The Patient Journey from enquiry to recovery

Your patient journey begins with research and ends with long term results and aftercare, Along the way are 5 important steps.

FOR NEW PATIENTS – Fill in the Patient Registration Form

To help us provide you with optimal care in an efficient manner we request that you please complete the following online questionnaire before your appointment. The information will be delivered to the practice using a safe and secure method.

Please click on this REGISTRATION FORM link to start the questionnaire

1. Your Appointment and Consultation with Dr Gittos

Your FIRST Patient Consultation is of at least 30 minutes duration to professionally assess your concerns and desires and to advise impartially as to whether surgery is a suitable option. When cosmetic or reconstructive surgery is being considered we will show you ‘before and after’ photographs of typical examples of our work and can show you samples of relevant breast or other implants. We will also discuss the technical aspects of your surgery as well as the significant potential anaesthetic, local cosmetic and non-cosmetic complications & risks.

What exactly happens at the First Consultation with the Plastic Surgeon (Click Here)

After your first consultation, our Practice Manager will review your anticipated cost of treatment, the available dates and where appropriate, book your surgery.

If you wish to book an appointment please call or email our friendly reception staff to make a booking. We will ensure that the consultation is arranged as soon as possible as we appreciate your visit.

Often your Full Consultation Fee will cover all your consultations related to the surgery – two pre-operative consultations before surgery and 6 months of post-op consultations afterwards.

A Consultation with Dr Gittos is NZ$325 incl GST

2. Assessment and Pre-admission

Before your surgery, you will receive pre-admission checks and advice: on your medicines, when not to eat preoperatively and what to bring into hospital. If you have allergies, special requirements or a specific medical condition you will be seen at a pre-admission clinic to fully prepare you for a safe visit.

3. Surgery at Hospital or Procedure in Rooms

On the day itself, you will receive a warm welcome from your Consultant Surgeon and Anaesthetist and from the Hospital Staff.

In many instances, Plastic Surgeons will do pre-operative skin markings which provide guidelines to follow in the Operating Theatre.

If you are feeling at all anxious we will administer pre-medication tablets and place anaesthetic EMLA cream on the IV insertion site.

4. Post Op Healing and Recovery

Once your procedure is completed, we phone your relatives and check on you in the Recovery Room and then back on the ward.

Post-operative care really starts in the recovery suite with a period of observation. Once you have woken up, you will be treated for any discomfort or nausea, although the latest anaesthetics are generally less likely to cause nausea symptoms.

Next, you’ll go to the main ward at the hospital, where a dedicated nurse will ensure you are comfortable and get you something to eat or drink.

Where relevant, intraoperative photos of the result achieved “on the table” are shown to you afterwards so that you may see an early result and know that all has gone well.

People who have had a local anaesthetic can usually return home almost immediately, but naturally, if you’ve had a general anaesthetic you’ll need to stay for a few hours or overnight in some cases.

Your surgeon and anaesthetist visit you daily until you’re ready to go home. Any dressings will be checked or replaced before you leave and you’ll also be given suitable painkillers, a discharge letter and emergency contact numbers for peace of mind.

5. Longer-term Follow up

An expert outpatient nurse and/or your consultant will conduct post-operative reviews weekly at first. Your surgeon will see you after six weeks, and then again after six months. You are welcome to arrange further appointments beyond this date if needed.

About Dr Mark Gittos FRACS (Plast) – New Zealand Plastic Surgeon 

Practice locations in Herne Bay Auckland, Northland and Bay of Plenty – Kerikeri, Whangarei, New Plymouth & Tauranga

Dr Mark Gittos is a leading Specialist Plastic Surgeon and operates a practice in Herne Bay, Auckland and in the UK. The practice focuses on both surgical and non-surgical procedures, each designed to help restore, improve or change a physical characteristic or problem. The first step in every case is to talk through your personal requirements and explore all the options, before deciding on the most effective solution.

Dr Mark Gittos offers high quality, natural-looking cosmetic surgery results and is highly experienced in BreastBody and Face Surgery having performed over 4000 Surgeries in the last 26 years.  With worldwide expertise Dr Gittos is an expert in breast, face and body surgery for men & women. 

Naturally, before any treatment is begun, we will explain clearly the advantages and risk factors; so that you have the information you need to make an informed decision that is best for you. Visit the practice to find out more.


Please NOTE: Dr Gittos only performs surgery on non-smoker patients with a BMI less than 30. To check your BMI please visit the NZ Heart Foundation website. For help giving up smoking before surgery visit the Smoke Free website

Do your Research

What to Bring to your Plastic Surgeon Consultation

  • Bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
  • Take lots of notes and read the documents provided thoroughly
  • Dress in simple clothes as you may need to undress for examination
  • Bring your medical referral and any relevant medical documents or test results

Book your Initial Surgery Consultation

  • A Referral from your GP or specialist is helpful but NOT essential – you can have a consultation without a GP Referral
  • Email us or Call on 09 529 5352 to arrange your surgeon consultation appointment.
  • Book a consultation with Dr Gittos by paying the Consultation Fee – $350 incl GST

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Please contact us to arrange to book a consultation with our Specialist Plastic Surgeon or to speak with our Patient Care Advisor.

Send an enquiry form today or phone  09 529 5352  during Clinic Hours