Tauranga Plastic Surgery & Appearance Medicine

At Butler & Brugha, we offer expert services in a broad range of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeries and skin cancer procedures in Tauranga and Whakatane, and appearance medicine treatments in Mount Maunganui.

We provide a range of both surgical and non-surgical solutions tailored to your unique needs.

Cosmetic Surgery

Mr Dan Butler performs a wide variety of cosmetic surgery procedures, from breast reductions and abdominoplasty to rhinoplasty and facelifts. His approach is tailored to your unique needs and goals, utilising the most innovative, evidence-based, and safest surgical techniques.

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Reconstructive Surgery

Mr Dan Butler is a fully-trained reconstructive plastic surgeon offering reconstructive surgery for conditions affecting the skin, head and neck, breast and hand. Dan ensures each surgical plan is specific to your needs and carefully balances restoration of appearance and function.

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Appearance Medicine

We provide appearance medicine treatments in Mt Maunganui, currently including anti-wrinkle injections under the expert care of Dr. Lia Brugha. With 15 years of experience as a Doctor, Lia provides a safe and thorough evaluation leading to a personalised treatment plan for each patient.

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You're in safe hands

At Butler & Brugha, our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We are dedicated to delivering the highest standard of care and ensuring that our patients have a positive and fulfilling experience with us.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Mr. Dan Butler is a specialist in skin cancer surgery, playing a vital role in the fight against this prevalent disease in New Zealand. He offers advanced surgical treatments for various forms of skin cancer, with a particular focus on innovative techniques to ensure the best aesthetic and health outcomes for his patients.

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Breast Reduction

Breast reduction is designed to reduce the size and weight of large, heavy breasts, providing relief from physical discomfort and balancing overall body proportions. With a keen eye for aesthetics and a detailed understanding of the human anatomy, Mr. Butler tailors each procedure to suit the individual's needs and personal goals, ensuring outcomes that are as natural as they are transformative.

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Facelift surgery, aims to lift and rejuvenate the time-related changes that happen to our faces. With a meticulous and artful approach, Mr Butler reshapes and tightens the facial tissue, resulting in a fresher, younger appearance. Each facelift procedure is customised to match the patient's unique facial characteristics and aesthetic goals, resulting in a subtle yet significant transformation that enhances their natural beauty.

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Get your anti-wrinkle treatment under the skilled and fully qualified hands of Dr. Lia Brugha in Mt Maunganui.

She can assist you in turning back time on your skin, ensuring you feel confident knowing you're in the safest and most competent care.

Appreciation from our clients

At Butler & Brugha, we take great pride in the glowing testimonials from our satisfied clients. These testimonials underscore our commitment to excellent care, personalised treatments, and providing a positive patient experience.

"Dan looked after me for my melanoma.  He really took the time to make me feel reassured and made sure I knew what to expect.  He really went above and beyond at every step of my cancer journey.  I can’t recommend Dan highly enough."

78 year old patient

Scalp Melanoma

"Lia is kind, understanding and knowledgeable. She is a perfect balance of friendly but professional in her consultations and provides excellent advice and treatment options. I cannot recommend her highly enough."

47 year old client

Anti-wrinkle treatment

"I was really impressed with the care I received.  All the information I was given was given was easy to understand and I’m very happy with how the surgery went.  

Thank you! "

62 year old patient

Breast Surgery

"I saw Lia for anti-wrinkle treatment. She was patient, professional and really listened to what I wanted. I could not be happier with the results.

I would highly recommend Lia."

31 year old client

Dysport® Treatment

"Mr Butler’s knowledge, skills and ability are all excellent.  

His commitment to the specialty and to his patients has always been exemplary. "

Consultant colleague


Plastic surgeon Mr Dan Butler operates out of Da Vinci Clinic and Grace Hospital in Tauranga, and consults at East Bay Specialist Centre in Whakatane.

Frequently asked questions

Here are some frequently asked questions we often receive from our clients. If your query isn't addressed here, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

How much does an initial consultation cost?

The cost of the initial consultation depends on the reason you’re coming to Dan for.  Dan wants to ensure that there is enough time to develop a detailed treatment plan and that you leave the consultation feeling well informed about the options available.  Prices start at $330.

How long will my consultation be?

The length of the initial consultation depends on the reason for you coming to see Dan.  It can range from 30-60 minutes, but Dan will take the time necessary to ensure you leave the consultation feeling well informed.  For cosmetic consultations all patients will be invited for a second consultation around two weeks later at no extra charge.

Do you offer any finance options?

Sorry we currently don’t offer any finance options.

What does the cost of surgery include?

The cost quoted on the website provide a rough guide for the operation in question.  A tailored quote will be provided to you after your consultation that considers your particular needs.  This quote includes the surgical fee, cost of any implants or garments needed and an estimate for the hospital and anaesthetic fees.  The surgical fee is determined by the complexity of the surgery as opposed to being based on the duration of the operation.  At times, surgery can turn out to be more complex as additional findings present themselves during the operation.  This can lead to a more prolonged procedure than planned.  This won’t change the surgical fee, but can alter the final hospital fee.

Do you have any before and after photos?

Dan does not share any patient before and after photos on his website to ensure patient confidentiality is maintained.  During your consultation, Dan will share relevant before and after photos with you from patients who have agreed to have their photos used for this purpose.

Where are the operations done?

Operations done under local anaesthetic can be done at the Da Vinci Clinic.  Operations requiring a general anaesthetic are all done at the Grace Hospital in Tauranga.  The Grace Hospital is owned by Southern Cross and provides outstanding care with patient safety a core value.

Do you perform scarless surgery?

All surgery leaves a scar.  Dan will use his expertise to ensure that scars are concealed where possible in areas, lines and creases where scars are less perceptible.  Advice on scar taping, massage and silicone gel sheets will be given after your surgery to help ensure you get the best possible scar.

How painful is the surgery?

Most plastic surgery procedures are less painful than many patients expect.  Every effort is made to ensure your comfort at every step of your journey.  Different forms of anaesthetic are used depending on the procedure being performed and your personal preference.  After surgery, Dan and his anaesthetic colleagues will ensure that you have access to appropriate pain killers before you go home.

Which breast implants do you use?

Dan uses Motiva implants.  These use a nano-textured surface and have an excellent safety record.  The published rates of implant rupture and capsule contracture are less than 1%.  When providing a quote for your surgery, the costs of your implants will be included.