About us

About Dr Birkholtz

I am a South African trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon, and a full member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa.

I completed my pregraduate studies at the University of Pretoria in 1992. I then worked for three years in Namibia, where I gained valuable surgical experience. It was during this time that I had the honour of working with Prof Alistair Lamont. He introduced me to the fascinating discipline of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

I started my plastic surgery training at the University of Pretoria in 1996 and completed my specialization in 2001. During this five year period, I had extensive exposure to and developed a keen interest in micro vascular reconstruction as well as cosmetic surgery.

I have been in full time private practice at the Kloof Medi Clinic in Pretoria since 2003. I am still involved at the Pretoria Academic Hospital on a session basis and have been a guest lecturer at the University of Zurich for the past two years.

The discipline of plastic and reconstructive surgery has its roots in the time of the great world wars. During this period surgeons had to develop and come up with ingenious methods of reconstructing all the disfigured soldiers. This is a far cry from the modern concept of plastic surgery being portrayed by Hollywood.


As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, my aim is to provide a professional, honest and safe service to all my patients. In my practice I will endeavour to provide my patients with:

  1. An honest opinion
  2. Open communication
  3. Up to date information and procedures
  4. Dedicated care pre-, intra- and post-operatively

If at any time during your treatment at my practice you feel unsure about a procedure, need more information or need help - please feel free to contact us

Food for Thought

  1. No surgical or non-surgical procedure will save a marriage
  2. Altering a part of your anatomy that you are not happy with will not improve clinical depression
  3. The left and right side of your body are not symmetrical, no surgery will change that
  4. Surgery is not an exact science
  5. Surgeons work with living tissue. Living tissue has a tendency to adapt and change it's shape
  6. Even the best surgeons experience complications