State-of-the-art treatments for healthier skin

Today’s aesthetic dermatology can address everything from volume loss and wrinkles to redness and changes to pigmentation.

Today’s aesthetic dermatology can address everything from volume loss and wrinkles to redness and changes to pigmentation.

While it’s true that appearance isn’t everything, most people want to look their best as they go through the various stages of life.

But by the time middle-age hits, the accumulated impact of ongoing exposure to ultra-violet light, hormonal changes and lifestyle habits such as smoking can leave our faces looking saggy and wrinkled, blotchy and speckled with brown spots. The good news is that it is never too late to improve the skin’s appearance and treatment options today are better than ever.

As a dermatologist with False Creek Healthcare in Vancouver, B.C., Dr. Christina Han offers a range of aesthetic dermatological solutions that help patients put their best face forward no matter what their age. “More men and women are empowered to take control of how they age and noninvasive treatments are becoming increasingly common,” she says. Although most of her patients are in their 40s and 50s, she’s noticed an increase in older people also wanting to treat themselves by rejuvenating their skin.

Today’s aesthetic dermatology can address everything from volume loss and wrinkles to redness and changes to pigmentation. “It’s important to tailor any treatment to the individual,” Dr. Han says. “When a patient comes in, I approach the face as a whole and discuss the concerns. Someone may have pre-cancerous lesions and not even know so this is an opportunity to check. Not everyone is worried about their wrinkles: some may be more concerned about pigmentation changes, while others want something done about saggy skin.”

Non-surgical options such as injections of neurotoxins (Botox) and dermal fillers, chemical peels and special skin care regimens can deliver positive results by making the skin look healthier and more youthful. “Often a multi-modality approach is used, depending on what the patient needs,” explains Dr. Han, adding that the results of different treatments last various times. Neurotoxins, often used to relax frown lines and crow’s feet, for example, typically last for three to six months, while dermal fillers injected to plump up hollow, sagging areas of the face last up to 18 months.

Yet, although aesthetic dermatology treatments can greatly improve the appearance of aging skin, Dr. Han stresses that the best solution of all is prevention. “It’s never too early or too late to establish a good sun or skin care regimen,” she says.

However, despite high awareness that UV rays emitted by the sun and artificial lights contribute to photo-aging and skin cancer, getting people to routinely apply sunscreen remains a challenge. In her practice, Dr. Han has heard a lot of excuses about why sunscreen isn’t used. “There is an inconvenience factor,” she says. “Some patients say they don’t like the aesthetics or the feel of the sunscreen and it takes time to put on. Others say they like tanning because it improves their mood and they get vitamin D. But avoidance of the sun is the very best prevention for aging skin.”

And sunscreen isn’t the only way to protect your skin against damaging rays. Dr. Han advises everyone going outside to seek shade where possible and to wear a broad-brimmed hat, protective clothing and sunglasses. “You can take vitamin D supplements if necessary,” she adds. “And stay away from tanning beds.”

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Video Profile – Excellence in Healthcare

False Creek Healthcare was recently featured in 2016 edition of “Excellence in Healthcare”, in addition to a print profile in the magazine, we were also featured in this Video profile. It provides a nice overview of False Creek’s services and a great tour of our facility, particularly our new space on the 4th floor!

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Senior Living 55+ Lifestyle show

On Tuesday October 20th False Creek Healthcare will be at the 55+ Lifestyle Show with a booth from 11am-8:30pm. Come by and meet some of our staff to ask some questions! Should be a great show, located in the Olympic village, very close to our facility!

55+ Lifestyle Show

The 55+ Lifestyle Show will be held on October 20, 2015 in the beautiful waterfront Creekside Community Centre. This venue is easy to access and provides a stunning view of False Creek and the panoramic skyline of Vancouver. Featuring over 50 exhibitors.  All day workshops and seminars.”

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10 Superhuman ways to grow and protect your brain (You Didn’t Know About)


By Dr. Jan Venter

You are born with only one amazing brain and even though medical technology is advancing exponentially, we still have not been able to do a successful brain transplant. It is therefore imperative to take very good care of your brain from an early age, so that it will take care of you, as we grow older.

The brain has many enemies. Let’s call these substances Kryptonite for those of you who enjoyed the Superman chronicles. Examples of Brain Kryptonite include alcohol, smoking tobacco, high blood pressure, irregular heart beat or Atrial Fibrillation, poor nutrition, lack of oxygen like Emphysema, neurotoxins like aspartame, too much sugar and MSG.

Our brain also demand constant stimulation as the dictum “Use it or Lose it”, is true in all aspects of our brain’s inner systems.

Luckily for us, our brain has the amazing capacity to recover and repair its own function when it gets injured. The process is called Neuroplasticity. Dr. Michael Merzenich , a neuroscientist and bestselling author of Soft Wired: How the new science of brain plasticity can change your life (2013), can be considered the Father of Neuroplasticty.

Dr. Norman Doidge, a Canadian Psychiatrist has been the  most active proponent of neuroplastic healing though his two New York Times Bestselling books: The Brain that changes itself (2007) and The Brain’s way of healing (2015).

Our brain is also capable of creating its own Miracle Gro ® to grow and repair. It is called Brain-derived neurotrophic factor or BDNF for short.

Here are 10 scientifically researched ways to boost your brain’s production of BDNF and to drive neuroplasticity forward:

  1. Activity

Researchers at the UBC Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health have studied the effects of exercise on the brain. They found that it was never too late to start with activities to help our brain. They recommend activities or aerobic exercise for at least 20-30 minutes daily, as well as strength and balance training three times a week to regain balance and prevent falls.

Here is a quick home test to check how effectively your brain is processing: See if you can stand on one leg first with your eyes open, then with your eyes closed. You should be able to hold your balance for 20-30 seconds if you don’t have any significant hip, knee or ankle problems.

  1. Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a key role in the metabolism of every cell in our bodies. It is especially important for memory, mood, sleep, energy, vibration and balance. Vitamin B12 is the largest and most complicated vitamin in our bodies. We are completely dependent on food sources for our daily intake of B12, unfortunately many of us have trouble absorbing it after age 50, due to lack of stomach acid whether from too much stress, alcohol, food sensitivities and antacids specifically H2 blockers (Tagamet, Zantac, Pepcid) or Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPI) like Losec, Nexium ,Pantoloc, Tecta. Our drugs are chemical thieves of B12, especially Metformin, one of the oral anti-diabetic drugs. Patients who eat mainly vegetarian or vegan, also requires extra Vitamin B12 supplementation.

B12 insufficiency may cause symptoms like poor balance, numbness, tingling and burning of the feet or hands. Unfortunately the chronic lack of B12 may lead to permanent nerve damage.

We recommend Methylcobalamin B12 1000ug daily sublingual (under the tongue) to increase the tissue and central nervous system levels. Some patients will need to check with their healthcare practitioner whether they will need to take extra digestive enzymes or intrinsic factor to help increase absorption. Some patients may even require regular B12 injections if they have severe damage or cannot absorb the tablets.

Please ask your healthcare provider to check your vibration and fasting Homocysteine level, as it can be correlated to lower Vitamin B12 levels in your body.

  1. Omega-3 Poly-unsaturated fats (PUFA)

Scientific research has shown that you can raise BDNF level in the brain by regularly consuming Omega-3 Poly-unsaturated fats like wild salmon, mackerel, herring, avocado, chia seed, flax seed, walnuts, olive oil or Omega-3 supplements.

We also recommend adding ½ – 1 tablespoon of Organic Coconut Oil twice daily to your meals to help your brain work more efficiently. It has been shown to be neuroprotective against dementia, Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative disease.

  1. Lion’s Mane

Scientific studies have shown that the mushroom called Lion’s Mane increase BDNF when used daily. Some larger universities have shown that it can help improve cognitive function in patients with dementia. The recommended dosage is 1000mg three times daily

  1. Flavonoids

Flavonoids like Green Tea, L-Theanine, dark chocolate, Gingko Biloba and Resveratrol found in Pinor Noir have been shown to raise BDNF levels.

We recommend 1 small square of dark chocolate at bedtime to raise BDNF levels.

  1. Melatonin

Taking 3mg of Melatonin at bedtime boost the brain’s production of BDNF. Remember to switch off unnatural light after 9pm. This include TV, IPad and other Tablets, Kindle and Kobo readers as it shuts of your brain’s natural production of Melatonin.

  1. Music

Music has been shown to stimulate BDNF production in the brain. Listen to the classics, especially Mozart and Beethoven.

Learn to play a musical instrument like piano, guitar, flute, drums. Remember your voice is a musical instrument as well.

  1. Green odour

Green odour from plants, specifically volatile oils produced by plants, grasses and trees increase our production of BDNF.

Taking a walk in our beautiful rainforests in British Columbia.

  1. Curcumin

Turmeric (yellow spice) contains curcumin, which has been shown to increase BDNF and a remarkable molecule called Nrf2. We recommend taking 1000mg of curcumin a day for optimal protection.

  1. Yoga and Mindfulness based Meditation

Yoga and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction techniques have been shown to increase our production of BDNF.

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Read more about the MIND Diet. A scientific breakthrough to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s by over 50%.


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Dr. Sampath listed as one of Vancouver’s 40 under 40

Dr. Sharadh SampathOne of our General Surgeons, Dr. Sharadh Sampath, was recently profiled in the top 40 under 40, an annual list of Vancouver’s emerging leaders in Business in Vancouver magazine.

“Dr. Sharadh Sampath, head of the department of surgery at Richmond Hospital, represents a new generation of critical thinking in surgery: the doctor who embraces the broad role of patient-centred caregiver and physician as business person.”

Click here to read the full article on Dr. Sampath.

You can also click here to learn more about Dr. Sampath on our website.

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Canadian doctors helping the Ukraine

Two doctors and a nurse from False Creek Healthcare have recently returned home after volunteering in a medical mission to Ukraine as part of a team of 25 Canadian health professionals led by the Canada Ukraine Foundation and Operation Rainbow Canada.


Our Surgical Director Dr. Kimit Rai (Plastic Surgeon) and Medical Director Dr. David Malm (Anesthesiologist) and Registered Nurse Valorie Long (Recovery) worked alongside Ukrainian doctors and nurses to provide complex, reconstructive surgical care to patients from across Ukraine who had sustained complex post-traumatic defects and deformities during the conflict.

Over the course of the mission, more than 60 patients from across Ukraine were seen in consultation and a total of 37 reconstructive procedures were performed on 30 patients. Including:

7 skull reconstructions
10 bony reconstructions of the facial skeleton
9 soft tissue reconstructions of the eyelids, nose, lips
5 burn and scar revisions
6 upper extremity reconstructions

These extraordinary efforts have made a transformative impact on the lives of patients, as reported by CBC in this video.

Funding for the humanitarian mission came from “United for Ukraine”, a fundraiser by the Canada Ukraine Foundation attended by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Wayne Gretzky.

Read the full article here:

*Update* False Creek Healthcare & Dr. Kimit Rai were also mentioned in this Toronto Star Article on Canadians helping the Ukraine.

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BC health minister tells health authorities to fix long colonoscopy waits

Colonoscopy in VancouverThere was an interesting article in the Vancouver Sun recently on Colonoscopy wait times in BC. A new provincewide cancer screening program is being overwhelmed by demand, flooding regional health authorities with more tests, resulting in a backlog that can mean a wait of months instead the recommended eight weeks. More from the article below:

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in B.C. More than 3,000 people are expected to develop it in B.C. this year and more than 1,200 will die. If treated early, the survival rate is close to 90 per cent.

The government’s new screening program started in late 2013. It includes a take-home stool test, paid for by the province, for residents aged between 50 and 74. If traces of blood are found in the sample — which could indicate cancerous tumours in the colon or rectum — the patient is referred for a colonoscopy.

“In some ways we’re a victim of our own success in terms of the screening program,” said Lake. “Because so many people have been screened, then that puts pressure on the next stage which is the colonoscopy. It is an unintended consequence of a very good screening program but it is something we’re committed to addressing.”

Click here to read the full article “B.C. health minister tells health authorities to fix long colonoscopy waits

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Run for the Cure 2014

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2014 CIBC Run for the Cure

False Creek Healthcare participated in the 23rd annual Canadian Breast Cancer foundation CIBC 5k Walk/Run for the Cure this weekend. Every dollar raised supports life-saving research and life-changing programs, working towards a future without breast cancer.

Our team had several walkers and one runner making for a fun Sunday morning. The weather even cooperated with warm temperatures and some patches of blue breaking out at the end. The run was a big success and nationally raised $1.5 million in Vancouver and $25 million across Canada for breast cancer research!

The crowd was quite large, with over 7,000 participants enjoying the sunny weather and beautiful scenery while raising money to fight cancer. The route took us through Chinatown, False Creek and within a block of our facility before heading over the Cambie bridge for the home stretch.

False Creek Healthcare is proud to support the Run for the cure and we look forward to doing this run again. For those who didn’t attend this year we hope you can join us next year!

An estimated 24,400 women and 210 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, with the disease claiming an estimated 5000 lives. One in nine Canadian women develop the disease at some point in their lives. One in 29 die from it.

At False Creek Healthcare we are deeply committed to women’s health and we believe that prompt and accurate diagnosis is a key part of fighting breast cancer, with our breast MRI and breast ultrasound and breast biopsy/pathology we can diagnose disease early when it is easiest to treat. On the surgical side our facility has performed breast surgeries (lumpectomy, mastectomy) as well as breast reconstruction to help women recover and get back to their lives.

About the CIBC Run for the Cure
Since 1992, the annual CIBC Run for the Cure has been the largest, single-day, volunteer-led fundraising event in support of creating a future without breast cancer. Join us on Sunday, October 5, 2014 in one of our 64 communities across Canada as we come together to make a real difference in the lives of those affected by breast cancer. Funds raised at the CIBC Run for the Cure are invested in breast cancer research and education programs that are having an impact. For more information, visit

About the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the leading community-driven organization in Canada dedicated to creating a future without breast cancer.  Our investments in innovative and relevant research and education have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care. Since 1986, we have been at the forefront of a nationwide movement supporting and advocating for the breast cancer community. Join us at

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Vote for False Creek Healthcare in the Georgia Straight’s 2014 Best of Vancouver Issue!

Vote Best of VancouverThe Georgia Straight is having voting for its annual best of Vancouver issue! We need your help and support to win!

There is only 1 more days left until voting closes on July 16th! Voting also enters you in a draw for to win a trip to Maui, Hawaii!

We’re in 2 categories in the survey… the Style page and the Mind/Body/Soul page.

Vote for False Creek Healthcare in:


Please VOTE NOW and pass this on!
Link: Best of Vancouver

We place as one of the top results in the Cosmetic category every year. We really appreciate your support!

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Beauty you can trust:
Introducing our new Rejuvenation Clinic.

Face the world more confidently at False Creek Healthcare’s New Rejuvenation Clinic.

Rejuvenation Clinic

You eat well, exercise regularly and take care of yourself, inside and out. Good health is a gift worth protecting, but we can all use a little help to show our best face to the world. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the new False Creek Rejuvenation Clinic. The clinic offers a wide variety of medical-grade beauty treatments using only the highest quality brands and products.

You already know that we provide world-class care from highly qualified physicians, surgeons and medical professionals. Why would you trust your beauty and cosmetic treatments to anyone else?

Experience BeautiPHIcation

Our medical team applies a philosophy of beauty based on PHI – the golden ratio of harmonious proportion that occurs in nature, as well as great art, design and architecture. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, we use feature measurements and proportion analysis to create an individualized beauty plan designed specifically for you. After all, beauty is in the details.

Our wide range of non-surgical cosmetic options includes:

Skin care

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer variety of skin creams, injectable fillers, chemical peels and procedures now available, not to mention the number of people performing these treatments with questionable qualifications. Our medical team helps people of every age and skin type to navigate the world of skin care – with beautiful results.


Why is Botox® so revolutionary? It eliminates deep grooves, furrows and wrinkles to restore your natural, youthful appearance. Botox® treatment also reduces excessive sweating and muscle spasms, and can help to control migraine and tension headaches. There’s no downtime, and nothing to lose but those frustrating fine lines.

Lip Enhancement

Improve the fullness and definition of your lips with subtle, yet gratifying results. Our board certified plastic surgeons use semi-permanent dermal fillers including Restylane® to help you achieve a soft and natural fullness.

Eyelash Growth

Imagine life without mascara! Safe and simple Latisse® topical treatment grows your lashes longer, fuller and darker to put the spotlight on your gorgeous eyes. Even better? You can expect to see results after just a few weeks of regular application.

Chemical Peels

Non-surgical chemical peels can diminish blemishes and revitalize your skin – helping you to feel more vibrant, youthful and confident. Our skincare professionals will determine the right treatment for your skin type, including safe and effective Vitalize and TCA peels.

It’s time to LOVE the skin you’re in.

Our experienced, medical team is here to help you look and feel amazing.

Book your face-to-face consultation at our new rejuvenation clinic today.

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