Frequently Asked Questions
CANN Executive Member Stacey Power (RN) answers some questions about cosmetic appearance treatments
What are “Cosmetic Appearance Treatments”?
Also known as Aesthetic Medicine, Appearance Medicine, or Anti-Ageing Medicine, Cosmetic Medicine is a developing clinical speciality. It’s distinct from plastic surgery, providing minimally invasive medical treatments (not involving surgery) to enhance patients’ satisfaction with their physical appearance. The procedures are elective and performed on adult patients who are otherwise healthy. Cosmetic Appearance Treatments require very little, if any, downtime and can be done in a lunch hour.
Indications for cosmetic appearance treatment:
Treatments usually focus on the face, neck, hands, and décolleté:
- Ageing or sun-damaged skin
- Lines and wrinkles
- Loss of youthful facial contours – jowls, loss of jawline, tired looking cheeks
- Scarring, acne scarring, stretch marks
- Uneven pigmentation
- Open pores
- Broken capillaries
Cosmetic medicine is not just for the ageing patient – it can be used to enhance facial features such as lips, nose, cheeks, chin and jawline. It can also protect, maintain, and enhance younger skin.
Cosmetic nurses may also undertake treatments for indications of the body:
- Unwanted hair/hair loss
- Unwanted fat
- Unsightly leg veins
- Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis)
Treatments provided by cosmetic nurses include the following (a non-exhaustive list):
- Dermal fillers
- Botulinum toxins
- Medical needling
- Chemical peels
- Cosmeceutical and prescription skin care
- Laser, Intense Pulsed Light, radiofrequency and ultra sound
- Medical microdermabrasion
- Platelet Rich Plasma
- PRP-Shots for men and women
- Threads and mono threads
Who can perform injectable treatments such as Botulinum Toxin and Dermal Fillers?
Only registered nurses with appropriate oversight from a doctor – preferably a plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or NZSCM doctor. Registered doctors can also perform treatments.
Can you explain what CANN is?
The Cosmetic Appearance Nurses of New Zealand – CANN – is New Zealand’s first, and only, network for nursing professionals involved in cosmetic appearance treatments. CANN members share information, knowledge, skills and training to ensure we follow “best standard practices” for our clients.
Why then should consumers go to a CANN nurse for cosmetic treatments?
Cosmetic appearance treatments are becoming more and more common in New Zealand, as they become more affordable, safer, and more socially accepted. This means demand for safe, effective, and affordable cosmetic procedures is increasing at a rapid pace. In general, the more experienced and skilled your nurse is, the better the results.
Choosing a cosmetic appearance nurse who is an accredited member of CANN means the consumer can be confident that they are in safe and competent hands. CANN nurses also only use products that have been approved by a regulatory body such as Medsafe, TGA or FDA.