Rebekah Parker – aka Becks – is new to us but has a wealth of experience in cosmedicine.
We sat down with her for a little Q&A session to find out her backstory.
What drove you to study nursing – did you always want to be a nurse?
No, all throughout my childhood I wanted to be a primary school teacher. It wasn’t until high school that I really developed an interest in science and human biology, and it was my science teacher who encouraged me to pursue a career in healthcare.
What did you enjoy about nursing?
I loved the diversity and hands-on learning approach. My studies allowed me to learn an array of skills and experience a variety of unique clinical situations. I enjoy learning new things and the continuous advances in medicine mean that the opportunity for growth is almost unlimited.
What was your first nursing role?
While I knew I wanted to specialise in cosmetic medicine, I wanted to first solidify the medical knowledge I had learned at university. After graduating in 2014, I accepted a position at Karori Medical Centre where I worked as a Practice Nurse for two years and completed my post-graduate certificate in Nursing Science. Upon completing my postgraduate studies, I began my career as a cosmetic nurse in 2016.
What was it like working in London?
I spent two years living there where I worked at a highly reputable Mediclinic based in Knightsbridge. My role involved assisting the cosmetic doctor with injectable treatments and managing the diaries of the cosmetic doctors, hair transplant surgeons, hormone specialists, osteopath and aestheticians. It was an incredibly busy and face-paced environment but I loved every moment of it!
What do you enjoy about treating clients with injectables?
I love creating transformations that not only enhance physical appearance but help build self-confidence also. I believe cosmetic treatments can enrich psychological wellbeing, as well as enhance personal relationships and quality of life. I find it incredibly fulfilling to see clients leave the clinic looking and feeling their absolute best!
Have you seen many changes in the time you’ve been doing injectables?
Absolutely! Over the past few years, I have seen a significant shift away from frozen faces, ‘overdone’ filler and unnatural results. There is no longer a “one-size fits all” approach to treatment, and there is much more focus on the importance of celebrating individuality and providing patients’ with subtle, natural-looking results.
What is your favorite injectable treatment to perform and why?
Lip fillers are my absolute favourite injectable treatment! I often find that only a small amount of product is needed to provide symmetry to the lips and create a more harmonious profile.
What’s one thing you would tell people who are considering having injectables?
Less is more, particularly if you are wanting to achieve natural results.
You started with a bang at The Face Place. How did you enjoy your first weeks out of lockdown treating new clients?
It began with a crazy few weeks back when we first reopened, but I have absolutely loved every minute of it! It feels fantastic being able to return to clinic after such a long time away, and I have loved meeting so many of our wonderful clients.
What are you looking forward to about working at The Face Place?
Where do I even begin?! I am excited to work alongside such an incredible and highly skilled team of professionals who share similar values and beliefs within the cosmedicine industry. I’m particularly looking forward to training alongside Dr Cat later next year and expanding my own knowledge and skill set.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I absolutely love travelling and experiencing new cultures; and while I haven’t been able to travel overseas recently, I have spent my weekends exploring the beauty of our own backyard – New Zealand. I love the outdoors and often go hiking, surfing or snowboarding.