About Frank Graewe

Frank Graewe is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon and a skilled microsurgeon with practices in Cape Town, Munich and Windhoek. Frank provides innovative and cutting-edge techniques in plastic, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He is part of multidisciplinary teams for breast cancer patients undergoing breast cancer treatment and requiring reconstructive surgery, as well as children suffering from craniofacial deformities. He has a passion for craniofacial surgery for infants and children, increasing their quality of life and often, their lifespan. He has improved a number of craniofacial surgery techniques in South Africa. Frank is one of the few surgeons involved in fat stem cell therapy and their applications in regenerative medicine in South Africa. He performed the first cell-enriched stem cell therapy procedure in South Africa. He was an integral part as microsurgeon of the team that performed the worlds first penile transplant at Tygerberg Hospital in 2014.

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Our History

Frank Graewe is a world renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon. With practices in Cape Town, Munich and Namibia, he offers world-class service and state of the art procedures to his patients. He concentrates on specialised niche areas in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

He received his undergraduate training and medical degree in Pretoria, South Africa in 1993 and specialized in plastic surgery at Stellenbosch University, after which he completed several fellowships in craniofacial and aesthetic surgery in Paris, France, and Dallas, USA. Frank then worked in a renowned plastic surgery and craniofacial unit in Munich, Germany where he completed his dissertation on the management of cloverleaf skull for his Doctor of Medicine degree.

In 2006 he returned to Cape Town as chairman of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Stellenbosch. Back in Cape Town he has been working closely with other surgical specialties such as the breast cancer treatment unit of general surgery, neurosurgery and maxillofacial surgery.

During his time at Stellenbosch University he developed less invasive new treatment techniques for severe midface hypoplasia in children with craniofacial deformities. He has developed the division of plastic surgery into a centre of excellence for breast reconstruction based on a combined multidisciplinary approach. Under his guidance and leadership his unit advanced to a leading centre in microsurgery and free tissue transfer. This was complemented by the inception of a microsurgery lab in 2008 offering continuous microsurgery training and has culminated in his integral role as microsurgeon in the worlds first successful penile transplant that was performed at Tygerberg Hospital in December 2014.

Frank Graewe opened his private practice in Munich in 2004, in Cape Town in 2006, and he attends monthly clinics in Windhoek since 2014.

Frank Graewe is the former Professor and chairman of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Stellenbosch and Tygerberg Academic Hospital. In 2016 he decided to take up new challenges in an international career and is still attached to the division of plastic surgery and the craniofacial unit as extraordinary associate Professor and as a part time consultant.

Frank Graewe is driven by his passion to innovate and to continuously improve medical care and quality of life for his patients. He is a pioneer and one of the first in South Africa to apply adipose derived stem cells in plastic surgery.