Hottest aesthetic procedure trends for 2021


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Fat transfers, IV vitamin therapy, vampire facials, thread lifts, micro-needling, dermal fillers, chemical peels and laser skin rejuvenation are predicted to be the most in demand non-invasive medical beauty procedures this year.


This is according to leading plastic surgeon and founder of the Specialist Laser and Cosmetic Institute (SCIN), Dr Kamlen Pillay, and specialist dermatologist, Dr S'lindile Ndwalane, who heads up the soon to be opened Hyde Park SCIN practice.


Both doctors also anticipate a rise in regulations governing the industry in the year ahead. Says Dr Pillay: “As the medical aesthetics field has become more popular, there has been an increase in the number of treatments performed by non-medical persons without the correct qualifications or using prohibited materials. Regulatory bodies all over the world, including here is South Africa, are working hard to stop this.”

He explains fat grafting as a procedure that takes fat from areas in which you have excess and injects it into areas that may be lacking in volume, such as your face, hands, breasts or buttocks.

Dr Pillay advises that fat is harvested from one part of your body, washed and purified, and then carefully reinjected with specially designed needles into the areas that need augmentation. “This is a safe, long-lasting, well-tolerated procedure that produces natural-looking results,” he says. According to Dr Ndwalane, IV vitamin drips deliver essential vitamins and antioxidants directly into the bloodstream, for maximum absorption. He continues: “IV vitamin drips can be used both proactively to maintain optimum health, vitality and performance, as well as to support the treatment of a variety of acute illnesses and chronic conditions.”

The vampire facial has been around for quite a while and Dr Ndwalane believes the popularity of this PRP (platelet-rich plasma) treatment, which uses the patient’s own blood to trick the skin and body into healing, will maintain its popularity. He recommends this procedure for clients requiring collagen induction to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and who want their skin tightened and firmed.


In terms of the thread lift treatments, where temporary sutures are used to produce a ‘lift’ in the skin, the SCIN team uses a self-anchoring thread technology that is made from polypropylene, a material that has been used inside the human body as a structure material for decades.


The doctors note that micro-needling, a form of collagen induction therapy (CIT), remains extremely popular and is expected to be so in 2021. This treatment creates a controlled injury underneath the skin’s surface, inducing the body to respond with the formation of new elastin and collagen, as well as new capillaries for an improved blood supply in the treated area.

While dermal fillers (i.e. injectable substances designed to ease wrinkles, augment lips and enhance volume by plumping up the treated area) have been around for some years, Dr Pillay observes that he is seeing a move towards specific kinds of dermal fillers, as a variety of options are available.


Chemical peels remain a top treatment request as they make use of chemical solutions to improve and smooth the texture of the facial skin by removing its damaged outer layers. Similarly, laser skin resurfacing removes skin, layer by layer with precision.


“The new skin cells that form during healing give the skin a tighter, younger looking surface and reduce pigmentation,” explains Dr Pillay.

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