Posted on 12/05/2020
What a wild ride of a month and year it has been, with global protests, US riots, and the important recognition of - and hopefully action around - systemic racism, compounding the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, doom and gloom predictions of a financial crisis, rising tensions between China and Australia, and who can remember back to the Australian bushfires at the beginning of the year?
All I can say is I’m thankful to be living in NZ right now, and excited to be one of the first countries to be almost back to normal at Level 1!
I want to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ for your patience with us while we dealt with the backlog of appointments while trying to ensure your health and safety by implementing some global best-practice recommendations at Level 2 such as temperature monitoring, social distancing, initially restricted appointments, masked clinicians and reduced ‘chat-time’ which I know impacted your usual warm and friendly experience - and we are so grateful for your support over this crazy and difficult time.
At level 1 we will be almost back to normal, and we will continue our commitment to our usual high hygiene standards, along with ensuring we can contact trace everyone who enters the clinic. We have appreciated your feedback about how you’ve been impressed with our standards of care and communication over the last few months.
I’m excited at some of the new technology that we have introduced as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown, including our virtual or in person consults where we can simulate potential injectable results to show you, on a 3D image taken from just 3 selfies on your smartphone!
Once taking your selfies through the link https://my.crisalix.com/signup/thefaceplace3d, you can view a 3D image of your face almost immediately by downloading the Crisalix patient app, which you’ll be directed to. Once you have had a consult with your clinician using the Crisalix system, your clinician can then add your agreed simulation(s) to your app so you can have an idea of what your results might look like.
I was incredibly honoured to be invited to speak about our experience with this technology as part of a panel webinar on ‘Beauty Disrupted’ with some of the top minds in our industry. If you’d like to see the presentation, you can check it out on IGTV here.
We also have our very own TFP patient portal app which will be available in the next couple of weeks. This secure portal will give you access to all your previous and upcoming appointments and loyalty points, as well as an easy online booking portal through the app. You can purchase gift cards for a special someone through the app, review our treatment menu and pricing for information, or contact us via the app without having to search for the website. You’ll be able to complete any consent forms, questionnaires or paperwork digitally through the app before your appointment to save you time in clinic. We will send you an email with all the details once it is live!
We are so thrilled to be able to now offer our full range of products and treatments, and winter is the best time to do your IPL treatments for redness, pigmentation and skin rejuvenation. We have lost some of our precious IPL winter months due to lockdown, so if you were wanting IPL this winter, please book for your skin consultation and/or patch test ASAP. Even if you have had IPL with us before, it’s important to prep the skin properly (the skin consult ensures you are on the correct prep products and your skin is in ideal condition) and repeat your patch test to guide the best settings for your IPL treatment, ensuring the best results with minimum side effects.
Winter is also my favourite time of year for peels and LED light treatments - the LED lights not only feel amazing and help your skin glow, they’ve been proven to help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), commonly called ‘The Winter Blues’. With no respite from the NZ winter this year due to our border restrictions, LED light treatments ensure you get your dose of ‘sunshine’, but without the harmful ageing effects of UV damage. Plus you get a lovely neck and shoulder massage at the same time!
On a personal note, I was meant to be enjoying the sunshine in Bali for the next 6 weeks, recovering from radiotherapy, so I’ll be utilising the LED lights in clinic a LOT over the winter months!
In the last few weeks I’ve been hit with significant fatigue, most likely due to the Tamoxifen that I’ve been advised I need to take for the next 5 years. I’m hoping it will pass quickly, as I already implement the right lifestyle changes that are recommended, and it’s frustrating as hell! I’ve reduced my injecting hours to 1 day a week this month, which will increase to 2 days a week next month and beyond, and am working from home as much as I can, so I can nap when I need to.
On the whole my journey surviving breast cancer has been pretty good, with only a few minor complications from surgery, and I breezed through radiotherapy during lockdown. I’m so grateful for the support of both our wonderful team and patients, and to everyone who has reached out with kind words, prayers, blessings, gifts and flowers... I feel incredibly supported and loved.
My mantra right now is ‘where is the opportunity in the challenge’, which builds into my previous mantra of ‘how do we survive, and thrive, in these crazy times’.
They say 2020 is the year of clear vision, where we open our eyes to how we can improve the human race for the better. So far we have been forced to look at systemic racism, overworking, our environmental impact, and so much more! Let’s hope the lessons become kinder from now on ☺️
I’m grateful every day for living in NZ, for a wonderful team and amazing patients, and for the simple things in life, like running hot water, a roof over our heads, a generally peaceful lifestyle, and (especially now) for my health.
Wishing you a wonderful month and year ahead, with all my blessings,
Dr Cat 😻✨
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