Archived News

December 2014

We close our offices on December 23rd at 12:30 and reopen on January 19th 2015 at 9am. All patients should have access to Mr Kenton-Smith's cellphone if they had surgery just before the break otherwise please ring the main number on 03 355 6815 and follow instructions. Please only use this system if you have an emergency/pressing issue relating to recent surgery.

November 2014

We now have the software programme Crissalix available at our practice. During a consultation with Mr Kenton-Smith, photos can be taken and then we can email you some images of expected outcomes of surgery for you. This can be helpful when analysing the pros and con

October 2014

We are back in Naseby Street Now

As of 6 October 2014 we are back in our usual premises at 5 Naseby Street, Merivale, Christchurch. Our EQ damage is now all repaired. It is nice to be back!

Dr Jesse off to do Voluntary Surgery with The Charity Interplast, In Tonga Next Week

Mr Kenton-Smith is travelling to Tonga next week, with another plastic surgeon from Perth, to carry out voluntary surgery including cleft lip and palate surgery. He will be extremely busy whilst he is there but is really looking forward to the experience. Jesse has previously been to Tonga, Samoa and The Philippines to work with the charity Interplast. Interplast organises the surgical teams and equipment to be flown up from Australia and New Zealand. You can donate to Interplast on their website:

July 2014

Temporary Location - Until further notice - From 21 July

Naseby Street is having its (rather minimal) earthquake repairs and these have required us to move out for a while.
We have moved to: 1st Floor, Hiatt Chambers, St George's Hospital in the meantime.
See our location page for parking instructions.
All other contact details remain the same.

Mr Jesse Kenton-Smith - Voted on to the Board of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

We are thrilled to report that Jesse was voted to become a member of The Board of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in March. He will serve for 5 years. He is one of 30 or so surgeons (of all disciplines) in NZ to be on the board and the only plastic surgeon.

Mr Jesse Kenton-Smith - To present 2 papers at the NZ Plastic Surgeons conference in Queenstown 5-7 Sept 2014

Jesse will present 2 papers to his peers following research he has been working on. One paper discusses how to interpret international data to select breast implant brands with the lowest long term rupture rates. The other paper discusses the technique of performing abdominoplasties which result in low complication rates.

Mr Jesse Kenton-Smith - Voluntary Surgery in Tonga - October 2014

Mr Kenton-Smith is very excited to be travelling back to Tonga to complete Cleft Lip and Palate Surgery (and other plastic and reconstructive surgery) in early October 2014. Jesse will be part of an INTERPLAST surgical team. INTERPLAST is a plastic and reconstructive surgical charity which assists voluntary surgeons to complete surgery in needy places worldwide. Jesse will be accompanied by another plastic surgeon from Perth, 2 anaesthetists and 2 nurses.

Free Nurse Consultations

We are pleased to be able to continue to offer free cosmetic surgery consultations with our experienced plastic surgery nurse, Jackie.

Jackie is available on Thursday mornings to discuss: Tummy Tucks, Breast Reductions, Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants, Eyelid Lifts (upper or lower lids) and our "doctor only" skin care range, Aspect Dr.

Please phone: 03 355 6815 to make a free/no obligation appointment with Jackie

28 May 2013

Free Nurse Consultations

We are pleased to be able to offer free consultations with our experienced plastic surgery nurse, Jackie. 

Jackie is available on Thursday mornings to discuss: Tummy Tucks, Breast Reductions, Breast Augmentation/Breast Implants, Eyelid Lifts (upper or lower lids) and our doctor only skin care range, Aspect Dr.

Please phone: 03 355 6815 to make a free/no obligation appointment with Jackie

Extra Support for Melanoma Patients

The Melanoma Foundation Website is full of facts and information on Melanoma.

The Melanoma Foundation now has a free nurse led information service who can help clarify your understanding around Melanoma.

You can contact Lyn:

By email:

Freephone: 0800 4 Melanoma (0800 463 526)

Via their website on the contact us form:


Great Success With Migraine Sufferers

Dr Mary Irvine (GP and Cosmetic Injector) is having great success treating migraine suffers with Botox.

We are seeing very significant reductions in the numbers of migraines patients are experiencing.  We are thrilled that Dr Irvine is able to help people so effectively.  Dr Irvine's work is based on an extensive study that was done on Migraine sufferers.

Please phone; 03 355 6815 or email: and ask for an appointment with Dr Irvine.

9 September 2012

*** Special - 9 September to 12 October only - Free Cosmetic Consultations***

With our experienced plastic surgery nurse - Kelly.  Consultations available on Tuesdays and Fridays covering procedures including: Tummy Tucks, Breast Reduction, Breast Enlargement, Eyelid Lifts, Face Lifts, Liposuction, Prominent Ears, Skin Care, Botox, Fillers.....

***Please ring: 03 355 6815 for more information ***


24 August 2012

Roadworks on Naseby Street/Merivale Lane

There are currently roadworks outside our practice which make the route along Merivale Lane, from Rossal Street to Naseby Street unusable.  Instead, we recommend our patients drive along Merivale Lane from either Papanui Road or Winchester Street and then turn right into Naseby Street and into our clinic at No 5 Naseby Street instead.  There is a sign at the end of Naseby Street saying "Road Closed" but it is open for use by our patients. Our off street parking is still available for our patients as usual.  We apologise for any inconvenience.


15 July 2012

Mr Kenton-Smith in the news:

Please follow the link to see what Jesse, his plastic surgical collegues and other doctors in Christchurch are saying about plastic surgery in Christchurch:

Mr Kenton-Smith and Dr Mary Irvine in the news:

Please follow the link to watch the video of Jesse and Mary discussing Botox use in Christchurch


12 July 2012

Roadworks on Naseby Street/Merivale Lane

There are currently roadworks outside our practice which make the route along Merivale Lane to Naseby Street unusable.  Instead, we recommend our patients drive along Rugby Street and down Naseby Street to our clinic instead.  Our off street parking is still available for our patients as usual.

18 May 2012

Jesse takes to the high seas....

Jesse is currently re-experiencing his long distance sailing dream as he skippers his Bavaria Yacht 'Six Isles' and sails, with two other doctors and an engineer, from Picton to Fiji.

Jesse estimates that the journey will take him two weeks and then he will spend some time sailing around the Fijian islands.

He will be back in Christchurch at the end of June.


11 May 2012

*** Special - 28 May to 22 June only - Free Cosmetic Consultations***

With our experienced plastic surgery nurse - Kelly.  Consultations available on Tuesdays and Fridays covering procedures including: Tummy Tucks, Breast Reduction, Breast Enlargement, Eyelid Lifts, Face Lifts, Liposuction, Prominent Ears, Skin Care, Botox, Fillers.....

***Please ring: 03 355 6815 for more information ***

1-3 December 2011

Mr Kenton-Smith attends American Society of Plastic Surgeons conference - New York

Jesse recently attended "The Cutting Edge" conference held at The Waldorf Hotel, New York.  The very latest research, techniques and ideas were presented over a very intensive three days of lectures.  These lectures generally ran between 7:30am and 9pm every day and included a lot of discussion on the use of fat transfer/injections in all areas of cosmetic plastic surgery practice.  Mr Kenton-Smith already uses fat transfer/injections extensively in his practice and enjoyed meeting and listening to world leaders in this field.

24-27 November 2011

Dr Mary Irvine attends Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, Injectables Conference - Sydney

Dr Irvine attended this rarely held conference where she was able to attend lectures held by World leaders in injectables.  Only plastic and reconstructive surgeons and their injectables staff were able to attend the conference. The subject matter was specifically tailored to the use of injectables in plastic surgery clinics, where high levels of skill and aesthetics are naturally found.  The quality and experience of the speakers was very high and Mary found the conference very supportive of her injectables work.


16 September 2011

Mr Kenton-Smith travels to sail with plastic surgeons in St Tropez

Jesse was recently invited to spend a week sailing in a classic yacht race in St Tropez with five other plastic surgeons from around the world.  He enjoyed both the sailing and the plastic surgical discussions enormously and plans to meet the same surgeons in Brazil for another yacht race next year.


8 July 2011

Dr Mary Irvine G.P and Trained Injector of Botox and Cosmetic Fillers

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Mary Irvine will be starting clinics at 5 Naseby Street on 23 July 2011.  Mary is a practicing G.P. with a special interest in injectables.  Dr. Irvine is a trained injector of Juvederm, Restylane and Botox.  Mary is warm and friendly with a great aesthetic sense. 

It costs $50 for a consultation with Dr. Irvine to discuss your aesthetic issues.  This fee is incorporated into the treatment charge if you decide to go ahead or, it can be offset against a future treatment booking if you would like time to think about which treatment you would like.

We believe we are the only clinic in New Zealand to have a doctor injector who is overseen by a plastic surgeon.  We believe that the expertise of Mr Kenton-Smith and Dr. Mary Irvine combined will result in the best possible results for our patients. 

29 February 2011

Christchurch Earthquake Update

We are deeply saddened by the recent Christchurch earthquake and all the destruction it caused. 

We feel very fortunate that our practice premises, at 5 Naseby Street, fared well and we able to function as normal. Both Southern Cross and St Georges Hospitals are operating as normal too.

Our thoughts are with all our patients and their families during these very difficult times. 


15 February 2011

Off Street Car Parking

We are delighted to announce that we have almost completed our new car park work and our patients will be able to park in one of our six spaces from Friday 18 February. 

5 Naseby Street has been a plastic surgical centre for over 30 years now and the plantings and character of the front garden reflected that with its privacy and large magnolia tree.  In recent years, the parking had become quite difficult and we reached the point where we wanted to supply better parking for our patients.  We tried hard to maintain the privacy of the clinic whilst making room for our patients to park.  We are pleased with the result and our patients have already been remarking on how much better it will be to park so easily.


19 November 2010

The Difference Between Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

A short video on the difference between plastic and cosmetic surgery as explained in the British National Health Service.  The New Zealand equivalent professional bodies for plastic surgeons are: The New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons, The New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery and the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

View the short video by clicking this link:


29 October 2010

Botox Approved for treatment of Chronic Migraine

October 16, 2010 — The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved onabotulinumtoxinA (Botox; Allergan Inc) for headache prophylaxis in patients with adult chronic migraine who suffer headaches on 15 or more days per month, each lasting more than 4 hours.

"Chronic migraine is one of the most disabling forms of headache," said Russell Katz, MD, director of the Division of Neurology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, in a statement. "Patients with chronic migraine experience a headache more than 14 days of the month. This condition can greatly affect family, work, and social life, so it is important to have a variety of effective treatment options available."

To treat chronic migraine, onabotulinumtoxinA is given approximately every 12 weeks as multiple injections around the head and neck "to try to dull future headache symptoms," the FDA statement notes. It has not been shown to work for the treatment of episodic migraine headaches that occur 14 days or fewer per month, or for other forms of headache, it adds.

From Medscape Medical News > Alerts, Approvals and Safety Changes > FDA Approvals

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11-18 September 2010

Voluntary Surgery - Tonga

Dr Kenton-Smith has gone ahead with his planned voluntary surgery trip to Tonga this week. 

Jesse is part of a team of doctors and nurses (two plastic surgeons, an anaesthetist and a nurse) who have travelled up to Tonga. The surgical missions Jesse takes part in are organised by Interplast, a surgical charity organisation.  There are approximately 70 patients in Tonga who will be operated on this week - mostly for cleft lip and palattes or burn accidents. 

10 September 2010

The Canterbury Earthquake

We are saddened to see the damage Christchurch has suffered during the recent earthquakes. Our clinic has swayed through the quakes with only cracks in the chimneys to show the forces acting upon them.  The two brick chimneys have now been removed to prevent further damage. Our building is safe and our clinics and operations are running as normal. We send all our patients our best wishes during these stressful times.

August 2010

LATISSE - The Solution for Inadequate Eyelashes Now Available

There’s been a growing interest in this product ever since it was introduced in the USA in 2008.  LATISSE® is the only FDA-approved prescription treatment for inadequate or not enough eyelashes, growing them longer, fuller and darker.

Discover LATISSE difference: LATISSE solution is an actual growth treatment. It’s the only FDA-approved treatment clinically proven to grow lashes and it’s the only lash growth product of its kind available by prescription. So you’ll need to talk to your doctor to see if it’s right for you.
LATISSE grows lashes longer, fuller and darker: LATISSE solution is a once-a-day treatment you apply topically to the base of your upper eyelashes, as instructed by your doctor. Then, gradually, the results come in. You may start to see more length in as little as 4 weeks and you should achieve full growth in 16 weeks. 
How LATISSE works: LATISSE makes lash growth possible because of its active ingredient: bimatoprost. Although the precise mechanism of action is unknown, LATISSE is believed to affect the growth (anagen) phase of the eyelash hair cycle in two ways: first, it increases the length of this phase, and second, it increases the number of hairs in this growth phase.
The history behind LATISSE: Although LATISSE is a treatment for inadequate or not enough eyelashes, it was developed through years of research by Allergan, a pharmaceutical leader with expertise in eye care products

LATISSE before and after gallery: Go to for more information

How much does LATISSE Cost?  $300 for a 60 day supply of Latisse and disposable applicators

January 2010

New Skin Care Range

 The 'Aspect Dr' and 'Results RX' skin care ranges are now available to purchase at the surgery.  Both Aspect Dr and Results RX are paraben and sodium lauryl sulphate free skin care ranges, made from organic ingredients wherever possible, contain no artificial preservatives or fragrances, are Chirally Correct and are not tested on animals .  

We also have two other skin care products, Actinia Sunscreen and Teamine Dark Circle Remover Eye Cream.  They are not part of the Aspect Dr or Results RX range but are so effective that we decided to stock them.

Dr Kenton-Smith, his family and his staff use all these products themselves.  Dr Kenton-Smith and his wife tested several other, well known, cosmeceutical skin care ranges before deciding which they liked the most.  Aspect Dr and Results RX can only be purchased through doctors.

Facial Cleanser - Deep Clean or Mild Clean

These cleansers contain a cleansing formula that will exceed your expectations and change the way you think about cleansing your face.  They are free of harsh damaging surfactants that strip, damage and devitalise your skin. They purify, renew, restore, protect and comfort your skin and enhance your complexion for the better.

Active C Serum

This vitamin C serum can give you firmer, less wrinkled, brighter looking skin by tackling just about every sign of dermal ageing from every conceivable angle. The vitamin C is guaranteed to remain fresh and active till the very last drop thus ensuring superior cosmetic anti-ageing results and a clearer, firmer much younger looking skin.

Exfol A plus Serum

This vitamin A serum can give you superior skin resurfacing without the trauma.  It contains AHA’s and Vitamin A that work their magic by accelerating the skins natural cell renewal cycle by invisibly lifting away the excess accumulation of dull devitalised surface skin cells thereby revealing a smoother, clearer, brighter healthier looking surface layer, with more refined looking pores and fewer visible imperfections.

This is the first Australian developed cosmeceutical to take advantage of Tocoretinate technology, a third generation non irritating variety of “true” esterified vitamin A acid that is guaranteed to maintain its potency and superior performance even under the most adverse of conditions, Thereby ensuring that you get the cosmetic anti-ageing results you desire. Clinical studies have shown that Retinol can dramatically smooth away the look of fine lines, plump out the appearance of deeper wrinkles, promote a more elastic, firmer skin texture, clarify the appearance of mottled pigmentation and discolouration, retextures and refine the skins surface, shrink the look of pores, discourage the appearance of imperfections, regulate the appearance of excessively oily skin – the list of benefits is endless.

Multi B plus Serum

This vitamin B serum, the must have cosmeceutical serum that promises to virtually turbocharge your current Aspect Dr™ skin care regime for maximum visible impact.  No matter what your skin care concerns – premature ageing,  the  imperfections that accompany oily skin, discolorations, and more, B serum is the secret to the ultimate in  complexion perfection in record time…the ideal beauty elixir for the impatient perfectionists amongst us that want extremely beautiful results fast!

Reservatrol Moisturising Cream

A beautiful moisturiser, fragrant with essential oils, that disappears into your skin to leave it feeling soft and supple.  Dr Kenton-Smith calls this moisturiser 'Make-Up for Men' as it leaves skin looking radiant.  It works equally well on female skin too! 

Eye Dr - Results RX

A vitamin A based eye cream which is designed for use at night and to be showered off in the morning.  This vitamin A cream is suitable for use around the eye socket and works to plump out any fine lines.  The cream can also be used on the skin above the upper lip to reduce lines in this area.

Serious Protection - Results RX

An extremely high quality physical sunblock to shield your skin from the sun's harmful rays. This mineralised sunscreen manages to avoid the whiteness that other physical sunblocks leave on your skin, without the use of the possibly harmful nanodising technology used in some sunscreens. This sunscreen should be used under make up.

Reflect RX - Results RX

Another extremely high quality physical sunblock.  Reflect RX is in a spray form so it can be patted on over make-up during the day leaving none of the whiteness usually associated with physical sunblocks.

Teamine Dark Circle Remover Eye Cream - Not Aspect Dr or Results RX

An eye cream designed to significantly reduce dark circles beneath the eye.

Actinia Sunscreen - Not Aspect Dr or Results RX

A pump dispenser chemical sunscreen scientifically proven to significantly reduce the incidence of all skin cancers when used in the manner directed. A very good sunscreen for patients who have previously had skin cancers removed and want to reduce their chances of more skin cancers forming.

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Dr. Kenton-Smith

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon
Dr. Kenton Smith is a qualified plastic surgeon now focusing entirely on his private practice and serving on The Board of The College of Surgeons. His accredited day surgery in Merivale, Christchurch offers a range of plastic and reconstructive surgeries, tailored for his patients, with a focus on best possible care and outcomes.

Dr. Kate Matthews

Cosmetic Physician and GP
Dr Kate Matthews is both a family GP and an Appearance Medicine Physician. Dr Matthews is one of the few GPs in New Zealand who works closely with a Plastic Surgeon. Dr Kenton-Smith and Dr Matthews often work together to maximize aesthetic results, using a range of Botox, cosmetic fillers and cosmecuetical skin care.

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Nautilus House, Level 2, 146 Kilmore Street, Christchurch Central, 8013, New Zealand