DR MARISSE VENTER

My Name is Marisse Venter I am a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I am registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa as both a Medical Practioner and a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. I am a member of the South African Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, The South African Association of Aesthetic Surgeons and the International Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ISAPS).

 I qualified from the University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa in 2002. I did my internship at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa.

Although not a Mildent, I did a year of community service in the South African Defence Force. By qualification I was automatically a Major in the army. We served at Area Military Health Unit Potchefstroom and Military Base 10 Sai Bn Mafikeng, North West Province, South Africa.

It was during this year of military training that I was exposed to group of individuals I greatly admire. The South African Defence Force consist of women and men that have dedicated their lives to the protection of our country and its citizens. The level of discipline amongst these individuals are unparalleled to anything I have ever seen. It is here where I saw how we are trained to serve our country.

In 2005 I joined the surgical rotation at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa. During my 4 years in general surgery we rotated though Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Helen Joseph Hospital and Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, Gauteng, South Africa. By international standards Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital was classified as a level 3 war zone at the time I was training. The expertise gained and the number of operations I was able to perform as a Senior Registrar in the Trauma and surgical department were astronomical.

My surgical rotation saw the start of the breast cancer pandemic. It was during this time that I saw hundreds of women having mastectomies with no reconstruction. The “one-side-flat-chest” that these women were left behind with was heart breaking. Something needed to be done, I and started my training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After yet another 4 years of training I qualified as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa in 2012.

I joined the Breast Care Centre of Excellence under the direction of Professor Carol-Ann Benn after a period as acting head of the Helen Joseph Plastic Surgery Department.

In the management of a breast cancer patients the reconstruction part, plays a very small part of the financial contribution from the medical insurance. Yet the presence or absence of a reconstruction determines the dignity by with a women will live or die. I realised the importance of utilising the amount of the insurance left behind for reconstruction after the cancer surgery, chemotherapy and radiation in the most cost effective way.  It is of paramount importance to do a near perfect reconstruction in a single procedure so that the patient may return to normal life. The amount of trauma, psychological and financial implications are such that mistakes must be avoided at all costs. The aim is to do as few operations as possible to allow the patient to return to normal life.

As part of my practice I have many male and female patients involved in beauty pageants, television, media and the international federation of bodybuilding and fitness. Initially I started a male program helping patients with gynaecomastia correction and surgical anatomical refining of muscle groups. In ladies we are able to manage the inevitable masculinisation associated with female training improving their competitiveness. I work with a multidisciplinary team involving weight loss, personal training, pageant preparation, photographic training and appearances enhancement and aesthetic fitness training. The experience gained during my time as a Miss South Africa Western Cape Finalist proves invaluable in directing these young professionals

I have dedicated my life to helping people, either by managing difficult wounds, reconstruction after breast cancer or general beautifying all in the most cost effective manner so important in the current economic climate.

As a basic human right, a person should not be allowed be unhappy with the way they look. There are many uncontrollable stresses in life. Physical appearance have been scientifically shown to determine economic viability and physiological wellbeing. I am here to help and direct you.

INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH AND AWARDS

Young Researcher’s Award for the best presentation of research (ISAPS),

23 rd Congress of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Kyoto, Japan , October 23-27, 2016

AWARDS

  • Breast Care Centre of Excellence, Johannesburg South Africa we recently obtained International Accreditation from the American College of Surgeons
  • ISAPS , International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
  • APRSSA, The Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa
  • College of Plastic Surgeons of South Africa
  • Health Professions Council of South Africa
  • British Medical Council
  • Trauma Society of South Africa
  • Breast Health Foundation
  • Young Researcher’s Award for the best presentation of research (ISAPS), 23 rd Congress of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Kyoto, Japan , October 23-27, 2016
  • The Sizanani Award, in Recognition of Altruism and Commitment to Patient Care, The Netcare Foundation, South Africa , 2016
  • Certificate of Appreciation to Women Care, October 2015, Vonklevroue Hervormede Kerk Parkrand, South Africa
  • Best Pre – Clinical Paper APRSSA, Runner-up, The Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa , 16 October 2011
  • Bert Myburgh Research Second Price , University of the Witwatersrand Department of Surgery
  • Analysing the effects of fascial fat fills as explained by an animal study : The effect of lipo-aspirate on wound healing , 13th International Conference and Exhibition on Cosmetic Dermatology and Hair Care & 7th International Conference and Expo on Cosmetology , Trichology and Aesthetic Practice , October 26-27, 2017 , Paris France
  • Aesthetic Breast Reconstruction ,International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ISAPS March 2017 , Somerset West, Western Cape
  • Animal Study: The Effect of Lipo-Aspirate on Wound Healing
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ISAPS 2016, Kyoto, Japan
  • Young Researcher Award
  • A Third World Country Requires Locally Advanced Breast Cancer Reconstruction to be a Final Aesthetic Procedure. International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ISAPS 2016, Kyoto, Japan
  • Breast Reconstruction in Locally Advanced breast Cancer ,Warshaw, Polland , 2016
  • Autologous Breast Reconstruction using the Latissimus Dorsi Flap, 13 th National Breast Disease Congress, Antalya , Turkey, October 2015
  • Intra-operative Radiation Therapy , our early experience, Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Meeting, February 2018, Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre, Accredited by the University of Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa

  • The Latissimus Dorsi Flap in Breast Reconstruction, Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Symposium, South Africa, February 2017

  • Centrally Located Breast Tumours ,Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Symposium, South Africa,February 2016

  • Flap Reconstruction and Radiation in Locally Advanced Breast Cancer, Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Symposium, February 2015, South Africa

  • The effects of Adipose Derived Extract on wound healing, Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2011,Best Pre-clinical Paper Runner-up

  • Immediate Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction, Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2011

  • Animal Study:The effects of Adipose Derived Extract on wound healing

Burt Myburgh Research Forum, Department of Surgery, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg , South Africa, 2011,Second Prize Winner

  • Breast augmentation and the prevention of capsular contractures

Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2010

  • Tendon Injuries of the hand ,Registrar Symposuim- Hand Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery, Midrand Johannesburg, August 2010

  • Risk Reducing Surgery in patients at high risk of developing breast cancer

Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2009

  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Registrar Symposium – 2008

  • Breast cancer reconstruction in male patients with breast cancer.

Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2008

  • The change in the experience in risk reduction mastectomy from a single specialist breast unit in South AricaAssociation of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2007

  • Reviewing the approach to breast cancer reconstruction in patients under the age of 35 years. Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2007

  • Breast cancer in the under 35 year olds from a single specialist breast unit in South Africa.Surgical Research Society, Bloemfontein August 2007

  • Invasive lobular cancer from a single specialist breast unit in South

Africa.Surgical Research Society, Bloemfontein August 2007

  • Risk reducing mastectomy from a single specialist unit in South Africa.

Surgical Research Society, Bloemfontein August 2007

  • University of the Witwatersrand Surgical and Plastic Surgical forum 2005-2012

-Cystic lesions of the liver

-Septic hand infections

-Thoracic outlet syndrome

-Invasive lobular carcinoma a case presentation

-Statistics in analysis of surgical information.

-Thumb Reconstruction

-Scalp Reconstruction

-The use of Integra in Burns Patient

-Non Syndromic Craniosynostosis

-Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

-Pigmented Skin Lesions

-Liposuction and Fat Harvesting

-Hand Fractures

-Foot Reconstruction

-McKisock Breast Reconstruction

-Penile Reconstruction

Journal Publications:

  • Direct-to-Implant Breast Reconstructions without the Use of an Acellular Dermal Matrix Is a Cost Effective and Oncologically Safe , LCJ Serrurier, S Rayne, M Venter, CA Benn, Breast 2017
  • Analysing the effects of facial fat fills as explained by an animal study: The effect of lipo-aspirate on wound healing, Dr M Venter, Professor CA Benn, Professor E Ndobe, Professor M Lukhele, J Costmo Trichol 2017, 3:3 (Suppl) DOI: 10.4172/2471-9323-C1-005

 

Electronic Publications:

The Role of Fat Grafting in Aesthetic Surgery, South African Womens Health Issue, 2017 Iss2 pg 36-37, www.southafricanwomenshealth.co.za

  • Silicone breast implants, Dr M Venter, South African Womens Health Issue 1, 2017 pg 46-48, www.southafricanwomenshealth.co.za
  • Breast Reconstruction and Radiation, Friend or Foes? M Venter, November /December 2016, BUDDIESFORLIFE.CO.ZA

Abstract Publications:

  • Animal Study: The Effect of Lipo-Aspirate on Wound Healing

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ISAPS 2016, Kyoto, Japan

Young Researcher Award

  • A Third World Country Requires Locally Advanced Breast Cancer Reconstruction to be a Final Aesthetic Procedure.

International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ISAPS 2016, Kyoto, Japan

  • Reviewing the approach to breast cancer reconstruction in patients under the age of 35 years.

Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa – 2007

  • Breast cancer in the under 35 year olds from a single specialist breast unit in South Africa.

Surgical Research Society, Bloemfontein August 2007

  • Invasive lobular cancer from a single specialist breast unit in South

Africa.

Surgical Research Society, Bloemfontein August 2007

  • MBChB, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa, 2002
  • FCS Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SA), University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa ,2012
  • The Aston Barker Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium Advanced Rejuvenation of the Face , Breast and Body, New York , New York, November 30 – 2 December 2017 Cutting edge 2017
  • 13th International Conference and Exhibition on Cosmetic Dermatology and Hair Care & 7th International Conference and Expo on Cosmetology , Trichology and Aesthetic Practice , October 26-27, 2017 , Paris France
  • Injectable and Anatomy for Africa, South African Society for Dermatological Surgery, University of Stellenbosch, August 2017
  • International Training Course on Targeted Intraoperative Radiotherapy (TARGIT), Hospital HUGC/ Las Palmas Gran Canaria , June 2017
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Congress (ISAPS) 2017

The Lord Charles Hotel, Somerset West, Western Cape, March 2017

  • First Melanoma World Society Educational Symposium – Skin Cancer Update 2017, Melanoma World Society, Cape Town , March 2017
  • Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Symposium, South Africa,February 2017
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, 23 rd Congress, Kyoto, Japan, October 2016
  • Surgical Breast Congress, Warshaw Polland ,March 2016
  • Breast Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Symposium, South Africa, February 2016
  • Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Breast, Eight European Conference , Milan , December 2015.
  • 13th National Breast Diseases Congress, Antalya , Turkey, October 2015
  • Masters’ Symposium on Functional & Aesthetic Rhinoplasty,

Sydney Australia, 8-10 October, 2015.

  • Villa Bella Clinic Annual Congress Face 2015, Facial Ageing Contour Enhancement, Gardone Riviera, Italy May 2015
  • Rhinoplasty Cadaver Workshop, Professor Wolgang Gubish, South Africa, May 2015
  • Advanced Course for Functional and Aesthetic Rhinoplasty, 23 Stuttgart Course, Germany, March 2015
  • The Cutting Edge Aesthetic Surgery Symposium, Practical Surgical Techniques, Face and Total Body Sculpting ,The Waldorf Astoria Hotel, New York City, December 2014
  • Aesthetic Surgery of the Breast, Sixth European Symposium, Milan

December 2014

  • Basic Course in Microsurgical Technique, University of Limpopo, 2013
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Symposium: The Role of Flaps and Dermal Regeneration Templates, Baroque Medical, Johannesburg, May 2012
  • Microsurgery Intensive Course: Medunsa May 2012
  • Certificate of Neostrata Training, December 2012
  • FCS (SA), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: College of Medicine of South Africa, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Microsurgery:Flap Dissection Course, University of Pretoria 2010
  • Registrar Symposuim- Hand Surgery and Cosmetic Surgery,

Midrand Johannesburg, August 2010

  • Introduction to Clinical Trails and Good Clinical Practice, Wits Health Consortium, Clinical Research Department, 2009
  • FCS , Surgical Intermediate, 2007
  • FCS Surgical Primary , 2004
  • Basic Surgical Skills, University of Witwatersrand, October 2004
  • Neonatal Resuscitation Program Course, University of Pretoria 2003
  • MBChB, University of Cape Town, South Africa 2002

CONTACT US

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, comments or messages. We’ll try to respond to everything.

011 482 2196
dr.mventer@gmail.com