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Dr. Paul J. Skoll

Dr. Paul J. Skoll

Show Phone NumberSuite 1411A, Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, 181 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001South Africa

Popular Treatments

Plastic Surgeon Consultation from R 800
Breast Augmentation from R 43500
Liposuction from R 39000
Rhinoplasty from R 55000
Tummy Tuck from R 65000
Eyelid Surgery
Eyelid surgery from R 16000
Eyelid surgery Lower from R 32000
Breast Reduction from R 50000
Facelift from R 66000
Breast Lift
Breast Lift from R 45000
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About Dr. Paul J. Skoll

I am a South African trained and board certified plastic surgeon whose private practice is largely dedicated to cosmetic surgical procedures - including breast augmentation (breast enlargement, implant surgery, reductions and lifts), tummy tucks, labiaplasty, liposuction etc. I operate from the Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, situated in the centre of Cape Town. My website contains information on the various surgical, and non-surgical procedures that I perform, including, but not limited to the following:

Breast Augmentation (breast enlargement): The most popular cosmetic surgery procedure!
Liposuction: Another popular procedure used for the removal of stubborn, diet-resistant fatty deposits.
Rhinoplasty: The sculpting and reshaping of the nose, while preserving (or improving) nasal airflow and breathing.
Treatment for lines and wrinkles and injectable hyaluronic acid gels.

Experience and Associations
I am a Fellow of both the South African College of Surgeons (Plastic Surgery) and the Royal College of Surgeons (Glasgow). I am a full member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa and of the International Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Furthermore I have published several articles in international, peer-reviewed Plastic Surgery journals, notably Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Annals of Plastic Surgery - probably regarded as the two leading plastic surgery journals in the world today.
I have been practicing plastic surgery since 1996; entered private practice in 1999 and now focus almost exclusively on cosmetic plastic surgery.

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from 7 verified reviews Patient Reviews of Dr. Paul J. Skoll

"I have no regrets"
4.5 50Reviewed 04 Feb 2016 Review verified by phone.
Treatment Received: Facelift
I had a conservative lower half face lift in 2008. Not one of my family or friends (except my husband) has ever guessed, they just said I looked amazing after my holiday!
In 2016 I still look good, firmer face and no crepe-y neck. I have no regrets about having it done.
I suggest it's a good idea to have a couple of weeks (or 3) quietly recuperating.
It was excellent value, especially compared to English prices!

I have a friend in Cape Town who recommended Paul Skoll.
He is kind and welcoming and I had great confidence. Everything was explained well and went according to plan.
The clinic is immaculate and it was easy to find our way there.
Treated By: Paul J Total Amount Paid R 35382
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Ros UK
"Ultra high implants that took me from a size B to a D cup"
5 50Reviewed 05 Aug 2015 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
I had breast augmentation surgery with Dr Skoll. I was a 34 small B cup size, I had always wanted bigger breasts but had never considered the plastic surgery before, until one day it just came to me and I had the clarity that I had to do a breast augmentation. I ended up with 375ml Ultra high implants that took me from a size B to a D cup.

I had a great experience with the clinic from the time I picked up the call to make an appointment. This was the second surgeon I had consulted with, so if i did not like the consultation, I was going to walk - trust me. However I was pleasantly surprised at the standard of service, the Doctors knowledge of the subject, the level of care that I got for post surgery and the quality of work that was done. I love my breasts now, they look amazing, thanks you Dr Skoll.
Treated By: Paul J Total Amount Paid R 43500
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review avatarBertha South Africa
"Everything felt and looked completely healed after 3 weeks"
5 50Reviewed 21 Jul 2015 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Labiaplasty
I recently underwent a Labiaplasty. After enquiring at a few clinics, I chose Dr Skoll.
The response time to enquiries is quick and Dr Skoll even replied himself. Some clinics I contacted when enquiring about surgery seemed to send a template email in response without fully replying to the questions I posed.
After the op the pain was minimal (I didn't even have to use the prescribed painkillers!) and the bleeding stopped after a couple of hours. There was a tiny bit of swelling for about a week but it didn't get in the way of my day-to-day business at all.
After about 2 weeks I felt comfortable exercising again and everything felt and looked completely healed after 3 weeks! There was never any sign of infection and there isn't even a scar!
I doubt surgery is the right choice for everyone but for me it definitely was. I've no regrets except that I wish I'd done it sooner!

The clinic is very clean and modern. Dr Skoll was able to see me at short notice at a time that suited me. During the consultation, I felt reassured and impressed by Dr Skoll's expertise. The fees were very reasonable even by South Africa's low prices.
Dr Skoll and his staff are friendly and professional.
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Ro South Africa
"Very happy"
4.5 50Reviewed 21 May 2015 Verified user. Review confirmed by email.
Treatment Received: Dermal Fillers,Fat Filler
I had a filler injected into my nose to correct a slight indentation and Dr. Skoll used the rest of the syringe on my labial folds - he was extremely gentle and professional - I'm happy with the results and I will not hesitate to return to see him again when I am next in Cape Town. I have already recommended him to a friend who is also a 'swallow' so we will both be seeing him early in 2016 - if all goes to plan that is!

I was very happy with my treatment at Dr. Skoll's clinic.
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Lynne Israel
"I felt comfortable and felt no question"
5 50Reviewed 13 May 2015 Review verified by phone and email.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
Highly highly recommend Dr Skoll. I was an overseas patient seeking a breast augmentation and from the moment I enquired with Lia (the sweetest lady!) who is Dr Skolls assistant I felt comfortable and felt no question was ever an issue. From the moment I met Dr Skoll and all the way through to my post op appointment I found him professional, knowledgeable, kind, a true expert in his field (plus a great sense of humour!)
Treated By: Paul J Total Amount Paid R 44700
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Donna Australia
"Very friendly staff"
4.8 50Reviewed 04 Jan 2014 Review verified by email.
Treatment Received: Tummy Tuck
My op went perfectly well. Very friendly staff. Dr. Skoll helped me to gain back my confidence.
Treated By: Paul J Total Amount Paid R 48000
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Julie UK
"Highly recommend"
4.6 50Reviewed 29 Dec 2013 Review verified by email.
Treatment Received: Breast Implants
Very happy with the result and the responses from the Doctor. Highly recommend.
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Julie Switzerland
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  • Department of Health, Western Cape (South Africa) 
  • APRSSA - Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of Southern Africa (South Africa) 
  • FCS(SA) - Fellowship of the College of Surgeons of South Africa (South Africa) 
  • HPCSA - Health Professions Council of South Africa (South Africa) 
  • ISAPS - International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (International) 
  • RCSEd - The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (UK) 


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Plastic Surgery

Areola Reduction

Usually as part of a breast reduction or lift

from R 43500
Breast Augmentation

Preferred Breast Augmentation Techniques

I most often use round, low or medium profile, cohesive, textured silicone gel prostheses (Eurosilicone - France). Depending on each patient’s chest measurements, which would include soft tissue pinch thickness / cover, the implants may be placed either in front of (pre-pectoral), or partially beneath, the chest wall muscle (“dual plane”). In general, the thicker the existing breast tissue, the more likely I am to suggest placement in front of the chest muscle, and vice versa for very thin patients with little soft tissue cover. Should we decide upon placing the implant in front of the muscle, I always use the “subfascial” approach, which was first described by Dr Ruth Graf of Brasil. The pectoral fascia is a thin but fairly tough covering over the pectoral muscle, and may give the implants placed in front of the muscle, better support. Either way, I do the augmentation surgery via a small (5cm) incision in the breast crease, which leaves a very acceptable scar that fades over a few months to become barely visible in most cases.

The Consultation:

At the consultation, you will be fully informed of the normal process of the surgery, as well as any complications that may arise (fortunately very rare!). After an examination to assess that you are a good candidate for the surgery, certain measurements of your chest and breasts will be made, and routine pre-op pictures are then taken. You then have an opportunity to "try on" the full range of sizers in the office - I keep a full range of low and medium profile implant testers in the office, and encourage you to chose the look the you think will suite you best - a bra is provided for this purpose, so that by placing the different testers in the bra, you can see how you would like to look post op. Th

Breast Lift
from R 45000
Breast Lift
from R 56000
Breast Reconstruction
TRAM flaps or 2 stage prosthetic reconstruction with expanders and prostheses
from R 50000
Breast Reduction

Few will disagree that women who undergo breast reduction surgery are amongst the most satisfied patients in any plastic surgery practice. Numerous studies have validated the improved quality of life that follows this surgery. Backache, neck and shoulder ache, poor posture, bra strap pain, and limited ability to participate in sports are just some of the reasons why women with large breasts seek help. 

Currently, there are essentially 3 different surgeries (and variations there-of) available to patients seeking breast reduction. I will concentrate of the 2 "open" surgeries most commonly performed, but it may be useful to know that liposuction is occasionally an option for patients requesting moderate breast improvement / volume reduction. Ideal patients for this surgery, are those with little or no ptosis (droop) and breasts that are predominantly composed of fatty tissue(as opposed to breast tissue itself, which is quite fibrous). The effect of liposuction is to decrease breast volume, but little or no lift is achieved. It does however, offer some patients volume reduction with little or no obvious scarring. 

from R 35500
Chin Implant
Implantech solid silicone implants via submenta approach under deep IV sedation.
Cleft Lip and Palate Treatment

Full range of procedures in cleft lip and palate patients

Eyelid Surgery
from R 32000
Eyelid surgery Lower
from R 16000
Eyelid surgery

Both upper and lower eyelids consist of 3 layers: Skin on the outside, muscle in the middle, and fatty tissue on the inside. Surgery is tailored to the specific needs of the individual, and would typically involve modifying some or all of these layers.

Upper Eyelids:

Often the first sign of ageing, upper eyelid surgery is generally simple to perform, and the results are generally good to excellent. The major problem in most people presenting for this surgery is skin excess, which hangs onto the lid margin, and gives a tired appearance. The surgery is done under local anaesthetic with sedation, and a strip of skin is removed from the upper eyelid. This leaves a thin, fine scar in the upper eyelid crease, which fades over a few months to become barely perceptible. Often, some fatty tissue is removed at the same time, but little or no muscle (middle layer) is removed. The incision is closed with st
from R 15000
Eye Lift
from R 66000

A facelift is an operation designed to rejuvenate the ageing face. It may be combined with other facial cosmetic operations like eyelid surgery , and liposuction of the neck, as well as with non surgical procedures like Treatment for lines and wrinkles, and gel injections.

Whereas previously the emphasis of the surgery was placed on skin tightening (which gave an operated, rather than a more youthful appearance), a better understanding of the effects of facial ageing coupled with a more detailed knowledge of the facial anatomy, and how this changes with ageing, has led to the development of modern facelifts designed to re-elevate and reposition the deeper tissues to a more youthful position, without the marked skin tightening stigmata seen in the past.

Effects of ageing:

General "wear and tear" coupled with sun damage leads to changes in the skin quality (wrinkles, lines, pigmentary changes)

Loss of facial volume, which effects both the soft tissue padding (fat) and the bone

Descent (ptosis) of the remaining facial fat - droopiness leading to heavy naso-labial lines, flattened cheek prominences, jowls, and sagging neck skin

Weakened support structures leading to prominent bulges

Mini Facelift
from R 21000
Genital Reshaping

Although there is a wide normal variation in size and shape of the inner labia, some women find it cosmetically unacceptable if the labia minora protrude past the labia majora. Enlarged or protruding labia minora can occasionally be an embarrassing problem, particularly in sexual situations, when wearing tight clothing or swimwear. Patients may also seek help for hygiene reasons.

Previously, the surgical treatment was simple excision of the protuberant tissue, which results in a scar along the free edge of the labia. In addition, the natural contour and colour of the labial edge is removed using this procedure. This technique of labial reduction is still widely practiced today.

In 1998, Dr Gary Alter, an American board certified plastic surgeon & urologist occasionally seen on the TV program “Dr 90210”, devised a more elegant operation to deal with this problem, and it is his technique ,and subsequent modifications thereof, that I now use. More recently, a team from Brasil published a modification of Dr Alter’s technique which has proven to be very effective in selected patients.

The operation is usually done under local anaesthetic with light, oral sedation. Should you want deeper sedation, an anaesthetist can be arranged for the procedure, but this is rarely necessary. It is generally very well tolerated, and the discomfort only minimal. The surgery takes about 1-1.5 hours, and all patients are discharged on the same day – I now do these exclusively at a nearby state-of-the-art, fully licensed, cosmetic day surgery facility. The surgery involves removing a triangular wedge of tissue from each labium, thus largely preserving the natural free border, and leaving an almost imperceptible short oblique scar on each inner labium. The surgery is done using 4.5 x loupe magnification, to ensure very precise repair of the labial e

from R 15000
Inverted Nipple Surgery

Simple and relatively scarless procedure under local anaesthetic 

from R 24000
from R 39000

Liposuction is a very popular, safe procedure for removing stubborn, diet-resistant localised fatty deposits (most often tummy, saddlebags, thighs and neck). 

Ideal Candidates:
Patients of normal weight for height, with good skin and muscle tone, and localised fatty deposits that are diet resistant. The prescence of loose, saggy skin with stretch marks would usually indicate poor skin tone, and hence a poor candidate for the procedure. Remember that we rely on the skin being elastic enough to "redrape" (shrink) once the underlying fat has been removed, so good skin elasticity is very important in ensuring a good result. Liposuction is NOT an alternative to dieting, nor a treatment for obesity.
The Surgery: 
Assuming the patient is a good candidate, surgery is performed as a day case (most often no overnight stay is needed) under local anaesthetic with IV sedation - twilight anaesthesia (usually done by a certified anaesthesiologist). 
The areas to be suctioned are marked in the standing position before surgery. At the start of the operation and after suitable sedation, large volumes of fluid containing dilute local anaesthetic and adrenaline (epinephrine) are injected into the tissues to be suctioned. This is called the "tumescent technique" and serves several important functions including fluid replacement, prolonged local anaesthesia, and vasoconstriction (minimises bleeding). Via small incisions that are well hidden, the fat is then suctioned out using small diameter (3&4mm), blunt tipped rods, until the desired contour is achieved. The surgeries vary from about 1 hour up to 3 hours, depending on the extent of the probl

Neck Liposuction
Neck Lift
Nipple Reduction

Various techniques used under local anaesthetic

from R 45000
from R 800
Plastic Surgeon Consultation

Cosmetic plastic surgery, including: Breast augmentation and enlargement, breast uplift, breast reduction surgery, facelifts, labiaplasty (labioplasty) liposuction, tummy tucks, rhinoplasty, nose jobs, treatment for lines and wrinkles and dermal fillers, ear corrections, eyelid surgery, blepharoplasty, cleft lip and palate surgery, silicone gel implants (cohesive gel).

from R 55000
Nasal Tip Surgery
Open Rhinoplasty
from R 65000
Tummy Tuck

Liposuction is generally reserved for younger patients with elastic skin and moderate fatty deposits. In addition, good abdominal muscle tone is important to ensure a good liposuction result.

Full Abdominoplasty
Mini Abdominoplasty

Medical Aesthetics

Dermal Fillers
Fat Filler
Lip Augmentation
Microfat grafts or dermal fillers used
from R 17000
Treatment for Wrinkles
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Paul J

Dr Paul J Skoll

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  Principal Surgeon
I am a South African trained, and board certified Plastic surgeon, and a full member of the Association of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa. I graduated with first class honours from the University of Cape Town Medical School, and received prizes for academic achievement in Surgery (1988)and top final year student in Paediatrics (1989).

Ms Lia Matthijssen

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Dr Amelia Kriel

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After completing her undergraduate training at the University of Stellenbosch near Cape Town, she completed a residency at the University of Cape Towns Department of Anaesthetics. She has been practicing anaesthesiology since 1995, and completed her specialist college exams in 2002. In 2003, she remained on as consultant anaesthetist at both Groote Schuur Hospital (Intensive Care Unit) and Red Cross Childrens Hospital (paediatric anaesthesia) She commenced private practice in 2004.

Linda van

Dr Linda van Zyl

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Another Stellenbosch graduate, who completed her Diploma in Anaesthetics in 2000, and then went on to complete a residency at the University of Cape Town, obtaining her FCA(SA) in 2005. Following completion of her training, she did a further year as consultant in adult ICU, paediatric anaesthesia, and cardiothoracic anaesthesia, before completing a fellowship in the UK in cardiothoracic anaesthesia.

Show Phone NumberSuite 1411A, Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital, 181 Longmarket Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001South Africa