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Welcome to the New and Improved Skin Institute Dunedin
Skin Institute
January 26, 2015

The Skin Institute’s new, improved Dunedin clinic is off to a flying start. From offering just a varicose vein service up until the beginning of this year, the Skin Institute has invested in new purpose-designed premises at 7A York Place in the central city. The clinic now offers a full range of skin cancer checks and surgery, appearance medicine treatments and beauty treatments, as well as the continued vein treatments and surgery.

The man leading the new clinic, Dr Hans Raetz, is the founder of the first appearance medicine clinic in Otago and Southland – and he says the Skin Institute is responding to what its Dunedin customers have been asking for.

“We had so many requests for appearance medicine services, so we wanted to provide a much broader service,” he says. “We’ve also had a steady stream of skin checks and skin cancer checks. Originally we decided the clinic wouldn’t offer them, but there’s so much demand that we decided we would run a trial. Now I think we will train someone up to take over from me because there’s been such a demand.”

Dr Raetz travels the 3 ½ hours down from Queenstown once a month to carry out surgery and Suzy Aitken, who is Clinic Manager at Queenstown, does the same journey for the appearance medicine services such as Botox® and Fillers.

Dr Raetz says the appearance work is so successful he’s already looking to recruit an appearance medicine nurse to be able to work three days a week in the new premises. “We have got a full theatre service set up in Dunedin now with a theatre nurse and phlebologist Dr James McCormick from the local hospital for the vein work, so we spend one day a week just doing surgery,” Dr Raetz says.

“It’s definitely on a growth burst from the day we started in the new building. In a month and a half we’ve easily done what we used to do in three months – and that’s just from opening the doors.”

As well as the skin cancer services and appearance medicine, new Beauty Therapist, Juliet Hanifin is also attracting customers for her treatments, which includes micro skin peels, facials and microdermabrasion.

Moving into a new building has also meant the team has been able to build a theatre and clinic specifically tailored to their requirements. The clinic will gain DAA day stay surgery accreditation from May.

The Skin Institute is an Affiliated Provider to Southern Cross Health Society, for selected vein treatments where medical necessity criteria apply. The Skin Institute will process prior approval requests and claims directly for Southern Cross members.

The Skin Institute’s York Place clinic in Dunedin also offers parking for customers and, because it’s just off the Octagon in the centre of the city, is easy to reach if you’ve headed into the CBD for a spot of shopping. “The door is always open for people to just walk in off the street – which they seem to be doing a lot already! It’s a high-visibility clinic which will make all the difference in Dunedin.”


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 and associ- ated “crows feet” around the eyes. It should be administered by trained medical professionals. Talk to your specialist about the benefits/risks of this procedure in appearance medicine. Cautions: people with defective neuro-muscular 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 eye lids, lack of feeling & nausea. If you have side effects or concerns speak to your doctor. A charge applies. Allergan Pharmaceuticals, Auckland.”“Note: Botox® treatment lasts about four months and after this time further courses of treatment may be necessary. Speak to your specialist about your own situation”.

For more information on Dunedin’s Skin Institute clinic visit the website, call (03) 477 7151 or drop in at 7A York Place, by the big St John Ambulance Building.

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