With so many great SA doctors having left for overseas, its really encouraging when they return. We caught up with Dr Alex Landau, a Cape Town plastic surgeon, who recently returned from the UK. We met with Dr Landau and asked him some questions, which we publish today, for your reading pleasure, welcome home Dr Landau!
Some plastic surgeons have a particular focus what is
I consider myself a general plastic surgeon as I enjoy a
wide scope of practice but my areas of special interest would be breast and
facial aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. This would include breast
reduction/augmentation/reconstruction as well as
facelifts/blepharoplasty/rhinoplasty. I spent two years in the UK gaining
additional training and experience in these and other areas of aesthetic and
reconstructive surgical procedures.
What is most important to you during consultation with a
Honesty. Both from the patient and the doctor,
particularly with respect to cosmetic surgery consultations. There are a lot of
misconceptions and misinformation and patients need to be realistic about what
can be achieved for them. Performing an
operation on someone is a huge responsibility and privilege that requires the
total trust and confidence from the patient. One needs to make the patient
comfortable in order to openly discuss their concerns but at the same time
maintain one’s professionalism, so important in the doctor patient
relationship. If this relationship is based on honesty from the first
consultation it usually leads to a happy patient and happy doctor.
Where did you get your education and training?
My undergrad degree is from the University of Cape Town
where I graduated in 1997. I thereafter trained in a number of other
subspecialties, including orthopaedic surgery, paediatric surgery and
general surgery before specialising in
Plastic Surgery at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, graduating in 2009.
Why did you decide to specialise in plastic surgery
I have always wanted to be a plastic surgeon, it is the
one specialty that combines clinical science and artistic flair (my two major
interests as a child), making every operation unique and interesting. I seldom
perform the same operation on any two patients, rather individualising and
planning each operation very carefully. The terms ‘facelift’ or ‘breast reduction’ are all-encompassing terms and can refer to
literally thousands of different operative techniques – and that is what makes
my job so challenging and exciting.
What experience did you get overseas that made being
Working in London for two years afforded me the
opportunity to train with some world renowned Plastic surgeons in both the
reconstructive and aesthetic fields. I learnt advanced and new surgical
techniques, in many instances from the very surgeons who described them. Working
at the world famous Wellington Hospital with the top Harley Street plastic
surgeons was a dream that came true for me. I feel that I have gained
enormously from this experience and those friends and colleagues have been very
supportive of my return to South Africa to start my private practice.
How do you see the SA plastic surgery industry compared
It is difficult to compare the industry as a whole to
what I experienced in London because of the scope and volume of patients over there.
However the standard of treatment is easily comparable and the number of
successful South African plastic surgeons in the UK (and elsewhere in the
world) is testimony to this. I think the industry in SA is growing with more
and more patients seeking aesthetic procedures, and in that sense it’s exciting
to come home and be a part of that.
You can find find out more about Dr Landau here.
Contact details as follows:
201 Fairfield Medical Suites, Wilderness Road, Claremont, 7708
21 674 0775/674 0853