Stephen Gilbert, Plastic Surgeon FRCS, FRACS
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 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 excellent 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.
Stephen recently visited the world's leading breast reduction surgeons in Brazil and Switzerland to study short scar techniques. He has a wide experience in breast reconstruction after mastectomy, having studied these techniques in the United States and carrying out the first latissimus dorsi and TRAM flap reconstructions in New Zealand in the early 1980s. He has continued to develop and improve the results since and has made numerous presentations on his techniques.
Mr Gilbert travels overseas extensively to share his experience with leading plastic surgeons in Europe and America.
He is a past president of the New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery; he is a member of the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons; the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery; the International Confederation of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons and a corresponding member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
He is also a member of the International Society for Reconstructive Microvascular Surgery and is an ex-editorial board member of this organisation.
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