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Dr Des Fernandes

Dr Des qualified at the Witwatersrand University and then became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh. He left South Africa to start training in Plastic Surgery but trained in Cardio-thoracic surgery and returned to Cape Town to work with Prof. Christiaan Barnard for several years and was involved in the first double heart transplant.

However after completing his training he did a radical change and started specialising in plastic surgery. His mentor was Dr David Davies who generously showed me the depth of creative plastic and cosmetic surgery. He went into practice with Dr Davies Davies in 1980.

Dr Des has pioneered using vitamin A in cosmetic products to give similar results to using retinoic acid in order to be able to achieve more convincing rejuvenation of the skin.

He has patented the Environ DF iontophoresis and low frequency sonophoresis machine that enable us to a) achieve results comparable to having fractionated laser treatments, and b) also enhance the effects of botulinum toxin injections as well as c) reduce fatty deposits.

He pioneered skin needling techniques which have eventually become internationally recognised as the safest, most effective way of treating lax skin, wrinkles, scars and stretch marks despite the resistance of his colleagues.

He pioneered the suture suspension “scarless” forehead, face and neck lift and the techniques for “servicing” facelifts to maintain the best result for extended periods.

Dr Nerina Wilkinson

Dr Wilkinson completed 12 years of medical and surgical training. Her rigorous training began as a medical student at the University of Stellenbosch, where she was conferred with her medical degree in 1991. Her passion for structure, delicate work and human interaction helped her to successfully complete her Plastic Surgical training in 1999 when she became a Fellow of the College of Plastic Surgeons. She commenced private cosmetic practice in Johannesburg in 2000 and was appointed as a consultant at The Medical University of SA where she was involved in the training of registrars in female reconstructive and cosmetic procedures. In 2001, she became an accredited member of The Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of SA. She acquired further experience in cosmetic surgery in London and New York in 2002, training with leading cosmetic surgeons for three months.

In 2006 she relocated to her home town, Cape Town, and joined the Renaissance BSI where she now practices.

Dr Wilkinson has developed a passion for cosmetic surgical procedures such as, breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reductions, tummy tucks, liposuction and facial surgery. She also performs the complete spectrum of minimally invasive non-surgical procedures such as fillers, chemical peels and surgical needling.

Dr Wilkinson has actively been involved in research during her training. She has presented her work numerous times at national meetings for plastic surgeons and she was awarded the best clinical research paper in 1998. She continues to lecture widely on many topics in plastic surgery and has authored numerous articles in the consumer media.

Dr Stuart Geldenhuys

After Dr Geldenhuys completed his internship in 1991 he spent some time working in the UK as Senior House Officer, before returning to South Africa and taking up the post of Registrar in General Surgery (1995) and subsequently Plastic Surgery (1999) at the University of Cape Town.

He was appointed as Senior Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town in 2003. He left this position in April 2006 to concentrate on his private practice but maintains an interest as a part-time consultant in registrar training of reconstructive techniques and cosmetic surgery.

Following Dr Geldenhuys' acceptance as a fellow of the Association of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa in 2003, he has been in private practice, involved principally in cosmetic surgery.

Dr Geldenhuys' philosophy centers on personal care.

Compassion for his patients and the value of attentive communication have been an integral part of Dr Geldenhuys' approach from his first days of internship at Groote Schuur and Red Cross Children's Hospitals in Cape Town.

It is his belief that effective communication is the basis for a successful outcome.

"It is vital for a plastic surgeon to ensure that they understand specifically, their patients' needs, concerns and expectations. This is particularly relevant as patients and their surgeon may have a different sense of what is aesthetically pleasing. During the preoperative consultation 'scientifically', surgically feasible options are determined and common ground reached as to the final aesthetic outcome."


Bernita’s passion for the health and skincare industry began in grade 10. She graduated from the Cape Peninsula training institute in 2006 achieving three different international diplomas. 

She started her career in a top spa franchise in Cape Town. Her international diplomas allowed her the opportunity to work at a beautiful resort spa in Colorado, USA.

The travel bug had bitten and she decided to join Steiner, the Onboard spa company, and had the opportunity to travel around the world while doing what she loves. It was on onboard Steiner that she met the love of her life and they decided to start a life together in Cape Town.

Bernita was presented with the exciting prospect to work at Renaissance Skin Science in 2013. 

This was a very exciting career opportunity to be able to work with a well-respected team of Plastic Surgeons. 

The past few years with Renaissance Skin Science have been very fulfilling. It has been a very enjoyable experience witnessing the changes in our patient’s skins and lives.  


Kaeli’s fascination with the medical aesthetic industry began at an early age. She has always admired the work of plastic surgeons and dermatologists and knew she wanted to work closely with them as part of her career. Kaeli completed a 3-year diploma in health and skincare where she fell in-love with the medical aesthetic field even further.

She completed her studies in 2013 and started her career at a well-established salon in Sea Point where she built up a loyal client following.

She was then given the exciting opportunity to join a brand new laser clinic. She helped with the start-up and establishment of their newest branch in Cape Town.

Kaeli wanted to broaden her horizons and work with a variety of different medical skincare treatments and this is how she came across Renaissance Skin Science. 

She has learnt and grown so much since starting at Renaissance Skin Science beginning 2016 and loves learning about new treatments and how our treatments are combined with the work of the plastic surgeons.

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