Cosmetic Vs Plastic Surgery in Kenya: What You Need To Know

Article by Maureen Kasuku
Posted: August 16, 2019  

I bet most of you were ‘today years old’ when you found out that cosmetic surgery is not the same thing as plastic surgery.

A significant number of plastic surgeons choose to focus their practice on cosmetic surgery, and as such, the terms are often used interchangeably. But this is not technically correct. Cosmetic surgery and plastic surgery are closely related specialties, but they are not the same.

Let’s break it down, shall we?

What’s the Difference Between Cosmetic and Plastic surgery?

Cosmetic Surgery focuses on enhancing appearances. The procedures, techniques, and principles of cosmetic surgery are entirely focused on enhancing a patient’s appearance. Improving aesthetic appeal, symmetry, and proportion.

Types of Cosmetic Surgery Procedures:
  • Breast Enhancement: Augmentation, Lift, Reduction
  • Facial Contouring: Rhinoplasty, Chin, or Cheek Enhancement
  • Facial Rejuvenation: Facelift, Eyelid Lift, Neck Lift, Brow Lift
  • Body Contouring: Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Gynecomastia Treatment
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Laser Resurfacing, Botox, Filler Treatments

Plastic Surgery focuses on repairing defects to reconstruct a normal function & appearance. Plastic surgery is intended to correct dysfunctional areas of the body and is, by definition, reconstructive in nature.

Types Plastic Surgery Procedures:
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Burn Repair Surgery
  • Congenital Defect Repair: Cleft Palate, Extremity Defect Repair
  • Lower Extremity Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision Surgery

Where to Get It Done In Kenya

According to the informational portal on  Kenya Society of PlasticReconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeonshere’s where you can get cosmetic or plastic surgery done safely in Kenya

Avane Clinic

Park Suites, Parklands, Ground floor suite G3
Tel: 0718500500

The Karen Hospital– Nairobi
Tel : +254-20-6613000
Emergency Number: +254 702 222222
Email :

Valentis Clinic
Tel: +254 725 045 705
Located: Suite 6B – Grosvenor Suite 14 Riverside Nairobi, Kenya.

Apple + Sense clinic
Located: 1st Floor Oilibya Plaza, Muthaiga Road, Nairobi.
P.O. Box 64829– 00620, Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: +254 780 367 367 / +254 790 307 260

Diani Beach Hospital

Diani, South Coast, UKunda

+254 [0] 722 569 261
+254 [0] 735 223 223

The Kenyatta National Hospital

Prof Stanley Khainga is the Lead reconstructive and plastic surgeon at Kenyatta National hospital.

Contact information
Kenyatta National Hospital,
P.O Box 20723-00202,
Nairobi.Tel. 020-2726300
Cell. 0709 85400/ 0730 643000

Prof Stanley Khainga Ominde

Tel : 254-723-436408


Dr Tilman Stasch

Valentis Clinic

Tel: +254 725 045 705


Located at: Suite 6B – Grosvenor Suite 14 Riverside Nairobi, Kenya.

Dr Michael Rebeiro

Located at Second floor, Doctors’ plaza M P Shah Hospital Nairobi

Tel: 020 4291374


Dr Abdullahi Adan

Address: Landmark Plaza, 1st Floor Block A, Argwings Kodhek Road, Nairobi

Phone: 0722 370414

Dr Radovan Boca

Aga Khan University Hospital Nairobi


Dr Ferdinand Wanjala Nang”ole

G.A Insurance Building 3rd Floor Sute 2 Ralph Bunche Road

P.O.Box 2212-00202 Nairobi
Tel:0714-342214, 0733-864249


Dr Loise Njeri Kahoro

P.O. Box 2512, Nairobi 00202

Tel: 0721-379675


Dr. Emarah Ashraf Mohamed

P.O.Box 6946-30100 Eldoret

Dr. Saidi Shaban Gathaya

Postal address: P.O.Box 2594-01000 Thika


Dr. Kansiime Peter Biribwa

Coast Provincial General Hospital

Bondeni, Kisauni Rd, Mombasa

Tel: +254 722 207868

Dr Joseph Kimani Wanjeri

Dr Wanjeri is a Plastic & Reconstructive surgeon and a lecturer in the Department of Surgery of the University of Nairobi (UoN)

P.O. Box 58653 City Square, Nairobi 00200 Kenya.

Kenya Society of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons

Nairobi Kenya, 00202 – 19571, Menelik Medical Centre


How Much Will It Cost?

There’s no standard cost when it comes to these procedures. The surgeons will advice on this. The average recommended costs by Kenya Society of PlasticReconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons are:


Face lift: This is where lines and wrinkles are surgically removed for a youthful appearance.

Approximate cost: Ksh350,000

Neck lift. This is done by tightening up the skin around the neck to erase the wrinkles brought about by age.

Approximate cost: Ksh300,000

Eyelid surgery: This is done to enhance the appearance of the eyes. It can be done to reduce eye puffiness and reduce wrinkles and excess skin around the eyes.

Procedure time is about two hours and the downtime needed to get back to normal activities is one to two weeks.

Approximate cost: Ksh200,000

Cheek augmentation. This is a procedure meant to boost the appearance of the cheeks. The surgeon could choose to use a solid implant over the cheek bone or inject fat or a soft tissue filler.

Approximate cost: Ksh300,000

Rhinoplasty: This is the reshaping of the nose to enhance facial harmony and refine appearance.

Approximate cost: Ksh250,000


Breast augmentation. This is a procedure to increase the breast size. It is done by putting in implants.

Some women opt to do it to improve breast appearance after weight loss or pregnancy.

Approximate cost: Ksh350,000. This varies depending on how much work is put into it.

Breast reduction: This is for women with heavy breasts. They opt for a breast reduction to either enhance their physical appearance or to deal with the back problems heavy breasts are associated with.

Approximate cost: Ksh350,000

Breast lift: This is done to reduce the saggy appearance of breasts.

Approximate cost: Ksh350,000

Gynaecomastia: This is a procedure carried out on men with enlarged breasts.

Approximate cost: Ksh400,000

Breast reconstruction surgery: This is usually done after mastectomy and can be done on a complete or partial mastectomy where a new breast shape is reconstructed.

Approximate cost: Ksh450,000

There are other minor breast cosmetic procedures carried out on the breast such as nipple reduction and nipple inversion correction.


Hip and buttock enlargement. This is a procedure to firm and shape up the buttocks and hips. Implants are used.

Approximate cost: Ksh450,000

Tummy tuck. This is a procedure where loose flabby skin is excised and the abdominal muscles are strengthened. Many do it after childbirth or after major weight loss to remove the excess skin.

Approximate cost: Ksh450,000









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