Facial plastic surgery involves a range of invasive and non-invasive procedures aimed at enhancing facial aesthetics and functionality.

Facial plastic surgery in South Africa

What is facial plastic surgery?

Facial plastic surgery involves a range of invasive and non-invasive procedures aimed at enhancing facial aesthetics and functionality.

These surgeries can rejuvenate your skin, redefine your facial features, and correct the signs of ageing caused by volume loss and sagging.

At Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, we offer a variety of facial surgeries for aesthetic improvement, from facelifts and neck lifts to ear surgery, eyelid surgery, and more.

The Doctor & Team Behind Our Facial Surgery Procedures

With significant advances in surgical techniques and technology, facial plastic surgery has become safer and more effective than ever.

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, our all-female team excels in facial aesthetic treatments, helping you achieve your desired appearance in our exclusive private plastic surgery & aesthetic practice in the prestigious V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

Learn more about our facial plastic surgery procedures and contact us today to book your consultation today.

We provide the following

Signature facial cosmetic surgery procedures

At our clinic, we pride ourselves on offering Signature Facial Cosmetic Surgery Procedures, expertly crafted to provide transformative and natural-looking results.

Our signature facial plastic surgery procedures include the StemCell4DLift™ Scarless Facelift, EYElight360™ Blepharoplasty and BELLA Lift which provide targeted, holistic rejuvenation with natural-looking results.

Our specialist team brings unmatched expertise to these signature procedures, offering personalised plans for optimal outcomes. Contact us to start your bespoke facial rejuvenation journey.

StemCell4DLift Scarless Facelift

Pioneered by Dr. Nerina Wilkinson, the StemCell4DLift™ stands as a top-tier, scarless facelift procedure that offers natural-looking rejuvenation using regenerative medicine. This procedure combines four innovative and scarless surgical techniques into one procedure.

EYElight360™ Blepharoplasty

The Eyelight360™ is a signature blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) procedure developed using Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s decades of experience in plastic surgery. It involves a 3-dimensional approach to the restoration of the eyes and surrounding structure.

BELLA lift

A BELLA Lift is a less invasive surgical procedure that allows patients to “turn-back-the-clock” by targeting the most visible signs of mid-face ageing by tightening underlying muscles and re-draping the skin in the this area.

We provide the following

Types of facial plastic surgery procedures

Our clinic specialises in a diverse array of facial plastic surgery procedures, designed to meet the unique aesthetic and functional needs of each patient.

Our offerings include ear surgery (Otoplasty), facelift surgery (Rhytidectomy), and neck improvement surgery for a more sculpted profile. We also provide eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) and facial fat grafting (lipofilling). For those seeking cutting-edge treatments, our stem cell facelifts harness regenerative medicine for unparalleled yet natural-looking results.

Contact us to start your tailored facial enhancement journey.

Ear surgery (Otoplasty)

Otoplasty is a surgical procedure suited for those feeling self-conscious about the size and protrusion of their ears. Otoplasty targets the main causes of these issues, including abnormalities in the antihelical fold and the concha.

Facelift surgery (rhytidectomy)

Facelifts, or rhytidectomy surgery, are transformative solutions to combat signs of ageing, delivering a natural and refreshed appearance. Dr. Nerina Wilkinson offers this procedure with a focus on whole-face rejuvenation, rather than merely skin tightening.

Neck improvement surgery (lower rhytidectomy/ neck lift)

Neck improvement surgery mitigates signs of ageing by tightening neck muscles, trimming unwanted skin, and removing excess fat.
Neck improvement surgery is often performed alongside facelifts for comprehensive results. However, it can also be done independently.

Eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty)

Blepharoplasty addresses the sagging skin around the upper and lower eyelids, aiming to transform a tired appearance into a more youthful and refreshed look. Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s holistic approach considers the eyelids in conjunction with surrounding tissues, enhancing the complete periorbital area.

Facial Fat Grafting (Lipofilling) Procedures

Lipofilling, also known as facial fat grafting, enhances your facial features by addressing signs of ageing caused by volume loss. Dr. Nerina Wilkinson utilises your own body fat to naturally restore lost volume, providing a rejuvenated and uplifted effect.

Stem Cell Facelifts

Stem cell facelifts are an innovative solution for those noticing early signs of ageing, like deflation, hollowness, a decrease in skin quality, and sagging. This incision-free, scarless procedure utilises special fat grafting techniques to improve skin texture and fine facial lines.

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Frequently asked questions about facial plastic surgery

What is facial contouring surgery?

Facial contouring surgery encompasses a variety of procedures aimed at enhancing the overall structure and proportions of the face. These surgeries can include interventions like rhytidectomy (face lift), lipofilling, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), jawline reshaping, and lip augmentation. The goal is to create a more balanced and harmonious appearance by altering the contours of your facial features.

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s clinic, facial contouring surgery goes beyond mere alterations; it’s an art form. With a holistic approach, Dr. Nerina Wilkinson carefully assesses each patient’s unique facial structure to provide individualised treatment plans. By pioneering signature treatments relying on decades of experience and the latest advancements in cosmetic medicine, Dr Nerina Wilkinson ensures natural, long-lasting results that are not just transformations, but enhancements of your inherent beauty.

What are types of facial plastic surgery procedures?

Facial plastic surgery encompasses a broad range of procedures aimed at enhancing, restoring, or altering the appearance and functionality of the face. Common types include rhinoplasty (nose reshaping), facelifts (rhytidectomy), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), otoplasty (ear surgery), neck improvement surgery and more. There are also less-invasive options such as stem cell facelifts, and facial fat grafting (lipofilling) that provide exceptional, incision-free results.

What are the benefits of plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery offers a variety of benefits that extend beyond mere aesthetics.
Many patients experience a significant boost in self-confidence and overall well-being following their procedure. Other benefits can include improved physical comfort, especially in cases involving body contouring or breast reduction, as well as enhanced facial symmetry. Furthermore, plastic surgery can also offer reconstructive solutions, such as in the cases of congenital deformities or trauma, restoring both form and function.

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson believes in the transformative power of plastic surgery not just to beautify, but also to enhance quality of life. With her patient-focused approach, she aims to offer comprehensive care that aligns with each individual’s unique needs and aesthetic goals. Whether it’s achieving a more youthful appearance or correcting specific features, the benefits are multidimensional, impacting one’s self-image, confidence, and even social interactions.

How much is facial plastic surgery in South Africa?

Generally, you can expect to pay anywhere from R30,000 to R150,000 or more for facial cosmetic surgery in South Africa.

The cost of facial plastic surgery in South Africa can vary significantly depending on the complexity of the procedure and the concerns being addressed, the surgeon’s experience, the facilities where the surgery takes place and other factors.

We recommend consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon to discuss your aesthetic concerns and goals. Dr Nerina Wilkinson is a top plastic surgeon in South Africa with decades of experience in cosmetic surgery. Dr Nerina Wilkinson and her team of experts in aesthetic medicine can help you define the ideal treatment journey based on your unique aspirations.

Who is the ideal candidate for facial plastic surgery?

The ideal candidate for facial plastic surgery is first and foremost someone who is in optimal health and who has realistic expectations of the procedure, and secondly it is someone who is looking to enhance or modify their facial or body features through cosmetic or surgical procedures, including plastic and reconstructive surgery. These treatments serve a wide range of needs, from achieving a youthful appearance to correcting the shape of specific features like the breasts or ears.

Undergoing facial plastic surgery isn’t solely about aesthetics; it can significantly bolster self-esteem, enrich social interactions and even remedy functional issues.

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s clinic, we specialise in a range of cosmetic procedures (surgical and non-surgical) designed to help you restore natural-looking beauty. While anyone dissatisfied with their facial features could be a candidate, good health is essential for a smooth recovery and realistic expectations for overall satisfaction with results.

Our comprehensive approach aims to help you create harmony between facial features and restore youthful vitality, ensuring you still look like yourself — only more uplifted. We advocate for self-love and believe that taking proactive steps to improve your appearance is a powerful form of self-care.

What to expect from your facial plastic surgery procedures?

When you consult with a skilled plastic surgeon for facial plastic surgery, expectations can vary depending on the specific procedure you choose. However, a common outcome reported by patients is a significant boost in self-confidence. The goal is not just aesthetic enhancement but also comprehensive care that contributes to your overall well-being. Feeling confident and self-assured is an integral part of living a fulfilling life.

What are the risks associated with facial plastic surgery?

Like any surgical procedure, facial plastic surgery carries its own set of risks, although the likelihood of experiencing complications is generally low, especially when you choose a highly skilled and internationally trained surgeon equipped with cutting-edge technology.

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson places a strong emphasis on providing comprehensive care for each patient, from consultation to recovery. In addition to discussing the desired aesthetic goals, she outlines the potential risks associated with the chosen procedure. Whether addressing the face or other parts of the body, she ensures that patients are well-informed so they can make decisions with full awareness of the risks involved.

What’s new in facial cosmetic surgery?

The face and neck are the parts of the body most exposed to the elements and are therefore most affected by the ageing process. Until recently, the conventional facelift was the only treatment of choice to improve the signs of ageing. However, many people have been put off the typical Hollywood, tight, “wind tunnel” look now that more advanced options are available.

Recent studies in facial cosmetic surgery indicate that more patients are requesting cosmetic surgery to remain competitive in the workplace. Due to the economic downturn, however, patients are more educated in the options available to them in cosmetic surgery and more are making use of less invasive procedures to delay the requirement for surgical procedures.

What are non-surgical facelift treatment options?

The face and neck are the parts of the body most exposed to the elements and are therefore most affected by the ageing process. Until recently, the conventional facelift was the only treatment of choice to improve the signs of ageing. However, many people have been put off the typical Hollywood, tight, “wind tunnel” look now that more advanced options are available.

Recent studies in facial cosmetic surgery indicate that more patients are requesting cosmetic surgery to remain competitive in the workplace. Due to the economic downturn, however, patients are more educated in the options available to them in cosmetic surgery and more are making use of less invasive procedures to delay the requirement for surgical procedures.

Muscle relaxing injections and dermal fillers for early signs of ageing

Dr Nerina Wilkinson’s patients are requesting more natural results with shorter recovery times to return back to their work and lifestyles sooner. The most common non-surgical procedures for both men and women remain Muscle Relaxing Injections. However, the use of the “liquid face lift” (dermal fillers) to rejuvenate the face is fast becoming very popular. The procedure is designed to bring back youthful features through the volumetric replacement of soft tissues lost with the process of ageing.

The procedure is performed in the practice where a natural hyaluronic acid-based substance is injected in specific regions of the face to restore lost volume. Dr Wilkinson and her team of Aesthetic Doctors use their signature Natural-Lift™ technique to painlessly support the deeper facial soft tissues to lift and volumise the face. Patients can expect minimal downtime and the “rested” or “lifted” look can last 12 – 24 months.

Signature non-surgical facelift procedures for more extensive volume replacement

For patients who require more extensive volume replacement to achieve a more youthful appearance, we suggest that they consider a Stemcell4DLift™. Unlike a normal facelift, in which the flaccid skin is excised, lifted, and tightened, a Stemcell4DLift™ is performed solely by injection and is completely scarless and incision-free. The procedure involves harvesting fat from a part of the body with abundant fat deposits, this is then purified and precisely injected back into the part of your face that needs filling and contouring. By replacing the fat that has been lost due to ageing you get an uplifting effect. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic in the day clinic.The advantage is that the results are long-lasting and the stem cells in the fat also have further regenerative potential.

Thread Lifts for early signs of sagging

For patients with more than just volume loss, who also show signs of sagging of the lower face, simple volumising techniques might not be sufficient. These patients will require some form of skin tightening and lifting. Thread Lifts might be indicated in these patients with minimal skin laxity requiring facial remodelling/lifting without scars. The ideal patient for this treatment is a younger patient who does not want or need an extensive lift. It is also useful in patients trying to buy time while waiting to embark on more intensive procedures later in life.

When surgical facelifts are the best option

It is important to remember that when patients are older and show more loose skin around the neck and jowls, the less invasive procedures will not achieve adequate rejuvenating results. Therefore, surgical skin excision procedures are indicated in these patients. Today, however, Plastic Surgeons all over the world understand the importance of minimally invasive procedures and that patients are demanding less visible scars.

The classic facelift is the more extensive invasive technique for facial lifting. This remains an excellent choice for older patients with more sagging skin of the face and neck. A new trend is that younger patients, 35 – 45 years of age, are seeking smaller facelift procedures (such as the BELLA Lift ro stem cell facelifts). This too has been one of the rapidly increasing requests at Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates as patients today want to bypass the typical stages of ageing i.e. jowls and loose necks.

How long does it take to recover from facial plastic surgery?

The recovery time from facial plastic surgery varies widely depending on the specific procedure performed and the individual’s overall health. Generally speaking, less invasive treatments may have shorter recovery periods of a few days to a week, whereas more extensive surgeries could require several weeks for full recovery. During this time, patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which will gradually subside. Following your plastic surgeon’s post-operative instructions is crucial for a successful and speedy recovery.

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson takes a hands-on approach to providing comprehensive care throughout the surgical journey. She meticulously discusses the expected recovery times tailored to each patient’s procedure during initial consultations. Her team remains accessible for any questions or concerns, ensuring you are equipped with the information and resources needed for a smooth, comfortable recovery. Contact us to book a consultation today.

How to tighten facial skin without surgery?

Several non-surgical options are available for those looking to tighten facial skin. These include laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels dermal fillers, biostimulators, among aesthetic treatments or skin treatments. These treatments aim to stimulate collagen production, smooth out fine lines, and improve skin elasticity. Always consult with a certified healthcare provider to determine the most suitable option for your needs.

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s practice, we offer a range of non-surgical solutions aimed at tightening facial skin. Our comprehensive care approach means that we will work closely with you to find a treatment that aligns with your specific goals and lifestyle. Contact us to book a consultation today.

How to fix facial asymmetry without surgery?

Non-surgical options to correct facial asymmetry may include types of injectable fillers (including dermal fillers, hybrid facial fillers, biostimulators, mesoboosters, and more), or targeted facial exercises. These treatments can balance out the face and improve its overall appearance without requiring invasive procedures.

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson believes that every patient deserves a balanced and harmonious face. To this end, we offer minimally invasive solutions like dermal fillers and botulinum toxin injections to help address facial asymmetry. Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s comprehensive care approach ensures that each treatment is meticulously planned and executed to provide natural, enduring results. Contact us to book a consultation.

Where is facial plastic surgery performed in Cape Town?

Facial plastic surgery is performed at various locations throughout Cape Town, including hospitals and private clinics. It’s crucial to research and consult with certified surgeons to find a suitable facility for your specific needs.

At our private practice in Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, we consult for bespoke plastic surgery treatment journeys. Procedures are then conducted either at the practice in the V&A Waterfront, or at the Cosmetic Surgery Institute (depending on the intensity of the procedure). Contact us to start your rejuvenation journey today.

Is facial plastic surgery safe?

While all surgical procedures carry some level of risk, facial plastic surgery is generally considered safe when performed by a certified and experienced plastic surgeon. It’s essential to discuss any concerns with your healthcare provider to make an informed decision before embarking on your plastic surgery journey.

Patient safety is a cornerstone of Dr. Nerina Wilkinson’s practice. With years of experience and a focus on providing comprehensive care, we take every precaution to minimise risks and ensure a successful outcome. During your consultation, she will discuss all potential risks and complications to ensure you are fully informed before proceeding with any surgical procedure.


The plastic surgery team

About Dr Nerina Wilkinson FCS (Plast SA)

Renowned as a pioneer in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Wilkinson offers over 20 years of surgical expertise in creating personalised aesthetic transformations.

Her deep knowledge of anatomy and aesthetics is complemented by a mastery of cutting-edge technology, providing patients with a uniquely tailored aesthetic experience. Trust in Dr. Wilkinson for unparalleled care in your facial rejuvenation journey.

Dr. Nerina Wilkinson and her all-female team offer an unparalleled, curated journey towards beauty and confidence. Specialising in facial plastic surgery, the team merges the latest technological advancements with time-tested surgical techniques.

Their holistic approach ensures personalized care, aimed at achieving natural-looking rejuvenation. With their finger on the pulse of the latest innovations and a keen aesthetic sensibility, you’re in expert hands for a transformative, tailored experience.

Our Patients'


An excellent team who will tailor make a skin treatment plan for you. They are all extremely knowledgeable and professional and use all the latest anti aging technologies and treatments. Amazing attention to detail from the beautiful space to the follow up care kits and check in emails from the therapists. Really a five star experience.

J Anastasopoulos

I have been with Dr Nerina Wilkinson and her team since 2021 and the level of professionalism is unmatched. So are the treatments, they truly have a solution for almost every skin or aesthetic concern. Could not love them more!

A Davids

My experience at Dr Nerina Wilkinson has been nothing but significant! I feel that for the first time, I understand my skin. Thanks to the lovely Louné, that has created a specific skin plan and routine for me. I am 39 years old and struggle with Pigmentation and Skin ageing. Our goal is to make my skin look as fresh, natural and glowing as possible. I have the utmost confidence in Louné to reach my goal. I started my journey with them in January 2023 and my results after doing a Meline Peel are already proofs that I am on the best plan. I am excited and confident to reach my goal and cannot wait for my next appointment! I would definitely recommend their professional opinions.

T Strauss

This is my honest review. I was very sceptical when I made an appointment at Dr Nerina Wilkinson and Associates, I thought like every other place that has influencers going there that it wouldn’t hold up to its reputation. I was wrong! Very wrong. Dr Cindy Kerbel was incredible, she took her time to explain not only my skin but all the available options for my skin. She has such a warm and kind energy. You immediately feel cared for. Honestly you won’t regret going here. I cannot wait for my next appointment. Thank you!

J Bentel

To avoid prolixity, you know your people are undeniably unbeatable when arguments relating to your age arise in conversations (read online dating apps). Despite clinging to the ‘wrong side’ of 30, I’ve made peace with those who assume I am still at varsity. Between Marisa and Bernice (with a shout-out to Natalie (as well as the rest of the team)) my skin and jawline (and the rest) have never looked more delicious. And when the Finance and Facility Manager is also a vibe, you know you’ve found a gem of a team! In short, I’m addicted (hypothetically, of course) to the needles (in a healthy wholesome way, naturally) and am never looking back (in particular at old Facebook photos when youth was allegedly in my favour). Thanks for keeping my aesthetic *ish together.

A Wright

I am so glad that, at the age of 30, I finally decided to come here! Such a warm and professional atmosphere, and Chantel made me feel so comfortable and excited for this journey. After my in-depth skin analysis and consultation, I was very happy with the first treatment, and for what has been planned ahead. Thank you!

F Badenhorst

I’ve gone for 2 appointments so far and 1. the service is incredible, such friendly and professional staff, 2. I had my skin analysed and then also went for a skin treatment and my skin is thanking me for it. I cannot wait to go back for more treatments. Highly recommend.

N Jacobs

I recently went to Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates to help me with my Rosacea. Walking into their beautiful, tranquil space is transforming alone. I love that they have a signature scent, which smells amazing. Each member of the team is passionate about what they do and incredibly knowledgeable, whilst always staying informed with the latest in skincare, technology etc.

B Georgiades

During my extended stay in Cape Town, I (Black American female), visited Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates to maintain my skincare regimen while abroad. I was fortunate to work with my skincare specialist to develop a tailored skincare treatment. Not only did I receive great service, but she also provided detailed insight into the current state of my skin and offered additional recommendations for overall skin health. Chantel was excellent, demonstrating both kindness and informative expertise, and the facility was beautiful. And overall, I did see improvement in my skin’s texture and evenness, but I still have a ways to go.

C Okpara

Growing up I did not pay much attention to looking after my skin properly, but after starting my journey with Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates it has become one of the most important steps in my daily routine and I am loving it thanks to their delightful, informed and supportive team. I have always struggled with broken capillaries and dehydration, but have never known how to go about treating it and preventing further damage in the future. I had my first IPL session last week and I am absolutely shocked by the amazing results thus far. I was very wary about leaving my home during the COVID19 pandemic, but the team at Dr Nerina Wilkinson + Associates not only made me feel incredibly safe but I was also treated like a true queen during my session. After the treatment I received a ‘lucky packet’ of aftercare products and Bernice was there at my every beck and call (as I had many questions which were answered in such a timely and gracious manner). She also recommended products that have made my face feel softer and more youthful than ever before and I can already start seeing/feeling a difference. I am so grateful to the incredible team and I look forward to a future of beautiful care and loving myself in my own skin.

K Fourie

Growing up in the US, I went to dermatologist after dermatologist, and each one said the same three things: I have acne, it’s genetic, and it could be a lot worse. When I moved to Cape Town a few years ago, I heard from a friend that I needed to go see the women at the Nerina Wilkinson skin clinic, so I made an appointment – but I didn’t expect anything different. I left their office after my first appointment with Kim and I had some real hope for my skin to improve. She changed my home care, worked out a long term plan for me, and even gave me her personal cell number so I could message her if things weren’t working. It’s been over two years now and I have never been so happy with my skin. Kim and the other women at the skin clinic form the kindest and most caring team of professionals and I can’t thank them enough. From scalp PRP treatments for thinning hair, to lasers and peels for my rosacea, I’ve tried my fair share of treatments at this office and every single one of them has been worth it – I can honestly say these women have helped me feel like the best version of myself!

A Newell

“I have spent too much money over the past 10 years in hope to sort out my pigmentation and skin texture. Visited many (un)professionals and bought the most mediocre skincare. I heard about Dr Nerina via a friend. My last hope and the best decision I made. I was introduced to the Me Line peel and their skincare…this is now my go to as my skin has never looked this good and healthy ever. Extremely professional team, Bianca was my therapist. If you are looking for skin changing results and are serious about proper skincare, you should visit them. It’s worth all the money you will spend. An investment worth it…”


“Thank you to the wonderful ladies at your skin clinic. I have always suffered from problem skin. They have over the last few months advised me on the correct skincare and through their dedicated treatments I am now proud to show my skin without wearing too much makeup.”

Skincare Treatments

“Every day I look in the mirror, I can’t believe that this new skin in mine! I reached a point in my life where I thought that I would have to live with the consequences of the severe sun damage I have caused myself through years of surfing. Not only have you given me new skin Nerina, you have actually given me a new life.”

L.S, CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment

“My grateful thanks to you all for everything you do for me, and I mean that from the heart of my bottom!”

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Facial cosmetic surgery journey

At our private plastic surgery practice in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, our dedicated team will guide you through every step of your facial cosmetic surgery journey. We offer decades of expertise and curate personalised treatment plans to help you address unique aesthetic concerns.

Contact us today to book your consultation.