Dr. Alexis Verpaele, M.D.
Dr. Alexis Verpaele graduated as a doctor of medicine, surgery and obstetrics in 1988. In 1994 he specialised as a general surgeon under Professor Derom. He completed his training in plastic surgery in the British city of Norwich and at Ghent University Hospital under Professor Monstrey, where he worked from 1994 to 1997. Between 1997 and 1999 he was on the staff of the plastic surgery department of Ghent University Hospital.
Since 1999 Dr. Verpaele has been the co-director of theÂ Coupure Centre for Plastic SurgeryÂ in Ghent and the ‘t Zwin Medical Centre in the Dutch town of Oostburg. He has been appointedÂ Fellow of the Collegium Chirurgicum PlasticumÂ andÂ Fellow of the European Board of Plastic Surgery. He also acts as a plastic surgery consultant at Ghent University Sint-Lucas and assistant clinical professor at Ghent University Hospital. With his colleague Dr. Tonnard he set up theÂ ‘Aesthetic Medical Centre 2’Â (E:MCÂ²) in 2007. This is an exclusive private surgical centre for aesthetic surgery in Sint-Martems-Latem.
Together with Dr. Tonnard he developed the revolutionaryÂ MACS lift, a minimally invasive facelift technique that aims to produce the best and most natural result with rapid recovery and minimal complications. This achievement has earned him and Dr. Tonnard an international reputation.
In 2004 and 2007 they contributed two scientific chapters about this surgical technique, written for plastic surgeons all over the world:Â The MACS-lift Short Scar Rhytidectomy, 2004, St Louis; andÂ Short Scar Face-lifting, Operative Strategies and Techniques, 2007, St Louis.
Dr. Verpaele is a member of theÂ Royal Belgian Society for Surgery, theÂ Belgian and Dutch Association for Plastic Surgery,Â the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) and the ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons).
He has written numerous publications on reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. Dr. Verpaele has presented over a hundred papers on facelifts, breast enlargement, fillers and botox at international conferences and has contributed to many popular and scientific articles.
Dr. Verpaele and Dr. Tonnard set upÂ ‘See and Smile’Â in 2006. This is an association of Flemish plastic surgeons and ophthalmologists who travel to developing countries at regular intervals to perform operations. They carry out basic plastic surgery procedures (especially treatment for hare lip and cleft palate) and eye treatments (especially for cataracts). Their destinations so far have included Pnom Penh (Cambodia), Oaxaca (Mexico), Sagain (Myanmar) and Flores (Indonesia).