Although many elective procedures took a back seat this year due to Covid-19, the demand for medical aesthetic procedures continues to grow and for many South African women, beauty treatments remain a priority.
As we move into the new year, leading plastic surgeon and founder of the Specialist Laser and Cosmetic Institute (SCIN) Dr Kamlen Pillay, together with specialist dermatologist Dr S’lindile Ndwalane, who heads up the newly-opened Hyde Park SCIN practice, give their insights into which non-invasive medical beauty procedures will be most in-demand in 2021.
A Bloody Good Time – Vampire Facial
According to Dr Sli, a firm favourite that will continue to be in demand in 2021 is PRP (platelet-rich plasma) skin regeneration therapy, also known as the vampire facial.
“A vampire facial or PRP treatment is a procedure that aims to use a patient’s own blood to trick the body into healing and repair. The blood is extracted and undergoes a spinning process to separate the plasma, which is injected back by puncturing the skin using a dermapen or injections.”
“I recommend this procedure for clients requiring collagen induction to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. PRP will also assist with the firming and tightening of the skin and improves moisture retention.”
A Stitch In Time – Thread Lift
A thread lift is a non-surgical procedure where temporary sutures are used to produce a “lift” in the skin. The thread lift is a minimally invasive treatment performed at the clinic with minimal downtime and recovery.
“At SCIN we use Silhouette Lift, a self-anchoring thread technology that is made from polypropylene, a material that has been used inside the human body as a structure material for decades,” explains Dr Sli. “The Silhouette Lift restores ‘the triangle of youth’ without surgery by immediately repositioning the sagging tissue and gradually stimulating the collagen production.”
To the Point – Micro-Needling
“Medical micro-needling is a form of collagen induction therapy (CIT) that is extremely popular, and we anticipate that it will remain so in the new year,” says Dr Sli.
“The idea behind micro-needling is that it creates a controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, inducing the body to respond with the formation of new elastin and collagen, as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply in the treated area. The skin plumps and thickens in response, reducing the appearance of scars, fine lines and other skin texture changes.”
An A-Peeling Solution – Chemical Peels
According to Dr Pillay, chemical peels are not going anywhere any time soon and remain a top treatment request. “Chemical peels make use of chemical solutions to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. They are helpful for the treatment of facial blemishes, wrinkles and uneven skin pigmentation.”
“With a chemical peel you see an immediate brightening and smoothing of your skin. With time and regular peels, your skin regains its youthful glow, has fewer fine lines and a more even tone and texture.”
Laser Precision Beauty – Laser Skin Rejuvenation
Laser skin rejuvenation improves sun-damaged skin, scars, and minor facial flaws. It also treats conditions such as excessive redness, large pores, uneven texture, and fine-line wrinkles.
“Laser skin resurfacing removes skin layer by layer with precision. The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger-looking surface and reduce pigmentation,” explains Dr Pillay.
More about SCIN clinics in Cape Town and Johannesburg
The Specialist Laser and Cosmetic Institute (SCIN) was launched in 2007 by leading plastic surgeon Dr Kamlen Pillay who wanted to bring cutting-edge global treatments and technologies in aesthetics and anti-ageing to the South African public.
SCIN has a branch in Cape Town at Wembley Square which is an award-winning medical day spa that is a recognised industry leader in the world of aesthetics and embellished spa therapies and sets a benchmark in the South African MediSpa industry.
The second SCIN clinic opened its doors on 15 January 2020 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, with dermatologist Dr S’lindile Ndwalane at the helm.
The SCIN clinics are operated entirely by qualified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, aestheticians, therapists and offer highly professional and innovative aesthetic, minor cosmetic surgical procedures and medical management of aesthetic conditions, alongside everyday grooming treatments.
Included in the list of procedures on offer are injectables such as botox, dermal fillers, Silhouette Soft thread lifts, laser hair removal, laser vascular and pigmentation treatments, chemical peels, liposuction, as well as anti-ageing facials and massages, as well as platelet-rich plasma (‘vampire facial’) treatments. SCIN also offers facial and body treatments such as antioxidant facials, oxygen-infused facials, the latest anti-ageing and every day spa therapies, as well as intravenous vitamin drips.
Find out more about SCIN here.