aesthetics

Our naturopaths and acupuncturist are certified in aesthetic treatments and professionally trained to reduce signs of aging, help smooth fine lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume, and rehydrate skin to give it that beautiful, youthful glow! Our non-surgical treatments include: Botox, dermal fillers, lip enhancements, cheek augmentation, tear troughs, microneedling, and hydroglow facials.

Dr. Nicola Bennett, ND
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Nicola is a naturopathic doctor and yoga teacher living and thriving in beautiful Vancouver, BC. Her interest in the human body and its movement brought her to UBC where she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. Although Dr. Nicola had always wanted to be a medical doctor, she realized along the way that the conventional medical system was not for her. Yoga was the key that unlocked the door to a whole new world of Eastern philosophy and healing traditions, and she soon realized there were more paths to good health than those offered by western medicine. Dr. Nicola decided to pursue another four years of school at the Boucher Institute of naturopathic medicine where she became a naturopathic doctor. Her special areas of interest include women’s health, physical medicine, and aesthetics. She especially enjoys treating fatigue, thyroid and hormonal imbalances, menstrual irregularities and menopause. She also has a passion for treating sports and other pain related injuries. Dr. Nicola is certified in IV therapy, acupuncture, cosmetic botulism toxin, dermal fillers, and holds prescriptive authority in BC.

Dr. Brett Simpson, ND
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Brett Simpson is a naturopathic doctor who knows the hard work it takes to live, work, and play in a beautiful city like Vancouver. She understands how busy lifestyles and stress can impact several aspects of our wellbeing, and she focuses on supporting her patients in maintaining a healthy balance. She works with her patients to establish health goals that will improve energy and optimize adaptation to stress, in order to better take on personal and professional goals. Dr. Brett is dedicated to getting to know her patients and understanding their state of health, which enables her to tailor health plans for each individual’s unique lifestyle. She works with her patients to optimize nutrition, balance hormones, improve immune function, and address mental and emotional stress. Dr. Brett also enjoys helping her patients to reduce physical pains that are impacting their quality of life. She offers trigger point injections, neural therapy, and therapeutic botox. Dr. Brett also offers aesthetic botox and filler treatments in her practice, working with her patient’s natural beauty. Dr. Brett creates treatment plans that are sustainable, support individual goals, and allow her patients to make the most of their lives in this beautiful city.

Dr. Kaylee Driedger, ND
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kaylee is a naturopathic doctor living in Squamish BC where she takes full advantage of all the outdoor activities and landscapes right outside her doorstep. With a background in Kinesiology her passion for sports medicine and rehabilitation grew stronger while working in a Physiotherapy Clinic. During this time she developed a deeper understanding and appreciation for the human body which led her to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine. Her clinical focus now includes; advanced injection techniques like prolotherapy for physical pain and joint injuries, IV therapy, digestive disorders and hormonal imbalances & cosmetic medicine. Dr. Kaylee sees the tremendous value in hands on medicine and she looks forward to working with you to achieve your health and wellness goals!

Dr. Kay Wong, ND
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Kay is a naturopathic doctor that has a special interest in women’s health and skin concerns. In addition to naturopathic therapeutics, she includes treatments such as cosmetic botulism toxin, dermal fillers, PRP hair restoration and PRP cosmetic facials to enhance your natural beauty. Dr. Kay is passionate about helping her patients feel and look their best.

Sarah McGuire, R.Ac.
Registered Acupuncturist

Sarah encourages your natural beauty to shine through using a variety of techniques. One of her favourite treatments is Microneedling to tighten, brighten, and stimulate collagen growth. The HydroGow facial is another popular treatment which is used to clean up under surface facial congestion, correct uneven skin tone and of course hydration … leaving you fresh-faced and event ready. Sarah is also certified in facial acupuncture and understands how to relax strained muscles, refresh your face and renew your confidence. With over seven years of experience, Sarah will help you look and feel fabulous!


treatments

Dermal Fillers – Teosyal®

Are you searching for ways to look and feel younger? As we age, the fat and collagen beneath the skin start to wear down, resulting in unwanted wrinkles and sagging skin. Fortunately, today’s advanced natural injectables are a safe, non-surgical solution to restore your youthful features!

 

Aesthetic Treatments

At the IV we use hyaluronic acid-based fillers to enhance lips, lift furrows, smooth lines and restore a youthful appearance to your skin. Hyaluronic acid is an important anti-aging molecule found naturally in our skin but declines as we age. It is essential for maintaining the skin’s hydration and volume. Dermal fillers help restore lost volume and create healthy glowing skin. Treatments include: lip enhancement, cheek augmentation, tear troughs, crow’s feet, nasal folds, smile lines, forehead furrows and contouring of the neck and neckline.

 

Benefits
  • removes fine lines
  • fills in deep wrinkles
  • restores volume to the face while still looking natural
  • creates or restores facial volume
  • redefines the face contour
Botox – Xeomin® for Aesthetics

Whether you want to prevent or restore that youthful appearance, Botox is the #1 anti-aging treatment. Botox relaxes the facial muscles to soften lines and wrinkles. Most commonly, Botox is used to treat crow’s feet, frown lines and forehead lines.

 

Benefits
  • non-surgical solution to wrinkle reduction
  • makes you look more refreshed or awake
  • prevents premature wrinkling
  • no treatment down time
  • the IV currently uses botulinum toxin provided by Xeomin® Cosmetic™
Therapuetic Botox – Xeomin® 

Injections of Xeomin or Botox Therapeutic can be used to treat certain medical conditions. This is done through micro-injections into affected areas which temporarily blocks signals from the nerves to other parts of the body.

 

Xeomin or Botox Therapeutic can be used to relax over-tight muscles that contribute to tension and migraine headaches, as well as painful jaw clenching, as the nerve signal is blocked from reaching the muscle and the muscle is allowed to relax. The procedure is quick and easy and results typically last 3-5 months.

 

This treatment can also be used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) of the underarms and palms of the hands by blocking signals from the nerve to the sweat glands. Save yourself from the embarrassment of unsightly stains on your shirts and wet handshakes. Typical results last 8 months or longer.

 

Benefits
  • Chronic migraine headaches
  • Chronic tension headaches
  • Hyperhidrosis of the armpits or palms of the hands (excessive sweating)
  • TMJ dysfunction (excessive jaw clenching/jaw pain)
Lip Enhancement

Plump up your lips with all-natural fillers. Whether you’re looking for a little or a lot, your lips will look naturally fabulous!

 

At the IV our lip enhancement treatments include a hyaluronic acid based filler, an important molecule, which is found naturally in our skin but declines as we age. Hyaluronic acid not only hydrates and adds volume to the lips but it also stimulates the cells in the skin to produce more collagen resulting in a longer lasting treatment.

 

Benefits
  • increased lip volume
  • improved symmetry of lips
  • reduced lip wrinkles
  • results are instantaneous
PRF Facial

Restore and Refresh. The power of your own collagen.

The PRF facial is an excellent option for those looking for a completely natural aesthetic treatment or seeking an alternative for dermal fillers. PRF, or platelet-rich fibrin, is derived from your blood and does not contain any additives. A special centrifuge is used to spin the blood at a low speed to separate the red blood cells from the plasma and other blood components.

 

The plasma contains platelets that are rich in growth factors and fibrin that acts as a web for the platelets to adhere to. After the blood has been spun, the PRF is drawn up and then injected into target areas. These targeted areas will benefit from the PRF as growth factors are released over the next seven to ten days. This slow release of growth factors initiates a healing cascade regenerating the surrounding tissue, which results in more volume and more of the collagen and elastin that give the face a youthful glow. In just one session, we can address two to three target areas.

 

Benefits

Growth factors stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, which slows the aging process of bone, muscle and fat, leading to increased volume, less sagging skin and a more youthful appearance.

 

  • 100% natural treatment without any additives
  • treats fine lines, deep lines, pigmentation, scars
  • treats volume loss in cheeks, lips, jaw, and tear-troughs

 

What to Expect
  • consultation time to discuss your areas of concern
  • topical numbing cream is applied to the area/areas of the face that will be treated
  • your ND will draw your blood, spin it in the centrifuge, and prepare your PRF for injection
  • growth factors are slowly released into the targeted area over the next 7-10 days
  • minimal downtime
  • mild side effects such as transient bruising, swelling, pain at the injection site for 3-4 days

 

How many treatments do you need?

As individual needs and desired effects vary, so too will treatment. Individuals should expect to plan treatments 4 to 6 weeks apart to begin and eventually maintain their treatment annually.

 

Results will also determine the frequency of your treatment plan. Initial volume enhancement will typically last 1 to 3 weeks. The long term effects of collagen production, skin tightening and enhancing skin quality can take 3 to 4 months to be noticeable but can last 6 to 12 months.

Discuss a plan that’s right for you with your Naturopathic Doctor.

 

Booking Information

Your Naturopathic Doctor will allocate 1 hour to address 2 to 3 areas of concern and will also allocate enough time to discuss your goals with you. This time will also allow you and your Naturopathic Doctor to set up an appropriate treatment plan. Please come to your appointment well hydrated and with a full stomach.

Microneedling and Collagen Induction Therapy

Microneedling aka collagen induction therapy, is a holistic skin care treatment, which stimulates our natural healing mechanism to provide the most natural-looking results.

 

The mechanism of the treatment is to cause micro-tears in order to stimulate your own natural healing process by triggering the release of cytokines and growth factors which stimulate the growth of collagen and elastin (the key to youthful skin).

 

The increase in natural collagen results in skin tightening, reduction in fine lines and deep wrinkles, as well as the restructuring of acne scar tissues.

 

Why choose microneedling?
  • we use the Cosmopen, a medical-grade, microneedling tool to optimize skin health
  • microneedling has minimal downtime
  • can be performed on all skin types
  • normalizes and restores cell functions to treat stubborn skin conditions such as
  • hyperpigmentation and rosacea
Does it hurt?

Topical anesthetic is typically applied prior to the treatment which allows for a comfortable experience for most people.

 

How many treatments do I need?

Typical treatment series requires four to six sessions, spaced four to six weeks apart. Results are long term (new collagen lasts five to ten years) and accumulative, which make microneedling an excellent choice for holistic and preventative skincare.

Microneedling with PRF Facial

Microneedling with PRF is similar to traditional micro-needling, only with the addition of PRF (platelet-rich fibrin).

 

Benefits
  • growth factors stimulate the production of collagen and elastin
  • slows the aging process of bone, muscle and fat
  • leads to increased volume, less sagging skin and a more youthful appearance
  • 100% natural treatment without any additives
  • can be used to treat fine line, pigmentation, uneven skin tone and acne scars
What to Expect
  • please come 30 minutes early to apply a topical numbing cream to your face and, or neck
  • your Naturopathic Doctor will draw your blood and spin it in the centrifuge
  • PRF will be micro-needled into your face and, or neck using a Cosmopen
  • expect your skin to be flushed and tingling for the next couple of hours after the treatment
  • you will receive aftercare information from your Naturopathic Doctor
  • mild side effects include transient bruising, swelling, pain at the injection site for 2- 3 days
Booking Information

Your Naturopathic Doctor will allocate 1- 1.15 hours for the full treatment. This time will also allow you and your Naturopathic Doctor to set up an appropriate treatment plan.

 

Please come to your appointment well hydrated and with a full stomach. Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to apply a topical numbing cream to your face and or neck.

The Acupuncture Microcurrent Facial

 

what is Microcurrent?

 

Microcurrent is a clinically tested therapy and one of the hottest innovations in anti-aging treatments. It is commonly referred to as “The Natural Facelift.”

 

Microcurrent is used for facial contouring, toning, and firming of aging skin. Microcurrent is a low-level current that mimics the body’s natural current. Microcurrent stimulates the facial area by sending soft, gentle waves through the skin, tissues and down to the facial muscles.

 

Microcurrent has been shown to increase ATP concentration and protein synthesis while promoting amino acid uptake.    ATP is known as Adenosine Triphosphate, which drives the creation of essential structural proteins, such as collagen and elastin. Collagen makes up one-third of a total protein in the skin, and elastin provides the recoil necessary to keep the face looking young and vibrant.

 

Increased ATP also energizes the facial muscles, similar to how exercise energizes the muscles of our bodies. Unlike anywhere else on the body, the facial muscles are directly connected to the skin, so the result of energizing the muscle through microcurrent is often an improved, lifted appearance.

 

In this treatment, Microcurrent is used in conjunction with acupuncture which influences the health of the skin and works on more than the superficial signs of premature aging. This Acupuncture and Microcurrent combination works on two levels maximizing the benefits of the microcurrent procedure.  The first level relates to our overall health and wellbeing. This is important because what we see on the face is often just a reflection of other underlying imbalances or issues. People usually notice how their skin, including spots and breakouts, are worse during times of stress. Even emotional stressors such as anger, confusion and worry will make us frown, pulling our facial muscles in a particular way, which over time may lead to damage, tension, and deepening of lines and wrinkles.

 

The second level of change is how acupuncture enhances the flow of energy and promotes our natural healing response. This natural healing response increases oxygenation levels through microcirculation, which supports detoxification and prevents facial puffiness. Acupuncture also helps by boosting the flow of blood, nutrients and cells to the area.

 

why choose microcurrent?

 

  • provides immediate and ongoing results
  • a non-invasive treatment that is soothing, gentle and effective
  • no downtime
  • safe and natural aesthetic technology and treatment
  • the results can be so dramatic that microcurrent therapy treatments are often referred to as a natural facelift

 

does it hurt?

 

Microcurrent is a safe, gentle and soothing treatment that uses low-level currents. Because microcurrent works sub-sensory, the treatment is relaxing, and most patients feel nothing at all.

 

how many treatments do I need?

 

Typical treatment series requires four to eight sessions, the frequency of these sessions will be discussed with your practitioner.

 

Results are long term (new collagen lasts five to ten years) and accumulative, making microcurrent an excellent choice for holistic and preventative skincare.

HydroGlow Facial

Does your skin look tired and lifeless? Is your complexion dull or damaged? This innovative facial combines acupuncture with mesotherapy to give your skin increased radiance by repairing the skin barrier. Inflammation of the skin is the major instigator of fine lines and wrinkles. By repairing the skin barrier and preventing damage caused by free radicals, the hydroglow facial aims to heal, protect and nurture your skin. Using a unique combination of acupuncture to restore balance and harmony in the body and mesotherapy to stimulate the formation of collagen while at the same time detoxifying and rehydrating, the hydroglow facial is designed to improve skin texture and tone, reduce the signs of aging and rehydrate the skin leaving you with a face that glows!

 

Benefits
  • improve skin texture and tone
  • detoxify the skin
  • reduce pore size
  • stimulate collagen and elastin production
  • prevent aging