Eight Questions You’ve Been Afraid to Ask About Vaginal Rejuvenation

Let’s talk about vaginas. More specifically, we want to get the conversation around Vaginal Rejuvenation started. Whether it’s due to concerns about sexual intimacy or leakage, there’s no reason any woman should feel embarrassed or ashamed to talk about a subject that might impact her enjoyment of day-to-day life. While we always recommend visiting our team for a complimentary consultation, we asked our Functional Medicine RN Tammy Glenn to answer some of the most frequently asked questions about vaginal rejuvenation. 

What exactly is vaginal rejuvenation?

Vaginal rejuvenation is an umbrella term for treatments to help tighten and support the vagina and its structures. It’s typically pursued because of concerns with loss of sexual function as a result of vaginal laxity or for women experiencing stress urinary incontinence. The treatments for these concerns are called IntimaLase and IncontiLase, respectively.

How does it work? 

At Papillon, we use the Fotona Gynecological laser for both IntimaLase and IncontiLase. The laser promotes the building and production of collagen to tighten the inner and outer canal of the vagina. 
It takes about six to eight months for full collagen to be produced in the body.

How many treatments are required?

Most patients typically require just two treatments, each one month apart, followed by maintenance appointments to prolong the effects. In some cases, a patient might require a third treatment before moving on to this maintenance schedule.

How long does vaginal rejuvenation last?

We’re always losing collagen in our bodies, so we advise an annual treatment after the initial two to maintain results.

How long do the treatments take?

Each treatment takes anywhere from 20 minutes to half an hour, at the very most.

Are vaginal rejuvenation treatments painful?

Most people are concerned about pain when they come in for a vaginal rejuvenation treatment; however, it is, in fact, not painful. At most, patients may feel a bit of mild heat towards the end of the treatment. This is generally well tolerated by the body.

Can I get IntimaLase or IncontiLase with an IUD or mesh in?

Yes, you can. This procedure is perfectly safe for a patient with an IUD or mesh. The laser does not go near the cervix at all, so it is very safe.

Are there any contraindications or factors that would prevent me from getting a vaginal rejuvenation treatment?

There are very limited contraindications for this procedure; however, the biggest one would be whether a patient has been taking Accutane for their skin. That is something they would need to have been off of for at least a year before receiving this treatment. 

Have more questions or want to book a complimentary consultation? Give us a call at our Okotoks or Downtown Calgary clinic.

Stampede Recovery

Stampede is full of fun, rides, line dancing, midway food and rodeos. But all great things must come to an end and this week our goal is to help you rest and rejuvenate. From your skin to your nutrition, we have a solution for you to help you feel like yourself again, minus the cowboy boots.

So with all that line dancing over with, it’s time get back to your regular sleep schedule. Your skin naturally rejuvenates as you sleep, so it is vital that you get those Z’s and also cleanse, tone and moisturize every night before bed. The stress hormone Cortisol naturally decreases as we sleep and yes that’s a good thing. When your cortisol levels are low, your skin can regenerate and protect itself again (Shortsleeve, 2016). Too much stampeding can disrupt that cycle and interfere with how well our bodies heal and eventually promote acne breakouts. Also, at high levels, cortisol contributes to the breakdown of collagen. We need collagen to keep our skin hydrated, elastic and strong. Time to hit the sheets and catch up on some sleep.

Now if you still resemble a racoon with dark under eye circles in the morning, we have just the trick for you. Apply a slice of cool cucumber on each eye to take down the swelling (if you don’t have a cucumber on hand, a cold spoon works too). Next, apply Anti-Dark Circle Eye Cream from Alyria. This dark circle eye cream is formulated with HALOXYLTM, AchromaxylTM IS and retinol, in a time release MicroDeliveryTM system. It is clinically proven to significantly reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes and provides an immediate concealing effect. Regular use under the eyes will provide brighter, more uniform and younger-looking skin. PRP and Filler work wonders under the eyes as well, our experts and happy to meet with you and discuss which option is best. Our physician injectors are the best in Calgary and Okotoks.

Our favourite post stampede treatment is Nutritional IV therapy. If Stampede has you feeling run down, tired, or stressed, nutritional IV therapy is the fastest way to restore optimal hydration and nutritional balance in the body. We are able to deliver potent nutrients like Vitamin C&B, antioxidants and minerals directly into the vein which will help your performance, vitality, thinking, sleep and overall health. Each IV therapy mixture is customized, personalized and made for your own health needs. Appointments are relaxing and you wont believe how this rejuvenates you until you try it. We are offering the Meyers cocktail IV for just $125 post stampede, so book in quickly before it’s over. This is the perfect treatment if you have had a few too many Stampede tent beers.

After wearing your cowboy hat for 10 straight days, a HydraFacial is the perfect way to unclog those forehead pores and get that #papillonglow back. The HydraFacial is a non-invasive treatment that combines the benefits of next-level hydradermabrasion, a chemical peel, automated painless extractions (no pinching) and a special delivery of Antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid and Peptides. This facial does it all in one treatment that delivers real results without downtime or irritation.

Lastly, our Functional Medicine doctors want to remind us all to Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate. After a long day on the midway or maybe a few celebratory cheers at the tents, it’s easy to get a little dehydrated during Stampede. Not only is water key to having plump, hydrated skin, but every cell, tissue and organ in our body needs it. We like to spice up our water a bit, by infusing the water with fresh herbs and organic fruit. A few combos we enjoys are

  • Strawberry/Basil
  • Blueberry/Lime
  • Raspberry/Mint
  • Lemon/Cucumber

Until next year Stampede and make sure come and see us at both clinics for a little post-Stampede pampering.


Shortsleeve, K (2016), “What Happens To Your Skin When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep”. Retrieved from https://www.allure.com/story/sleep-and-skin-what-happens

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.

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.


Bone Broth

With cold and flu season in full swing, many of us at Papillon turn to home remedies to kick that cold to the curb. I have memories of my mom making homemade chicken noodle soup when that first chill or throat tickle came on. Something about it is so comforting and it always made me feel better in the end. Well it seems like there is actually some science and truth behind the remedy, but not just for when we are sick. You see bone broth has risen in popularity lately for good reason.

Bone broth is primarily made from simmering animal bones in water with herbs and vegetables. It has been around for centuries and is a part of many cultural diets. But in the last few years, nutritionists and health food nuts have been promoting bone broth for its nutritional properties. It can be a relatively cheap, easy and low calorie way to get some essential nutrients. Now Im not talking rushing off to the grocery store to buy a pack of those little “stock” cubes you see in the soup aisle. Those are usually artificially produced just for flavour and are not necessarily even made from bones. I think the best broth comes from my slow cooker, some beef bones, apple cider vinegar, fresh herbs and some veggies. Essentially you are simmering the bones enough to allow the marrow to be cooked down and the minerals released. Also, if you are a vegetarian there are “Vege” versions of a broth similar to that of a bone one.

According to Charlotte Anderson and Shape magazine, here are a few reasons why you should be jumping on the bone broth train:

  • Its good for your gut – Bone broth has high levels of the amino acid glycine, which aids digestion by increasing production of stomach acid. Another amino acid found in bone broth, Glutamine helps keep the intestinal wall strong and healthy. A strong and healthy tummy prevents a number of autoimmune issues that can be set off by a leaky gut.
  • Protects your joints – Bone broth naturally contains glucosamine and other aliments that keep your joints happy, healthy and pain free.
  • Look younger – Bone broth is a great and plentiful source of collagen, which can help plump our skin, nails and hair. We have always said a glowing complexion starts from within.
  • Immune Support – Mark Sisson, author of The Primal Blueprint, actually calls bone broth a “superfood” thanks to the high concentration of minerals. He says that the bone marrow can help strengthen your immune system (Andersen, 2014).
  • Stronger Bones – Minerals that keep our bones strong such as phosphorus, magnesium and calcium are plentiful in a well made broth.

This trend is not going anywhere and I encourage you to try it yourself with your favourite ingredients. At Papillon we believe, how you feel and look on the outside starts from the inside.

You can drink the broth, use it in your spaghetti sauce or even cook your quinoa with it. If you are short on time, I enjoy the brand Bo and Marrow which can be picked up at Blush Lane Market locally.

Or here is a recipe from Hemsley and Hemsley that looks yummy. Bottoms up

Hemsley and Hemsley Bone Broth


Serves 3–4 litres depending on your pan size

  • 2–3 kg beef bones, chicken carcasses, lamb bones
  • 2 handfuls of any onions, leeks, carrots or celery ends
  • 1 tbsp black peppercorns
  • A few dried bay leaves


  • A big splash of apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice (this can help to extract the minerals from the meat bones)


  1. Place the bones and any additional ingredients into a large stainless steel cooking pot and cover with cold water. The water level should cover the bones by 5 cm whilst still leaving room at the top of the pan.
  2. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, lid on, for at least 6 hours for chicken and 12 for beef or lamb, skimming off any foam that rises to the top. The longer the bones simmer, the more nutrients are released. We like to boil the chicken carcass for up to 12 hours until the bones begin to crumble and keep beef bones going for 24 hours until they look as if they were washed up on a beach.
  3. Fresh chicken carcasses from the butcher usually have a fair amount of meat on them. We tend to poach the carcasses for 20 minutes, then pull off the meat (and save it for another meal like a chicken salad or chicken pho) before returning the carcasses to the pot and continuing to simmer to make broth.
  4. Strain the liquid, using a fine mesh strainer for poultry. Use immediately or leave to cool before storing (preferably in glass/ceramic rather than plastic). Bone broth will keep in the fridge for several days or up to a week if you leave it undisturbed, as a layer of fat will form on the surface and keep it sealed from the air.


You can also make Bone Broth using a slow-cooker. Just turn to high and cook for 12 hours or more.

Broth will happily keep in the fridge for up to a week. Divide your batch between 2 containers. This will allow you to use up one jar over the first few days while the second forms a fat layer which will keep it good for the second half of the week.

Beef Bones produce a lot of nutritious fat – (skim some of it and save it for roasting vegetables). Any leftovers can be stored in the fridge for up to three days or freeze the stock in a glass container.


-Andersen, Charlotte Hilton. “8 Reasons to Try Bone Broth.” Shape Magazine. N.p., 2014. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

-“Bone Broth – HEMSLEY HEMSLEY – Healthy Food and Living.” HEMSLEY HEMSLEY Healthy Food and Living. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Oct. 2016.

-Image from www.hemsleyandhemsley.com