In a world where cosmetic injectables have become increasingly popular, it can be hard to know who to trust with your aesthetic adjustments. Remix recently sat down with Aly from Ellis & Jones - a boutique aesthetic medicine and skin therapy clinic to chat about what sets this team apart from the rest. Aly has a waitlist of high-end clients, some of whom fly from far and wide across the country to see her, and with her strong social media presence, it’s not hard to see why she is one of the most sought-after in the industry.
Could you please tell us a bit about Ellis & Jones?
Ellis & Jones, founded by Aly & Shea, registered nurses, with a combined ten years of experience in the aesthetic medicine industry, is a unique clinic specialising in cosmetic injectables and medi-aesthetic skin therapy. At Ellis & Jones we celebrate our clients' individual journeys. Treatments are tailored in collaboration with the client to achieve their desired result - no packages or one-size-fits-all approach around here!
What sets you aside from others in the industry?
Non-surgical rejuvenation treatments have soared in popularity over the past few decades. The use of Botox and dermal fillers are widely performed and choosing the right injector can be tough. While experience, eye for detail and skill are all essential factors, it takes ethical and moral principles to provide excellence as a cosmetic injector. I have a specific focus on balance when it comes to my clients and consults, listening to and interpreting my client's needs, then elevating the entire experience to a bespoke and individualised treatment. Through a client-focused consultation, I am able to target an in-depth plan for my clients who know they will never receive the cookie cutter approach from myself or within the Ellis and Jones collective.
What are the most popular treatment areas?
Traditionally I would say that Botox and lip filler have been at the top of my requests but a shift in interest has seen a rise in popularity for lower face rejuvenation. These areas are used to balance proportions in the face to minimise shadowing and create a natural, refreshed appearance. Advanced experience and knowledge are essential to create full face harmony and avoid harsh angles.
What are the most common concerns among your clients?
Common concerns range from mild to moderate anatomical changes in the face described by clients as sagging, fine lines and loss of volume. These concerns are completely normal and can be targeted with a range of treatments on offer. Biggest concern for those who are unsure is the fear of looking overdone when in fact most of the time, less is more. Far more people have had cosmetic work than you realise - you don’t notice the ones who leave the clinic looking natural. These are the best results, undetectable and imperceptible. A more noticeable enhancement can indeed work for the right person and I do truly believe that injector experience is reflected in the ability to identify when not to cross those lines for an individual. Cheaper treatment in most cases is associated with less experience and skill, as the saying goes, you pay for what you get.
What would your advice be to someone on the fence about cosmetic injectable treatments?
The first step is an initial consultation, which is a friendly chat, no obligation, and an introduction to options. This is where you receive all the information and educational advice targeted towards the concerns you present. There is usually a range of options with varying price points with Botox starting at 120 dollars. My best advice is to find an injector that you trust and stick with them through the process so you get a continuously high level of care, jumping from injector to injector means you are no longer getting consistent results. The thing with Botox and fillers is that they can be gradual, you can start relatively light and add more if you are comfortable doing so.
What are some new treatments and approaches you are bringing into NZ?
Shea and I are two highly sought after injectors who have branded together in collaboration as Ellis & Jones, which means our clinics are operated by medical professionals and not corporately owned. Our boutique spaces are meticulously designed for luxury and provide an elevated experience from end to end. We currently have 4 locations with the intent to open more where you will be able to see Shea or I in all of those spaces. Our brand is not interested in fads and trends within the beauty industry, we will only provide treatments that are scientifically proven to have results. With the addition of our experienced skin therapists and medi-aesthetic skincare ranges, ongoing treatment plans can be designed so treatments are complementary of each other for the individual.
You have a large Social Media following, how did you build up your social media presence?
Until recently there has not been a huge social media presence for injectors in New Zealand. I saw a gap in the market and loved the way international practitioners could engage with their clients and build trust with future clients. I was the first injector in New Zealand to make a large impact on social media with a steady organic growth. It is a space that I use largely for education, I regularly make use of Q+As as many people have the same questions. Social media has added a whole new level of care and has allowed me to be more accessible to my clients. It is a space that connects a face to the brand and empowers those who are nervous to walk into a clinic to reach out. Over the past five years, I have accumulated over 23,000 followers and it has inspired other New Zealand injectors to follow my lead.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
If you are interested in injectable treatments and do not know where to start or what is right for you, book in at one of Ellis & Jones’ four locations for a friendly consultation, Injectable treatments do not need to be scary. We have your best interests at heart and strive to make you feel good about yourself with minimal invasiveness.
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