Dr Marianne Duvenage

MBChB MMed (Derm) Pret

Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine

Dermatologist (PR No. 1201182)


I was born in 1958 in Potchefstroom, the daughter of a university lecturer father and a teacher mother. Since childhood I have always endeavored to achieve my greatest objectives by striving to be the best. At school I enjoyed being involved in extra-curricular activities – which included sport and music as well as maintaining a top academic performance. As a member of Betty Pack's Youth Orchestra, I toured Israel in December 1975, playing the cello.

I was elected as Head Girl at Menlo Park High School, Pretoria, where I completed Grade 12 with 6 distinctions in 1976. My dedication to my studies was rewarded when I was awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Scholarship to study medicine at The University of Pretoria.

In 1983 I completed my MBChB degree. In 1989 I received my MMed (Derm) (Pret) degree, thus qualifying as a specialist dermatologist. After completing my internship and working at a large hospital, I was presented with the major challenge of taking over a large and busy dermatology practice in 1990.
In 2000 I bought a Molemax machine to assist in the expert evaluation of moles. Being one of the first in South Africa to acquire such an apparatus, I regard myself as a true entrepreneur in the field.
Believing in a healthy lifestyle and knowing the importance of making time for oneself, I have a wide variety of interests and activities. These include:

  • Golf and walking
  • Photography (completed a course at The National School of Photography)
  • Played the cello in Betty Pack's Youth Orchestra for many years
  • Piano lessons for many years with the renowned Claudene van Breda
  • I climbed Kilimanjaro (Uhuru peak – the highest peak in Africa) and cycled the 104km Argus Cycle Race
  • I successfully walked around Mont Blanc, traversing France, Italy and Switzerland in the "Tour du Mont Blanc" in July 2008.

History, affiliations and programmes involvement

  • Holder of the coveted "Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Bursary" from 1977 to 1983
  • MBChB: University of Pretoria, 1983
  • MMed (Derm) (Pret) 1989; Studied under the mentorship of Prof G H Findlay
  • Registered Specialist Dermatologist with the HPCSA, membership no MP 0027325
  • Solo private medical practice established in 1990
  •  Founder member: Little Company of Mary Skin and Laser Clinic in 1998.
  •  Board of Directors: Little Company of Mary Skin and Laser Clinic from 1998 to 2009
  •  Joint winner: Best presentation: Annual SA Dermatology Conference 1998.
  •  Convener of the "Journal Club of the Pretoria Dermatologists" since 1998 to 2010.
  • Member of the Dermatology Society of South Africa since 1989
  •  Member of the Board of Directors of SpesNet until 2005. SpesNet is a large, multidisciplinary organization, representing specialists of all disciplines in medicine.
  • Organizing committee member of the annual conference held by the Dermatology Society of South Africa held at Sun City, April 2005.
  •  Member of the South African Society for Dermatology Surgeons since its inception in 2008
  • Member of the Aesthetics and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa since 2008
  • Exco member of the Aesthetics and Anti-aging Medicine Society of South Africa since 2009.
  •  Invited speaker at the South African Society for Dermatology Surgeons conference in 2009.
  • Invited speaker at the Aesthetic Medicine Congress of South Africa in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
  • Invited speaker at the World Congress of Aesthetic Medicine held in Cape Town in February 2013.
  • In 2012 I completed the Advanced Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine through the Foundation for Professional Development, a subsidiary of the South African Medical Association.


Special interests

  • Photo Dynamic Therapy to treat widespread, superficial skin cancer and acne
  • Anti-aging treatments pertaining to the skin
  • Skin rejuvenation with Fraxel laser and Pulsed Dye Laser
  • Skin rejuvenation with Photomodulation and chemical peels
  • Treatment of acne scarring
  • Treatment of skin cancer

  • Treatment of sun damage and age spots
  • Laser vein treatment
  • Botox
  • Facial Sculpting with fillers
  • Chemical peels and specialized facials
  • Cosmeceutical products and their role in anti-aging

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