Prestigious APRASSA worskhop to be hosted at Somerset Surgery

04:31 07 March in Events, Network of specialists

On Friday 17 March 2017, plastic surgeons from around South Africa will gather at Somerset Surgery to attend a pre-congress workshop held by the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (APRASSA).

We are honoured to host such a prestigious event. APRASSA‘s confidence in bringing international surgeons to Somerset Surgery in the interests of education, confirms that we have a world-class facility we can be proud of.

APRASSA was formed in 1956 and with more than 148 members, it represents 98% of registered plastic surgeons in South Africa. The association provides training opportunities for its members throughout the year to support them in their efforts to offer the highest quality patient care and maintain ethical standards.

Live demonstrations

In an ever-changing industry, cosmetic surgery techniques are improving and new products and services are available every year. The APRASSA workshop will give local plastic surgeons the opportunity to observe live demonstrations of the latest minimally invasive facial rejuvenation techniques from around the world using Botulinum toxin, fillers and thread lifting.

A live surgery demonstration will take place in Somerset Surgery’s theater.  Fat transfer technique will be demonstrated where a patient’s own fat is harvested from one area of the body and then used to refill the ageing face or to balance asymmetrical breasts.

International plastic surgeons

The Botulinum toxin and Filler workshops will be hosted by Allergan. World-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr Arthur Swift from Canada, will conduct 5 workshops with 50 local plastic surgeons.

The thread lifting demonstration will be hosted by Genop. Italian cosmetic surgeon, Dr Rosalba Russo, will conduct the workshop in which 30 South African plastic surgeons will learn about managing sustainable and highly effective facial rejuvenation results with Silhouette Soft resorbable sutures.

The fat transfer surgery demonstration will be hosted by B-med. German plastic surgeon, Dr Klaus Uberetter, will perform the surgery in one of our theatres. A camera man will film the surgery, while 30 doctors observe from a lecture room created temporarily in Somerset Surgery’s ward. The doctors will be able to ask questions during the surgery.

We look forward to hosting APRASSA and its members. For more information, visit



We are happy to report that the first APRASSA workshop we hosted was a resounding success! On Friday 17 March, plastic surgeons from around the country came to Somerset Surgery to observe live demonstrations and learn about the latest developments in plastic surgery. It was one of the best-attended workshops we have ever witnessed. We feel honoured to have been the facility of choice for this prestigious event.