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.