Dr Mark van der Velde


“I pride myself in being a good judge of character. By understanding my patient’s motivation for surgery I can 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 also part of the team of top  Cape Town surgeons at The Cosmetic Surgery Institute in Cape Town. Dr van der Velde also consults at The Congenital Hands Clinic at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town.

His extended fields of expertise, apart from cosmetic surgery, include:

  • All trauma reconstructive surgeries;
  • Skin lesions;
  • Breast reconstruction;
  • Wound and scar treatment for diabetic problems;
  • Burns and vasculopathy;
  • All hand surgeries including traumas, infections, and rheumatic conditions;
  • And he has a special interest in congenital hand surgery.
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Dr van der Velde
The importance of honest communication2021-02-18T13:35:15+02:00

Dr Van der Velde’s believes in open and honest communication between himself and the patient. He respects the confidentiality and takes care to understand the individual’s needs. This way he can tailor a personalised program and manage expectations.

Dr van der Velde has outstanding surgical technique and his results compare to the best in the world.

He says, “I am wary of any ‘fantastic new procedure! And, until surgical science and time have proven the procedure worthy, I don’t cut corners to cut cost”.

He adds, “I always work with highly professional anesthesiologists in approved operating theatres. And, I often consult with my network of plastic surgeon colleagues on problem cases. This ensures the best treatment and clinical outcome”.

Special Surgical Interests2021-02-18T13:35:59+02:00

Dr Van der Velde’s special interests include procedures such as:
• all breast work;
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 also trains new Plastic Surgery Consultants at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

Personal interests2021-02-18T13:34:10+02:00

To remain one of Cape Town’s top plastic and reconstructive surgeons Dr Van der Velde knows how important it is to balance his personal interests with his work life.

“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. We regularly enjoy surfing, kite-boarding, rock climbing, sailing, cycling and paddling.”


Dr van der Velde is not only a top surgeon in Cape Town but also remains an active member in a number of other roles and organisations.

  • 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 Mediclinic. This is where his office is located and where he performs most of his cosmetic and 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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Words can not describe how thankful I am that I chose to fly from Australia to South Africa to have my life-changing surgery. I now have a perfect tummy!! You and your team made me feel I was in great hands through the whole process. Thank you for all the kindness that you and your office staff showed me through all the long-distance calls and numerous emails, even the follow-up visits after my surgery. You are a great team and made the whole process very special. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Just to tell you that I am so happy with what you have done on me and that you are an amazing artist! I don’t feel much pain and I feel good about myself now! Thank you once again!

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This is just a tiny way to let you know what a MASSIVE impression you have had on my life. I was able to go on holiday in December and go swimming at the beach! In April I am going to do everything you can do in Mauritius! THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart and happy tears in my eyes. I will forever be grateful

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A year ago you patched up Nina and the result is really very good! We as a practice were very appreciative of your service to our patients. We like it that you write reports – 5 stars for that and our patients are always happy. That says a lot these days.
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You have given me support, such compassion, and reassurance, I could not have found such expertise and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. God bless you and your family. Fran.

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Thank you for your expert surgery and your gentle approach to what was for me a traumatic experience to experience again after a 22-year break. I am pleased that I chose the reduction route. Warm wishes and thank you again, Di.

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I’m really grateful for the love and kindness you have shown me. All the planning, operations, going the extra mile in order for me to get my life back. May god continue to bless the works of your hands. Many thanx, Perceive.

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Thank you so much for doing a fantastic job on my face! You are a truly great person. Thanks for your contribution to SA Education.
God bless you, Irene

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Thank you so very much for all your kindness and for fixing me up. For procedures that require your dignity to be left far behind – thank you for handling it with laughter and grace. The effects are truly life changing and I am forever grateful!

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Thank you for helping me walk this part of my journey. You are an artist, an amazing surgeon and an awesome person. Thank you for helping me be ‘whole’ again.

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Thank you for being kind and compassionate and very patient. I am so happy that I decided to go with reconstruction and am happy that my ‘girls’ are in such safe hands. With gratitude, Mirna.

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