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Learn more about Dr Gillian Hawkley, MBChB. FRNZCGP. MNZSCM

Your local Doctor at Skin Institute. Dr Gillian Hawkley's passion for cosmetic medicine was ignited in 2008 as it was then an emerging new sub-specialty in NZ. She also has a diploma from the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine and has worked in this field since 2010. What inspired you to become an appearance medicine physician? Going through medical school I had no idea such a specialty even existed. I attended a GP conference in 2008 and met two doctors there who were practising cosmetic medicine. It seemed like an exciting new specialty to become involved with and right there and then I was hooked! What are your areas of speciality? I am a doctor with specialist qualifications in Primary Care Medicine. I also hold a Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine which I studied through the NZ Society of Cosmetic Medicine. I primarily use muscle relaxants and filler products and also advise clients regarding skin care. What is your patient/treatment philosophy? How do you approach each patient and treatment? I aim to treat each individual holistically to help them to achieve a natural, balanced look. I think it's important to educate clients so they feel empowered to make the best choices for them. I am realistic, and prefer to have honest conversations with my clients about what is and isn't achievable.

Have you seen a shift in appearance medicine in the last few years? Yes, the appreciation that the face loses volume as we age has seen a major shift in treatments we are able to offer clients beyond just wrinkle relaxation. Achieving balance in the face is key to achieving a more youthful look. Is there any reason for people to be concerned about the safety of injecting, such as Botox® or dermal fillers? The products that I use in my practice have all been extensively tested and have to meet rigorous safety standards. Sadly, this is not the case with all products available in this growing market. I'd always advise anyone thinking about having a cosmetic procedure done to really do their research first about the practice and of course the practitioner doing the treatment. There can be risks associated with any cosmetic procedure and it's important that the practitioner is appropriately qualified and experienced. In NZ, the only route currently to becoming an independent cosmetic practitioner is as I have done, with dual post-graduate qualifications in GP specialist practice and with NZSCM.

Interested in having an injectable treatment? Book in for a cosmetic consultation and treatment with Dr Gillian Hawkley today, only limited appointments are available to have you looking radiant and relaxed in time for summer. Skin Institute Nelson, Specialist Suite, 355 Lower Queen St, Richmond. Ph: 03 539 0175

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