Dermatology & skin surgery

We bring first world dermatological procedures to the Dar es Salaam peninsula.

Welcome to Premier Care Clinic’s dermatology department, which brings first world dermatological procedures to the Dar es Salaam peninsula.

The department is led by Dr. Albane Bienaime, a French dermatologist and surgeon with more than 15 years’ experience working in Europe and Africa. Dr. Albane specialises in laser, cosmetic procedures, surgery, intimate treatments and other general procedures, and only uses the best materials and equipment from Europe.

For more details, click on the area of interest above or scroll down. Please note that a consultation is required before any procedure can take place. To book a consult, email skin@premiercareclinic.com or call +255 759 968 186.

The department’s opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday. By appointment only.

For more information on Dr. Albane, click here.

SURGERY

Our department has a fully-equipped theater and recovery room. Surgical procedures on offer include:

CANCER SURGERY

A cancer diagnosis is already very difficult to accept and understanding that treatment of your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can compound the stress. We understand this and will guide you through the most appopriate treatment and its likely effects on your health and appearance. We use specialized techniques that will surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions whilst best preserving your health and appearance.

“I found Dr. Albane to be an excellent and very skilled dermatologist. I first went to see her when I noticed a new growth on the side of my nose. Dr. Albane did a biopsy of the growth, which she sent to a pathology lab in France. It was a Basal Skin Carcinoma that was quite deep under the skin. Dr. Albane performed surgery and managed to use the natural creases and contours of my nose for the sutures. The scar is barely noticeable and the pathology lab in France confirmed that all cancerous tissue was removed. I am extremely happy with the results and highly recommend Dr. Albane for her dermatological and surgical skills as well as her high standards of medical professionalism.”

MOHS SURGERY

Mohs micrographic surgery is accepted worldwide as the gold standard for removing the two most common forms of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. This precise surgical technique, whereby thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains, boasts the lowest recurrence rate and highest cure rate, and leaves the smallest scar possible. Dr Albane’s team in Paris introduced this surgery to France and the hospital in Paris where she worked remains the referral center for this type of surgery.

“After one month of skin irritation on my face that wouldn’t heal, I decided to consult Dr Albane who saw me very quickly, within a week! After some analysis, she diagnosed it as skin cancer and a few days later did Mohs surgery. One month later, the cancer was gone!” – LB

VITLIGO GRAFT

Vitiligo is a long-term skin condition characterised by patches of skin losing their pigment. Its effects on quality of life and self-esteem are widely recognised, and unfortunately standard treatments are not without problems. The technique of Pigmented Cell Grafting using Viticell®, however, is a new and advanced therapeutic option that can effectively give patients suffering from vitiligo their colors of life back.

RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

Skin flaps and skin grafts to repair post trauma or post-surgery defects.

EYELID SURGERY

In just 60-90 minutes, this surgery can improves the appearance of upper or lower lids, and solve functional problems. Specifically, it can treat loose or sagging skin that creates folds or disturbs the natural contour of the upper eyelid, sometimes impairing vision, as well as excess fatty deposits that appear as puffiness in the eyelids.

EYE LIFTS

Blepharoplasty is a commonly performed cosmetic surgery that can remove the sagging skin, dark shadows, puffiness and bags under your eyes. In as little as one hour, it can fix eyelid drooping and reverse the signs of ageing in your eyelids, and also solve functional problems by treating the skin that can disturb the natural contour of the eyelid and impair vision.

EAR SURGERY

Ear surgery can improve the shape, position or proportion of the ear. It can correct a defect in the ear structure that is present at birth and becomes apparent with development or it can treat misshapen ears caused by injury. The surgery creates a natural shape while bringing balance and proportion to the ears and face, and can have profound benefits on one’s appearance and self-esteem.

LIP LIFTS

A lip lift is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that gives the appearance of fuller and more youthful and defined lips. Tissue is removed from beneath the nostrils, shortening the space between the bottom of the nose and the top of the lips. This procedure takes less than one hour and is an alternative to lip fillers. It lasts longer, offers customisable results and eliminates the need for refills every few months.



ALAR (NOSE) REDUCTION

The alar is the area of the nose that extends from the tip and rounds outwardly towards the cheek. Performed under local anaesthesia, this 40-minute procedure makes the nose thinner. A small incision is made on the side of the nostril in order to remove excess tissue. Scars are invisible and the results look natural.

INVERTED NIPPLE CORRECTION

Women born with inverted nipples are often troubled by their appearance and face increased difficulty breastfeeding. Performed in less than 30 minutes, this surgery can help women to achieve a natural-looking nipple shape and appearance.

SCAR REVISION

Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound has healed. They are the unavoidable results of injury or surgery, and their development can be unpredictable. Depending on how they have healed, they may become raised or recessed, different in color or texture from surrounding healthy tissue or particularly noticeable due to their size, shape or location. Whilst scar revision surgery cannot completely erase a scar, it can make it more consistent with your surrounding skin tone and texture and provide a more pleasing cosmetic result.

LIPOSUCTION

Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not a miracle weight loss tool; it is a body contouring procedure that changes your shape by removing unwanted stubborn fat from areas such as the thighs, stomach and love handles.

OTHER

Mole mapping and cancer prevention and treatment
Living in a tropical climate, it is recommended that patients undergo an annual check up on:

  • Cryotherapy
  • Wart treatment
  • Keloid treatment
  • General dermatology

I was a first timer at the Clinic when I went to have my syringoma removed. Dr. Albane is a very friendly, professional and prudent dermatologist. The reception staff are helpful and the environment is clean and relaxing. I would definitely recommend Dr. Albane to anyone looking for dermatology services.” – TM

NON-SURGICAL COSMETIC PROCEDURES

Our skin department offers an array of anti-aging treatments that use the most advanced techniques and products, and will help to bring out your inner beauty.

BOTOX

Botox reduces unwanted facial wrinkles and helps to smooth crow’s feet, forehead furrows, frown lines and skin bands on the neck.

FILLERS AND FACIAL VOLUMETRY

Age, sun exposure, heredity, and unhealthy lifestyles make smile lines and crow’s feet more apparent and cause facial skin to stretch. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments such as dermal fillers help to diminish facial lines and restore volume and fullness in the face.  They can be used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften facial creases and smooth wrinkles and improve the appearance of recessed scars. Dermal fillers can be very helpful for those with early signs of aging, or as a value-added part of facial rejuvenation surgery. We use a 100% natural absorbable filler, hyaluronic acid.

It’s important to note that for some patients, surgery such as a facelift, brow lift or eye lift may be the best approach. Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments, such as soft tissue fillers, cannot achieve the same results but will help delay the time when a facelift etc may be appropriate.

“Over the last few years, I’ve gone to Dr. Albane for botox, fillers, thread injections and skin peels. Her medical training background and relevant qualifications from France gave me great confidence and peace of mind about undergoing those procedures. Her clinic’s facilities echo her professional abilities as they are of the highest standards and equal to any European surgery. Dr. Albane is extremely professional and I cannot recommend her enough. Suffice to say her competence is without question.” – PW

CHEMICAL PEELS

Chemical peels are one of the least invasive ways to improve the appearance of your skin – whether it be on your face, neck or hands. They remove the damaged outer layers and can improve acne or acne scars, age and liver spots, fine lines and wrinkles and irregular pigmentation. Depending on the strength required, the peel may take up to 15 minutes and need to be repeated once a month or every couple of years.

MULTI-VITAMIN MESOTHERAPY

Mesotherapy is a rejuvenation treatment that is safe, natural and non-invasive. It uses very fine needles to deliver a series of injections into the middle layers of skin. There is no standard formula for the substances injected but it usually consists of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. These nourish and rejuvenate skin by promoting the production of collagen and elastin and stimulating the skin’s metabolism. Mesotherapy injections will make your skin look firmer and more radiant.

THREAD LIFTS

We are the only clinic in Dar es Salaam to offer this minimally invasive technique that can shave years off your age without you having to undergo major surgery with a long recovery time. We insert absorbable threads, which have long been used in surgery, into the face and body. New connective tissue builds up around them so skin becomes firmer and tighter. This new and gentle method of lifting and revitalising tissue leaves neither wounds nor scars.

THE PLATELET-RICH PLASMA FACIAL (THE VAMPIRE FACIAL)

This all natural and safe treatment involves taking blood from your arm and processing it in a centrifuge to extract the plasma. This plasma, which is rich in growth factors that help to repair tissue, is then re-injected into the face, neck and/or hands. This can help to improve skin tone and texture, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate dark circles under the eyes, reduce scars and correct sun damage. It can also help to treat baldness by restoring hair growth.

ACNE SCAR CORRECTION

After we have treated and cured the acne, we can correct the scars by using a variety of safe procedures such as dermabrasion, microneedling with a dermaroller, platelet rich plasma (PRP), trichloroacetic acid and fillers.

“This year has been transformational for my skin. In the past I have attempted to find solutions to my highly pigmented skin and unwanted hair on my face, but have never been satisfied with the results. With Dr. Albane, however, I have seen phenomenal changes. My experience with her has been one of a kind, starting with detailed discussions of the treatment up until the aftercare. Dr. Albane has also done a derma-roller to help with the pigmentation and firmness of my skin along with smaller visible pores. The results just after two sessions are exactly what was promised, if not more. In addition to that, I have done three sessions of laser hair removal on my face, and already the hair barely grows back! I already feel younger and am extremely happy with the ongoing transformation and none of this would be possible without Dr. Albane.” – ZI

INTIMATE TREATMENTS

Childbirth, ageing and abnormalities can impair the more intimate areas of the female body affecting us physically and mentally. We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical treatments that produce an array of aesthetic and functional benefits. These can increase confidence and self-esteem in women and improve sexual relations.

NYMPHOPLASTY

This minor surgery reduces the size, and improves the shape, of a female’s labira minora. It can curtain discomfort caused by sexual activity and clothing.

“The size of my minor lips was really disturbing me. The surgery was very quick and I didn’t feel any pain. I had some painkillers but I didn’t even take one. I’m extremely happy with the result. I advise anyone with the same problem to have the surgery. I thank Dr. Albane and her team for the amazing job.” – AB

“Meeting Dr. Albane was a life changing experience. My vaginal lips were too long and she advised that I should have nymphoplasty. Everything fell into place much better than I expected and within a very short time. Think no further if you are in a similar situation, Dr. Albane is the BEST!” – MM

LABIA MAJORA AUGMENTATION/ENHANCEMENT

Suitable for women aged 30+, this non-surgical procedure uses fillers to restore lost volume and elasticity to the outer lip, giving the vulva more proportioned appearance.

VULVA REJUVENATION

Best for women aged 45-55, this non-surgical procedure can put an end to pain, dryness and itching, bringing about a more enjoyable sex life.