they are however encouraged to stay until they feel ready to go home, especially those who are going home alone to hotel rooms. This facility is open from Monday to Thursday. Further accommodation requirements can be arranged with guest houses in the area that have knowledgable staff which are experienced in looking after our patients.
  • Do not expect to see the result immediately. Some procedures may take months for the results to become evident.
  • Plan for total rest for 2-3 days after surgery.
  • Pain / discomfort is maximal during the first 2-3 days following surgery.
  • You will be comfortable taking regular pain medications.
  • Swelling is maximal for the first 3-4 days and resolves over the subsequent 2-3 weeks, depending on the procedure.
  • Bruising generally takes 2-3 weeks to settle.
  • Some patients may feel depressed for a day or two post-surgery, this is quite normal.

Non Surgical Procedures


Botulinum Toxin is a purified substance that's derived from bacteria. Commonly known types of botulinum toxin type A include Botox and Dysport.

Botulinum toxin A injections are used to soften lines creating a smoother more youthful, fresher facial expression. Botox is injected into specific areas of facial muscles to limit their contraction. Consequently the overlying skin does not 'fold' or crease resulting in a smoothing effect.

We rely on our facial muscles to communicate our emotions through our facial expressions. The intention of a Botulinum Toxin Type A treatment is not an expressionless face. Whilst it is beneficial to soften lines It is equally important to avoid a frozen, unnatural appearance.

This treatment offers an affordable, non-surgical solution. The treatment of Botox leaves almost immediate, positive visible results which require no recovery. Common areas of treatment are:

  1. Frown lines, shaping of the eyebrow, forehead lines
  2. Elevation of the corners of the mouth
  3. Treating an uneven, 'pot-holed' chin
  4. Treating nasal tip drooping when laughing or smiling
  5. Crow’s feet/smile lines
  6. Prevention of wrinkles
  7. Botulinum toxin type A is frequently used to minimize sweating in the armpits. Multiple intra-dermal sites are injected in each armpit. The effects last up to 6 months.

The injections take 5 - 15 minutes and are performed in the rooms. The effect takes 3-7 days from the time of the injection, and lasts for about 3-4 months. As it wears off one can see the specific muscles returning to their normal contracting ability. As there is no permanent muscle weakness, repeat injections are required to maintain this effect

Dermal Fillers

As skin ages the level of Collagen, Elastin Fibres and fat stores reduce considerably. Fillers are used to counter the effects of aging by facial remodelling and volume replacement. Dermal Fillers fill wrinkles, plump up the skin and give a more youthful, smoother, refreshed look. It is a temporary, relatively painless procedure with immediate results. A quick fix to soften facial wrinkles, plump lips and fill out any recessed facial areas which enhances facial bone structure.

Fillers work by adding small amounts of volume along the crease or depressions. This volume plumps up the skin and reduces or eliminates the recessed area/crease.

The most common areas of the face that require this treatment are around the eyes, cheeks, mouth, brow, bridge of the nose and jawline. Fillers are usually injected beneath the surface of the skin where it improves the affected area of skin.

Skin Care

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Medical Skin Needling is also referred to as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT). this procedure creates tiny areas of trauma within the skin, initiating a natural healing process. This process then releases natural growth factors that stimulate the production of collagen & elastin, resulting in skin rejuvenation reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, skin laxity and scarring such as that is caused by acne or chicken pox. It has also been successfully applied to the indication of hair restoration in cases of alopecia.

Pioneered by the internationally renowned South African Plastic Surgeon, Dr.Desmond Fernandes in 1997, needling has been combined with other therapies as well as performed on its own, to successfully treat acne scars, stretch marks, fine lines & wrinkles.

Skin Peels

A chemical peel is a technique that improves the skin's texture and appearance, by applying a chemical solution to the skin which removes the outer damaged layers. The amount of skin removed will depend on the type of chemical used, the strength of the product (superficial, medium and deep peels) and how long it is left on the skin. They can be used on most areas of the body, but are commonly used on the face or the back of the hands to improve rough skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, age spots, sun damage, blemishes, scars or acne. The peeling creates a healing response at the lower layers of the skin that stimulates the production of elastin and collagen, resulting in smoother, radiant and younger looking skin.

Omnilux light therapy

Omnilux Revive™ (red light) acts to rejuvenate and repair damaged skin, improve uneven skin tone and reduce the appearance of fines line and wrinkles. Omnilux Revive delivers a precise wavelength of visible red light that penetrates deep into the skin to stimulate fibroblast activity to naturally boost the production of collagen (the protein responsible for plump, healthy skin).

Omnilux Plus™ (white light) it’s main purpose to heal the skin, making it perfect for after cosmetic surgery procedures, burns, damaged skin and new scars.

Carboxy therapy

The Carboxy Therapy procedure uses carbon dioxide to reduce stretch marks, cellulite and scars. It is also a safe, minimally invasive, clinically proven method to rejuvenate, restore, and recondition the skin. Micro-injections of carbon dioxide are injected just beneath the surface of the skin. These stimulate circulation and collagen production.

Carbon Dioxide Therapy or Carboxy-therapy, the miracle gas, has been touted as the biggest beauty breakthrough since Botox. Worldwide, Carboxy-therapy is rapidly becoming known as the leading skin rejuvenation treatment.


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