Vaginal Rejuvenation

It’s no secret that having a baby can stretch things out below the waist. We get it and are so excited to offer vaginal lasering in Calgary. Ladies, ever wish you could hit that trampoline park with your kiddos without needing to bring a spare pair of pants? Or wish you could get through an episode of Saturday Night Live without a quick dash to the bathroom. Or even that stop the need to cross your legs before a cough or sneeze? We love our kids, but boy they can do a number on our body. When Kegals aren’t quite enough and the idea of a surgical bed sounds scary, we have this amazing treatment at Papillon to help. We offer an amazing treatment called IntimaLase ™, a non-surgical laser treatment for stress urinary incontinence, vaginal relaxation syndrome and vaginal atrophy.

The laser has a photo thermal heating effect on collagen in both the vaginal walls and the urethra, which causes the restructuring and regrowth of the collagen. This results in thickening and tightening of the vaginal walls and urethra to improve atrophy and prevent urine loss, restore tone to tissue, increase blood flow and even (woo hoo) enhance sexual pleasure.

This simple, non-surgical, 15-minute in-office procedure is highly effective, pain free and safe. A special attachment, similar to a speculum as used during a pap test is inserted into the vagina, during which the entire vaginal region is treated with short laser pulses through a small hand piece. Usually you will feel just a bit of pressure and we recommend you get lasered at lease three times spaced 4-6 weeks apart and have a “touch up” session after a year.

Have confidence that our doctors and nurses will take amazing care of you and the effectiveness of this procedure speaks for itself.

94% of women reported that urinary incontinence improved significantly after 120 days and 68% were completely free of UI.

95% of women indicated they experienced a more than moderate level of vaginal tightening.

We are holding an informative (and FUN) women’s health session at both of our Papillon clinics in the upcoming weeks. We will speak about and feature this amazing procedure and hormone restoration health. Learn if this procedure is right for you and how hormones are directly related to wellness, performance and your very own vitality. You will be greeted with appetizers from the amazing chef Michael Christen, valuable attendee only discounts, gift bags and door prizes. We cant wait to see you!

To sign up please call the appropriate clinic or email [email protected]

Okotoks Womens Health Session
May 29, 2018

Calgary Womens Health Session
June 11, 2018


What you didn’t know about Botox

Neuromodulator injections (commonly known as Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) are one of the most common procedures here at Papillon. We think you will find the best Botox injectors in Calgary right here at Papillon. Each year, hundreds of thousands of women and men around the globe pay a visit to their dermatologist and go under the needle in the name of smooth, wrinkle-less skin. We all seem to understand the basics of the treatment; a quick tiny injection into the muscle that effectively blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles. That injected muscle can no longer contract, which causes that annoying wrinkle to relax and soften, and also prevents new ones from forming. Most of us know this magic of Botox, but there are still quite a few little tricks about this now-commonplace procedure. Below are 6 little-known facts about Botox:

1) It was first used medically

Botulinum toxin was first used as a medical treatment for strabismus (a muscle-related eye condition) in the 1970’s and 80’s. Not long after, it was discovered that it also helped treat face and neck spasms, among other medical conditions.

2) The numerous applications for Botox

It can be used to decrease sweating (scalp, armpit, hands, even under the butt), correct a droopy nasal tip, fix brow asymmetry, minimize bunny lines from nose wrinkling, decrease skin oiliness, and it can even be placed in the jaw to improve the contour of the face and decrease teeth grinding.

3) Bad Botox is common

A week hardly goes by where our clinic doesn’t see a patient with a bad Botox job. Why so many you ask? Well, people are getting it done by inexperienced, often unlicensed, practitioners who don’t know the shape of the face and how to correctly administer the toxin. Botox is so common now these days that you can even get it done at some gyms, spas, stores or even at home parties. Make sure you know how old the product is, what it is mixed with and whether the injector knows what he/she is doing. We suggest getting it done by a certified physician here at Papillon.

4) Brotox

Men are joining in on all the Botox fun, and in a big way. “Brotox” treatments are up 337% since 2000. Blame it on social media, a highly competitive job market or a more relaxed social psyche, but men are coming into the clinic in increasing numbers. Were loving this new generation of men that are embracing the fact that caring about how you look doesn’t make you “fussy” or any less manly.

5) The Way We Use It Has Changed

Gone are the days of that frozen celebrity look, we make sure that when we inject Botox, we are completely versatile and use minimal amounts. We are avoiding the paralysis, no movement look, but working more with a smaller amount when we are relaxing the muscle. At Papillon, we encourage a 2-week follow up where we can examine the movement and symmetry of the injections.

6) It’s Universal

Unlike many resurfacing treatments or surgical procedures, Botox injections when done correctly can be done on all skin tones. Men, women, Caucasian, African American, Asian, Indian are all demographics that can enjoy the benefits of Botox.

All in all we love this treatment at Papillon and offer a free consultation to anyone thinking of trying the procedure or maintaining what they have. Papillon is where you will find the most experienced, trusted and skilled injectors in Calgary and Okotoks.  Unlike anywhere else in Calgary, we offer a membership program with our injectables that will get you a discount on other treatments at the clinic too. Inquire today with our friendly front line staff or book an appointment to talk with one of our trusted physicians.

Benefits of Mineral Makeup

Mineral make up has never been so creative, luxe, innovative and sought after, and all for good reason. Not only are the formulations some of the most desirable, but the skin-boosting side effects are better than ever. Before, mineral make up used to be quite heavy on the skin and hard to work with, but so much of that has changed. Our clinic offers Jane Iredale cosmetics, a brand that has truly redefined mineral makeup. This line has so many colours, a light, beautiful texture, is easy to work with and great for your skin. Jane started in TV and film, where she noticed the effects of cosmetic makeup on skin and knew an alternative had to be found. Her line is so gentle that it is recommended by our dermatologists post office procedures. Mineral make up really does go a lot further, and the more you wear it, the better your skin gets.  So why wouldn’t you want to switch it up? To explore mineral make up a little deeper here is what our aesthetician Rene has to say about it.

Cosmetic Makeup

Cosmetic makeup is often comedogenic, meaning that it can clog pores. Clogged pores cause open comedones (blackheads), closed comedones (whiteheads) and other forms of congestion. Considering this is the type of thing you’re trying to avoid or cover up, this kind of make up is not ideal. You’re just feeding the pores some nasty stuff. This is especially true of thicker formulations, even if they call themselves non-comedogenic. Remember that this not only true to base makeup like foundation and concealer, it also applies to every other type of make up such as blush, eye shadow and bronzer. Cosmetic powders can contain a lot of talc, a super drying mineral. When you dry out the skin, pores over-produce oil to compensate. More oil can lead to more breakouts and more even more oiliness. So talc can be a bit reductive as far as ingredients go. If this is not convincing enough on why you should switch to minerals, I don’t know what is.

Why Mineral Makeup is Beneficial

Due to its molecular composition, mineral makeup amazingly sits on right on top of the pore. And an unclogged pore is a happy pore. Mineral makeup still reduces visibility of pores and blemishes , but does so without intruding on your skin and disrupting it’s natural mechanisms of protection. Minerals (for example, zinc, mica, titanium) are not corrosive to the skin, even in their makeup-safe forms of zinc oxide, zinc mica and titanium dioxide. They respect the skin and do not dry it out. As an added bonus, both titanium oxide and zinc oxide, the two ingredients commonly found in mineral makeup products act as a physical block from sun damage. I’m not saying to skip applying SPF altogether, but it is nice to think of it as a safety net to double protect you against those rays. So come down and see us to test these beautiful products out.

The Silent Killer

Isn’t it unfortunate that in our society we almost brag about how busy, tired and overwhelmed we are? With that said, now take a minute and ask yourself if you suffer from any of the following:

-Sleepless nights
-Anxiety or irritability
-Low mood
-Muscle or back pain
-Feeling overwhelmed
-Ongoing infections (such as cold or flu)
-Upset stomach or heartburn
-Feeling “burned out”
-Headaches or migraines
-Hormonal imbalances
-Stress-eating patterns
-The need to smoke or drink in order to cope

Stress is essential for survival. The chemicals it triggers help us cope with difficulty, but how much stress is too much and affecting to our health. Many of us are driven to attain that next promotion, a bigger house, fancier car and basically living our lives running on empty. The pressures and demands of daily life can start to take a toll. Slowly and silently, chronic stress can deteriorate our health, from weakening the immune system to increasing the risk of heart attack. The harmful effects of chronic stress often go unnoticed until they manifest in mental or physical burnout, compromised health and disease. This “silent killer” is no joke, below are some of the detrimental conditions that chronic stress may lead to


Depression and Anxiety
Chronic stress is connected to an increased rate of depression and anxiety. Research examining stress (specifically, occupational stress) indicates low reward and job insecurity as major factors for depressive disorder.

Heart Disease
Stressed out individuals have an increased risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

Stress can worsen asthma, even possibly affecting ones own children. Research indicates parental stress may increase the risk of children developing asthma.

Stress increases the likelihood of unhealthy behaviours, such as excessive eating, alcohol abuse and lack of exercise. Stress also raises blood sugar and prevents the release of insulin in those with type 2 diabetes.

Gastrointestinal Problems
Heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Stomach Ulcers can all be caused by too much stress. Stress can even disrupt the micro flora balance in the gut, which is crucial to immune and gastrointestinal health.

Accelerated Aging
Oxidative stress and inflammation, the result of long term chronic stress, accelerate the aging process by shortening telomeres, the protective end caps of DNA strands. As telomeres become shorter, their structural integrity weakens, causing cells to age faster and die younger.

Stress raises levels of the hormone cortisol, which, if elevated in the evening, can contribute to frequent waking and poor sleep quality. Poor sleep decreases the ability to cope with stress during the day, leading to a vicious cycle of compromised sleep.

Chronic stress contributes to imbalances of the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA. Imbalances in these hormones can contribute to fatigue, reduced mental clarity and compromised health.


At Papillon we want to help you live your best life possible. We preach the importance of taking care of your whole self: mind, body and soul.

The good news is several lifestyle modifications and natural solutions are available to help you regain control and reverse the effects of stress. It is a relief to know that chronic stress does not have to be a part of your daily life. Our doctors will work with you to help identify key triggers and symptoms in your life. We may begin by testing levels of your body’s stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA in order to identify how your body adapts to stress. Then following an assessment of your specific needs, a comprehensive program will be developed to help you recover. The ARK stress recovery program may include nutrition, supplements, exercise, sleep and tools all to work together to reduce your stress.

We want to hear and understand your story and become a part of your journey to your best self. Our functional medicine doctors cant wait to meet you.


Glowing Skin and Dairy

Happy Monday beauties, we hope you enjoy our new site as much as we do. As a dermatology clinic that works with functional medicine, we believe that we need to work together with our diets to get that beautiful glow from within. So many people spend a lot of time and money on what they put on their skin, but maybe we should all start thinking more about what we put into our body as well.

For example, is acne troubling you? Milk products might not be doing your skin any favours. Some experts (including the American Academy of Dermatology) believe there is a connection between milk products and clear, glowing skin. In short, the correlation seems to be related with the hormone levels in dairy that leads to inflammation, aging and acne.

As someone who loves herself a good latte, this is a tough one for me. But after some research and taste trials, there are still lots of yummy dairy free alternatives. So my fellow latte lovers, don’t fret you can still enjoy your daily cup of heaven with the alternatives suggested below. Just make sure you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D elsewhere in your diet.

Here are a few dairy alternatives our nutritionist loves:

Milk Alternatives-

  • Nut or seed milks
    • Almond, cashew, hemp, or sunflower milks are common. If you are making them at home you can make them from any nut variety you choose!
    • If you buy this from the store make sure to buy the unsweetened variety.
  • Coconut milk
  • Full-fat (canned) coconut milk is a great alternative for coffee creamer. Buy the canned coconut milk, and blend it up to mix the separated parts. Then store in the fridge!
  • Avoid soymilk. It is extremely contaminated with chemicals and pesticides from the way it is manufactured. It has the ability to disrupt your endocrine system as well with mega doses of chemical estrogens.

Yogurt Alternatives-

  • Coconut milk (from a can)
    • Throw it in a blender for a few seconds to make it frothy.
    • Put can in the fridge and the cream will thicken.
  • Homemade nut milk can be made thicker by adding less water to be added to granolas for extra texture.
  • Coconut yogurt can be bought from health food stores.
    • Purchase the unsweetened kind.
    • If you need, sweeten it yourself with a small amount of honey, or fruit topped on it.
  • Making a Chia / Oat pudding can act as a great yogurt replacement.

Cheese Alternatives-

  • If it is not an allergy:
    • Goat cheese is a better option
    • Unpasteurized raw cheese
  • If it is an allergy or elimination
    • Try Cashew cheese – Great brands are: Kite hill, Spread-em, Myokos
  • Nutritional yeast can be used in sauces to get a “cheesy” flavour.
  • Check out “This Cheese is Nuts” Recipe Book
  • Parmesan Cheese – blend sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds + nutritional yeast.
  • Blended cashews or avocados into “pasta” sauce to give it a creamy texture.
  • Mac and Cheese: Butternut squash and rosemary and coconut milk as a sauce.

Examples of what to switch to in snacks

  • Cheese and crackers: avocado or nut butter smashed onto whole grain crackers.
  • Vegetables sticks with turmeric or babaganoosh (eggplant) dip .
  • Cheese in salads: try adding nuts, seeds, and tahini garlic olive oil dressings for increased flavour! These flavours and fats will satisfy what you’re looking for. Or add some cashew cheese!
  • Cream cheese spreads: use tahini or hummus instead. Or check out the recipe book above, or brands suggested.
  • Add flavour in new ways with hummus spreads, sprouts or pesto.