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

Exercise for Good Skin

This is a blog post that speaks to my heart. Hi, I’m Sarah and when I’m not creating cool content, filling clients coffee mugs or filming the latest dermal needling procedure here at Papillon, you will find me leading fitness classes at Barre Belle. I have a dance background, so moving and grooving is just in me and now I can combine my job with my daily fitness routine. It’s a given that exercise is great for your body, mind and soul, but did you know it is even great for your skin? Our clinic stresses the importance of feeling good from the inside out and your skin is usually a good indication of what is going on inside your body.

Exercise can have such a positive impact on your energy, mood, cardiovascular health and as I explain further here; your skin. When you work out, your heart beats faster, which in turn causes circulation to increase throughout your entire body. That rosy cheek post workout glow is actually all those extra blood cells flowing through your skins living layers. The best part is all those extra blood cells bring more oxygen and nutrients to the skin.  These all help repair sun damage and free radical build up (by the way, free radicals are harmful particles from the environment that can accelerate the appearance of aging). For even more protection from free radicals, we carry ZO Skin Health’s “Radical Night Repair Cream“. This night cream provides antioxidant protection to neutralize free radical damage within the skin.

According to Vogue Australia, all those jumping jacks and squats also promote the production of fibroblasts, the skin cells responsible for collagen. Collagen is that magical protein that is often associated with glowing, plump, gorgeous skin. It provides elasticity to the skin, helping it appear more youthful and healthy. If you don’t like to work out, this alone should be a convincing factor to finally go and join that noon hour workout class.

In case you are still not convinced, exercise even reduces stress and inflammation in the body. It does this by lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol can cause skin conditions such as acne and eczema because the excess cortisol encourages sebum production, in turn causing blockages in the pores and destruction of collagen. However, try not to over-exercise as that can put the body under more stress and actually have the opposite effect of increasing cortisol levels.

Sweat is not necessarily bad for your skin either. It helps dispel all the dirt and oil residing in your pores. As we start to warm up, our pores dilate and the sweat flushes out those acne and black head causing irritants. Just remember to wash your face right after your work out so that dirt and oil does not get trapped in your pores all over again. If a sink to wash up is not available, I like using micellar water wipes I just keep in my gym bag, then follow up with my bi-monthly Hydra-Facial at the clinic.

Best of all exercise can lead to a better nights sleep. The more you sleep, the better your skin can repair and rebuild cells over night. See ya later under eye circles. Now always remember your Colorescience SPF when exercising outdoors and to rehydrate with water during and after. Healthy, glowing skin loves lots of water. See you at the barre Papillon beauties.

“Why Exercise Can Be Good For Your Skin” (April 21, 2016)

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.


Food with Purpose Event

The Event

At Papillon, we believe that looking and feeling your absolute best begins with what you put into your body. Have you ever started your path to wellness and healthy eating, but felt overwhelmed and short for time? We are here to help you learn how to nourish yourself and those you care for. By cutting diet and nutrition info overload and by offering practical skills in the kitchen, you will be educated, inspired and empowered to create vibrant, everyday meals.

We have teamed up with the best of the best to bring you an event the first of its kind in Calgary. Functional Medicine Doctor Stella Jansen van Rensburg, Red Seal Chef Michael Christen and Nutritional Consultant Jen Ruel collaborated on a menu and program that focusses on foods that can be prepared quickly, taste yummy and will have us glowing from within. We are so excited to share our passion with you. This event will arm you with confidence, knowledge and of course a full tummy.

The night will start with some mingling, browsing, wine sipping and introductions with our functional medicine doctor Dr. Stella Jansen van Rensburg and holistic nutritionist Jen. We are then seated for an interactive cooking demonstration with Chef Michael. We will learn all about efficient shopping lists, the clean 15, the dirty dozen, sexy fibre, how to cook once and eat twice, then finally some prep skills.  Next up our dinner full of nutritional goodness will be served. Enjoy good company while Jen, Stella and Michael answer questions, provide assurance and get to know you too.

We finish off the night with one last browse through the shopping selection, our door prize draw and you will not leave empty handed either. We have rounded up a gift bag full of goodies, recipes and shopping lists so you leave feeling confident to do this on your own.

The Venue

We found the perfect venue in The Loft, by Amanda Hamilton. The space offers an intimate, modern yet beautiful background to the seminar. The Loft is a mixed-use space that provides the opportunity to inspire education, encourage exploration and create a sense of community. We can kick back with a glass of wine on the couch, all while taking in all the valuable information the seminar has to offer. Not to mention, most all of the décor is for sale and is absolutely gorgeous.



The Tickets

This one of a kind event will sell out quickly and we kept the tickets limited to keep the evening intimate. Tickets are $70 and will cover your food, wine, gift bag and nutrition seminar.

The Facilitators

Dr. Stella Jansen van Rensburg is the Founder and CEO of Papillon Medical. She graduated with her Bachelor Degree of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Pretoria, South Africa in 2001. Her practice consists largely of Preventative and Regenerative medicine. She believes that you can look and feel your best at any age. Her drive for educating clients to gain control of their health and wellbeing, and being an active part of their journey to optimal vitality makes her practice exciting and unique.

Michael is a Certified Health Coach and a classically trained Red Seal Chef who has spent his cooking career both in North America and in Europe. His vision now is to educate people on how to live a better quality of life through food choices. This inspired him to complete his schooling to become a Certified Holistic Nutritionist at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. You can also find him on local television, teaching in schools, doing demos at the Farmers Market and doing custom classes in clients homes.

Jen Ruel completed the Natural Nutrition Diploma program at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition in Calgary, Alberta, where she graduated as a Certified Holistic Nutritional Consultant™. Afterwards, she carried on to complete the Professional Plant-Based Certification course through Rouxbe culinary school. She believes that it is never too late to make a change. Small, sustainable, and consistent changes can equal huge benefits. Many people know that they aren’t feeling their best, but aren’t sure how to change or where to start. Jen has been there, she gets it, and now she’s here to help.

The How

We cant wait to see you there.


Click here to register online



Clarion Convention

It is always fun to update you on what we are doing at the clinic. We are in an industry that is always evolving with new technology, treatments and research. Last weekend we had the opportunity to sit in on a conference with the team at Clarion Medical. They are one of our favourites to work with and it was a privilege to listen in on some exciting things happening in the industry. We met with other aesthetic professionals, saw live demos, filled up on product knowledge and ate a yummy, healthy lunch. At Papillon we are committed to providing the latest cutting edge treatments and products to our clients. We can’t wait to share some of these new ones with you.

Clarion first spoke about the Fotona laser machine and everything that it can do. It really is a machine that can treat the whole body. From snoring, to incontinence, to facial volume to pigmentation and scars, expect top-notch results no matter what area of the body you want to treat. At our Gulf Canada Square clinic we are seeing growth in the IntimaLase® laser that offers incision less, non-invasive photo thermal tightening of the vaginal canal. It is such a great option for women and we sure love how technology is influencing our industry and improving our own lives.

Clarion also brings us Colorscience products, which include the award winning Sunforgettable Brush-on Sunscreen. For those of you going away for some spring break heat and sun, don’t forget to pack up this one. With a SPF 50, this product can easily be reapplied over makeup and fits conveniently into your purse or beach bag. You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, so we love how this product is so simple and light to do so. Ingredients are mineral based and benzone-free and have light coverage already built in. Sunforgettable won In Style Magazines “Best Beauty Buys 2016”, so be sure to ask about it next time you are in the clinic.

After learning about cutting edge skincare, we then watched a live demo of Clarions Beauty Booster treatment. This new, game-changing advancement in aesthetics is already available for our patients at Papillon. The V2 Beauty Booster delivers Teosyal Redensity 1 into the skin to target dehydrated skin, fine lines and wrinkles. We will completely blanket your skin with Hyaluronic Acid, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Expect tighter, firmer skin on the face, lower eyelid, forehead, neck, décolletage and hands.

What a great learning experience this convention was and we are so proud to offer our clients many of Clarions products and treatments. We are always learning and growing with the latest technology and trends in our industry so we can provide you with the latest and greatest.

Welcome to the Blog

We hope our first post finds you healthy, happy and embracing the new year. To start this blog series off we want to formally introduce ourselves. We are not strictly a medical dermatology clinic; we envision a lifestyle at Papillon that allows our clients to walk through life with grace, vitality and wellness. We approach each client as a canvas, never forgetting that there is a story behind each unique artwork. When we look at health, wellness, facial rejuvenation and aesthetic treatments, we also explore the underlying health and nutritional status of each client. This assessment is what makes Papillon so special and is critical for lasting results. Each treatment is as unique as your own canvas; expect an individualized and holistic approach. Our team of doctors and staff are passionate, kind, inspiring and are so excited to share their wealth of knowledge with you. We love what we do and it shows.

We will use this space to update you on what’s happening in the clinic, to share tips and tools we love to help you lead a healthier, happier life and of course to inform you on the latest juicy trends in functional medicine and aesthetic treatments.

There is always something so fresh, promising and exciting as we set goals and intentions for the year ahead. Over here at Papillon, we have been working hard on something extra special to begin the New Year with. On Monday January 8, we opened the doors to our brand new Papillon Medical Dermatology Laser Center location in Gulf Canada Square. We are so proud of this space and can’t wait to show you around. Our beautiful new office was designed to complement all of our cutting edge treatments in dermatology, aesthetics, hormonal, nutritional, functional and integrative medicine. Our team of doctors, nurses and staff are committed to help you achieve your goals of total body health and wellness. We would love to help you discover the best version of you, from the inside out!