The New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM) is the recognised "gold standard" for Cosmetic Medicine in New Zealand.
NZSCM offers a 2-year postgraduate diploma for doctors wishing to work in this field. NZSCM also has an annual conference with international experts, ensuring that our members are up to date with the latest global trends.
The field of cosmetic medicine is rapidly expanding internationally as the demand for safe, effective and affordable cosmetic procedures increases. In general, techniques are becoming more complex requiring a greater level of skill by the practitioner. Furthermore some of the products available now are not well tested for either safety or effectiveness
By choosing a cosmetic medicine physician who is a member of NZSCM the consumer can be confident that they are in safe and competent hands. NZSCM only endorses products that have been clinically proven to be safe, effective and fully registered by a regulatory body such as Medsafe, TGA or FDA.
All doctors belonging to NZSCM have achieved a Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine, ensuring they have reached the highest level of competence in this field.This training is the only training offered within New Zealand to doctors within this field of medicine.
It is not possible to just "join" NZSCM. Our training is post graduate so a doctor must firstly have fully qualified and may then apply to NZSCM to undertake the 2-year Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine. The diploma course involves training workshops, lectures, and written and practical examinations. Once a doctor passes the training programme they become Member of NZSCM - MNZSCM.
A Member is assessed every 3 years to ensure that they are continually practicing within the standards and guidelines of NZSCM and maintain their accreditation. Each year our doctors have to prove that they are involved in continual medical education by submitting a return of their activity in this area of medical practice.
In cosmetic medicine as in cosmetic surgery there are no absolute guarantees regarding outcomes. However by choosing an NZSCM doctor the consumer can be confident an extremely well trained and competent practitioner using safe and effective products is treating them. Prior to having a treatment the consumer will be made fully aware of the any possible side effects, the details of the procedure and what they can realistically expect as far as results go. In this way the consumer will be fully informed before deciding on a treatment option.