Meet Kaylie Harrison – Ivy Clinic co-director and highly experienced Cosmetic Registered Nurse. She’s our resident injectables guru, one of our co-founding ‘Mothers’, and a generally busy, productive person. Luckily, she’s absolutely lovely with it, and took time out of her full schedule to answer our 10 questions in 10 minutes.
How long have you been nursing for and cosmetic nursing for?
Nursing, I graduated in 2000 so a-a-a-ages ago ha ha. Cosmetic Nursing, I started in 2016. What made you choose this career path? Well, I have a real passion for caring for people – which I managed to fulfil through doing hospital nursing for 15 years. But being a Cosmetic Registered Nurse means I can care for people, while also creating a clinic environment that makes people feel happy and welcomed.
What aspect of cosmetic nursing do you like the most?
And client relationships, which develop over years: I am still seeing some people that I started treating in my first year of working in the industry. I love seeing the inner confidence that grows more and more over time, when clients get results they’re happy with.
What aspect of cosmetic nursing do you least like?
Unrealistic and unattainable looks that are portrayed in the media, that make some people feel insecure about their own unique beauty. I know that could sound confusing but I like to help people preserve and maintain their own natural beauty. Not change the way they look to try and look like someone who has been photo shopped.
Any unexpected surprises you've experienced in the job?
How much I love it!! I have always been quite natural in my own appearance, so wasn't even sure myself if I would like working in this industry. Then I realised there are treatments that offer lovely subtle results, and guarantee to start softening a line or two. It feels good to make people feel good!
How do you manage being a director, injector, and mum?
I’m not sure, ha ha ha... with lots of help from my lovely husband, work wife (Ebony), family and friends. You also need to recognise when you're not coping and see what's out of balance and needs some tweaking. I think we’re all a work in progress.
What is your favourite treatment to do on clients?
I love the guaranteed results clients get with Botulinum toxins, from low downtime and low risk. It’s so good to see the fresh look when the Botulinum toxin kicks in – which takes a few days to a week to show the full effect.
What are your top tips when choosing an injector?
If going somewhere new, do your research, ask around. Book a consultation before you actually go ahead with treatment and see if you like the person and feel safe in their care. They are medical treatments and that deserves respect. You should be seeing a safe and skilled injector who can provide you with proper follow-up care.
Any advice for people who might be hesitant/scared/unsure of injectables?
If you're interested but not sure, then just go for a consultation to discuss things. A good injector should be able to provide you with good education and answer all your questions with no obligations or hard sell.
And lastly, like to spill the tea on your favourite Ivy Clinic treatments?
Again, in terms of bang for buck, a touch of strategically placed Botox. I also love a 50-minute Luxe Deluxe facial with one of our experienced skin therapists to help me unwind. Those facial massages are absolute magic!
Book a zero-obligation Appearance Medicine Consultation with Kaylie or another highly trained Ivy Clinic Cosmetic RN.
BOTOX® PRODUCT INFORMATION
BOTOX® is a Prescription Medicine containing 100 units of clostridium botulinum Type A toxin complex for injection. It is used for the treatment of severe frown lines of the face. It should be administered only by trained medical professionals. Botox has risks and benefits. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuromuscular transmission disorders, presence of infection at site of injection, glaucoma, pregnancy and lactation. Possible side effects include headaches, pain, burning or redness at injection site, local muscle weakness including drooping eyelids, lack of feeling and nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Note Botox treatment lasts about 4 months and after this time further courses of treatment could be necessary. Speak to your medical practitioner about your own situation. For more information read the Consumer Medicine Information for these products available at www.medsafe.govt.nz