Dr Mark van der Velde


“I pride myself in being a good judge of character and I believe the understanding of a patient’s motivation for surgery helps me to help them make the right choices.”

Dr Mark Van der Velde completed both his undergraduate and post-graduate training as a Plastic, Reconstructive and Maxillofacial Surgeon at The University of Cape Town.

He has been in private practice since 2005 at the Cape Town Medi-Clinic. He is considered one of the teams top surgeons at The Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Cape Town, and also works as Consultant Plastic Surgeon at The Congenital Hands Clinic at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

His fields of expertise, apart from Cosmetic Surgery, include: all trauma reconstructive surgery, skin lesions, breast reconstruction, wound and scar treatment from diabetic problems, burns and vasculopathies, and he has a special interest in Congenital Hand Surgery.

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Dr Van der Velde’s believes in open and honest communication between himself and the patient and respects the confidentiality. He approaches each patient’s requests with care, tailoring a personalised program to suit the individual’s needs and expected outcomes. He has outstanding surgical techniques and the results are comparable to the best plastic surgeons worldwide.

“I am wary of the ‘Fantastic New Procedure!’ until surgical science and time have proven the procedure worthy,” he says. “I don’t cut corners to cut cost,” he adds. “I always work with highly professional anesthesiologists in approved operating theatres, and I consult regularly with my plastic and cosmetic surgeon colleagues about problem cases, with the patient’s consent, which ensures the best clinical outcome.”

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Dr Van der Velde’s special interests include all breast work, abdominoplasty, liposculpture and facial work, with unique interests in calf and buttock augmentation.

Other fields of focus include all trauma reconstructive surgery, skin cancers, breast reconstruction, with a special interest in congenital hand surgery. He is also involved in training new plastic surgery consultants at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

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Dr Van der Velde enjoys an active outdoor lifestyle.

“Outside of my work life, my children and partner take first place, “ he says. “In Cape Town, we are fortunate to be able to revel in the active lifestyle that this unique city can offer and we regularly enjoy surfing, kite-boarding, rock climbing, sailing, cycling and paddling.”

  • South African born and trained Plastic Surgeon (MBChB FCS Plast. SA – University of Cape Town)
  • A Fellow of the South African College of Surgeons
  • A member of the Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa (APRASSA)
  • A member of The South African Society for Surgery of the Hand (SASSH)
  • A member of the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS)
  • Registered with the Health Professionals Council of South Africa and The Irish Medical Council
  • In Private Practice at Cape Town Medi-Clinic where, apart from my Cosmetic Surgery interests, I practice most forms of reconstructive surgery
  • Examiner for The College of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa
  • Exco Committee member for APRASSA (Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of South Africa)
  • Chairman of the Mediclinic Clinical Hospital Committee
  • Clinical Head of The Cosmetic Surgery Institute
  • Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon – Red Cross Children’s Hospital Congenital Hand Unit
  • Senior Lecturer in Plastic Surgery – University of Cape Town

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