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David Glasson - Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon

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8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.


David Glasson MB ChB, FRACS (Plastic) has been a consultant plastic surgeon in Wellington since 1988.

After graduating MB ChB from Otago, I trained for my Fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Wellington, Melbourne, and Oxford, England. Since returning to Wellington in 1988, I have been a surgeon at the Wellington Regional Plastic Surgery Unit (Hutt Hospital), and in private practice at Bowen Hospital. In June 2005 I left the public hospital service to work full time in private practice.

My public hospital work has included all areas of the specialty e.g. hand and microsurgery, burns, repair of injuries, breast surgery, and the management of skin cancer. Together with a Neurosurgeon, I developed the Craniofacial Surgery service, to correct deformities of the skull and face resulting from birth anomalies, trauma, and tumour surgery. Corrective surgery for facial paralysis was another long term part of my portfolio.

Over the last 15 years, breast surgery has made up an increasing proportion of my workload. Reduction and augmentation are always popular. Breast reconstruction is surgery to rebuild the breast at the time of mastectomy for cancer, or later, after cancer surgery and adjuvant therapies (chemo and radiotherapy). Often surgery of the other breast is required for symmetry e.g. reduction, lift, or even augmentation.
I also perform facial cosmetic surgery including laser skin resurfacing, and body contour surgery such as abdominoplasty (tummy tuck) and liposuction.
I am an Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross for the treatment of skin lesions and skin cancer.
I maintain a continuing professional development programme, and belong to several professional societies. I have had a busy practice in Wellington since 1988, and I continue to enjoy providing a high quality, ethical, and personal service.
To read more information about the service I provide please visit my website at www.davidglasson.co.nz
What is Plastic Surgery?
The word "plastic" is derived from the Greek word meaning "to shape or to mould".

Plastic surgery is a specialty dedicated to the improvement of function, and the treatment of disfigurement, resulting from birth defects, injury and disease such as cancer. Breast reconstruction after mastectomy is a good example.

Plastic surgery covers a wide range of surgical procedures that repair, reconstruct or replace structures in many different parts of the body e.g. the skin, face and head, hands, breast and abdomen. Plastic surgery does not involve the use of plastic materials.

What is Cosmetic Surgery?
Cosmetic (aesthetic) surgery reshapes features of the body or face to improve appearance, body image and self esteem. There are  3 broad groups :

  1. the correction of a feature that has always been present, but is disliked e.g. nose or ear correction, breast enlargement, breast reduction.
  2. the restoration of an area that has changed,  "to make me look like I used to". Examples are breast lift after breast feeding, abdominoplasty after pregnancies or weight gain and loss.
  3. rejuvenation of the effects of aging.



8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Public Holidays: Closed on all public holidays.
Christmas: Open 23 Dec — 24 Dec. Closed 25 Dec — 26 Dec. Open 27 Dec. Closed 28 Dec — 29 Dec. Open 30 Dec — 31 Dec. Closed 1 Jan — 2 Jan. Open 3 Jan.

Referral Expectations

You will have an initial consultation with Mr Glasson who will listen to your request, goals and expectations, and assess your past history and general health. There will be a physical examination.  Your treatment options will be explained, and the best type of surgical procedure recommended. You may be advised against surgery, if it is not appropriate.

You will be given advice on how best to prepare for surgery e.g. smoking cessation, weight loss, and medications to avoid before surgery. You will be given written information and an estimate of costs. Pre-operative blood tests may be required.

For some of the more complicated procedures, a second consultation (at no additional cost) is arranged before final plans are made for surgery.

Common Conditions / Procedures / Treatments

  • Breast Reconstruction

    When a breast has been removed (mastectomy) because of cancer, it is possible in most cases to reconstruct a breast similar to a natural breast.… More

  • Breast Reduction

    Breast reduction is done to reduce the symptoms caused by large, heavy breasts.… More

  • Breast Lift

    This is an operation to lift and reshape sagging breasts.… More

  • Breast Enlargement

    Surgery to increase breast size involves inserting silicone gel implants under the chest muscle and existing breast.… More

  • Tummy Tuck (Abdominoplasty)

    This procedure involves removing excess skin and fat from the lower abdomen and tightening the muscles of the abdominal wall. … More

  • Liposuction

    This procedure removes unwanted pockets of fat from under your skin in specific parts of the body e.g. neck, upper arms, stomach, hips and thighs.… More

  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)

    Excess skin and/or fat can be surgically removed from your upper and/or lower eyelids to improve appearance.… More

  • Face Lift

    Face and neck lift surgery corrects aging changes of the cheeks, jawline and neck.… More

  • Laser Skin Resurfacing

    Laser treatment of the skin is used to treat skin problems caused by aging and sun damage e.g.… More

  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)

    Surgery can be carried out to improve the appearance of your nose e.g.… More

  • Ear Surgery (Otoplasty)

    The appearance of ears that are misshaped or protruding (‘bat ears’) can be improved surgically.… More

  • Gynaecomastia Surgery

    Male breast tissue may develop to an abnormal degree in young men, and sometimes in older men on certain medications.… More

  • Hand Surgery

    Dupuytren's Contracture is a common condition. A layer of tissue in the palm gradually thickens and affects the fingers, causing them to curl into the palm.… More

  • Scar Revision

    Scar appearance can be improved by various methods including a surgical procedure known as scar revision.… More

  • Skin Lesions

    Skin lesions can be divided into two groups:

    benign (non-cancerous): e.g.… More

  • Skin Grafting

    Skin grafting may be required to repair wounds after skin cancer removal, and in some other situations.… More

  • Naevi

    A naevus is a common skin growth composed of special pigment-producing cells.… More


Free undercover car parking is available outside the rooms in reserved carparks in the Bowen Centre


Pharmacies are nearby in the Churchill Drive shopping centre, and in the Ngaio shopping area.

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Plastic Surgery Specialists Ltd
Bowen Hospital
Churchill Drive
Crofton Downs
Wellington 6035

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This page was last updated at 7:31AM on October 15, 2019. This information is reviewed and edited by David Glasson - Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon.