Don Othoro, the tall fine-looking cosmetic doctor sits on a high stool at a restaurant in Nairobi, talking to an enthralled audience about cosmetic products and procedures.
Dr Othoro is used to such sessions. Every month, he jets into the country to treat Kenyan patients eager to improve their looks and advice on global trends
Through his clinic, Valentis Clinic, Dr Othoro offers non-surgical and surgical treatments that are common abroad but somewhat new in Kenya. His services include botox, dermal fillers and advanced skin care products as well as all aspects of cosmetic surgery such as liposuction, tummy tucks, breast surgery and facial rejuvenation surgery.
He reckons that his clientele base has being surging upwards in recent months, as more and more Kenyans show interest in this aspect of beauty. Dr Othoro attributes the growing interest in cosmetic treatments to the growing Kenyan cosmetic industry which is said to mimic global trends.
“There is an increasing demand for non-surgical and surgical aesthetic treatments. Kenyans, particularly those who are economically-stable are investing more in their appearance. Individuals are aware of the potential the industry has in providing them with what was previously only available in the West,” says Dr Othoro.
According to a recent report by Reuters, botox, fillers and chemical peels are among the popular cosmetic treatments in North America. But despite the growth of plastic surgery in America, debate still lingers on care after treatment. Plastic surgeons are not bound by law to conduct follow-up care for clients.
But, all this has done nothing to deter consumers from taking up plastic surgery. Kenyans are increasingly turning to plastic surgery to enhance their looks but with a lot of discretion.
Clients who undergo the procedure hardly share the news with friends. Currently there are 15 qualified skin specialists in the country - a small proportion against a population of 40 million.