It’s all very well for us to share all the wonderful, innovative treatments that are found in the realm of the aesthetic industry, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave you in the lurch when it comes to choosing which doctor is going to perform your desired procedure successfully.
If you’re thinking about embarking on a journey of physical enhancement, then your port of call should be the Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Society of South Africa (AAMSSA) – as this will steer you in the right direction. And to make it even easier, we thought we’d give you a glimpse of some of the stellar medics who are currently serving as board members of this busy society.
Dr Debbie Norval
President of AAMSSA
MBBCh (Rand) Dip Pall Med (UK) M Phil Pall Med (UCT) Adv Dip Aesthetic Med (FPD)
Besides being an aesthetic doctor, Dr Norval is also a fine artist. Her attention to detail and firm belief that aesthetic medicine should not change you into something you aren’t (but simply restore and accentuate your natural features), establishes that sense of trust that is paramount to medical practice. Dr Norval leads the Aesthetic Medicine discipline in South Africa with a passionate belief in the importance of clinical standards, quality of care and medical ethics.
Dr Levashni Naidoo
MBChB(cum laude) FCDerm(SA)(with distinction) MMed(Derm)
A specialist dermatologist in Johannesburg, Dr Naidoo is dedicated to guiding her patients from skin correction to skin perfection: “The study of the skin and the array of treatment options presently available allow us to improve skin tone, texture and luminosity, to waltz more gracefully with time and to synchronise how our patients feel on the inside with what they wish to reflect on the outside.”
Dr Shahien Dollie
MBChB, Adv Dip Aesth Med (cum laude)
Dr Dollie is a young dynamic leader in aesthetic medicine from Nelspruit, who manages a busy and successful practice while maintaining a strong social media presence. He appears regularly on radio, speaking at local and international conferences, as well as writing and assisting with AAMSSA work. Dr Dollie is also an active advocate for the practice of world-class aesthetic medicine in South Africa.
Dr Riekie Smit
MBChB, MSc Sports Med, Adv Dip Aesth Med
Practicing aesthetic medicine in Pretoria, Dr Riekie Smit is committed to both treating patients and educating doctors – and often conducts workshops for medical conferences and launching new techniques or products. “ I believe in the natural enhancement of beauty that suits each person’s unique lifestyle, career and personality.” What more would you want?
Dr Smit is also the founder of AAMSSA (Aesthetic and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa) and convenor of AMCSA (Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa). Additionally, she is an international trainer on aesthetic medical subjects and author of medical articles, journals and scientific publications.
Dr Alek Nikolic
Vice president of AAMSSA
MBBCh (WITS) ATLS (ACS) MBA (UCT)
Well known Cape Town aesthetic medical practitioner, Dr Alek Nikolic focuses on skincare, skin ingredients and medical aesthetic treatments such as lasers, chemical peels, botulinum toxin, and dermal fillers. He also formulated sk.in products – using the highest concentration of active ingredients available to repair and maintain the skin barrier, minimise skin reactions and to restore skin to its best health.
Dr Nerina Wilkinson
MBChB (Stell), FCS Plast SA
Also in the Mother City, Dr Nerina Wilkinson – a leading facial and breast plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 20 years’ experience in facial aesthetics – shares her thoughts with us: “I am passionate about using my in-depth surgical precision and knowledge, combined with a delicate artistic eye to create bespoke facial rejuvenation treatment plans for my clients. I am constantly evolving and results-driven, combining cutting edge technology with regenerative medicine techniques.”
Dr Deepa Parbhoo
MBBCH (WITS), Adv.Dip. (Aesthetic Medicine)
Dr Parbhoo runs her aesthetic medical practice in Johannesburg with a like-minded team who are highly focused on assisting patients to achieve a youthful, balanced, and natural appearance. Each patient’s individuality is respected – there shouldn’t be a “one-size fits-all” in any case. Dr Parbhoo is also a well-known model and beauty queen!
Find more AAMSSA doctors
Other AAMSSA board members who hold the same high values of medical ethics (and are all striving for the highest standards in Aesthetic Medicine), include Drs Cobus Van Niekerk (www.drcobus.co.za), Mary Manthata (www.reatharejuvenation.co.za), Heidi Frere (www.bestyou.co.za), Alastair Clark (www.sandtonaesthetics.co.za), Gerhard van Niekerk (www.drgerhardvanniekerk.com), Michelle Westcott (www.nuyouth.co.za) and Prof Jacques Snyman.
Visit AAMSSA’s website to search more docs www.aestheticdoctors.co.za
There’s a misguided general consensus that aesthetic medicine is all about outward appearances, but these doctors – as a whole – endeavour to give their patients a more holistic experience.
AAMSSA president Dr Debbie Norval, sums it up: ‟Good self-care is a sign of healthy self-esteem and self-worth. I encourage my patients to let go of comparisons, accept and respect their unique characteristics, build on their physical and character strengths, strive for a balance between their inner and outer beauty, be their best selves, and develop a personal style that says ‘I like me’.”