Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute

Meet our expert team

The Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute has been set up by experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons as a centre of excellence in plastic surgery.

Our practice offers a full range of plastic surgery using up-to-date advanced surgical techniques. Our surgeons are experienced, highly trained and registered by the New Zealand Medical Council as specialist plastic and reconstructive surgeons.

Our surgeons and medical support staff regularly update their skills and stay up-to-date with international developments in their fields of expertise, so you can be assured you are always receiving the highest standard of care.

We look forward to meeting with you to discuss your needs.

Mr Craig Mackinnon Mr Craig Mackinnon

Mr Craig Mackinnon

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Mr Christopher Adams Mr Christopher Adams

Mr Christopher Adams

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Juliet Asbery Juliet Asbery

Juliet Asbery

Clinical Nurse Specialist

Mr Craig Mackinnon

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Craig MacKinnon is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. He has been part of the Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute since 2002 and bases his private practice here.

In addition to general plastic and reconstructive surgery, he has a specialist interest in:

  • aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of the face, breast, and trunk
  • cleft lip and palate surgery
  • head and neck cancer surgery
  • skin cancer surgery
  • craniomaxillofacial surgery.


Training, qualifications, and memberships
Craig graduated from Otago Medical School in 1989 and subsequently trained in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in Wellington and Hamilton. He became a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) in 1999.

He then spent time overseas, where he:

  • completed a fellowship in craniofacial surgery in Adelaide, Australia
  • worked in private practice in Adelaide
  • continued his specialist training in cosmetic surgery in London, where he completed a fellowship in aesthetic surgery.


He has also worked in Hamburg, Germany; then in Asia:

  • at the Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong
  • at the Chang Gung Craniofacial Centre in Taipei, Taiwan.


Professional memberships
Craig is a member of :

  • New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS) – Councillor
  • Board of Surgical Education Training (BSET)
  • Australasian Cleft Lip and Palate Association (ACLAPA)
  • Australia and New Zealand Head and Neck Society (ANZHNS)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)


Craig is currently Chair of the New Zealand Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, R.A.C.S.

Current practice
As well as his private practice, since 2002 Craig has been a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Wellington Regional Plastic Surgery, Burns, and Maxillofacial Unit, Hutt Hospital, where he is clinical director for the regional service for Cleft lip and Palate surgery, and is a member of the Head and Neck Cancer Service.

He also consults at Anwyl Medical Centre in Mana, Porirua; and at Crest Hospital (Grey Street) in Palmerston North. His hospital accreditations include Hutt Hospital, Wakefield Hospital and Bowen Hospital.

Volunteering
Craig is involved in Interplast Australia and New Zealand, volunteering his time to work in the Asia-Pacific region to provide treatment and deliver medical training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

In 2015 Craig was named as a Paul Harris Fellow by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in recognition of his volunteer work.

Publications: C MacKinnon

 

  1. Itinteang T, Lambe GF, MacKInnon C, Agir H
    Spontaneously reduced isolated orbital roof fracture
    J Craniofac Surg. 2012 Jul; 23(4):1200

  2. Tan ST, Rajpal K, MacKinnon CA
    Smoking cessation in patients undergoing treatment for head and neck cancer
    NZ Med J 2011 Jan; 124(1328)130-1 
  3. Lee R, MacKinnon C, Aburn N, Tan ST
    Orbital Immunoglobulin IgG4 – related inflammatory fibrosclerosing lesion treated with pentoxifylline and α- tocopherol: case report
    Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg 2015 Feb, 53:197-199
  4. Lindford A, McIntyre B, Marsh R, MacKinnon CA, Davis C, Tan ST
    Outcomes of the treatment of head and neck sarcomas in a tertiary referral center
    Front Surg (2015); 2:19

  5. Lee R, MacKinnon CA, Aburn N, Tan ST
    Treatment of Orbital IgG4 - Related Disease
    Int J Ophthalmol Clin Res. (2015); 2:019

  6. Guidera A, Kelly B, Rigby P, MacKinnon C, Tan ST.
    Early oral intake after reconstruction with a free flap for cancer of the oral cavity
    Br J Oral and Maxillofac Surg. 2012 July; 51 (2013) 224-227

  7. Tan ST, Staiano J, Itinteang T, McIntyre B, MacKinnon C, Glasson D
    Gold weight implantation and lateral tarsorrhaphy for upper eyelid paralysis.
    J Craniomaxillofac Surg. 2012 July; 4 (2013) e49-e53

  8. Agir H, MacKinnon C, Tan ST.
    Li-Fraumeni syndrome: a case with 4 separate primary sarcomas and 5 sequential free flaps in the maxillofacial region.
    J Oral Maxillofacial Surg. 2008 Aug; 66(8):1714-9

  9. Agir H, Adams BM, MacKinnon CA.
    Squamous cell carcinoma of the palm: a case report.
    Acta Orthop Traumatol Turc. 2007 Aug-Oct; 41(4): 321-5. [Turkish]

  10. Agir H, Aburn N, Davis C, MacKinnon C, Tan ST
    W(h)ither orbital pseudotumour
    J Craniofacial Surg.2007 Sep; 18(5):1148-53

  11. Agir H, Unal C, Isil E, MacKinnon C.
    A novel method to prevent tissue dessication during burn surgery: saline spray.
    Burns. 2007 Sep;33(6):804-5.

  12. Tan ST, MacKinnon CA.
    Deep plane cervicofacial flap: a useful and versatile technique in head and neck surgery.
    Head Neck. 2006 Jan;28(1):46-55.

  13. Choudhary S, MacKinnon CA, Morrissey GP, Tan ST.
    A case of giant nasal pyogenic granuloma gravidarum. 
    J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Mar;16(2):319-21

  14. Porter CJ, Simcock JW, MacKinnon CA
    Necrotising fasciitis and cellulitis after traditional Samoan tattooing: case reports.
    J Infect. 2005 Feb:50(2):149-52

  15. Tofield CE, MacKinnon CA.
    Cleft palate repair in spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita: minimizing the risk of cervical cord compression.
    Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2003 Nov;40(6):629-31

  16. MacKinnon CA
    A pedicle forearm fillet flap aided by subperiosteal proximal dissection in shoulder disarticulation. 
    Plast Reconst Surg. 2003 Jun; 111(7):2474; author reply 2474-5.

  17. MacKinnon CA, David DJ, Cooter RD.
    Blindness and severe visual impairment in facial fractures: an 11 year review.
    Br J Plast Surg. 2002 Jan;55(1):1-7

  18. MacKinnon CA, David DJ
    Oblique facial clefting associated with unicoronal synostosis.
    J Craniofac Surg. 2001 May; 12(3):227-31.

  19. MacKinnon C, Klaassen M, Widdowson P.
    Reconstruction of a severe chest and abdominal wall electrical burn injury in a pediatricpatient. 
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 May; 103(6):1775-7;quiz 1778. Review.

  20. MacKinnon C, Lovie M.
    An alternative treatment for Frey syndrome.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 1999 Feb;103(2):745-6.

Mr Christopher Adams

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Chris Adams is a Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon. He has been part of the Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute since 2003 and bases his private practice here.

In addition to general plastic and reconstructive surgery, he has a specialist interest in:

  • Aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of the face, breast, and trunk
  • Reconstructive breast surgery
  • Surgery for melanoma and skin cancers
  • Burn reconstruction and hand surgery.

Chris consults privately in Wellington and Nelson.

Training, qualifications, and memberships
Chris graduated from Otago Medical School in 1990 and subsequently trained in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery in Auckland, Hamilton, and Wellington. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Australasian Surgeons (FRACS) in 2001. He then spent a further 2 years training in the United Kingdom, where he completed fellowships in:

  • Aesthetic surgery at the Wellington Hospital, St John's Wood, London
  • Breast surgery at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol
  • Hand surgery, Microsurgery, and Burns surgery at the St Andrew's Centre, Chelmsford.


Professional memberships

  • New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (NZAPS)
  • Australian and New Zealand Burn Association (ANZBA)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • Academy of Surgical Educators, RACS

Chris is currently the Clinical Director of the Wellington Regional Plastic Maxillofacial and Burn Unit based at Hutt Hospital.

Current practice
As well as his private practice, Chris is a Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon at Wellington Regional Plastic Surgery and Burn Unit, Hutt Hospital. His main areas of interest are: breast reconstruction; acute and reconstructive burn surgery; and the surgical management of melanoma. He currently chairs the Wellington Regional Multi-disciplinary Melanoma Clinic.

He consults twice a month in Nelson at Specialists@132, 132 Collingwood Street.

Chris is credentialed as a visiting specialist at: Wakefield Hospital, Wellington; Boulcott Hospital, Lower Hutt; Manuka Street Trust Hospital, Nelson; and Nelson Hospital, Nelson.

Chris regularly teaches as faculty on clinical courses for surgical trainees. He has also undertaken volunteer work in the Pacific with Interplast Australia and New Zealand.

Publications: C Adams

  1. Ghosh SJ, James SE, Adams CD, Dziewulski PD
    The Use of an island posterior calf fasciocutaneous flap for sensate cover of the burnt knee
    Burns: Volume 29, number 7, November 2003

  2. C Davis, C Adams, G Duncan
    Prepuce Pollicization: A Warning
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Volume 107, number 4, April 2001 [Correspondence and Brief Communications]

  3. C Adams, J Januszkiewicz, J Judson
    Changing Patterns of Severe Craniomaxillofacial Trauma in Auckland over eight years
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery: Volume 70, number 6, June 2000
    Presented RACS Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, NZ, May 1999

  4. CD Adams, FJ Timms, M Hanlon
    Phoenix Date Palm Injuries: A review of injuries from the Phoenix Date Palm at the Starship Children’s Hospital
    Australian and New Zealand Journal of Surgery: Volume 70, number 5, May 2000

  5. CD Adams, MJW Rees
    Congenital Trismus Secondary to Masseteric Fibrous Bands - A case study with Endoscopically assisted exploration.
    Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: Volume 10, number 4, July 1999
    Presented RACS Annual Scientific Meeting, Auckland, NZ, May 1999

Juliet Asbery

Clinical Nurse Specialist

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Juliet qualified as a registered nurse in the United Kingdom where she achieved a BA Honours degree.  She worked as a theatre nurse in the United Kingdom before coming to New Zealand and working at Wakefield Hospital in Wellington.  She joined Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute in 2006.

Since joining our Practice she has completed her Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNZFSA) and Post Graduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHsc). She has recently completed her Masters in Clinical Nursing and is in the process of applying to the New Zealand Nursing Council to achieve Nurse Practitioner status.

Juliet assists the surgeons in the local anaesthetic theatre and at Wakefield Hospital for general anaesthetic procedures.  Her role includes nursing support to patients, before, during and after their procedures.  She has a strong belief in providing educational support to enable patients to take an active role in their own health care. She has a particular interest in providing support and proactive education for our melanoma patients.

Juliet provides skin rejuvenation assessments and treatments.  She has been trained by Allergan® in the use of the most up to date and safe techniques for Botox® and Juvéderm® injectable treatments.

Juliet believes in only using safe, evidence based techniques for cosmetic treatments that have proven benefits.  

Juliet is registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council and is a member of the New Zealand Nurses Organisation.

Angela Winder Angela Winder

Angela Winder

Practice Nurse

Karin Holló Karin Holló

Karin Holló

Practice Manager

Ann Slade Ann Slade

Ann Slade

Secretary

Angela Winder

Practice Nurse

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Angela is a Registered Nurse with over 28 years experience in the operating theatre.  She divides her time between working at Wakefield Hospital in theatres and assisting us as a Practice Nurse.

Angela is registered with the New Zealand Nursing Council.  

Karin Holló

Practice Manager

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Karin is the practice manager at Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute. She joined Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute in 2006.  She is responsible for the day-to-day running of the practice.

Her role includes staffing the practice and the financial and practice administration.  

Karin has a BA from Otago University and is working towards her Diploma in Practice Management (Health).   She is a member of the Practice Managers and Administrators Association of New Zealand (PMAANZ).

Ann Slade

Secretary

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Ann is the Secretary/Typist  and administration assistant at the Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute.

She has a wealth of experience in medical typing and administration, having worked in both the public and private sector. Ann is a key member of our support team.

Alex Jacobs Alex Jacobs

Alex Jacobs

Medical Receptionist

Alex Jacobs

Medical Receptionist

e:  enquiries@wpsi.co.nz
t: (04) 499 7642

Alex joined Wellington Plastic Surgery Institute in November 2015 as a Medical Receptionist.  She is also currently working part time towards a degree in Environmental Health.

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