As plastic surgeon, the skin is my canvas, and the better prepared the canvas is that I work with when I do surgery, the quicker my patient recovers and the better the results are.

Furthermore, nothing I do – Botox, fillers, Thread lifts or facial cosmetic surgery, will do anything to improve the canvas, or skin of your face, neck or décolletage area.

This is where medical grade skin care treatments, together with clinically proven medical grade skin care products, play an important role.
We all suffer to a more or lesser extent, dependent on our lifestyle, from various skin issues, such as a dull complexion, a rough texture, large appearing pores, superficial sun damage and pigmentation, deeper pigmentation due to hormonal influences, adult breakouts or acne. Acne scarring and other scarring due to accidents can also plague us. Fine lines and wrinkles and skin laxity are inevitable as we grow older.

All of these can be addressed by appropriate epidermal or dermal microneedling. Knowledge of the different skin cells and skin structures, and how these are influenced by specific needling depths, product ingredients and treatment frequency, as well as experience, are key factors in ensuring that you achieve appropriate results with microneedling. Many advances have been made in the last couple of years –one of them being that we microneedle far less aggressively than we did before, and that we often only microneedle superficially for many skin conditions – instead of the very aggressive, blood-inducing treatments, with many days of recovery, of the past.

Microneedling can be done on almost anyone, and for most skin conditions. There are now at least 89 different conditions for which microneedling can be used. The treatment is quick (60 minutes), and recovery between one and three days – depending on whether epidermal or dermal problems were addressed.

Chemical peels still play an important role in addressing various skin conditions, and winter is the ideal time to do your chemical peels, when the sun is not too strong. Various medical grade chemical peels are available, and my practice offers anything from very superficial peels, with no downtime, to deep peels, with about a month’s downtime.
At last count, about 15 different chemical peel options and combinations are available, with some peels being done once a week over a period of 6 to 8 weeks, and others being done once a month only.

Microneedling and chemical peels can also be done to arms, hands, feet, legs and backs, and at times, to achieve quicker results, the two treatments are combined.
As these are medical grade treatments, not available from anyone else but well trained and accredited doctor’s offices, and performed under their supervision, it is also essential that you first attend a consultation to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for any of these treatments, and to determine which product or treatment will achieve the best results for you.