Skin Rejuvenation, Tightening & More

Feel proud of the skin you’re in

Most of us struggle with at least one problematic skin condition. But if the condition of your skin is affecting your health, comfort or confidence, it might be time to do something about it.

The good news is that professional help is available, and treatments for most common skin conditions tend to be highly effective. Coastal Dermatology and Medical Aesthetics in the heart of the Comox Valley, provides both self-referred and physician-referred, MSP-covered treatments for a wide variety of skin disorders and conditions.

Discover your solution for healthy, beautiful skin!

Here are some of the common skin conditions we treat:

Acne
Among the most prevalent chronic skin conditions worldwide, acne is characterized by pimples, cystic acne, oily skin, whiteheads and blackheads, as well as scarring. Acne is categorized as a disease that arises when hair follicles are clogged with oil, debris or dead ski. Contrary to popular belief, it is not a condition limited to adolescents, nor to the face.

Fortunately, several safe, effective solutions are available for both acne and acne scarring. In addition to these treatments, we also carry a number of professional-grade, topical acne products that will support your skin type without causing acne flare-ups.

Treatments:

  • Medical therapy
  • Blue light therapy
  • Hydrafacial
  • Effective pharmaceutical-grade products
Aging
Aging skin is a natural occurrence and by far one of the most commonly treated skin conditions presented to our physicians worldwide. Age-related skin issues can include dryness, wrinkles, broken capillaries, age spots, dull texture and thinning skin resulting in a sunken appearance.

Luckily, a number of effective treatments are available to improve lines, wrinkling, laxity and volume loss that come from aging skin. In addition, a number of topical anti-aging products are also available to promote more youthful-looking skin.

Treatments:

  • Venus Viva
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
  • Skin Tightening – with Titan and Venus Diamond Polar
  • Laser Genesis
  • Hydrafacial

Neuromodulators: Botox*

Treat dynamic wrinkles, those caused by muscle movement such as smiling or frowning.

Neuromodulators work to reduce muscle activity by blocking nerve impulses that cause the muscle to contract. Used in medicine for more than 30 years, neuromodulators help to treat a variety of conditions such as muscle spasms, strabismus (crossed eyes) and excessive sweating to name a few.

In cosmetic medicine, neuromodulators are used to soften or eliminate wrinkles, typically treating wrinkles on the forehead, crow’s feet, frown lines and lines around the mouth. The product takes about three to seven days to come into effect and results last for around three to six months.

*Injectable Botox and Dermal fillers should always be administered by a certified physician, such as Dr. Stephen Burgess, or a certified medical professional under the direct supervision of a certified physician as per the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Dermal Fillers*

Treat static wrinkles, those that are visible when the face is relaxed and at rest. Dermal fillers are used for facial volume and deeper wrinkles.

Dermal fillers last 6-24 months depending on the site and are primarily made from hyaluronic acid – a sugar naturally found in our bodies. It is a powerful moisture-binding molecule that holds up to 1000 times its weight in water. Babies are born with a high level of hyaluronic acid in their skin, which is why their skin looks so soft and supple.

In cosmetic medicine, dermal fillers are used to plump up deep wrinkles and nasolabial folds on the face. They can add volume to sunken areas such as temples, cheeks and tear troughs, and can also be used for lip augmentation. Results typically last nine to twelve months. There are many different types of fillers on the market that are used to treat various areas on the face and types of wrinkles. Our physicians are experts at selecting the right dermal filler for you.

*Injectable Botox and Dermal fillers should always be administered by a certified physician, such as Dr. Stephen Burgess, or a certified medical professional under the direct supervision of a certified physician as per the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

* Our clinic stocks Hyalurondaise, which is a family of enzymes that aid in dissolving hyaluronic acid found in dermal fillers; it is kept on hand in case there is a complication with the dermal filler. Always ask you cosmetic professional if this is stocked.

Headaches or excessive sweating
If you’re plagued by constant headaches, or if you suffer from excessive sweating (also called hyperhidrosis), you may be surprised to learn that Botox can help. Botox relaxes muscles by blocking nerve signals, which can be extraordinarily effective for relieving intense migraines and reducing sweat production.

This treatment may be covered by your current private insurance plan.

Treatments:

  • Botox*

*Injectable Botox and Dermal fillers should always be administered by a certified physician, such as Dr. Stephen Burgess, or a certified medical professional under the direct supervision of a certified physician as per the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Medical dermatoses
Dr Stephen Burgess has subspecialty training practical dermatology and is pioneering general practice dermatology in Canada.  He has expert knowledge in the diagnosis and management of common skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, acne, skin cancer, and other dermatoses.  Assessment is covered by MSP.

Treatments:

  • UVB phototherapy
  • Medical therapy
Moles, skin tags and other lesions
Many skin lesions can, and routinely are, surgically removed. Others can be frozen off. Common examples include moles, warts, skin tags and even (in some cases) tumours. Dr. Stephen Burgess has training in various surgical techniques and aftercare to address a wide range of cosmetically unacceptable lesions with minimal to no scarring. Referral from your primary care provider is recommended for accurate diagnosis prior to removal.

Treatments:

  • Surgical removal
  • Cryotherapy / chemical therapy
  • Electrocautery
Nail Fungus
Nail fungus, also known as onychomycosis, is caused by a specialized organism (most commonly dermatophytes) that lives off of the keratin found in nails and skin. Fungus can be contracted via the smallest of nicks in the skin, especially around the toenails. Fungus thrives in moist, warm environments, making shoe-enclosed feet the perfect home. Common sources of infection are swimming pools, public showers, gyms and nail care equipment.

One or more of the following symptoms could indicate the presence of a fungal infection: discoloured nails, yellow streaks under the nails, distorted or thickening nails, brittle, crumbly or ragged nails, nails separated from the underlying skin, build-up of debris under the nail and/or white spots or streaks on the nail surface.

Treatments:

  • Laser Genesis (Cutera XEO™)
  • Medical therapy
  • Surgical removal
Pigmentation and melasma
Many people struggle with hyperpigmentation and melasma, common skin conditions in which an area of skin is darker than its surrounding area. Hyperpigmentation may refer to any darkening of the skin, including sun spots and age spots. Melasma, on the other hand, is a pigmentary condition that appears as a discolouration of the skin that can be triggered by UV exposure.

We provide a number of treatments to help promote an even skin tone and reduce discolouration, blotchiness and hyperpigmentation. A number of professional skincare products or a prescription may also be beneficial.

Treatments:

  • Venus Viva
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
  • Hydrafacial
  • Medical Therapy
Plantar warts
Plantar warts are growths caused by the HPV virus that commonly appear on the heels or soles of the feet. Warts are rarely dangerous, but they are unsightly — and they can cause irritation or pain, depending on their location. Either way, we highly recommend booking a free consultation with one of our skincare clinicians to evaluate and determine a course of treatment.

Treatments:

  • Cutera XEO 1064 nm NdYag technology™ (laser)
  • Cryotherapy / chemical therapy
  • Medical therapy
Rosacea and facial veins
Rosacea is a common, chronic inflammatory skin condition that causes irregular redness or flushing of the face, particularly in the cheeks or nasal areas. Every case is unique, and we therefore recommend treating rosacea in a number of different ways, depending on your individual situation and the severity of your condition.

A number of topical skincare products may also be beneficial in combating the effects of rosacea and facial veins.

Treatments:

  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
  • Cutera XEO 1064 nm NdYag technology™ (laser)
  • Laser Genesis treatments
  • Medical therapy
Scarring and stretch marks
Scarring and stretch marks may technically be classified as the same problem, but dermatologists recognize that there’s a major difference between the two. Scarring is a result of trauma sustained by the skin, while stretch marks occur naturally as a result of weight changes or fluctuations. At least one, if not both, is present on nearly all adult human bodies. If yours are affecting your confidence or comfort, we can help.

Treatments:

  • Venus Viva
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
Subcutaneous fat
If you’re struggling to lose stubborn subcutaneous fat from certain areas of your body, don’t despair. Clients who have lost weight or are losing weight and are within 30lbs of their goal weight can benefit from FDA-approved medical procedures like CoolSculpting, a revolutionary procedure that targets fat cells in subcutaneous tissue.

For those who require additional assistance to lose weight, we are in the process of piloting a brand new, revolutionary, medical weight loss program combining the best nutritional, metabolic, pharmaceutical and technological evidence into a successful weight loss strategy, specifically tailored to you and monitored closely by a physician to get you that body you have always wanted in a safe and effective manner.

Treatments:

  • CoolSculpting
  • Medical therapy
Sun damage
Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light — especially that which is chronic and long-term — can cause a number of undesirable effects on the skin, including premature aging, wrinkles and fine lines, scaly lesions, sun spots and — at worst — skin cancer.

We provide a number of treatments for repairing minor sun damage, and we work on a referral basis for medical dermatology skin cancer treatments and screening. A number of skincare products and SPF creams are also available to help treat sun-damaged skin.

Treatments:

  • Venus Viva
  • IPL (Intense Pulse Light)
  • Hydrafacial
  • Medical therapy
Unwanted hair
Constantly removing excessive or unwanted hair can be a nightmare. Shaving, waxing, plucking and other common methods of hair removal can not only be painful, but also inconvenient and costly in the long run. If you have unwanted body hair, laser hair removal can be a permanent solution for achieving flawlessly smooth skin.

Note: Coastal Dermatology and Medical Aesthetics is a gender-neutral environment, committed to unbiased service, sensitivity and care for patients that identify as any/all genders and sexualities. For unwanted hair removal related to medical procedures, we are happy to offer medical and/or student rates. Please contact us to find out more.

Treatments:

  • Laser hair removal

 

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Our skincare professionals are here to help you achieve healthy, radiant skin with the confidence to match. (Note: For medical dermatology procedures and consultation, you must be referred by your family physician.)

 

Contact Us

Phone: (250) 871-2006

105-501 4th Street
Courtenay, British Columbia
V9N 1H3

Clinic Hours

Mon: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Tue: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Wed: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Thu: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Fri: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sat: Closed
Sundays & Holidays: Closed