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Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Reconstructive Surgeon
M.B.Ch.B (Stel), M.Med (Plast), FCS (SA), Dr.med. (TU Munich)

As a cosmetic and plastic surgeon, my aim is to create and preserve an attractive and youthful look with the goal to improve a patient’s self esteem, health and well-being.”
In 2006, Prof Graewe returned to South Africa as Professor and Chairman of the division of plastic surgery at the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Hospital. “During this period, I developed newer and less invasive techniques for the treatment of children with craniofacial deformities,” he says. Prof Graewe also built the division of plastic surgery into a centre of excellence for breast reconstruction based on a combined, multidisciplinary approach.


Dr Graewe

Experienced cosmetic surgeon discussing liposuction options with a patient during a consultation for body contouring surgery.

Prof Graewe

Professor Frank Graewe qualified as plastic surgeon at Stellenbosch University in 2000, then completed several distinguished fellowships in craniofacial and cosmetic surgery in Paris, Munich and Dallas.

“After that, I worked in an acclaimed centre of excellence in plastic surgery and craniofacial surgery in Munich,” he says.

In 2005 he was appointed as chair and head of the division of plastic surgery at Stellenbosch University. Under his guidance and leadership, the unit advanced to become a leading centre in microsurgery and free tissue transfer.

“This was complemented by the inception of a microsurgery lab offering microsurgery training,” says Prof Graewe, who played an integral role as microsurgeon in the world’s first successful penile transplant, performed at Tygerberg Hospital in December 2014.

As a pioneer in his field, Prof Graewe is one of the first in South Africa to apply adipose-derived stem cells in cell-based therapy.

“In 2016 I decided to take up new challenges in an international career and to devote more time to developing a Private Plastic Surgery Centre,” says Prof Graewe, who remains attached to the division of plastic surgery at Stellenbosch University as Extraordinary Associate Professor, and at the craniofacial unit at Tygerberg Hospital as a part time pro bono consultant.
Dr Graewe believes in a modern and holistic approach. “Multimodality treatment with an increasing emphasis on non-surgical and minimally invasive techniques is the future in facial rejuvenation. Natural-looking results in a sustainable way to maintain a youthful look over a long period are the goals that we aspire to. We offer a variety of services,” he says, “including state-of-the-art cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures and effective non-surgical cosmetic treatments. We also offer the latest developments in regenerative medicine, sometimes coined the ‘next revolution in medicine’ ”

Prof Graewe’s special interests include:

  • Cosmetic surgery of face, breast and body
  • Nonsurgical and minimally invasive facial rejuvenation
  • Stem cell treatments and regenerative medicine
  • Breast reconstruction after breast cancer
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Facial paralysis surgery
  • Hair restoration surgery (FUE)

In addition to his role at The Cosmetic Surgery Institute, Prof Graewe has published original articles in many leading plastic surgery journals and has authored two book chapters on plastic surgery techniques.

He is a member of:
APRASSA (Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons of Southern Africa)
DGPRAEC (Deutschen Gesellschaft der Plastischen, Rekonstruktiven und Ästhetischen Chirurgen (DGPRÄC))
ISCFS (International Society of Craniofacial Surgery)
Member of BIGOSA (Breast Interest Group of South Africa)