Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery News

Mr Kenton-Smith to travel to India in March to work with the surgical charity - Operation Smile - March 2019

Operation Smile is an American Charity that organises volunteer Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeons to travel to developing countries and help local people by correcting their children's cleft lip and palates. Jesse works with this charity on at least one mission per year. 

Scientific evidence that Botox is an effective treatment for Migraine sufferers - Feb 2019

Both Jesse and Mary offer Botox treatment for migraines and have had a lot of success with these treatments over the years. This article from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons supports the use of Botox as an effective treatment for migraines:

Mr. Kenton-Smith and Dr. Mary Irvine to attend the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Non-Surgical Symposium - June 2018

Jesse and Mary will be attending this conference to continue furthering their knowledge of non-surgical aesthetic plastic surgery. This conference will include many workshops and guest speakers. Jesse and Mary will bring back the latest techniques and knowledge of non-surgical facial rejuvenation.

Mr Kenton-Smith travelled to The Philippines to work with the surgical charity - Operation Smile - May 2018

Jesse spent 12 days operating in The Phillipines with Operation Smile this month. Operation Smile is an American Charity that organises volunteer Cleft Lip and Palate Surgeons to travel to developing countries and help local people by correcting their children's cleft lip and palates. Jesse works with this charity on at least one mission per year. On this mission Jesse was part of a team of 5 surgeons who corrected 154 cleft lip and palates in children under 16. The surgical team also included 2 Filipino cleft lip and palate surgeons who were seeking to further their skills with input from the international team.

Jesse voted on to The Board of The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons of New Zealand - April 2018

Jesse is pleased to have been voted on to The Board of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons of New Zealand. He is one of 12 members of The Board and will represent the interests and beliefs of other New Zealand Surgeons over the next 3 years. This is the second time Jesse has been chosen to sit on The Board.

The Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons - Plastic Surgery Congress - Gold Coast - 2017

Jesse will be attending this conference for 5 days at the beginning of June 2017. There are some very interesting an eminent international speakers presenting at this conference, including experts on Melanoma providing an update on the latest findings.

New Treatment for Dupuytrens Contracture – Xiaflex (Collagenase)has now been released for use in NZ - Feb 2018
This injection has been available for several years overseas and has revolutionised the treatment of Dupuytrens.

The vast majority of patients can be treated non-surgically with good correction of their fingers via nerve blocks/injection. The bands are then broken a week later leading to a much faster recovery and often better outcomes. We are just waiting for insurers to approve funding but in the meantime, those patients who are insured will find it cheaper than the surgery.
Advantages of Xiaflex include: a rapid recovery of 1-2 weeks, compares to 4-8 weeks with surgery, and a lower cost of treatment.

This injection should only be administered by a hand surgeon who fully understands the implications of treatment.

Breast Cancer and Implants - 12 May 2017

There has been some talk in the media of breast cancer caused by breast implants.
This is based on research that has been emerging for about for the last 2 years and we have been aware of it.
To put it in perspective:
  • the chances of developing normal breast cancer is about 1 in 9 over a lifetime.
  • the chances of developing lymphoma/ALCL/breast cancer from a breast implant is about 1 in 30,000 over a lifetime.
Mr Kenton-Smith has been advising his patients of the risk of ALCL for the last 1.5 years and has consented them as such.
For patients with implants over 7 years old, regular mammograms or ultrasounds are recommended. Ultrasounds are probably more useful in the case of ALCL though.
A swelling of one breast should definitely be checked.
Jesse is happy to see his patients for a review if they are at all concerned.


Free Nurse Consultations - 2017

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

Jackie is a registered nurse and is available on Tuesday afternoons 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

Dr Jesse off to do Voluntary Surgery with the Charity - Operation Smile - February 2017

Mr Kenton-Smith is travelling to Manila to carry out voluntary cleft lip and palate surgery this month. Jesse has been to The Philippines before as part of a surgical charity team along with other trips to Tonga, Samoa and Indonesia. He is looking forward to going back to The Philippines. Jesse will be working for the American charity Operation Smile. You can find out more about cleft lips and donate to Operation Smile by visiting the website:

3D Imaging Software Available - November 2016

We now have the software programme Crissalix available at our practice again. It has been updated and now the 3D imaging is even better. During a consultation with Mr Kenton-Smith, photos will be taken and then you will be able to view the expected outcomes of surgery through a 3D viewfinder. We can also email you these images. The images can be helpful when analysing the pros and con. You can access the Crissalix system through the link on our home page.

Dr Jesse off to do Voluntary Surgery with The John Fawcett Foundation in Indonesia - May 2016

Jesse has travelled to Bali this month with another surgeon from Perth to work for a surgical charity serving the people of Indonesia. During his week there, Jesse operated on many children and babies with cleft lip and palates and on several children and adults with severe burns scars. There were also local surgeons attending these sessions to learn new techniques from the visiting surgeons.

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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. Mary Irvine

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

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Christchurch 8014,
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