Medical facials are a great way for your Skincare Specialist to get to know your skin before deciding on a more intensive course of treatments. We also recommend this as maintenance treatments between other more advanced treatments to keep the skin clean, fresh, hydrated and to assist in delaying the signs of ageing.

Medical Facials in South Africa


Our Medical Facials provide a transformative journey toward enhanced skin wellness, blending expert knowledge with a deeply personalised approach to skincare.

Medical Facials are designed to cater to a range of skin types and conditions and aim to rejuvenate, balance, and refresh.

What is a medical facial?

A Medical Facial is a tailored skin treatment focusing on individual needs, starting with an assessment of your skin’s unique characteristics.

It includes cleansing, extractions, a customised chemical peel application, and ends with moisturising and SPF application.

This process not only treats the skin but also helps your Skincare Specialist tailor future treatments to your needs.

Regular Medical Facials are recommended to maintain a youthful appearance, improve skin tone and texture, and act as maintenance between advanced treatments.

Learn more about our approach, how a Medical Facial works, and contact us to book a consultation.

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Frequently asked questions about Medical Facials

Our approach to Medical Facials

At Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, our approach to Medical Facials is centered around personalised skincare. Every new skincare journey begins with a computerised VISIA skin analysis. This ensures that each facial treatment is perfectly tailored to the individual’s skin needs.

Our skilled team combines their expertise with state-of-the-art medical tools and products, creating a luxurious and safe environment for skin transformation. We place emphasis on delivering bespoke treatments that not only address immediate skin concerns but also promote long-term skin health and rejuvenation.

Who is the ideal candidate for a Medical Facial?

The ideal candidate for a Medical Facial is anyone seeking to enhance their skin’s health and appearance.

These facials are suited for various skin concerns, including signs of skin ageing, pigmentation, acne and acne scarring, dry and dehydrated skin, and general skin maintenance.

A comprehensive skin assessment, including a VISIA skin analysis, is essential before each new treatment journey to tailor the facial to your specific needs. This personalised approach ensures that the Medical Facial addresses your unique skin concerns effectively.

How does a Medical Facial work?

A Medical Facial is an immersive treatment process. For new patients, it begins with a detailed consultation to analyse your specific skin concerns.

This is followed by a customised facial treatment, tailored to individual needs. The procedure includes deep cleansing, a carefully selected chemical peel, and the application of moisturiser and SPF, to rejuvenate and revitalise the skin.

The deep cleansing process effectively removes impurities, while the chemical peel assists in exfoliating the top layer of skin, removing dead skin cells, promoting the regeneration of new cells, leading to improved skin texture and a more even-toned complexion. Additionally, the application of moisturiser and SPF ensures thorough skin replenishment and protection, contributing to its overall health and vitality.

Post-treatment, clients are provided with specialised home care product minis to sustain and enhance the treatment’s effects. Our expert team offers comprehensive post-treatment guidance to ensure optimal and lasting skin health benefits.

Which areas can be treated with a Medical Facial?

Medical Facials are versatile treatments that can be applied to various areas of the body. These areas include the face, neck, décolletage, chest, and back, addressing a wide range of skin concerns to enhance overall skin texture and appearance.

How is a Medical Facial performed?

Medical Facials are performed by qualified skin care specialists in a clean, clinical environment. 

During the treatment, patients wear a robe, allowing access to the face, neck, and shoulders. 

A Medical Facial will include:

  • Cleansing
  • Steaming (if needed)
  • Extractions
  • Chemical Peel
  • Application of moisturiser and SPF

Post-treatment, you might experience redness, tightness, or slight peeling. Your Skincare Specialist will provide detailed post-treatment care instructions for optimal skin recovery.

What are the benefits of a Medical Facial for your skin?

Medical Facials offer a range of benefits for the skin. These treatments have been clinically proven to target various skin concerns, such as:

  • Ageing: Medical Facials can help in addressing signs of ageing, including fine lines and wrinkles, promoting a more youthful appearance.
  • Dull and uneven skin tone: They are effective in replenishing the skin, resulting in a more radiant and even complexion.
  • Reduction in pigmentation: Medical Facials can reduce hyperpigmentation issues, leading to a more balanced skin tone.
  • Reduction in acne scarring: For individuals with acne scars, these facials can contribute to a smoother skin texture and a reduction in the appearance of acne scars.
  • Resurfacing of the skin: By promoting cell regeneration, Medical Facials can resurface the skin, revealing a healthier and smoother complexion.

How long does it take to see results after a Medical Facial?

Results after a Medical Facial typically begin to show soon after treatment, with an immediate post-treatment glow. Full results, including improvements in skin texture, tone, and a reduction in fine lines, pigmentation, or acne scarring, can be expected within 2-4 weeks. The specific time frame may vary depending on individual skin types and concerns, as well as the type of chemical peel treatment received.

How many Medical Facials do you need to see results?

The number of Medical Facials needed to see results varies based on individual skin concerns and conditions. Visible changes are often noticeable after the first treatment, but the total number of sessions required depends on the severity of skin issues and the specific goals of the treatment.

A personalised consultation with a Skincare Specialist is essential to determine the appropriate number of treatments for optimal results. The treatment plan includes a tailored approach considering the individual’s skin needs and commitment to aftercare.

How often should I have a Medical Facial?

It’s generally recommended to have a Medical Facial every 4 to 6 weeks. This frequency allows for optimal skin renewal while maintaining the health and appearance of the skin, especially when used as a maintenance treatment in conjunction with more advanced skin procedures. Regular facials can help sustain the benefits and improvements achieved from each session.

How long does it take to perform a Medical Facial?

The duration of a Medical Facial varies depending on the specific area being treated. Typically, a complete facial treatment, including the full face, can take around 30 – 60 minutes.

What is the recovery time for a Medical Facial?

The recovery time for a Medical Facial is minimal, with no downtime required. Patients can usually resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Some may experience mild redness, a sunburn-like sensation, and slight peeling or dryness for a few days. It’s important to follow post-treatment care instructions, like avoiding sun exposure and applying SPF 50, to ensure optimal healing and results.

How much does a Medical Facial cost?

The cost of a Medical Facial can vary based on the specific treatment, area size, and the number of sessions needed.

The cost of a Medical Facial is R1 350 per session, including an aftercare pack of product minis.

Are there alternatives to a Medical Facial?

Alternatives to a Medical Facial for addressing hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, ageing, and acne scarring include several specialised treatments.

The Glow Getter Facial combines a Chemical Peel, Lumecca IPL, and a hydrating Crystal Fibre Sheet Mask, to improve skin texture and radiance.

The FORMA™ HydraLyft utilises a Chemical Peel with Hyaluronic Acid infusion and FORMA™ Radio Frequency to enhance skin texture and address signs of ageing, such as fine lines and lax skin.

Additionally, 3D Medical Skin Needling makes use of Dermapen needling with active ingredients to stimulate collagen production, enhancing skin rejuvenation and reducing signs of ageing.

Each treatment is tailored to meet individual skin concerns. To find the best solution for your skin needs, book a consultation with our Skincare Specialists for a personalised assessment and treatment plan.

Are Medical Facials safe?

Yes, Medical Facials are safe when performed by qualified Skincare Specialists in a clean medical environment. These treatments are carefully designed to suit a wide range of skin types and are supported by a thorough evaluation and personalised guidance, ensuring their effectiveness and safety for each individual’s unique skin needs.

What are the possible risks, side effects, and complications associated with Medical Facials?

While Medical Facials are generally safe when conducted by qualified professionals in a medical environment, there are some potential side effects.

These can include mild erythema (redness), temporary hypo- or hyperpigmentation (lightening or darkening of the skin), and slight skin irritation.

Severe reactions like severe post-treatment erythema, sterile pustules, and severe peeling are rare.

Discussing allergies, medical conditions, or skin issues with a specialist is essential to minimise risks. While most patients don’t experience severe reactions, awareness of potential complications is important for informed decision-making.

The suitability of these facials varies, especially for individuals with certain skin conditions, weakened immune systems, or specific allergies.

Medical Facials: Before and After

We empower our clients with knowledge-driven, effective skincare treatments. Each client’s skincare journey begins with a VISIA Skin Care Analysis, offering an objective evaluation of their skin. Following this, an in-depth consultation with a Skincare Specialist is conducted to discuss and address specific skin concerns. This approach ensures a personalised treatment plan tailored to individual needs, focusing on achieving the best possible outcomes for skin health and appearance.

What to do before the Medical Facial

  1. Avoid strong at-home facial treatments or exfoliation in the week leading up to your appointment.
  2. Stay away from sun exposure, including tanning, for five days prior.
  3. Know and list the skin care products you currently use, as this helps your specialist personalise recommendations.
  4. Inform your Skincare Specialist about any medications, medical conditions, or past skin issues, as these can affect treatment.
  5. For first-timers, especially before a major event, schedule an initial consultation about six weeks in advance, with a follow-up closer to the event, as this will allow time to address any adverse or unexpected reactions.
  6. Prepare to discuss your skin goals; your specialist will create a detailed plan for you.

We recommend that you refrain from aesthetic procedures like Botulinum Toxin, Facial Fillers, and Threads two weeks before and after the facial.

Day of the Medical Facial

On the day of your Medical Facial, you’ll complete a medical questionnaire to assist in customising your treatment. You’ll need to change into a robe as your Skincare Specialist will work on your face, neck, and shoulders. The treatment process includes:

  • A thorough cleansing of your skin.
  • Extractions to clear any clogged pores or blackheads.
  • Application of a chemical peel tailored to your skin’s needs.
  • Finishing with the application of moisturiser and SPF to hydrate and protect your skin.

 After the Medical Facial

After a Medical Facial, it’s common to experience some redness and localised swelling. Pigmented lesions may darken initially before lightening, and vascular lesions might appear bruised. These are normal reactions, and full recovery typically occurs within 4 to 7 days.


  • Cleanse your skin twice daily with an antibacterial wash using lukewarm or cool water.
  • Apply recommended cooling gels to soothe the skin post-treatment.
  • Your Skincare Specialist will suggest a suitable moisturiser to enhance healing and maintain results.
  • Daily application of SPF 50 is essential to protect your skin.
  • Avoid facial waxing for 7 days after the treatment.
  • Limit sun exposure for 2 to 7 days following the treatment.
  • Refrain from exercising for 24 hours after the treatment.

The treatment includes a custom aftercare pack with products to support your skin’s recovery.

Where are Medical Facials performed in Cape Town?

Medical Facials are performed at Dr. Nerina Wilkinson + Associates, located in the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. This high-end, luxurious clinic, founded by Dr. Wilkinson, is known for its advanced aesthetic treatments and state-of-the-art facilities. The clinic is well-regarded for its expertise in skincare and aesthetic procedures, providing a sophisticated and exclusive environment for its clients.


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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.”

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