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Dr Steve Helander - Auckland Dermatologist

Private Service, Dermatology


Dr Steve Helander is a specialist dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon offering a general medical and surgical dermatology service.
He manages a full range of skin disorders including eczema, psoriasis and acne and has a special interest in the surgical and non-surgical management of skin cancer. Full body skin cancer checks and early melanoma screening and management are offered. He uses dermatoscopy for the most accurate diagnosis of lesions. A full range of treatment options will be discussed.
Dr Helander practices from has purpose-built facility in Ponsonby. offering surgical procedures on-site and UVB phototherapy.
More information can be found on the Dermnet service here.
What is Dermatology?
Dermatology is a branch of medicine dealing with the skin and its diseases.  A doctor who specialises in this is called a Dermatologist.


Referral Expectations

You can be referred to Dr Helander by your GP. We also welcome direct enquiries.
A dermatologist and a GP can, in some cases, diagnose skin conditions just by looking at them.  The shape, size, colour and location are all assessed, as well as any other symptoms.  At times a biopsy has to be taken so that a diagnosis can be made. A biopsy is the removal of a small piece of the skin/lesion for examination under a microscope.  Minor surgery may be needed to perform this biopsy. In some cases the whole lesion will be removed and examined. 
Another way a dermatologist can examine a skin disorder is by scraping some of the top layer of skin from the lesion/affected area.  This is called a skin scraping.  This scraping is also sent to the laboratory for examination.


Please contact the practice for consultation and surgery costs.

Dr Steve Helander is a Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for skin cancer and medical dermatology problems and a full range of minor skin surgery procedures including:

  • excisions
  • superficial excisions
  • biopsy
  • cryosurgery
  • UVB phototherapy.

Procedures / Treatments

  • Skin Cancer

    New Zealand has a very high rate of skin cancer, when compared to other countries.… More

  • Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease

    This is a mild viral illness that mostly affects children.  The symptoms are: sudden development of a high temperature; a sore throat and small blisters on the mouth, palms of hands and soles of feet.… More

  • Scabies

    Scabies is a very common skin infection that is caused by a mite that burrows under the top layer of skin and lays its eggs.  The eggs hatch in a few days.  The skin then becomes very itchy and a red, raised rash may appear.  Itching is worse at night… More

  • Acne

    Acne is a skin disorder that is characterised by pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and, in bad cases, cysts (deeper lumps).  Acne usually starts at puberty and is in response to our body’s production of hormones, called androgens.… More

  • Fungal Skin Infections

    Bacteria and a number of types of fungi live on the surface of the skin.… More

  • Bacterial Skin Infections

    Our skin is our body’s first defence mechanism and even though many types of bacteria live on its surface, we still need a healthy, intact skin surface to maintain its defense.… More

  • Eczema

    There are several different types of eczema but all have a number of common symptoms, the main feature being red, inflamed, itchy skin.  The skin can be covered with small, fluid-filled blisters that might ooze and form a scale or crust.… More

  • Psoriasis

    Psoriasis is a common, recurring (keeps coming back) skin condition that is hard to treat.… More

  • Shingles

    Shingles is caused by a virus called herpes zoster, this is the same virus that causes chickenpox.  After the virus has caused chicken pox it remains dormant (inactive) in the nerve cells, but can then be reactivated in later life to cause shingles.  It is not known why the virus… More

  • Warts

    There are three main types of wart infections that occur on our body: common warts, plantar warts and venereal warts (genital warts).… More

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All Saints Mall, Ponsonby: free off street parking is available at the rear of the practice, entrance located off Ponsonby Terrace.

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All Saints Mall
282 Ponsonby Road

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All Saints Mall
282 Ponsonby Road

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All Saints Mall
282 Ponsonby Road

This page was last updated at 1:04PM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Dr Steve Helander - Auckland Dermatologist.