Welcome to Azure Advanced Aesthetics

Our Day Spa and Medical Aesthetics facility provides science based, non-invasive and minimally invasive health, wellness and beauty related products and services including:

  • Advanced skin care products
  • Professional facial treatments
  • Microdermabrasion treatments
  • Nail & foot care
  • Ingrown toenail treatments
  • Lash care
  • Registered, sports, relaxation and hot stone Massage
  • Steam therapy
  • RF energy based skin rejuvenation & resurfacing
  • Non-invasive body contouring, fat reduction and skin tightening
  • Acne care
  • Laser aesthetics
  • Fraxel laser treatments
  • Laser hair removal
  • Laser vein and pigment correction
  • Botox & Injectable fillers
  • Latisse eyelash growth formula
  • Mineral based make-up products
  • And much more!

Dr. Christine Kurz is a plastic surgeon, serving Prince George and Northern BC, who performs both Reconstructive Plastic Surgery and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery.  Dr. Kurz is also the director of Azure Advanced Aesthetics.  All products and services are carefully chosen and approved by Dr. Kurz for your quality assurance.

Laser Vein Treatments

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Spider veins are small (less than 3 mm) veins often found on the face, thighs and ankles. These veins are typically purple, blue or red and usually appear in three basic shapes: linear, branch-like or spider-shaped.

What causes spider veins?
These veins are often provoked by sun exposure, pressure, hormonal changes, heredity, or other factors. For example, many women tend to develop leg veins after pregnancy due to increased pressure and hormonal changes, or those with rosacea tend to have a weak capillary network under the skin which is often genetic. Some individuals develop a red flushed complexion due to over use or abuse of harsh skin care products while others develop red broken capillaries around the nose due to aggressive extraction. Although the exact cause is often unknown, these spider veins can be safely and effectively treated with the appropriate technology.

How are spider veins treated?
The Nd:YAG laser used at Azure Advanced Aesthetics penetrates deeply into tissue, targeting the hemoglobin in the vein and protecting the surrounding skin with Zimmer cooling technology.  The targeted spider vein is thermally coagulated causing it to collapse, forcing the body to absorb and repair the area.

What Results can I expect?
Laser Vein Removal is very effective when used on appropriate veins.   Most finer or spider like veins can be removed within 1 to 2 treatments. Larger or deeper leg veins may require more treatments.  For some, the veins will disappear completely without any visible trace.  Others, however, may experience some bruising or discoloration which can take up to several weeks to resolve completely.  It may take 2-6 weeks for your body’s healing response to begin and it may take up to 4-8 weeks for your body to absorb and eliminate the coagulated vessels.  Treatments are generally spaced 4 to 8 weeks apart.

Is Laser Therapy painful?
During treatment, you may feel a sensation somewhat like a rubber band snapping.  The Laser system used at Azure Advanced Aesthetics for vein treatments, includes an integrated Zimmer cooling system for increased comfort and to prevent damage to the surrounding skin.

How Long Do the Results Last?
Spider vein removal is permanent; however, those who are prone to spider veins may notice the appearance of new vessels due to genetics and lifestyle / environment.

How do I know if I am a candidate for laser vein treatment?
All individuals are evaluated prior to laser therapy. Spider veins do not cause symptoms and are of a cosmetic concern only. For those who have symptoms, further investigation is done to ensure that they do not have varicose veins. Laser therapy is most effective for the very small spider veins and not used to treat large varicose veins.

What preparations should I take before treatment?
There are no major preparations required before the laser treatment, but you will want to avoid sun exposure, aspirin, alcohol and smoking for at least a week prior to the procedure.  On the day of treatment, avoid all creams, lotions and moisturizers on the area that is going to be treated. Also, wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the body part(s) being treated.

What protocols should I follow after treatment?
• Aggressively cool area after treatment
• Apply ice packs or cold aloe vera for comfort or if redness or swelling continues
• If there is no extended redness, blistering, or scabbing, resume make-up, shaving, and regular skin care the next day
• If scabbing of blistering occur, keep moist with aloe or other cream of choice
• Wash the treatment area gently with soap and water. Do not soak.
• Do not shave the treated area if crusting is evident.
• Avoid contact sports or any other activity that could cause bruising of the treated area.
• Avoid sun exposure between treatments. If sun exposure is unavoidable, use a good quality 30+ SPF sunblock to cover exposed, treated areas.
• You may continue with normal daily activities, however, you need to refrain from hot baths or exercise for up to 3 days.
• Compression stockings may be recommended for leg veins.

What are side effects of laser therapy?
The skin above the veins will often have a reddish, cat-scratch appearance. This generally disappears over the next two days.  Laser vein treatment may remove some hair that may be in the treated area.

What are potential complications of laser therapy?
The risks associated with laser vein therapy are minimal. Your eyes will be shielded during the treatments.  A state-of-the-art cooling system is used during treatment, thus the treatments are low risk and relatively pain-free.  Following post treatment protocols will help to reduce potential complications.

Choosing a Provider for Laser Vein Treatments:
When selecting a provider for laser treatments, give your decision the same level of care and scrutiny that you would for a medical procedure.  Even though it is non-surgical, Laser vein treatment is still a complex procedure that requires specific training, knowledge and skill to ensure safe treatment and effective results.  You’ll want to choose a provider with extensive experience and access to a well trained physician for any potential questions or complications.  Typically a plastic surgeon or dermatologist practice has the requisite training and experience for the best outcomes.  A reputable and experienced Laser provider who has access to other skin treatments will know what Lasers can do for your skin and what they can’t.  Each person is unique; therefore, at your initial consultation, your provider should address your concerns in a comprehensive, integrative manner.

The Benefits of Registered Massage Therapy

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Massage therapy can be used for the treatment of both acute and chronic conditions. RMTs can work with a wide variety of patients, of all ages, in the treatment of illness, injury rehabilitation and disability.

Massage Therapists today use their knowledge of physiology and anatomy to combine traditional Swedish and modern massage therapy techniques with other therapies to treat their clients. There has been a wide variety of research, published in peer reviewed journals, proving the benefits of massage therapy for various conditions.  The following is a list of conditions for which massage therapy, when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist, can prove beneficial:  Anxiety and depression, Asthma and Emphysema, Back, leg, and neck pain, Cancer symptoms, Carpal tunnel syndrome (repetitive strain), Chronic Fatigue syndrome, Dislocations, Fibromyalgia, Fractures and edema, Gastrointestinal disorders, Headaches, Inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and bursitis, Insomnia, Kyphosis and Scoliosis, Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Muscle tension and spasm, Palliative care, Post-surgical rehabilitation, Pregnancy and labour support, Sports injuries, Strains and sprains, Stress and stress related conditions, Stroke, Tendinitis, Whiplash

Massage Therapy can also be used as part of a preventative care program. This includes sports training, injury prevention, ongoing stress management, and more! Together, you and your therapist will develop a treatment plan based on your needs. The treatment plan can be changed at any time and you have no obligation to undergo any part of treatment. Your treatment begins after you’ve given your informed consent.

The 3 Ds of aging skin

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As we age and as environmental factors take their toll on our skin, we begin to notice the 3 Ds in our face: Degeneration, Deflation and Descent.

Degeneration:
Aging, genetics, sun damage, smoking and other environmental factors result in a loss of collagen and elastin and an overall decrease in skin quality (degeneration). Often we notice pigmentation (colour) issues, uneven tone and texture, loss of elasticity, loose skin and creases, lines & wrinkles.

Deflation:
Deflation refers to the loss of volume that happens in the face, resulting in hollows under the eyes, flattening of the cheeks, and a more gaunt appearance, with thinner lips.

Descent:
Gravity results in the descent of facial structures. We start to develop “jowls” or “turkey neck” for example.

Typical progression of the aging face:
Many will experience some hooding and tiredness around the eyes in the 40s.
In the 50s, the cheeks (Jowls) become troublesome.
Finally, in the 60s, the neck (waddle) is often a trouble area.

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Solutions:
There are many solutions to correct and reverse the effects of aging and skin damage:

1) High quality sun screen and sun avoidance is the number one defence against aging skin!
2) Potent topical skin care products
3) Dermabrasion and advanced facial treatments
4) Lasers and Radio Frequenct energy devices
5) Injectable Hyaluronic Acid (HA) fillers (commonly branded as Juvederm or Restylane) or fat injections
6) Injectable Botulinum toxin (commonly branded as Botox)
7) Collagen and Elastin stimulators
8) Surgical procedures such as brow lift or face lift.

Download the AZURE App today and Enter to WIN!

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Conveniently browse and book appointments from your phone! Check out your complimentary account to see past purchases, upcoming appointments and purchased treatments. Don’t forget to to Download the Azure App and enter to win a $50.00 Gift Card to AZURE! Plus, receive a BONUS of 200 Perkville Points for entering the contest.
            

In-Depth TiteFX Study by Dr. Diane Duncan

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TiteFX (recently renamed as BodyFX) is 40% off at AZURE for the month of June! Dr. Diane Duncan’s in-depth study looks at how this non-invasive fat reduction treatment effectively contours the body for amazing results. Her study found that TiteFX’s revolutionary use of radio frequency heat and oscillating electrical pulses over weekly treatments resulted in clients achieving permanent fat cell destruction, giving them smaller waists and less abdominal volume!

Call us at (250) 277-2290 for more information about how TiteFX can work for you!

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Another Successful Relay for Life in Prince George!

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Great Job Prince George on another amazingly successful Relay for Life!

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Survivor Lap at the 2016 Relay for Life at Masich Place Stadium

Dr. Christine J. Kurz is a major supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and has remained a generous sponsor of the Relay for Life, Kordyban Lodge and other events benefitting the Society. Along with her team at Azure Advanced Aesthetics, she is proud to be a member of our amazing community here in Prince George that continues to be a positive force of change in the lives of those affected by cancer.

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Climb for Cancer at the Cutbanks

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 The first ever Climb for Cancer will take place at the iconic Prince George Cutbanks on April 23rd from 12pm to 4pm. This event benefits the Canadian Cancer Society and Kordyban Lodge and will incorporate entertainment, fitness, food and fun for all ages. Our very own Deanna will be participating in this athletic event! Go Deanna go! Dr. Kurz has also donated $250.00 to this particular event and has donated over $10,000 to the Kordyban Lodge over the years. Click HERE for more information regarding this event!
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