Choose How You Age

As 2018 ends, we have thought a lot about the statement, Choose How You Age. Dr. Stella came up with this motto after one of our staff training sessions. We all agree, there really isn’t a better way to describe what we do here at Papillon Medical!

Helping our patients take as much control over their own health as possible is our goal and our drive. This statement has many levels of meaning. We want to get to the root cause of your health issues and help you feel your very best. It’s also important for us to help our patients look as good as they feel, and our complete aesthetics packages and services do just that. This combination of inner health and outward beauty is absolutely empowering.

Better health is always at the top of the list when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. Often times what keeps people from reaching their health goals is an underlying issue beyond their immediate control. Having a medical check-up before you begin any health or lifestyle change can make all the difference. Do you know your vitamin levels? Are you deficient in iron? Do you have a hormone imbalance? These are all questions we tackle that will put you on the way to feeling your very best.

If your outward appearance doesn’t reflect your inner self, Dr. Stella’s techniques with fillers and Dysport have helped thousands of women. She is skilled at injections and knows how to give you a natural look that you will love.

Focusing on inner health and outward beauty has made 2018 an eventful year for all of us at Papillon. As we begin a new chapter, we are very much looking forward to all the excitement that lies ahead. Our New Year’s resolution is simple; we want to help you Choose How You Age.

A Papillon Christmas

It’s December! As the holiday season is upon us and the 2018 ends, we are truly touched by all the many milestones we have reached together this year. Many of you had made some very brave lifestyle changes, you have decided to control how you age, and you have taken that important step and decided to ask one of our doctors about a health concern you’ve been avoiding. It has been a privilege to have been a part of your journey to better health. It’s amazing how all these little steps can add up to big changes.

One thing that is still the same at Papillon, is Dr. Stella’s commitment to our local community.

Once again, she has partnered with “The Magic of Christmas,” a local charity who has been spreading holiday cheer for over thirty years! Our offices have been filling up with your toy and clothing donations and it has really put us all in the Christmas spirit!

Every Christmas season transit buses are filled with donations of toys and clothing, like those received at Papillon. With a full sleigh, Santa and his elves do the rest! Deserving families in Okotoks, Black Diamond, Turner Valley and High River receive donations of clothing, toys and gift cards just in time for Christmas. Santa and his helpers also make a special stop at many senior’s homes and hospitals in the area. Hundreds of families in the Foothills will now have a much brighter Christmas thanks to the many generous donations we have received.

To say thank you, Dr. Stella is also giving everyone who donated a chance to win over $1,000 in treatments or products. We will be drawing three winners before December 20th and we can’t wait to surprise our three lucky winners with an early Christmas present!

Having our Papillon clinics in such strong communities like Calgary and Okotoks has given us all so many amazing opportunities to really be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

Getting to know so many of you and the true feeling of friendship and family in this area is especially evident this time of year.

We could not have tackled this important task without you! Thanks so much for being a part of our family and for remembering what this season truly means. We have loved being a part of “The Magic of Christmas.” We couldn’t think of a better way to show this amazing community just how much we all care.

How to Keep Your Skin Moisturized in the Fall

Cool crisp air is one of the signs that fall has arrived, and it doesn’t take very long for the changing season to take a toll on your skin. Seasonal dryness is one of the most common skin irritations andDr. Stella Jansen van Rensburg says keeping your skin healthy during fall and winter will help prevent permanent damage.

“One of the best ways to achieve healthy skin is to make sure it gets the moisture it needs,” Dr. Jansen van Rensburg says. “The skin is the bodies largest organ and taking care of it will help your overall health.”

Dr. Jansen van Rensburg says these few key steps will help the skin stay hydrated during the colder months.

  • Exfoliate with a soft brush or gentle scrub to get rid of dry patches. Once dead skin cells are removed, a moisturizer will more fully hydrate the skin. Exfoliation also increases blood circulation which enhances the skins ability to recover from dryness. It also helps unclog pores where oil and dirt are trapped under the surface of the skin. Open pores will absorb moisturizer better than closed ones.
  • Use warm water to wash your face. Hot water makes the outer layers of the skin swell and make it more resistant to moisturizer. On the other side, cold water can help temporarily reduce swelling, but it is not the best choice for daily use. Contrary to popular belief, water temperature does not open and close pores. Overall, warm water is the best temperature because it is the least reactive.
  • Moisturize from the inside out with a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy oils are proven to significantly reduce acne and ward off wrinkles. These acids regulate oil production inside the body and help boost hydration.
  • Sleep with a humidifier Moisture evaporates from the air more easily in the fall and the drier air in turn dries out the skin. Because you can’t walk around with a humidifier on your face all day, it’s more practical to use one at night. Sleeping with a humidifier will restore moisture back in the air and help your skin soak in your moisturizer more effectively.
  • Moisturize day and night but with different products. Your daytime moisturizer should help protect and hydrate your skin. Even though the UV exposure is less in the fall and winter, it’s still important to use a lotion with sunscreen in it. Nighttime is when the corrective work should happen. While you sleep, your moisturizer should help to hydrate and heal your skin. Creams that enhance your skins recovery process and soothe irritated spots are best.

Healthy skin is a reflection of overall wellness. Many skin irritations and rashes can be easily remedied with proper attention and care. If dry patches become infected or spread despite being treated, visit a doctor so the root cause of the issue can be further examined. For Dr. Jansen van Rensburg’s recommended skin care system, click here.

IV Nutrition Therapy

IV Nutrition Therapy is quickly becoming a much talked about treatment in the medical and health communities. This treatment is the fastest and most efficient way to give your body a powerful nutrition boost and the results are immediate. Hospitals have used IV therapies for decades and now, new advances are making it possible to quickly improve overall health and change how people feel.  

“I studied the effectiveness of IV Nutrition Therapy and knew many of my patients would benefit from this treatment,” says Dr. Stella Jansen van Rensburg. “The results have been overwhelmingly positive, and patients are now incorporating it into their health routines.” 

Getting this powerful vitamin cocktail is very straightforward and simple. An IV is inserted into a vein in the arm or hand and a drip of amino acids, minerals, vitamins and antioxidants is directly released into the bloodstream and provides many benefits. 

  • Guaranteed Vitamin Absorption

Certain medications or health issues can affect your body’s ability to absorb the nutrients it needs. By bypassing the digestive system, these vitamins are directly absorbed into the body and the results are immediate. 

  • Energy Boost

People who suffer from depression, anxiety or even those getting over the common cold can use this treatment to restore general health and well-being.

  • Instant Rehydration

The body is 80 percent water and that is because hydration supports all vital organ functions. IV therapy is the most efficient way to rehydrate the body. Preventing kidney stones and constipation are also some of the benefits of staying hydrated.  

  • Preventative Health 

Heading into cold and flu season, IV therapy can be a great way to keep seasonal bugs at bay. Therapeutic doses of many vitamins show great effectiveness in building up immunity and Vitamin C has even been shown to kill cancer cells in high doses. 

  • Fights Effects of Environmental Toxins

Antioxidants in IV Nutrition Therapy help your body fight off early signs of aging by flushing out harmful toxins. Overtime, exposure to everyday environmental chemicals can be harmful and IV Nutrition Therapy can rid the body of many of these damaging chemicals. 

Wart Removal

Warts – and how to treat them often falls into the category of things we secretly google because we are too embarrassed to ask. This unwelcome, yet incredibly common skin condition is something we treat all the time at Papillon Medical. Thankfully, Dr. Reed Hogben operates his Wart Treatment Clinic at our downtown Calgary location, 4 days a week.

Warts are benign (aka not cancerous) growths that take root on the surface of your skin and can be very difficult to remove. It can even be considered a war of wills because of how stubborn they are and that they are caused by a virus that the body must fight off. At Papillon Medical Dermatology Laser Centre, we offer a variety of wart treatments that can safely and effectively remove warts. There is no referral necessary for our specialty wart clinic and an initial assessment can be done in a matter of days.

Now here are some common beliefs about warts and you decide if they are Fact or Fiction?
* * This info applies primarily to warts of the feet and hands.

  1. Warts are a virus
    Fact. A wart is a benign growth of the skin, due to infection with a virus.
  2. Warts are contagious
    Fact. The virus can enter through breaks in the skin’s surface after direct contact with a wart or with recently shed viruses still alive in a warm, moist environment, such as a shower or beside a pool. The time between infection and wart development may be many months. You can reduce your chances of infection by wearing sandals and not biting your nails.
  3. It’s a “Planter’s Wart”
    Fiction. There is no such thing as a planter’s wart, although it could be a plantar wart – the Latin term designating the sole of the foot. A wart on the bottom of the foot is a … plantar wart. Because of the constant pressure of walking, plantar warts are often hard and thick and push against the underlying skin.
  4. Warts have “roots”
    Fiction. HPV has only been found in the two outermost layers of the skin, those that would comprise the “roof” of a typical friction blister. One result of the infection is the widening of the small blood vessels within the wart making them prone to leaking with subsequent clotting. The dark red to black coloured clots are sometimes called roots or “seeds”.
  5. Warts go away on their own
    Partly Fact. Without treatment warts will resolve in about 50% of cases within a year – two-thirds after two years. However, warts that do not resolve frequently enlarge and spread becoming more difficult to treat. New warts are three times more common in those patients with existing warts. Don’t hesitate to call and book at the first onset of the wart.
  6. Warts come from playing with frogs
    Fiction. The virus is named HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) and only infects us. There are over 100 strains, many of which cause warts in different areas of the body. About 7- 10% of our population has warts at any given time. Children and young adults are most susceptible and warts are a little more common in women than men.

Ultimately, it is a patient’s immune system, which will cure their warts, by killing the virus. The wart is like a nest for the virus and the goal of available treatments is to destroy the nest or help your immune system kill the virus or both. Destructive treatments remove part of the “home” of the virus while simultaneously causing an irritation, hoping to stimulate an immune system response. Immunologic treatments help the immune system in some way.

Don’t let your new summer pool souvenir get in the way of your self confidence. Book in for a wart removal assessment with Dr. Hogben to find out your many treatment options.

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
– 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
-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.


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!