aesthetics

Our naturopaths 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 trough treatments, PRF, and microneedling.

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 (Botox), dermal fillers, Belkyra™ 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. 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 (Botox), dermal fillers, Belkyra™, 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.

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Dr. Felicia Deo, ND
Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Felicia Deo is a Naturopathic Doctor who is passionate about empowering women in all avenues of life, from pre-conception and fertility to diminishing discomfort during menopause. She believes that every person deserves to find the best versions of themselves. As a young adult she competed in high level athletics where she made the connection between how the foods we eat can result in better outcomes, not only in sport but in day-to-day life. Dr. Felicia has developed a special interest in fertility and pre-natal support, hormone balance, digestive health as well as supporting women in positive healthy aging and skin health. Dr. Felicia incorporates tools of assessment and treatments in her practice such as diagnostic testing, physical exams, herbal medicine, nutritional counselling, acupuncture, and aesthetics. Prior to pursuing a Naturopathic Degree, Dr. Felicia gained a Bachelor of Science, with specialization in cell and molecular biology and a Minor in Kinesiology from Simon Fraser University. Dr. Felicia is certified in IV therapy, prescriptive authority, Acupuncture, Cosmetic Botulinum toxin, as a Birth Doula, and in Health and Fitness.


treatments

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™
Therapeutic 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)
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
Lip Enhancement – Teosyal®

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
Belkyra®

For those who experience it, excess submental fat under the chin or the “double chin” can often be detrimental to one’s self-confidence! Contrary to popular belief, double chin affects a wide range of individuals – even young people with normal body weight can experience this!
 

What is it?

Belkyra is the only Health Canada approved injectable used to treat stubborn fat below the chin. It consists of deoxycholic acid, a substance that your liver makes to help break down dietary fat. Belkyra is bio-identical, meaning that it has the exact same chemical structure as deoxycholic acid. It can be used in a strategic way to target fat cell destruction, so that fat can no longer accumulate or be stored in the area treated.

What to expect with this type of treatment

If during your assessment it is determined that Belkyra™ is the right treatment for you, you can expect to have 2-6 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Swelling is common and for most people lasts for a week but can sometimes last up to 28 days. It is good to plan this treatment when you don’t have any important social engagements. A scarf is your best friend during this time! The Belkyra treatment is a journey, improvement is gradual, and results will take time. However, once your aesthetic goal is reached, no further treatments are necessary.  Individual results vary.

 

Booking information

Your first treatment will involve an initial assessment and is scheduled in for 45 minutes, with subsequent appointments being 30 minutes. An initial consultation can be booked to determine whether this treatment is right for you.

PRF Facial

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.

PRF for Hair Loss

Restore your Hair Naturally

The PRF hair treatment is an excellent option for those looking for natural solutions for thinning hair. PRF, 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 and microneedled into target areas of your scalp. 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 helps to awaken dormant hair follicles. Ideal PRF Hair restoration candidates have hair follicles that are still healthy and capable of growing hair but are spending more time in the dormant phase.

 

Benefits

 

  • 100% natural treatment without any additives
  • Awakens hair follicles that are in the dormant phase
  • Treats thinning hair in all areas of the scalp

 

What to expect
  • consultation time to discuss your areas of concern
  • topical numbing cream is applied to the area/areas of your scalp that you would like to treat
  • your ND will draw your blood, spin it in the centrifuge, and prepare your PRF for injection and microneedling
  • 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 start with 3 treatments 2-3 weeks apart

 

Typically results are seen in 6 months however differ depending on each patient’s health history. You and your naturopathic doctor may discuss additional treatments you can do on the side to support your PRF Treatment.

 

Booking information

Your Naturopathic Doctor will allocate 1 hour to discuss your goals with you and for treatment. Please come to your appointment well hydrated and with a full stomach. It is best that you wash and dry your hair right before treatment.

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.