Posted on 04/09/2019
Kia ora koutou.
It was my birthday last week, and I don't know about you guys but turning 45 was far harder for me than turning 40!
I remember having a ’quarter-life crisis’ at 25, where I left my first fiance and my surgical career to set up The Face Place; and I left fiance #2 about four months before my 35th birthday! With no fiance (to leave!) this time around, I’ve instead harnessed the ’change energy’ over the last year for more positive things, such as travel, launching our Takapuna clinic, and writing two books!
Our new book ’Grow Younger With Great Food’ will finally be on pre-sale next week, from 10th - 13th September! It feels like it has been a loooooong build up, and the day is almost here! We have had so much positive feedback about the recipes, the content, and the stunning food photography - our book printer said he thought it was some of the best food photography he has seen, and my flatmate Amy (who owns the catering company ‘Good Food Kitchen’) has had advance access to some of our recipes and loves them! Sign up to receive book pre-sale alerts here.
If you purchase a book through our special link, you not only get to be one of the first in NZ to receive the book, you also get it at a very special rate! PLUS you’ll get exclusive access to 3 extra recipes, over and above the 90+ recipes in the book!
If, for any crazy reason, you miss out on the pre-sale (we hope you don’t!), you will be able to purchase the book at all good bookstores, or on Amazon, from the 16th October. Hint: they’ll make great Xmas presents!
It’s been another busy month of training for us! Dr Jenni and I facilitated a workshop on ’Preventing and Managing Filler Complications’, a subject which is very dear to my heart right now. We had some lively discussion and consensus with other industry leaders who attended. It’s interesting to me that the people who most NEED to participate in these types of training opportunities are the least likely to... everyone who attended this particular workshop is already doing great things with their practice, and the workshop allowed us to share ideas to up-level even further.
A big topic of conversation was around the importance of sterile technique with fillers. Dr Jenni presented research that showed that HA fillers (no matter which brand) can activate the immune system IF they are exposed to bacteria. No bacteria = no immune activation. This is why we have become so much more vigilant in the last 18 months about not having any form of infection, inflammation or auto-immune disease in the body when we do a filler treatment, and why we advise to not have any dental work for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after a filler treatment.
Sterile technique has become so much more important, which is why we insist on taking your makeup off (we leave your eye make-up on) prior to a filler treatment, and cleansing your skin religiously with the new Clinisept Plus prep.
We discussed these concepts further at the Allergan Training Faculty Meeting in Sydney a few weeks ago. I’m honoured to be a trainer in Botox and Juvederm for Allergan, along with about 17 other top injectors across Australasia. We had two intensive days of training on how to be better trainers, and a LOT of discussion to align us all in the way we train cosmetic injectors, which was incredible.
I have now officially started my Masters of Aesthetic Medicine, which is run through the University of London. Over the next year I will need to submit 40 cases, four 1500 word essays, and a 15,000 word dissertation. Once completed, I will be one of the first in NZ to hold a Masters in Aesthetic Medicine, which is really exciting! I’m also excited about what I get to learn and share along the way!
I’m speaking at a Dress For Success event later this month - it’s such a worthy cause, and one that can have such an impact in helping women get back on their feet.
We have the Beauty Decoded events on the 24th and 25th of September, with limited spaces available! After the success of Beauty Decoded in Sydney, where I was the only kiwi doctor involved, we are thrilled to offer the local version here! Come along to find out more about how we can help clients look less tired, less saggy, less sad or less angry and more youthful, contoured and refreshed. You’ll hear the inventor of the MD codes, Dr Mauricio de Maio, talk about how we improve these ’emotional attributes’; experience ’playing’ with the HA filler on your hands; have a ’mini-consult’ on the night; and take home a goody bag worth significantly more than your ticket fee... Plus get the ticket fee to use towards your next treatment at TFP! Book your place for you and a friend quickly, as the final places are going FAST! To buy tickets click here.
Māori language week is the 9th - 15th September, and this year we are planning to celebrate as a team, by using as much of our beautiful national language as we can! The idea came after a kōrero (conversation) I had with Dr Lance O’Sullivan, who was named New Zealander Of The Year in 2014 for his work in Māori health and education. I’m actually part Māori (Ngai Tahu) through my mum’s side of the family, and was brought up with an appreciation for Māori language and culture, through my dad’s work in politics. You’ll hear us greet you in Māori that week, and we hope to have some reminders of common words/phrases available to clients, along with how to pronounce them!
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Have an incredible September, and I look forward to seeing you in clinic, or at one of our events!
Noho ora mai rā, nā
Dr Cat 😻