Dr Tristan de Chalain



MB ChB 1984 Cape Town; FCS (SA) 1992; FRCS(C) 1996; FRACS 1999


In private practice since 1997, Tristan was previously a senior consultant surgeon at Middlemore Hospital and visiting specialist at Starship Children’s, National Women’s and Auckland Public hospitals.

Born in Canada, Tristan completed his medical and surgical degrees in South Africa. He was then accepted for advanced postgraduate fellowships at two well-known North American institutes: Emory University’s affiliated hospitals in Atlanta, and the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children in downtown Toronto. This training included the latest techniques for body contouring and facial rejuvenation, as well as micro-surgical reconstruction, paediatric and cranio-facial surgery, and surgery of congenital malformations such as vascular anomalies and cleft lip and palate. At Emory, he also helped to develop and teach endoscopic techniques for facial rejuvenation.

In 1997, he was invited to join the senior staff in the Plastic Surgery Unit at Middlemore Hospital, where he focused on cleft lip and palate surgery, and chest wall reconstruction.

Tristan has received numerous respected awards and scholarships and has more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters to his credit. Despite the breadth and depth of his training and experience, a key passion remains facial restoration following skin cancer, injury or ageing. Travelling annually to the Philippines, he treats underprivileged children with cleft lip and palate conditions pro bono for Operation Restore Hope NZ. He also offers his time and expertise for free at the Auckland Regional Charitable Hospital.

In his spare time he enjoys tinkering in his shed, writing and reading. He is happily married with two teenage children.


Tristan particularly specialises in facial restoration after trauma or cancer restoration, body contouring, complex reconstructions and paediatric plastic surgery. He also offers a comprehensive range of breast and hand surgeries. As an aesthetic surgeon, he is best known for his work on restoring the ageing face, offering a range of non-surgical and surgical approaches to rejuvenation of the eyelids, the face, the mid-face, the neck, mouth and chin and the brow.


Subspecialty interest in:

  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Microvascular surgery
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Breast augmentation, reduction, reconstruction.


  • Cosmetic surgery:

- abdominoplasty
- Botox®
- breast augmentation
- breast reduction
- buttock implants
- calf implants
- cheek implants
- chin implants
- dermal fillers
- eyelid surgery
- facelift
- fat grafting
- liposuction (ultrasonic & tumescent)
- otoplasty
- pectoral implants
- rhinoplasty

  • Craniofacial
  • Cleft lip & palate
  • Microvascular
  • Hand surgery:

- Dupuytren's contracture
- ganglions
- tendon & nerve repairs

  • Facial skin cancer surgery:

- basal cell carcinoma
- melanoma
- squamous cell carcinoma

Title or Designation

Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon, Plastic Surgeon

Post-Fellowship Training

Degrees & Training

  • Emory University – Resident in Plastic Surgery 1993-1995
  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada – Specialist Certificate in Plastic Surgery Sept 1995
  • Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS)
  • South African College of Surgeons (FCSSA)
  • Royal Canadian College of Surgeons (FRCSC)- Nov 1995
  • University of Toronto – Paediatrics & Adult Craniomaxillofacial Surgery July 1996 – June 1997


  • New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery (Past President)
  • International Society for Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
  • International Society for Aesthetic Surgery
  • Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons

Full NZ Registration Date

9 September 1998

Vocational Scope

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Details

Dr Tristan de Chalain is available at the following services:

Private Services

Tristan de Chalain Limited

This service is available at the following locations:

Pukekohe Health Centre, 10 West Street, Pukekohe, Auckland

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49 Fraser Street, Tauranga

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OneHealth Building, 122 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

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Carefirst, 99 Tukapa Street, Westown, New Plymouth

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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Private Surgical Services

Remuera Surgical Care

This service is available at the following location:

OneHealth Building, 122 Remuera Road, Remuera, Auckland

Southern Cross New Plymouth Hospital - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

This service is available at the following location:

Southern Cross New Plymouth Hospital