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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 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.


Andrea's passion for medical aesthetics started during her post graduate year at the international academy of health and skincare. It was further ignited when a well known Renaissance plastic surgeon gave a informative talk about the industry during college.

Andrea started her career at a well established day spa and worked her way up to general manager, after fulfilling one of her goals, she moved on to work at a well known aesthetics clinic in Wynberg.

Andrea wanted to further broaden her knowledge and experience in medical asethetics and this is where her career at Renaissance skin science started. 

Andrea loves working closely with the plastic surgeons at Renaissance skin science and learns something new every day. She is passionate about results and working hand in hand with our patients in achieving their skin goals.

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