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A passion for natural beauty: Transform Clinic Merivale


The skincare and cosmetic medicine industries have grown exponentially in recent times as technologies advance, more people want to take care of their appearance, and as stigma surrounding such procedures lifts. Metropol catches up with Transform Clinic Merivale nurse Katie Mcindoe.

 

 

WHAT IS AN APPEARANCE MEDICINE/COSMETIC NURSE AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU WORKED IN THE INDUSTRY?
“An Appearance Medicine Nurse is a Registered Nurse with specialised training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures. I completed my Diploma in Beauty Therapy and Applied Aesthetics in 2008 and and went on to complete my Bachelor of Nursing Degree in 2013. I worked at Christchurch hospital for a year to get medical and surgical experience and went on to persue my passion in the appearance medicine industry.”

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT TRANSFORM CLINIC AND WHAT DO YOU DO THERE?
“I have been at Transform Clinic since 2015 and was lucky enough to be fully trained by Dr Ian Little, the first doctor in New Zealand to administer botulinum for cosmetic reasons. The treatments I offer at Transform Merivale are Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox®, Dysport®,and Xeomin®), Dermal Fillers, Profhilo, Belkyra fat reduction, Liquid face lift, Platelet rich plasma, PDO threads, Sonophoresis, Dermal needling and chemical peels.”

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PHILOSOPHY TO YOUR WORK?
“Appearance medicine should enhance natural facial features, decreasing signs of ageing, without compromising the natural aesthetics of ones face. I pride myself on attention to detail, client satisfaction, safety and care, and the highest quality products and treatments.

 

Katie and her family

 

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Feline friends indeed: Ourvets


Visiting a vet can be stressful for our feline friends, which can put owners off taking them. One local clinic, Ourvets, has received global recognition for its attention to cat care and wellbeing to ensure a stress-free visit, every time.

 

Ourvets has achieved accreditation as a Cat Friendly Clinic to recognise its high standard of care which promotes wellbeing for all cats visiting or being hospitalised in its veterinary clinic.

The global programme is developed by the International Society of Feline Medicine, the veterinary division of leading feline charity International Cat Care.

Ourvets Riccarton Team Leader Catherine Daniel says the accreditation reinforces the team’s dedication to caring for their cat clientele – and ensuring each visit is as stress-free as possible.

“The criteria includes having separate dog and cat waiting areas, feline-friendly hospitalisation cages, and veterinary equipment specifically for treating cats,” she says.

“It also recognises our approach to handling cats sensitively and respectfully, as well as staying up to date with the latest knowledge of feline medicine.”

Under the programme, a clinic must prove rigorous adherence to a set of criteria including provision of facilities and demonstration of staff activities and attitudes aimed at reducing stress in cats, both as in-patients and out-patients.

“We always want to make sure a trip to our clinic is as stress-free an experience as possible for our cat patients and their owners. By undertaking Cat Friendly Clinic accreditation, we’ve committed to delivering high standards of cat care, with compassion and expertise.”

Ourvets has clinics in St Albans, Halswell, Parklands and Riccarton, which cater for all animals – not just cats.

Ourvets has one of the South Island’s only veterinary CT scanners, as well as digital radiography, ultrasonography, in-house diagnostics and a team of highly experienced and dedicated vets and veterinary nurses across animal medicine, orthopaedic and soft tissue surgeries and oncology. Plus two luxurious catteries – a must-book for the pending festive season.


 

Freshen up for spring! Skin Rejuvenation Clinic


Spring is the perfect time of year to look at your skin and to get yourself ready for summer, Skin Rejuvenation Clinic’s Dr Brigid Lee tells us how.

When you are looking for solutions for your skin issues you want your cosmetic medicine specialist clinic to be at the cutting edge of the latest, safest and most effective treatment options.

Profhilo has been hugely popular in the UK over the last four years and has now been launched in New Zealand to much excitement and anticipation.

Profhilo is classed as a dermal filler as it is a hyaluronic acid but it is unique in its ability to stimulate the skin to produce collagen and elastin making the skin smoother, firmer and more hydrated.

It is great for people who have noticed some of the early signs of ageing.

Happy Face is a specialised technique where dermal filler is used to support the corners of the mouth.

Anyone who has noticed the corners of their mouth starting to pull downwards as they age leaving them looking sad needs a Happy Face treatment.

As we age our faces start to deflate and slip so treatments that are going to lift and firm the facial tissues are needed.

“At the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic we have specialised techniques using particular dermal fillers to restore and rejuvenate,” says Brigid.

These work in combination with Ulthera (high intensity focused ultrasound) and radio-frequency tightening treatments for an ultimate non-surgical solution to restore your natural beauty.

Brigid advises people to choose the medical edge to beauty!


 

The anti-aging treatment everyone’s buzzing about: Transform Clinic


Profhilo is receiving increasing hype around the world for its anti-aging affects. Transform Clinic owner Jenny Little tells Metropol why the Christchurch clinic has been offering the non-surgical treatment for more than a year.

 

WHAT IS PROFHILO?
“It’s an injectable with a high concentration of a special hybrid hyaluronic acid, but it’s different to derma fillers because it is very stable, and it spreads throughout the face stimulating the cells to produce collagen and elastin. This gives the skin a tightness and elasticity in a way I haven’t seen with other injectables.”

WHY IS IT GETTING SO MUCH HYPE?
“A few reasons. Mainly the effects! It makes the skin look smoother, firmer, supple, hydrated, clearer and more radiant. It’s amazing for making the skin look glowy and gorgeous.
“It is also BDDE-free [used in safe quantities to stabilise a number of derma fillers] so it appeals to people who don’t want synthetic chemicals in their products.”

WHERE DO YOU GET PROFHILO, AND HOW OFTEN?
“It can be done on the face, but it is also used on the neck and décolletage, hands and arms. A lot of our customers use it on their face and neck.
“You have one treatment, and then a month later have another treatment. People rarely need a third treatment. Then it can be repeated every six to 12-months to maintain the effect.”

WHO IS PROFHILO FOR?
“It’s primarily for people with aging skin, but younger people who are starting to see signs of aging can use it too for prevention.”

Enquire about Profhilo at the Transform Clinic on (03) 343 2880 or via enquiries@2lookgood.co.nz.


 

Something old, something new…: Merivale Denture Clinic


We have finally moved into Level 2 and we think that is something worth smiling about. Make sure that smile is your finest, by visiting the team at Merivale Denture Clinic.

 

The clinic offers top-of-the-line services and “Combines the best of both worlds with the latest and most advanced technology with traditional methods of artistry, to produce custom dentures unique to each individual client. These are functional yet aesthetically pleasing,” Senior Clinician, Thomas Gu says.

And it always helps to have a friendly face and welcoming smile like Tom’s in the clinic, which is supported by more than 15 years of experience at the University of Otago’s Faculty of Dentistry and private practices.

Merivale Denture Clinic is excited to announce they now have the latest state-of-the-art technology with an E4 digital scanner, Asiga 3D printer and world renowned 3shape computer aided design software to design intra oral prosthesis with computer aided accuracy.

What a great way to ensure that every client is getting the best service and product on the market.

To book a complimentary, obligation-free consultation, phone 03 355 4704.


 

An alternative to breast reduction: encore cosmetic clinic


Once upon a time there was only one way to reduce breast size. It involved a surgical procedure which could include a significant recovery period and possible complications. Only a small proportion of procedures were able to be carried out within the public system.

 

 

 

Fortunately, an alternative approach is now available right here in Christchurch.

The really excellent news is that Dr Grant Bellaney, founder of the Encoré Cosmetic Clinic performs a breast reduction procedure called tumescent liposuction, with extremely good results.

“If breast reduction is on your wish-list, please do come and see me for a consultation,” says Dr Bellaney, “Most breasts, particularly in women over the age of 40, consist of 40-60 percent fat, so the removal of fat can give a significant reduction in breast size.”

Breast reduction procedures using tumescent liposuction have been developed and practised by dermatological surgeons such as Dr Bellaney who are skin and fat specialists, since the 1980s and it has an outstanding safety record.

“The technique has huge advantages over the surgical form of breast reduction (called mammoplasty).

It is a form of ‘keyhole surgery’ so results in little or no scarring as the small incisions done during the procedure heal very quickly, usually without needing sutures.

It is simpler and less painful than mammoplasty and the recovery time is far quicker,” Dr Bellaney says.

It is also safer because it is performed under tumescent anaesthetic, which has fewer risks than surgery under general anaesthetic.

There are also fewer side effects. With traditional surgery about 10-25 percent of patients can experience a permanent loss of sensitivity around the nipples or an inability to breastfeed afterwards.

With tumescent liposuction, the risk reduces to less than one percent.

“It’s a day procedure, so women can go home afterwards and are usually back to their regular routine within a few days.”

The only specialist in the South Island performing this technique, Dr Bellaney has successfully performed the procedure on hundreds of women over the last 10 years. Phone the day surgery clinic at 248 Papanui Road in Merivale, 03 356 0214 or visit the website.


 

Law firm promotions


Pegasus Bay Law is pleased to announce that Anneliese Muldoon and Jess Voysey have been promoted to Associates within the firm.

Pegasus Bay Law Associates Jess Voysey (left) and Anneliese Muldoon (right).

Anneliese is an experienced solicitor who is based in the Kaiapoi office where she is available to assist with the sale and purchase of homes and businesses, as well as your will, enduring powers of attorney and other general legal matters.

Anneliese has been a solicitor in the North Canterbury region for the past four years. She is a North Canterbury local herself and outside of work, loves spending time with her young family.

Jess has been in the Christchurch office for the past two years and, like Anneliese, she is about to assist with the sale and purchase of your home or business, as well as your will, enduring powers of attorney and other general legal matters. Outside work, Jess enjoys baking and taking her dog on adventures.

The team at Pegasus Bay Law can assist you with your legal needs including buying and selling residential property, financing, commercial leasing, buying and selling small businesses, family law matters, wills, enduring powers of attorney, trusts and estates.

Contact the offices on 03 386 2211 (Mairehau), 03 928 1215 (Kaiapoi), or by emailing reception@pegasusbaylaw.co.nz


 

Cosmetic tattooing: a beauty must have


Cosmetic tattooing has come a long way in technology and technique – it’s now the must-have beauty boost of the future.

 

Angela Millar has a rewarding career in micropigmentation, framing faces with youthful semi-permanent eyebrows and eyeliner.

Feathered, powdered or a combination of the two they are now more natural and flattering than ever before.

“They don’t look like they’re tattooed at all,” says Angela, who has 30 years in the beauty industry.

“They used to be quite heavily applied with ink. Now the treatment sits a lot higher on the skin, and looks more natural. They just fade beautifully over time, lasting from one to three years.

“No micro-blading is involved, just a superfine nano needle barely scratching the skin’s top layer in the gentlest way, I pre-map and draw them on first, and take time talking things through. Eye liner can be either fine or dramatic, it’s up to each client.”

Angela is part of the KM Surgical and Dermatology specialist medical facility in The Avenue Health building on Bealey Avenue, with the advantage of working in a day-stay accredited facility.

Scrupulous in her pre-consolation, she travels regularly to the latest training and conferences, and has invested in quality machines from America and Germany.

“After the first treatment, they only need to be refreshed. I love a day doing this, as everyone always walks in smiling! You wake up in the morning, exercise or swim and still look great with no makeup. And it really does make you look younger.”


 

Safeguarding oral health


An open letter to dental patients: You see a hygienist regularly and have a dentist check your teeth. Perhaps you’ve just had a filling, a crown, veneer, or even a root canal. You’re on the right track for dental health.

 

 

The restoration that’s just been placed in your mouth should be looking good and functioning comfortably for years or decades. It’s now part of your body – 24/7.

That foreign-to-the-body material will now be subject to extremes of heat, cold, abrasion, acid, bacteria and digestive enzymes from saliva.

New evidence shows filling materials of nearly any type can slowly break down, releasing minute amounts of the filling/restorative material/cement into the mouth over time.

Amalgam contains approximately 50 percent mercury by weight, along with silver and other metals.

Most composites and some cements used to fix crowns to teeth contain chemicals such as BPA, TEGDMA, HEMA, phthalates and sometimes titanium dioxide.

All or any of these chemicals can cause health concerns.

Biologic Dentistry seeks to use materials that are safe as possible while still allowing for excellent clinical results.

Swiss dental materials manufacturer Saremco is a manufacturing company with the same goal.

Its restorative system is reported to be the only one where every component is free of HEMA and TEGDMA (as well as above-listed chemicals) and very recently designed to resist enzymatic dissolution.

It is available to all New Zealand dentists through Bioholistic New Zealand Ltd – www.bioholistic.co.nz.

Why not choose the healthier alternative, as the team at Dentistry on Merivale has? Phone 03 355 8297.


 

Age-defying treatments


The Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has seen a growing demand for safe and effective treatments to help maintain a youthful appearance, that also fit in with a busy work and social calendar. People want to see fabulous results with little to no down time. That’s where radiofrequency 3DEEP® Technology fits in!

 

 

Over time our skin is exposed to environmental factors such as sun, pollution and smoke which cause the skin to gradually lose its firm, youthful look by affecting the quantity, strength and elasticity of the collagen fibres.

It is the degradation of these collagen fibres that cause the wrinkles and sagging of the face and skin all over the body.

Radiofrequency is an advanced technology that heats the collagen deep in the skin by safely delivering controlled heat deep into the skin while preserving the overlying superficial skin.

The treatment is relaxing, pain free and has no side effects or down-time.

A treatment takes 30 to 45 minutes and you can immediately resume your normal activities.

3DEEP face and neck tightening and contouring treatment is designed for anti-wrinkle and skin tightening of the face and neck, which includes hard to treat areas such as cheeks, jaw-line and under chin areas.

Normally a face and neck treatment costs $350 but this month the Skin Rejuvenation Clinic has a package deal where you pay $250 per treatment and you receive a fifth treatment for free!

Call now as there are limited places for this amazing deal, 03 351 3241.