About Dr Stephen Thomas James Gilbert

Mr Stephen Gilbert is founding co-director of the New Zealand Institute of Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery. His private practice is at 243 Remuera Road, Auckland. He is credentialed and operates at at the 243 Remuera Rd Surgical Centre,the Ascot hospital, Greenlane and the Southern Cross managed Auckland Surgical Centre, St Marks  Rd, Remuera. He is also Visiting Plastic Surgeon to Chelsea Hospital, Gisborne and Honorary Consultant Plastic Surgeon, Middlemore Hospital, South Auckland where he worked for 18 years before resigning to concentrate on his private practice.

Plastic Surgery – Philosophy
Stephen is proud to continue the traditions and surgical excellence that were established by three New Zealand-born knights of plastic surgery, Sir Harold Gillies and Sir Archibald McIndoe who trained the third, Sir William Manchester. He was Sir William’s registrar for two years and supports his philosophy that perfection in plastic surgical operations should always be sought.

Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery – Procedures
Mr Gilbert and his staff provide a full range of cosmetic plastic surgical services, specialising in facial enhancement such as endoscopic brow lift, face and neck lifts and eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty). All modern forms of face lift are available at the Institute, with the emphasis on achieving a natural, more youthful or rested appearance.

Stephen is New Zealand’s most experienced face lift surgeon and has trained with experts in London (Harley Street), France, New York and Los Angeles. His practice also offers a comprehensive skincare programme through Prescription Skin Care, who specialise in dermal fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, facial peels, IPL and laser enhancement.

He is also an experienced cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty (nose) surgeon, treats and repairs a lot of facial skin cancers and specialises in the correction of prominent ears. Much of his cosmetic surgery is performed at the Institute’s on-site day surgery facility.

Mr Gilbert is equally interested in breast and body contouring. He introduced liposuction to New Zealand with a colleague in 1981 (the year it was first demonstrated in the USA). Where necessary this has now become a sophisticated three-dimensional liposculpturing procedure, using ultrasound to correct long standing disproportions of the lower body.

He is also interested in abdominoplasty to smooth out and strengthen the abdomen, even in the younger person or after childbearing. The emphasis here is to achieve a narrow waist with three-dimensional contouring.

Mr Gilbert has considerable experience with breast enhancement using only the most modern and softest implants (usually breast shaped rather than round implants, cohesive gel or saline and measured to fit the patient’s figure). He has visited Per Heden in Sweden who has the world’s largest experience of breast augmentation using cohesive gel implants.

Gender: Male

Services & Treatments

Areas of Specialisation
Facial Rejuvenation, Eyelids, Nose Reshaping, Three Dimensional Face Lipostructure, Reconstructive Breast Surgery, Breast Augmentation & Reduction, Body Contouring by Ultrasonic & Superficial Liposculpture & Abdominoplasty, Skincare including: Laser Resurfacing, Botox, Collagen & other Fillers, Skin Cancer Surgery, Endoscopic Cosmetic Surgery


Breast surgery

Breast Surgery encompasses a variety of procedures and two surgical specialists : Breast Surgeons and Plastic Surgeons. Breast Surgeons are General Surgeons who have subspecialized in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of breast disease in women (generally), and men. Breast cancer detection and surgery is their major focus. Breast Surgeons usually work as part of a multidisciplinary team. Plastic Surgeons do not treat breast disease but many do work together with Breast Surgeons to perform breast reconstruction at the time of a mastectomy, or later, when adjuvant treatments are concluded. Plastic Surgeons also perform Cosmetic Breast procedures e.g. breast reduction, breast lift, and breast augmentation. In men, gynaecomastia correction is provided. Some of these procedures may be offered by Breast Surgeons also. Oncoplastic Surgeons are Breast Surgeons who have had some additional training in breast reconstruction.

Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic Surgery is undertaken by a Cosmetic Surgeon or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Cosmetic Surgery modifies, corrects or improves the appearance of a physical feature, irregularity or defect.

Facial plastic surgery

Facial plastic surgery includes cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Cosmetic procedures include rhytidectomy or ‘facelift’, involving removing wrinkles and sagging from the face; browplasty, a ‘brow lift’ or ‘forehead lift’, which lifts eyebrows and smoothens forehead skin; and midface lift or ‘cheek lift’, which involves tightening of the cheeks. Other procedures often accompanying facial plastic surgery are lip enhancement, improving the lips’ fullness; and rhinoplasty or ‘nose job’, reshaping of the nose. Reconstructive plastic surgery is usually performed to improve function, but it may be also done to make people appear more normal. It corrects impairments caused by burns; traumatic injuries, such as facial bone fractures and breaks; abnormalities present at birth, such as cleft palates or cleft lips; developmental abnormalities; infection and disease; and cancer or tumours.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic & Reconstructive surgery involves the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients requiring the restoration, correction or improvement in the shape and appearance of the body structures that are defective or damaged at birth or by injury, disease, growth or development. It includes all aspects of cosmetrc surgery. For example, Plastic Surgeons treat Craniofacial anomalies such as cleft lip and palate; cancer of the skin, and head and neck; burns; trauma (especially facial and hand); breast reconstruction; chronic wounds etc.

Skin cancer

Skin cancer forms in the tissues of the skin. There are several types of skin cancer. Cancer that forms in melanocytes (skin cells that make pigment) is called melanoma. Cancer that forms in the lower part of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) is called basal cell carcinoma. Cancer that forms in squamous cells (flat cells that form the surface of the skin) is called squamous cell carcinoma. Cancer that forms in neuroendocrine cells (cells that release hormones in response to signals from the nervous system) is called neuroendocrine carcinoma of the skin. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common. Melanoma is less common than squamous or basal cell carcinoma, but is more dangerous. It is the leading cause of death from skin disease. If left untreated, cancer cells can spread from the skin into other tissues and organs. Fair complexion, older age, genetics and excess sun exposure all play a part in increasing risk of developing skin cancer. Most skin cancers form in older people on parts of the body exposed to the sun or in those with weakened immune systems. Different types of skin cancer require different treatment approaches. Surgical removal of the cancer is very common. Minimising sun exposure is the best way to prevent skin damage, including many types of skin cancer.


MBChB (Otago), FRCS, FRACS (Plastic)

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