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Dr. Bruce Lelala

Plastic and Reconstruction Surgeon

As a young boy growing up in Matatiele in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, Bruce Lelala always dreamt of becoming a doctor and helping those in need. Despite numerous challenges and setbacks, he managed to achieve his ambition, and in 2019, became only the second Black South African to qualify as a Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon at the University of Cape Town, joining the small number plastic surgeons on the continent. With a population of almost 60 million, South Africa has less than 180 plastic surgeons, placing Dr Lelala in a unique and privileged position to serve his country.


Dr Lelala holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from the University of the Western Cape (UWC), a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCHB) from the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN), a Diploma in Anaesthetics (DA) from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA), a Postgraduate Diploma in Business administration (PDBA) from Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), a Masters in Medicine (MMEd) from University of Cape Town (UCT), and a Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery from CMSA.


In 2019 Dr Lelala was appointed by the USA-based NGO, Operation Smile to be part of the internationally credentialed cleft surgeons for the organization. He has been involved in cleft surgery missions on the African continent and abroad. He is also a member of the Society of Rhinoplasty Surgeons of South African (SORSSA). Dr Lelala will be undertaking a fellowship in microsurgery at one of the world’s leading institutions of reconstructive surgery in Nottingham, United Kingdom.  This training will equip Dr Lelala with skills in microsurgery, enabling him to perform intricate and life-transforming operations.


Cosmetic Surgery operation offered includes:

  • Brow Lift
  • Blepharoplasty
  • Face Lift
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Fat grafting
  • Neck Lift
  • Otoplasty
  • Breast Augmentation (BBA)
  • Breast Reduction (BBR)
  • Breast Reconstruction post cancer surgery
  • Brachioplasty (Upper Arm Lift)
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Buttock Lift
  • Thigh Lift
  • Excision of Skin Lesions (including Skin Cancer)
  • Scar Management
  • Gynaecomastectomy (Reduction of Man Boobs)
  • Labiaplasty
  • Liposuction


Dr Bruce Lelala other surgical interests includes but not limited to:

  • Head & Neck Surgery: Cancer reconstructions including free flaps
  • Congenital malformations: Reconstructions including cleft lip and palates
  • Trauma Surgery: Burn & trauma reconstructions (especially face, upper & lower limb recons)
  • Hand Surgery: Trauma recons / soft tissue cover
  • Maxillofacial Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Surgery


For bookings please contact:

1. Ubuntu Family Health Centre

010 822 3151

Email: info@drbrucelelala.co.za


2. Melomed Private Hospital Richards Bay

035 791 5430

Email: info@drbrucelelala.co.za




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