Wedding Day Prep: What to do to get ready for that big day!

Preparations for a wedding happens long before the actual day and this is especially true for getting the bride ready for her big day. Your skin needs to be at its best and it’s important not to leave this to the last minute.

At Britannia Dermedics, we suggest incorporating skin and body care into your wedding planning well in advance. These are our suggestions of what you can do now to make sure you look and feel your very best when the big day arrives:

  1. Lots of couples decide to hit the gym to slim down and tone their body for the big day. Sometimes, there are areas that are impossible to target. At Britannia Dermedics, we offer body shaping and contouring with our newest SculpSure treatments. These treatments are fast, effective and require no downtime. The treatment safely and effectively breaks down body fat, resulting in a more defined shape. You will need 2-3 treatments, each at 4 weeks apart and full results are seen 8 weeks after your last treatment so this treatment is ideal to start well before your big day.
  2. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be hair free for your wedding and, of course the honeymoon! Laser hair removal is a great alternative to waxing or electrolysis or razors. Treatments deliver permanent hair reduction and can we can treat a wide range of skin types and tones safely and effectively. You will need 8-12 treatments at 6 weeks apart so this is a treatment that should be considered early in order to be ready for your big day.
  3. You want to look your most radiant and youthful on your big day. Regular facials are often not enough. Consider a non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment with our top of the line laser technology. The result will be a brighter, more even skin tone.
  4. If you have more serious skin concerns such as acne scarring, stretch marks, or enlarged pores, we offer Venus Viva skin resurfacing treatments. This non-invasive treatment is amazing for improving skin’s texture and tone. Booking 2-3 treatments spaced 30 days apart before your wedding is ideal to ensure your skin is at its best for your big day.
  5. Talk to our injection specialist about reducing wrinkles and restoring volume and fullness to give you a refreshed appearance. At Britannia Dermedics, our specialists can help reduce wrinkles as well as lift and fill the contours of your face to regain your youthful appearance.
  6. Being on a regular routine of a good skin care line is also essential to having the best skin on your big day.

Call us to book your complimentary consultation so we can let you know what treatments we think would be best for you so that you can reach your goals of looking your best on your big day!

Laser Away Wrinkles, Redness and Uneven Skin with Laser Genesis Technology.

Laser Away Wrinkles, Redness and Uneven Skin with Laser Genesis Technology.

Laser Genesis is non-invasive laser technology that safely, discretely and effectively treats fine-line wrinkles, excessive redness and blemishes such as large pores, uneven skin texture and scars. It promotes vibrant and healthy looking skin.

What is Laser Genesis?

Laser Genesis is a non-invasive skin procedure that stimulates new collagen production, which helps improve your skin’s firmness, improve your skin’s texture, and reduce the appearance of fine line wrinkles. It also helps reduce pore size and diminish redness.

Laser Genesis is also a great treatment for acne-prone skin! The heat from the laser has the ability to kill the bacteria under the skin, as well as stimulate the healing process with the laser light.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

We generally recommend a series of 3-6 treatments.

Laser Genesis Results?

Clients experience subtle yet consistent results after each treatment, without unwanted side effects such as bruising or skin irritation and no downtime. Treatments are performed in a relaxed, comfortable environment without the need for topical anesthetics.


Laser Hair Removal

Laser Hair Removal

In ancient days, hairy legs and armpits were just a fact of life. Today, unwanted hair is clogging up shower drains, sticking to waxing strips and dulling razors around the world. Both men and women are anxiously looking for hair removal solutions. Here are some interesting facts:

  • In the US, 85% of women regularly spend time removing unwanted hair daily?
  • Women who shave, will spend over $10,000 on shaving products during their lifetime.
  • Women spend 2 entire months of their lives shaving!
  • Women who wax 1-2 times per month, end up spending about $23,000 on waxing products in their lifetime.

Luckily, in this day and age, we have options for hair removal other than shaving, waxing, threading and even electrolysis. The problem with older options is that the results do not last and some of them are quite painful. Laser hair removal is on the rise, however, likely due to the effectiveness found in modern laser technology.

We are often asked if laser hair removal actually works. Each laser works lightly differently, however the basic process is the same. The laser targets the pigment in the hair follicle, either through intense pulsed light (IPL) or by diode. The heat and energy combined are absorbed into the follicle, damaging the areas that produce the actual hair. With repeated treatments over the growth cycle of the hair, the follicle becomes unable to produce the hair from that follicle. After each treatment, the hair stems from that follicle will lose its course texture and speed of growth will be significantly diminished after each treatment.

So, is laser hair removal painful? Depending on the laser used and the settings of the laser, laser hair removal can be painful. This is one reason why choosing a certified laser hair technician and clinic is vitally important. Not only can the laser technician impact your result, they can also be responsible for the wavelengths that affect your pain threshold.

Seeing results after laser hair removal is highly dependent upon genetics, where the hair is in the growth cycle and the part of the body being treated. Typically we advise clients to have multiple treatments per area for optimal results. Hair grows in a cycle and at any given time can be in one of 3 phases. Laser hair removal only targets hair in the growth stage and any number of hairs may be in this or a different stage. Because of this, multiple treatments are necessary to target all hairs.

The ideal candidate for laser hair removal is someone with light skin and dark, course hair. These candidates respond faster to the laser technology. This is not to say that someone with darker pigment will not benefit from the laser, the results may just take longer to achieve. Choosing a clinic with the appropriate laser for your skin type is vital for optimal outcomes.

Call us today to find out if laser hair removal would work for your hair concerns.


We all love buying gifts to show the people in our lives how special they are. By now, a lot of us have made our lists. Is there someone you are forgetting? YOURSELF!

Now, is the perfect time to show yourself a little love and treat yourself! Here are some ideas to help you feel your best over the holiday season and into the New Year!

Body Contouring

Planning on overindulging a little on those holiday meals? We all do it and decide to resolve in the new year to have that body we’ve always wanted. Gym memberships and dieting can only go so far! If you want something to help complement your fitness regimen and dieting, our SculpSure fat destruction technology or our Venus Legacy skin tightening device may be perfect for you. We can help you tighten your body shape by targeting fat cells and those challenging spots where most workouts routines and diets fall short.

Radiofrequency Treatments

Winter weather, especially in Calgary, is never easy on your skin and can make your skin appear rough and dull. Winterproof your skin by treating yourself to our radiofrequency anti-aging treatment. These treatments use gentle heat to increase collagen production and elastin levels to visibly make your skin smoother and firmer.

Skin Care

Treat yourself to a customized skin care program. From oily skin to pores to excessively dry skin, no two people have the same skin and that means that products and treatments must be customized. Give yourself the gift of comfort and confidence by talking to an expert about a protocol specifically designed for you.



What is botox for hyperhydrosis?

Botox for hyperhydrosis is a treatment using Botox injections to help with excess sweating. Botox injections work by blocking the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands – essentially turning them off. The injections are very shallow – the medicine is injected just below the surface of the skin, where it remains.

While everyone breaks down the Botox injections differently, typically you can expect three to six months of results from your injection. It is important to note that stress and exercise can cause the Botox injection to fade quicker.

Research shows it is safe to treat excessive sweating on: armpits, hands, feet and other relatively small body areas.

Botox injections have been shown to result in an 82-87% decrease in sweating under the arms. Patients typically notice results in about 2-4 days after treatment. They usually enjoy the full effects of the treatment within 2 weeks.

Although sweating is a vital part of the body’s processes as it helps with temperature control, it is safe to diminish or prevent sweating in a small, localized area because you are only impacting a small percentage of the body’s cooling system. For example, the sweat glands in the underarms are only 2% of the sweat glands in the body.

Botox injections are a very safe and effective way to combat excessive sweat problems. Take the first step by calling us today to see if you are a candidate.

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What is hyperpigmentation?

is when an area of the skin darkens due to the overproduction of the skin pigment called melanin. Some examples of hyperpigmentation are freckles, sun spots, age spots, under-eye dark circles and melasma. It is relatively common and generally a harmless condition. However, for some people, hyperpigmentation may be an aesthetic annoyance as it can affect any part of the body including the face, neck and hands.

What causes hyperpigmentation?

There are various causes of hyperpigmentation from overexposure to the sun, picking at the skin and certain medications such as antibiotics, hormone treatments, and anti-seizure drugs. Although, for some it can simply be a hereditary condition.

How do we treat hyperpigmentation?

Depending on the client, we treat hyperpigmentation with laser treatments, medical grade skin care products or a combination of laser treatment and medical grade skin care products.

Am I too young for Botox?

Botox is the holy grail treatment for reversing the signs of aging that are already visible but it also has increased in popularity as a preventative anti-aging treatment. Doctors are reporting an increase in their number of Botox patients in their 20s and 30s with the goal of preserving their youth and to smooth away hints of lines before they become more prominent.

We have known for quite some time that lines, wrinkles and folds are caused by the repetitive folding of the skin from everyday facial expressions. Initially, Botox was thought to be specifically for those in their 40s, 50s and 60s seeking a solution for wrinkles and folds that had developed. However, we have now realized that by injecting patients earlier we can actually stop the wrinkles from occurring. The lines never develop when you slow down the use of these muscles in early adulthood. Stopping the lines from forming in the first place means you won’t need to correct them later.

Also, many people believe that investing in pre-rejuvenation Botox saves you down the road. Botox treatments in your 20s and 30s ultimately prevents you from requiring more invasive procedures later.

With all of this said, however, we believe that Botox treatments are not appropriate for teens, children or infants.

Growth factors and why they are essential in skin rejuvenation

Growth factors play a vital role in maintaining firmness and elasticity in your skin. Daily use of skin care products containing growth factors are known to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and improve skin tone and texture. It is important to realize, however, that not all growth factors have the same benefits.

Growth factors are natural substances made by skin cells to maintain healthy skin. They are responsible for supporting the repair of damaged skin, and provide firmness and elasticity to the skin while helping to maintain skin’s protective functions. Growth factors are wonderful for aging and sun damaged skin. Aging skin produces less growth factors naturally than youthful skin. That is why growth factors are essential in skin care products as we age.

There have been several clinical studies that have highlighted the benefits of topically applied growth factor products showing improvements in the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, texture and discoloration. Results can be seen in as little as 6-12 weeks when used twice a day. What’s even more exciting is that combining growth factors with antioxidants will show results even sooner.

Britannia Dermedics can help with rejuvenating your skin.

Why should we protect ourselves from the sun year round?

While ultraviolet B (UVB) rays are the main cause of sunburns and are the strongest in the summer, ultraviolet A (UVA) rays remain constant throughout the year. UBA rays prematurely age our skin, causing wrinkles and age spots. UVA rays account for up to 95 percent of the UV radiation reaching the Earth. UVA rays are so prevalent that they can even go through glass, making sun protection necessary indoors as well as out. The greatest part of our sun exposure occurs in brief intervals year round such as walking the dog or sitting in traffic. The UV damage accumulated from these small daily exposures add up over time and can lead to premature skin aging. Just because you do not lie out in the sun or tan regularly, you can still be getting skin damaging exposure.

This is why sun protection is so essential all year around. It is important to choose a broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. Look for ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as they reflect the light away from your skin allowing little absorption. Lotion up liberally. Additionally, reapply throughout the day as the sunscreen you apply in the morning will not be effective by the end of the day. Luckily, there are products that make re-application easy and convenient. At Britannia Dermedics, we love Colorescience products and especially the powdered sunscreens called Sunforgettalbes. These sunscreens are available in a SPF30 and SPF50, as well as in different shades to match your skin tone. They can even be applied over makeup quickly and effectively.

Always remember, practicing sun safety is a lifelong and year-round must.

Collagen…why it’s important to start protecting it

Although you can’t see collagen, it’s the essence of healthy skin. Collagen is what makes your complexion firm, plump and youthful. It is a protein that makes up about 75-80% of your dermis. Collagen fibers are like a bunch of columns placed closely together which hold up the top layer of skin. When you are young and healthy, these columns will be strong and straight so your skin will look smooth. When you pinch your cheek, the skin will feel spongy and full. When you are young and healthy, your skin will repair and make new collagen. However, environmental factors such as UV rays, smoking, pollution and stress produce free radicals in your skin. Free radicals start breaking down collagen fibers, causing the skin to become thin. Eventually the cells in your skin that make new collagen, stop producing collagen as quickly and you begin to get wrinkles and sagging skin. If you make an expression, you will create creases in your skin. When collagen is strong, your skin bounces right back. But if collagen is weak, repeated movements cause permanent creases.

How can you start protecting your collagen? It’s never too late….we suggest the following to care for your collagen…

  1. Use antioxidants and sunscreen to protect against free radial damage;
  2. Use a retinol;
  3. Use a collagen stimulator like peptides and growth factors; and
  4. Try a professional collagen stimulating procedure like the Laser Genesis facial, Venus Legacy treatment or Venus Viva treatment.