The unsightly problem of nail fungus (or onychomycosis) affects as many as 1 in 5 Canadians. Nails can appear yellow or brown in color with uneven texture and often a thickening of the nail. Nail fungus is a cosmetic concern and spread through contact. One can contract nail fungus by in public places like pools or showers or by living in close proximity with someone with fungus, or sharing shoes or socks.
Treating nail fungus has been difficult historically and prescription medications have been shown to be have the risk unwanted side-effects or not effective topically.
Laser treatment has emerged in 2010 as an alternative to oral and topical remedies with a reported success rate of over 70% with laser alone.
To ensure the best chance of a successful treatment outcome, we employ a combination approach using multiple treatment options, education/home-care, in-shoe sterilization and optional prescription or non-prescription remedies.
Here at Westside Laser & Light, we avoid oral prescription medication at all costs with our nail fungus treatment primarily because they are known to have numerous unwanted side-effects. We have developed a combination approach that substantially increases positive outcomes.
Each item on the above list performs a vital role in a successful treatment series. Not all cases result in successful outcomes but we find that our approach gives one the best chance for eliminating nail fungus completely.
Customers seem to be confused with the new PICO and NANO SECOND technologies for laser tattoo removal.
Every laser clinic tells you their laser offers the fewest treatments, but who can you believe?
“Pico second” or “nano second” refers to the length of time in which the laser energy is delivered (a.k.a. pulse duration).
Nano second lasers changed the tattoo removal industry with their incredibly short “pulse duration”, measured in billionths of a second. This amazingly short burst causes the tattoo ink to shatter into smaller bits, and the body can then absorb those smaller bits for disposal through the lymphatic system. Safer and more effective treatments were the result.
Pico second lasers emerged a couple years ago and were thought to advance this idea with an even shorter pulse, measured in trillionths of a second.
The problem is, the pulse duration should match to the size of the ink particles. Basically, using a nano second laser at the beginning of a treatment series will be effective at breaking larger ink particles into smaller ones. Only then should pico second lasers be used to break those down further into smaller particles for more efficient disposal.
The analogy is, “Rocks to Pebbles, Pebbles to Sand”.
Westside Laser & Light has evolved our tattoo removal program to only treat the beginning portion of a tattoo removal series with our nano second laser (the renowned RevLite SI). After a number of treatments (usually 2-3), we then refer you to a dermatologist offering the pico second treatment. We feel this combination considers ink particle size and contributes to faster and safer treatment outcomes and at a reduced cost.
Please visit our website for more detail on this story at www.lasertattoo.ca.
If you wish to have your tattoo removed, please call us for a free consultation at 403.685.0110.
This Roman poet and philosopher nailed it! Why is there so much conflicting advice about nutrition? Why are there, literally, thousands of nutrition books on the market? Lucretius was right:
Functional nutrition knows that your food is SO much more than calories. Food can be the best kind of medicine. Certain nutrients can improve detoxification pathways, help you sleep, improve your mood, and enable better energy. Most exciting to me is the area of epigenetics, which is a field of scientific research currently proving the influence diet and lifestyle can have on genetic expression! How powerful is that, to know that your genes don’t control you; you control your genes! Best of all, functional nutrition is all about empowerment – giving you the tools to achieve your best health now and stay healthy for Life!
So let’s stop talking “diet” – I dislike that word – and quit eating like everyone else! Let’s sit down and figure out what makes YOU achieve your BEST HEALTH!
Call today for a free 10-minute consult to see if functional nutrition is right for you!
Shauna Gourley, CHN, FDN®
MY FAVORITE SNACK FOOD!!
In a medium bowl, mash together avocados, lime juice and salt. Mix in onion, cilantro, tomatoes and cayenne pepper. Refrigerate one hour for best flavor – or devour immediately. Instead of corn chips, which can be inflammatory, serve with cut-up veggies, and gluten free Mary’s seed crackers for a healthy snack!
Here are the reasons why you should incorporate avocado into your diet frequently! In a 3.5 ounce or 100 gram serving there are:
What is Functional Nutrition?
Shauna Gourley, CHN, FDN®
”What is food to one man is bitter poison to others.” – Lucretius
A mushroom walks into a bar and asks for a gin and tonic. The bartender says: “Get outta here, we don’t serve the likes of you around here.”
“C’mon man!” the Mushroom says. “Give me a chance… I’m a really fungi once you get to know me!”
We side with the bartender on this one. Nail fungus is not only unsightly and contagious, but we know it to be very resistant to treatment and can be a lifetime affliction. Until a few years ago, oral or topical prescription medication was the only treatment available, and efficacy was poor. Topical medication could not reliably penetrate the nail to deliver the ingredients to where they were needed and had an efficacy of about 5-10%. Oral medication has higher efficacy (50%), but the trade off is a slew of undesirable side effects. The advent of laser treatments to fight onychomycosis (nail fungus) in the last few years saw beautiful results. Lasers treat nail fungus by using bulk heating into the nail to kill the fungus, instead of medication, avoiding the issue of penetration or medication side effects. Laser treatments increased efficacy to over 80% but there are still stubborn cases that don’t clear with laser treatment alone.
The next evolution in treating onychomycosis, developed by our clinic, is a three-pronged approach:
Other clinics may only offer a series of laser treatments to bulk heat into the nail, and that is not always enough. If a topical medication is recommended with the laser treatment, the penetration may not be optimal. Our addition of a fractionated laser treatment to create micro-channels for product penetration significantly increases your chances of clearance. This approach is unique to our clinic and is the best approach to deal with this stubborn nail fungus.
Call us today at 403.685.0110 to book your free consultation.
February: The time of year where the excitement and warmth of the holidays is but a distant memory. Ahead stretches an endless wasteland of cold, dry, months with the only promise of excitement being Valentines Day, which can cause more depression than joy for most of us. The writer Martha Beck describes her first visit to a psychologist in the winter months like this:
The first time I ever sought professional counseling was during my freshman year in college in the Northwestern Hemisphere. I told the psychiatrist at the student health services that I was weepy, despairing, and unwilling to get out of bed. He glanced at his watch and said, in a casual tone, “it’s February.”
Oh February! Our bodies are pasty and ashen from lack of sun and moisture, our waistlines feel pudgy, and our face… Oh don’t even get me started on our face! Before the first rains of spring wash away that layer of grey dirt that seems to cover everything from vehicles to signposts to our psyche, there is February to deal with. I was recently immersed in exactly such a state of despair, sitting on the couch sipping tea with a girlfriend. “I feel like I am falling apart! I look and feel gross and my skin is freaking out.” To my surprise, she responded much in the same way that the psychologist in the story above did: “It’s winter” she replied matter-of-fact, “Everyone feels like that.”
No matter how much Glycolic acid-laden products I used, my skin had a texture to it that full coverage foundation only seemed to highlight. My pores looked huge, and despite almost daily at-home extractions, I couldn’t get rid of my congestion. The dry winter months left my skin looking dull, and nothing I tried was helping. I am not interested in spending more than half the year fighting with the state of my skin. I have better things to do, damn it! So, I decided to get a light Laser Peel done…what we are calling a Mini Pearl.
The original Pearl treatment is an ablative treatment, which is to say that it vaporizes some of the epidermis; kind of like a chemical peel. Unlike a chemical peel though, lasers can be precisely controlled and customized to remove an exact amount of skin down to a few microns. We can go lighter around the eyes, or zap a brown spot with higher settings, while completely protecting the surrounding skin. The new Mini Pearl only ablates 50% of the epidermis and results in quicker healing and a nice light peel. The treatment wasn’t the least bit uncomfortable thanks to the use of a prescription strength numbing cream. I got my treatment on Thursday, and by Sunday, I was done peeling.
Midway through winter there is nothing better for congested, dull, and lackluster skin. My only regret is not getting it sooner, and instead spending my money at Sephora buying new foundations and concoctions to try and cover up and brighten my sad skin. One treatment was all I needed to refresh my appearance and get me through the rest of these dark, dry months. I have been getting tons of compliments on the glow of my skin.
In response to Calgary’s current economic climate, Westside Laser & Light has revamped our entire price structure to help make our services more accessible.
Let us be your small luxury.
You may have heard of the “Lip-Stick Effect”.
During economic downturns, lip-stick and nail polish sales increase dramatically. The theory is that when facing tough economic times, consumers will be more willing to buy less costly luxury items in order to look and feel better about themselves.
Westside Laser & Light wants to help and we have made significant changes to our pricing in order to keep you looking and feeling good during these times.
View the NEW Price List here.
Tales of the Fountain of Youth have been told for thousands of years. Everyone from Alexander the Great and Ponce de León to Capt. Jack Sparrow has sought eternal youth by drinking from a mythical spring.
If only they’d lived a few centuries later, they could’ve popped down to their neighbourhood skin-care clinic for some Botox and laser treatments and saved themselves years at sea and all that sword fighting.
While there’s no single miracle treatment, modern products and procedures are highly effective in helping recapture that youthful look, and the range of options vary in type and intensity depending on your particular skin concerns and the type of results you expect.
“Taking care of your skin is like a marathon, and the aspects involved are moisturizer, sunscreen, exfoliating, healthy lifestyle and so on. Then there are the sprints, and those are the procedures,” explains Marie Bertrand, a microbiologist and owner of Skin Science skin-care clinic. While stressing the importance of a good daily skin-care regime, she acknowledges that topical products can only take you so far in combatting the appearance of aging.
Referrals from happy customers is the greatest compliment we can receive.
Because we appreciate your referrals so much, Westside Laser & Light is please to introduce a simple and rewarding referral plan:
Refer a friend to Westside Laser & Light and each of you receive a $50 service credit.
See details below.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR REFERRALS!!!!
Our sunny, windy, dry Southern Alberta climate here in Calgary can wreak havoc on your skin.
Those suffering from the condition known as ROSACEA are more troubled by our ever-changing weather patterns here and we tend to see a fair amount of people looking for some for of relief.
Rosacea (pronounced roh-ZAY-sha) is a common but poorly understood disorder of the facial skin that is estimated to affect well over 16 million Americans — and most of them don’t know it. In fact, while rosacea is becoming increasingly widespread as the populous baby boom generation enters the most susceptible ages, a National Rosacea Society survey found that 95 percent of rosacea patients had known little or nothing about its signs and symptoms prior to their diagnosis. SOURCE: Rosacea.org
At Westside Laser & Light, our comprehensive treatment plan for Rosacea uses a combination of Laser Genesis(R) treatments, medical grade skin care and a new skin care pill providing internal antioxidant support by GliSODin(R) Skin Nutrients.
The lasers have been very effective on their with alleviating Rosacea but we are excited about the GliSODin antioxidant for Rosacea because of its amazing effects on INFLAMMATION. The patient-study below by Dr. Cory Goldberg shows 60 days of GliSODin only. The images may appear a little creepy but they clearly show tremendous benefit from the GliSODin. GliSODin’s key ingredient is SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase). SOD was discovered over 50 years ago and is regarded as “the enzyme of life” for its powerful antioxidant properties. Only recently has science discovered a way to ingest SOD orally without denaturing the enzyme. SOD is a powerful antioxidant because it neutralizes free radicals at a ratio of 1:1,000,000 compared to 1:1 as with normal superfoods such as blueberries and goji berries.
If you are suffering from Rosacea, please contact us for a free consultation or call 403-685-0110.
We are pleased to announce Michelle Shewchuk has joined the team at Westside Laser & Light for the position of Nurse Injector.
Along with great passion for the industry, Michelle brings her considerable injecting talents and knowledge of skin care and laser treatments. Michelle helps her clients obtain natural looking, youthful results.
Michelle can be seen by appointment only for cosmetic injections and skin consultations.
If you wish to have a free consultation, please call 403-685-0110 or send us an email and we will contact you.
Your Skin is
Your greatest value will be in our packages. Our treatment packages have been designed around our most popular services and for the most common skin conditions. Please see details below.
Packaging our services together not only offers the greatest savings and value for our customers but also ensures a more comprehensive approach and better results than a single treatment can provide.
Simple payment plans. No-charge financing. With any package, you need only pay 60% of the total up front. The balance can be paid over the next two appointments.
Treatments for the Face Single Treatment / Full face
Clear + Brilliant® $350
Revlite® Skin Rejuvenation $350
Laser Genesis® Skin Rejuvenation $350
LimeLight Facial™ IPL $350
Fraxel® Restore Dual $975
Titan® Skin Tightening $1200
Pearl® and Pearl Fractional Skin Resurfacing $1500+
Thermage® CPT $2500
For pricing on partial areas or additional areas off the face including: neck, décolleté, hands, please call us at 403-685-0110 for a free consultation or email us and we will contact you.
Maintain Healthy Skin
“Westside Regulars” can keep their skin looking great with an EXTREME-VALUE package including twelve months of laser treatments, chemical peels and preferred pricing on skin care.
LimeLight Facial™ IPL – For Reds and Browns
Remove years of sun damage or redness with the intense pulsed light of the LimeLight Facial™ IPL treatment. Package includes LimeLight and 3 chemical peels, and an appropriate medical grade skin product for redness or pigmentation.
Acne: Clear Series
Acne treatment uses a combination of 3 Clear + Brilliant® laser treatments, 3 AHA chemical peels, Omnilux Medical® blue and red LED light treatments and a medical grade home acne kit.
Treatment for melasma uses a combination of Clear + Brilliant® PERMEA laser treatments, chemical peels, a medical grade skin care and an antioxidant to help normalize pigmentation. Maintenance is required after completing this series.
Laser Genesis® treatments are effective at controlling rosacea and offer additional rejuvenating benefits for pore-size, fine lines, and texture. A medical grade skin care is paired with an antioxidant for additional internal support to alleviate rosacea.
Fraxel® Restore Package – Sun Damage, Acne Scars, Anti-Aging / Rejuvenation
3 Fraxel® treatments to correct sun damage, acne scars, and a variety of anti-aging concerns. The Dual wavelength allows for treatment to be tailored to your skin’s rejuvenation requirements. Following Fraxel® treatment, maintain your results with 3 Clear + Brilliant® laser treatments. Treatment are boosted with a topical prescription retinol and medical grade skin care regimen. Complimentary Revive® LED promotes shorter downtime.
Thermage® CPT – Collagen Plus Tightening
Restore lost collagen with a single Thermage® treatment. No down-time with this treatment. Maintain results with 3 Clear + Brilliant laser treatments. Includes ZO® anti-aging formula, medical grade skin care.
Therma-Frax – A Complete Anti-Aging Solution
A complete anti-aging solution combines a single Thermage® treatment with a Fraxel Restore treatment, a chemical peel, and a ZO® anti-aging formula/medical grade skin care system. Pre-condition skin with prescription retinol. Complimentary Revive® LED promotes shorter downtime.
We are frequentyly asked, How much does Botox cost per unit? Or what do you charge for dermal fillers?
Westside Laser & Light in the SW Calgary Aspen / Springbank area uses only the most trusted and respected brand names for cosmetic injections.
NEUROMODULATORS – Botox® and Xeomin®
Botox® and Dysport® injections are $10 per unit.
For a guideline, men and women can expect to pay in this range for Botox® or Xeomin®:
This is an estimate only and is to provide the patient an idea of the overall cost. We offer a free consultation to and a more accurate estimate can be given at that time. For a free consultation, please click here.
DERMAL FILLERS – Per Syringe Pricing
Restylane® / Emervel®
Westside Laser & Light is located in SW Calgary in the Aspen / Springbank area. We are open Monday-Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 10-5. By appointment only.
Today is Sunscreen Day, and it’s time to spread awareness about the importance of sunscreen to your skin and overall health.
In Canada, sunlight is strong enough to cause skin cancer and premature aging of the skin. Sunscreen absorbs UV rays and prevents them from penetrating the skin. Make sure your sunscreen offers protection against both UVA and UVB rays (usually labelled “broad spectrum”). ~ Canadian Cancer Society
It’s important to wear sunscreen during the sunny months, but also to pick one that is meant for your skin type.
Here’s some tips:
Enjoy the spring and summer sun, and be safe!
If your skin isn’t looking or feeling it’s best right now, there could be some everyday things you’re doing that are causing your skin to age faster than you want it to. Being aware of these five common culprits can add years back to your skin and give you that glow back.
If you want to learn how to reverse the signs of aging skin that have already appeared, find out about the treatments and services we offer, and as always we can answer any questions you may have.
In celebration of Earth Day today, we thought we’d give a virtual tour of green-inspired and award-winning clinic: Westside Laser & Light.
The use of natural materials and colours were key in creating the spa-like environment our clinic has, and the design earned it the title of ARE Design Award Winner in 2011.
The clinic feels little like a typical medical space and has a warm and inviting look and feel. As per the clinic name, light, as well as translucency became important considerations in the design. — World Architecture News
Some of the design features of our 1,750 square-foot medical laser and aesthetics clinic include:
Our clinic creates a calming and comfortable environment for our clients, and we’re proud to come to work every day because of that. You can read the full skinny on our design process in World Architecture News. Want to come visit our clinic? Information on where to find us can be found here.
You know those people who just naturally have amazing skin? We can’t all be blessed with that naturally, but we can all achieve beautiful skin with some extra measures. Here’s some habits to incorporate into your routine that will make your skin the envy of others:
Looking for a way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin? Try our WOWW Treatment:
Following a personal skin consultation with one of our experienced and talented skin care specialists, your treatment begins: a gentle massage and sonic-cleansing of the face and neck to remove all impurities, followed by the award-winning Laser Genesis. This laser treatment is excellent for skin rejuvenation yet gentle enough if you have never had laser before.