Ballito Branch Newsletter September 2021

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Skin Renewal is excited to announce the opening of the third KwaZulu-Natal Skin Renewal branch, situated in Ballito on the North Coast. This branch joins the trusted Skin Renewal clinics in Durban and Umhlanga, catering to this particular region’s patients' skin health, wellbeing, and anti-ageing needs. 

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From left to right: Dr Caitlin, Tilly, Tasmin, Rianca & Thandiwe

Meet our Team

Dr. Merle Williams

Dr. Merle is a general practitioner with a special interest in aesthetic and integrative medicine. She obtained her MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2005. She then completed her internship and community service in Cape Town and Kimberley before settling down in Johannesburg. She believes aesthetic medicine can be described as an art form and thinks back to her childhood dreams of being an animator for Walt Disney.

With a strong affinity for art and sketching, Dr. Merle ultimately swapped those goals: “I’ve traded putting pencil to paper for putting needle to bone,” she says. Practising out of the Skin Renewal Durban, Umhlanga, and Ballito branches, Dr. Merle completed her level one aesthetic trading with the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine (AAAM) and Integrative Medicine Bootcamp with The Golding Institute. She now happily lives in her hometown, Durban.

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Dr Caitlin von Bardeleben

Dr. Caitlin is an intrepid adventurer with a creative flair and passion for photography and conservation. Originally from Johannesburg, she earned her medical degree from Wits University and is part of the Skin Renewal KwaZulu Natal team, working from the Durban, Umhlanga, and Ballito branches. After an intensive three-month in-house training with Dr. Maureen Allem, Dr. Caitlin joined the team in June 2020 and not only is a proud member of the Renewal Institute family but part of AAMSA (The Aesthetic & Anti-Ageing Medicine Society of South Africa) too.

With a passion for photography, Dr. Caitlin applies her eye for detail and creativity to her medical work. During the first half of 2020, Dr. Caitlin enjoyed a sabbatical in the South Pacific, where she had the opportunity to explore her photography skills and gain experience diving (she even dived with sharks). Currently, she has enrolled in a wildlife training programme; we look forward to learning more about wildlife preservation from her. 

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Acting Branch Manager, Jenna Broom

With 17 years of experience in the health and skincare industry, Jenna holds a National Diploma in Somatology. She started her career by working in spas and medical laser clinics in South Africa and the UK, gaining valuable experience and knowledge along the way. She has also been involved in training various clinics for IPL. She has an incredible passion for knowledge and education, constantly researching all treatments she finds.

Involved in advanced medical aesthetics for more than 12 years, Jenna is well versed in non-invasive therapy. Her passion is skin, helping transforming complexions, reducing pigmentation, veins, and rejuvenation. Essentially, anti-ageing is her best.

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Assistant Manager, Rianca Moodley

Rianca has spent her life in her hometown of sunny Durban. Following a career path in somatology, she began her studies at Camelot International. Her first step into the working world was as front desk coordinator, where she gained a valuable four years-experience working with patients. Next, she started her journey with Skin Renewal in March 2017, satisfying her passion for helping people feel their very best.

Currently, she plays a dual role: Assistant Manager for Skin Renewal Ballito, and Distribution Centre Manager for KZN.

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Nurse, Esme Pretorius

Qualifying as a registered nurse and midwife in 1988, Esmé worked at Mediclinic and Ampath for a few years and then managed her own primary healthcare clinic for over a decade. Her love for the skincare industry was born after a move to run a primary healthcare pharmacy clinic, specialising in bio-puncture and mesotherapy. While building this into a successful business, she also worked part-time at a retirement village where she managed their primary healthcare clinic and did locum work at various pharmacies. In 2017, after 10 years of practising medical skincare therapy and bio-puncture, she decided to join the Renewal Institute team. This meant her clients would receive more treatment options. Being a part of this team also provides her with different fields of interest as a practitioner.

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Medical Therapist, Tasmin Leighton

A Biochemistry and Physiology major, Tasmin received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Stellenbosch and then decided to pursue a future in Somatology. After finishing top of her class at Isa Carstens Academy for her diploma in Somatology, she completed her honours in Advanced Dermal Aesthetics. She is passionate about working with people and strives for excellence to give result-driven treatments with loving (and firm) hands. She started her career working closely with Dr. Maureen Allem at the Morningside, Sandton branch, gaining incredible experience. She then decided to return home and started working at the Durban branch. Taz is always up for a challenge and decided to move to the Ballito branch, to help build up the branch and offer the best service to her clients. Taz’s favourite treatment combination is micro-needling followed by Laser Genesis™ and finishing off with a retinol overlay a rejuvenation facial like no other.  

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Housekeeper Thandiwe Mbata

Thandiwe resides in beautiful Ballito; she is the kindest, friendliest person you will meet. She joined us this year in August when we opened as a housekeeper. Thandiwe is a perfectionist and makes the best coffee! She has three young children and has a passion for making people feel well looked after. 

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Meet Profhilo®

There's a new injectable available to help with anti-ageing, and it’s making big waves in the industry. It also provides significant and visible results. Skin Renewal was the first to the market with this revolutionary new product, and we’ve got all the answers you need:

Q: What makes Profhilo® different from other injectables?

A: Profhilo® works on skin quality rather than muscle movement that causes wrinkles (Botox treats this) or the loss of volume in the fat pads and filling specific lines (fillers treat these concerns).

Q: Who should consider Profhilo®?

A: The Profhilo® treatment is suitable for both men and women of all ages and skin types. If you have any of the following, you will benefit from this treatment:

  • Dull, tired, dehydrated skin
  • Volume loss
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin laxity and a crepe-like texture
  • Sagging skin
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Introducing Cutera Lasers

At Skin Renewal, we have the latest range of Class 4 (Medical class) Cutera Xeo products at our branches, which offers clinically proven laser and light-based modules, customizable at any time, to best match any practice with any patient demographic.

More than 92% of laser and light-based treatments can be addressed with Xeo. It combines the clinical advantages of laser and light-based technologies with the versatility of specifications to offer the most customisable skin rejuvenation treatments on the market. The Xeo platform is also the perfect device to treat all skin types ranging from Type 1 (very light) up to Type 6 (very dark).

Different applications using the Cutera Xeo;

  • Limelight is a light-based procedure that addresses problems right at the skin’s surface such as redness, mottled complexions, freckles, and sun damage.
  • Laser Genesis is proven to stimulate new collagen for the improvement of fine lines and wrinkles as well as overall skin texture and pore size.
  • Titan uses infrared heat to target the deep dermis to tighten the skin.
  • Prowave is used for hair removal. Lighter and finer hair removal is more easily possible with better targeting capabilities. The ProWave LX provides a fast, comfortable hair removal treatment that can be used on small and large areas.
  • Acutip uses light technology to treat individual sunspots and small spider veins without the risk of scarring or hypo-pigmentation that often occurs with traditional cryotherapy. The cooled tip is ideally sized for removing sunspots on the nose, cheeks, chin, and other small areas of the face.
  • Coolglide ND: Yag treats a broad range of conditions. The system is optimised for effective hair removal, treating vascular lesions on the face and lower extremities, and includes the highly popular, no-downtime laser genesis procedure for skin revitalization. 

RID (Renewal Institute Diet)

Skin Renewal’s own cutting-edge weight and fat loss solution. It incorporates the latest in medical advances and experience from over 12 years in the field of weight and fat loss. The ingredients in RID helps to mobilize the abnormal fat which can accumulate over time. Through a low GL eating program, as well as the use of supplements and hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) injections, patients can lose significant amounts of weight.

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Influencers Love Skin Renewal Ballito

Raeesah Shah recently enjoyed our gorgeous – and highly innovative - HydraTouch Facial. We loved her thoughts on this high-tech facial! 

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Skin Renewal for Sustainability

We are excited to announce we are now a paperless environment. You can view your entire history of appointments and purchases online, email your invoices to yourself, request a booking, and update personal information if it changes.

We require you to complete the online guest form and medical history before your appointment, so please double-check that we have your correct details. You are welcome to use the link or the QR Code provided (save QR Code under photos and import from your gallery); this will take you to the login. Your email address that we have on your profile will be your username.

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Skin Renewal's Loyalty Programme

Our Loyalty Programme rewards our patients with our appreciation. Membership is complimentary and allows you to earn SkinBucks every time you transact in a branch or on our online skin shop.

SkinBucks can be redeemed in-branch for services, products, or gift vouchers. The programme comprises of three tiers:

  • Jade (receive 1% of total spend back in SkinBucks)
  • Pearl (receive 5% of total spend back in SkinBucks)
  • Diamond (receive 10% of total spend back in SkinBucks)

Speak to any of our team members when you next visit your branch for more information on your Loyalty Status.

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We look forward to seeing you at our branch for a visit soon! In the meantime, connect with us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all our news; we also have a dedicated WhatsApp number to help assist you with appointment bookings and more – 087 153 1079.

We wish everyone a continued year of good health and happiness.

With our love,                                                                   

The Ballito Branch x

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