Mr David Crabb

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

09 438 8514 Northland
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Southern Cross Health Insurance Affiliated Provider for Consultations
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About Mr David Crabb

Northland Plastic Surgery
David J MacKenzie Crabb & Associates

David has had a wide exposure to all facets of plastic surgery and wide experience.

David Crabb obtained his medical degree in the UK and taught anatomy for a year before coming to New Zealand and completing training in General Surgery and then Plastics. He formed an early association with Northland, rotating there as an advanced General Surgery trainee some years ago.

He has completed overseas fellowships in reconstructive microsurgery in Melbourne and a senior clinical fellowship in the London Regional Plastic Surgery Centre. He is an active member of a number of societies and a corresponding member of the American society of plastic surgeons.

David began to practice in New Zealand in 1983 as a consultant Plastic Surgeon. He has practiced in Northland, Auckland and the Regional Plastic Surgery Centre at various times. He is currently working to upscale the Plastic Surgery service in Northland and continues to be involved at a planning level.

His recent focus has been the running of a breast reconstructive service and skin cancer reconstruction service, which is going well and provides a base to develop a full service. David has been using fat grafting for more natural breast reconstruction for some years using smaller to medium volumes of transferred fat from other sites of the body. He has built on this work by being trained in the advanced techniques of larger volume fat grafting using external tissue expansion pioneered and local tissue manipulation by Prof Khouri in the USA. He is now replacing most conventional procedures with these new techniques thus avoiding major invasive surgery, the sacrifice of donor muscles and the use of implants all of which have their problems.

David is also an affiliated provider with Southern Cross for the provision of skin cancer surgery acting in a supervisory role and as back up for specialist management of difficult cases and reconstruction. David has had a wide exposure to all facets of plastic surgery and wide experience. He is a founding member of the New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery which has been absorbed into the new Zealand association of plastic surgeons. He has been elected corresponding member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery for some years and continues to be involved in such projects as outcome studies and benchmarking as time permits. David has been benchmarked as being in the top quartile when judged by patients on outcome and ranked against his American peers, particularly in the field of Cosmetic Surgery. David continues to enjoy interacting with scientists at the University of Auckland where interesting projects arise and the opportunity to involve them in clinical projects presents themselves.

David has a longstanding interest in skin cancer prevention, which is incorporated into his practice, as are the opportunities for patients to access the latest developments from research endeavours.

Specialist Experience

Three decades of experience with latest methods

Current Positions
Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon - Northland DHB
Visiting Plastic Surgeon - Kensington Hosp, Whangarei
Visiting Plastic Surgeon - Rodney Surgical Centre, Warkworth
Admission Facility at Ascot, Auckland & Southern Cross Hosp, North Shore

Gender: Male


Areas of Specialisation

  • Breast Surgery - Augumentation, Reduction, Reconstruction
  • Implant Replacement/Reconstruction with Autologus Fat Transfer, Breast Salvage
  • Body Contouring - Lipomodelling & Abdominoplasty
  • Facial Aesthetic Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Surgery - Prevention & Reconstruction
  • Paediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Scientific Skin Care
  • Post Traumatic Facial Reconstruction including Maxillofacial Rhinoplasty
  • General Post Traumatic Reconstruction

Southern Cross Affiliated Provider for
Comprehensive skin examinations (including dermoscopy), Curettage or diathermy, Incisional biopsy, Punch biopsy, Skin cancer diagnosis and treatment, Skin cancer surgery


MBBS, FRACS (Gen), FRACS (Plastics), BA, BFA

Year of NZ Registration
Medical Practitioner 1973
Specialist 1983

UK, Australia, NZ


Contact Mr David Crabb

09 438 8518
2nd Fl, Northland Plastic Surgery Ltd
4 Vinery Ln

EDI: vlplastc

Auckland patients contact Rodney Surgical Centre, Warkworth P: 09 425 1190

Opening Hours
8:30am – 4:00pm

8:30am – 4:00pm

8:30am – 4:00pm

8:30am – 4:00pm

8:30am – 4:00pm



4 Vinery Ln Whangarei 0110 New Zealand