Dr Moko is the first New Zealand Maori woman surgeon. She is a passionate reconstructive Plastic Surgeon, a discipline devoted to helping people affected by defects resulting from trauma (including burns), tumour, or birth deformities. She is also a highly trained and experienced surgeon in cosmetic procedures that help restore, rejuvenate or improve a person’s appearance. She is married and a mother of two children.
Dr Moko was born and educated in New Zealand. After completing her primary medical degree at Auckland University Medical School in 1993 and subsequent hospital internships, she back-packed for two years through Europe, Africa, America, Middle East, Caribbean, India and Nepal, before returning to New Zealand to enter surgical and advanced plastic surgery training. She had two children during her trainee registrar years.
After gaining her Fellowship in Plastic Surgery with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2004, she sought further specialist training for two years in Australia, Japan and the United Kingdom. This included a Cosmetic Fellowship on the Gold Coast; one year working in Japan with a world leading Plastic Surgeon in microtia (ear reconstruction utilizing rib cartilage and scalp tissue for children born with little or no ears); and a Fellowship in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction for women undergoing treatment for breast cancer in the UK.
In 2007 Dr Moko returned to the sunny Gold Coast to practise.
Dr Moko’s gentle manner belies an intense drive to obtain the best possible outcome for her patients. She will give you an honest appraisal of what can be achieved.
She can provide a full range of cosmetic surgical services specializing in: breast augmentation, breast lifting (mastopexy), breast reduction; facial rejuvenation including endoscopic browlifting, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), facelift and necklift surgery; body contouring surgery by liposuction, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), arm reduction (brachioplasty); thigh and body lifts; nasal reshaping (rhinoplasty) and surgery for prominent ears (otoplasty). This is complimented by use of additional treatments such as injectable fillers and muscle relaxants, laser skin resurfacing and scar management.
Her reconstructive surgical practice focuses on breast reconstruction for women undergoing or who have had treatment for breast cancer; skin cancer/melanoma surgery; ear reconstruction; surgery for male breast enlargement (gynaecomastia); and reduction surgery for women with enlarged labia (labiaplasty).
Dr Moko participates in volunteer surgical programs (Interplast) that provide plastic surgery services to people in countries less privileged than our own.
Dr Moko is a member of:
- Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
- Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons
- Australasian Society of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery
- New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons (corresponding member)
- She regularly attends national and international meetings, keeping her at the forefront of developments in Plastic Surgery.