Men at Papillon

We speak a lot about women’s health on here, but men are just as important at Papillon. Guys you can take advantage of our wrinkle, laser and hair rejuvenation treatments just like the ladies do. Don’t worry guys, you wont feel too high maintenance or feel uncomfortable in the waiting room. You will be in a medical setting, with experienced medical doctors who have trained specifically to help you feel and look your best. Prepare yourself to experience the best medi spa in Calgary and Okotoks

Hormone health for men also plays a critical role in maintaining both physical and mental health, specifically testosterone. From it’s peak in the late teens and early 20’s, the production of testosterone tapers off steadily from the age of 35. This physiologic decrease can cause changes in sexual function, mood, energy level and body composition. This change in male hormone levels is known as andropause. Some of the symptoms associated with decreased testosterone production in the male body are:

– Decreased erectile function
– Decreased mental ability
– Insulin resistance
– Loss of muscle strength
– Loss of muscle mass
– Less energy
– Weight gain
– Trouble urinating
– Prostate problems
– Bone loss

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should speak with our functional medicine doctor who can test and help treat this condition. This does not have to be your new normal. Stress management, regular exercise, healthy nutrition, dietary supplements and hormone supplementation have all been shown to raise androgen levels in men and help counter andropausal symptoms.

While testosterone is thought of as “the” male hormone, it is also important to maintain appropriate levels of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA and cortisol. The imbalance of testosterone in relation to estrogen may contribute to prostate problems. If the adrenal system is out of balance, men may also experience problems with nervous and immune systems and may develop blood sugar irregularities. As you can tell, maintaining a health adrenal function is also essential to aging well.

Initial salivary testing and follow-up monitoring are crucial at Papillon. Salivary testing done here is advantageous over other testing mediums because it allows us to assess your bioavailable hormone levels – what is actually available for use by the body. Because of the complexity of the hormone system, issues that arise rarely stem from just one hormone. If there is a disruption in the balance of hormones produced by one gland, it can cause other glandular systems to participate and throw off the body’s entire system.

The Comprehensive Hormone Panel is an excellent starting place for evaluating hormone functioning in the body. This panel measures both reproductive (sex) and adrenal hormones. The Comprehensive Panel Test will test the following hormones:

– Testosterone
– Estradiol
– Progesterone
– DHEA
– Cortisol (4 times during the day)

Remember optimal hormone balance can help you gain muscle mass/strength, maintain a healthy libido, feel more energetic and help men maintain a healthy prostate gland. We want to help guys look and feel better from the inside out too.

World Melanoma Day

“Melanoma should not kill anyone” – Dr. Bernard Ackerman, Prominent American Dermatopathologist.

As a general practitioner with an interest in dermatology. I feel that some of the primary care level dermatology is of utmost importance. One such a topic that I would like to emphasize is screening for skin cancer, and specifically the deadliest skin cancer, namely Malignant Melanoma.

World Melanoma day is today, the 8th of May 2018. This day was specifically allocated to help to increase the awareness among patients and their family members of the early detection of Malignant Melanoma, as this cancer, when detected early can have a 5 year survival rate of 97%, however when this cancer is left to grow the survival rate significantly declines. As patients of Papillon Medical Dermatology Laser Centre most of you are already aware of the importance of regular self examination and the importance of bringing these lesions to the attention of your treating physician. Please also keep an eye for any suspicious lesions on your loved ones. I recently had a gentlemen who was “saved” by his wife and daughter who advised him to come in for a suspicious mole on his back.

Primary prevention is of utmost importance with sun protection in general, avoidance of tanning beds and avoidance of midday sun as a few important measures. A quick reminder for how to assess your moles can easily be remembered with the ABCDE rule. A is for asymmetry; B is for Border irregularities; C is for Colour changes; D is for diameter( Larger than 6mm) and E is for Evolution or changes that may be noted.

If you have any concerns regarding any of your moles you can come in for review with one of our physicians. Both of our Calgary and Okotoks locations offer skin cancer screening services.

With patients and physicians working together we may achieve a future where no one dies of Malignant Melanoma, just as Dr Bernard Ackerman envisioned.

By Dr. Jurie J Fourie, MB ChB

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
-Fatigue
-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.

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

Diabetes
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.

Insomnia
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.

Burnout
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.

 

Fraxel Laser Treatments

Beam me up!

Most of us wish we could slow down the effects aging has on our looks – and maybe even get a few years back in the process. Fraxel® is proven laser technology that can help reverse the visible effects of aging, naturally helping you look as young as you feel. With Fraxel®, change isn’t drastic or scary – it’s you, just younger. Non-invasive, clinically proven to be safe, easily managed into your routine.

This treatment provides real change you just can’t get from lotions and creams. The treatment is simple, effective and really reverses signs of aging by revealing a fresh new layer of skin, and removing damaged cells in the process.

Our glowing aesthetician Rene (she must do this treatment too right?) talks you through the whole process and is known for her caring manner and to personally follow up with clients. Fraxel® works by causing controlled micro-injury to the skin and then the magic happens during the repair process. You’re making tiny micro-thermal zones and those areas are then stimulating new collagen production. Say hello to a fresh, clean and glowing complexion.

Fraxel® treatments are great for fine lines, wrinkles, surface scarring, pigmentation, sun damage and actinic keratosis. Expect improvements in your face’s texture, acne scars, a reduced pore size and lightened age/brown spots. Treatment can take place on your face, neck, chest and hands. The treatment is best done well before summer as it may make you more sensitive to the sun, especially right after the facial. So make sure to book your appointments before you dig out those flip flops.

Fraxel® laser treatments are usually done in a series of less intense treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. You will start to see the amazing improvements and that #papillonglow around 1-3 months after your first laser.

At Papillon we love the Fraxel because of its undeniable results, maximum skin improvement, minimal discomfort, all while allowing our patients to return quickly to their daily activities.

 

Check out this great before and after!