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1626 richter st suite 200 , Kelowna- V1Y 2M3
British Columbia , Canada  Canada
+1-250-868-3070 Toll Free : 8668613070


Mon - Fri 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Dr. Craig Crippen

Laser Medicine and Surgery, Medical Dermatology, more..

DermMedica - Kelowna

DermMedica was originally established in 1994 (under the name Kelowna Vein & Laser Centre) as an alternative solution to more invasive plastic surgery treatments in order to of meet the BC Interior’s need for a medical skin laser and vein clinic with well trained physicians. Since our opening, we have continued to fulfill our mandate for both Kelowna and the Okanagan valley, providing high quality medical vein, laser and aesthetic treatments.
The supporting staff at DermMedica is prized for their mature, service orientated, and no-pressure patient friendly care. As a whole, we operate on a strong culture of mutual respect for knowledge and professional excellence, and we are known for producing quality results for the people of Kelowna and the surrounding area.
We are a multidisciplinary and integrative center with highly skilled medical professionals dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the fields of vascular medicine and dermatologic laser skin treatments.
At DermMedica we are committed to delivering high quality medical care by respected professionals. We promise to work closely with our patients to ensure they receive the best results possible. Our commitment to consistent, quality care is because we believe our clinic is built on the foundation of strong relationships. Unlike spa facilities, our patients are assured care at a medical level without pushy sales pitches. Overall, our aim is to stay at the forefront of medical technology as we maintain a world-renowned reputation for distributing groundbreaking techniques.
Located conveniently in downtown Kelowna, DermMedica is the perfect blend of a professional and relaxed clinical environment. Our office features a European design with soft lighting and warm colors, favourable for patient comfort and serenity. Our facility is distinguished for offering a full range of medical and cosmetics skin treatments.  Medical rooms are equipped with quality  equipment and are oriented to ensure optimal patient privacy.
Our most recognized and popular procedures are CoolSculpting® for non-invasive fat removal, Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm Fillers, Laser Tattoo Removal and SmartSkin laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. These are all, minimally or non-invasive technologies that provide exceptional results for the right patient.
We are medical professionals dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in the fields of vascular medicine and dermatologic laser skin treatments.Our most recognized and popular procedures are CoolSculpting® for non-invasive fat removal, Botox Cosmetic, Juvederm Fillers, Laser Tattoo Removal and SmartSkin laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. These are all, minimally or non-invasive technologies that provide exceptional results for the right patient.

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Additional Information

Acne is the result of excessive oil production in the skin. Acne is not the result of diet or hygiene, rather it is usually related to genetics. Every pore in the body contains a hair and oil gland. When glands produce too much oil, the excess oil attracts fragments of dirt, debris, and bacteria leading to infection or a blockage in the pore.

When a plug has formed in a pore the top or head of the plug may be white (whitehead) or dark (blackhead). If the plug ruptures, the infectious contents can spread causing inflammatory reactions in other areas of the skin. The deeper the infection is in the skin, the more firm and cyst like the plug will become.

Hormonal changes related to menstruation, pregnancy, birth control pills, or stressGreasy or oily cosmetic and hair productsHigh levels of humidity and sweating,Clean skin gently with mild nondrying soaps (such as Dove, Neutrogena, or Basics) to remove dirt and cosmetic buildup.

Shampoo hair daily, making sure to style hair in a way that minimizes hair-face contact. Try not to squeeze, scratch, pick, or rub the infected areas. Try to minimize the frequency of face touching. Apply “noncomedogenic” cosmetics and lotions in contrast to oily products.

Although treatment is not necessary for birthmarks, there are medical treatments available to remove or diminish birthmarks that affect appearance and self-esteem, or that may have cancerous properties. There are multiple treatment options for birthmarks because every birthmark is different and may combine pigment and or vascular structures. For a pigment-type birthmark, those lasers that target pigment would be the most useful, such as a 755nm laser.

For those birthmarks that are vascular in origin, we would normally use a vascular type laser such as a 595nm or 1064nm laser which will damage blood vessels specifically over pigment in the skin. In order to know what type of laser we need to use, a consultation with Dr. Crippen is always recommended.

While a strong, square jawline can be distinctly masculine and desirable in male patients, many female patients are seeking softer more feminized shape to their face. Especially in Asian females, changing the shape of the face from square to a more attractive oval shape can add a more gentle graceful appearance.

Jaw reduction surgery used to be the only option for many patients. However, patients had long recovery times, inconsistent and unnatural results. Now Botox Cosmetic has revolutionized facial reshaping. Botox allows for changing the shape of the face without a scalpel, pain, swelling and zero downtime. It’s really quite amazing.

Botox jaw reduction is a specialized technique to reduce the width of the jawline changing an overly square jawline to a more attractive oval or heart shaped face. In some patients, the the masseter muscle, a chewing muscle, is enlarged creating extra facial width and a square-like appearance to the angle of the jaw. In women, this is not the ideal shape for the face. A Botox treatment will selectively weaken this muscle over time leading to an overall reduction in the size of this muscle and allowing a rounder, more natural appearance to the jaw line.

Dr. Crippen’s special technique of injection makes this a pain free and bruise free experience. Many patients come on lunch breaks to have this procedure done and are able to return to the office immediately after. Patients typically notice softening of the masseter muscle at one week and softening of the jawline at 6 weeks. Some researchers have noticed “permanent changes” to the jawline after 2-3 treatments. However, it is reasonable for patients to expect long term benefit but not permanent changes.

Some patients mention lower rates at outside countries or facilities. Any product other than Botox (manufactured only by Allergan) should illicit serious concerns for personal safety. In addition, Dr. Crippen performs many cases of “redo” Botox Jaw Reduction performed by outside injectors. His special analysis, in addition to his skillful and precise placement of the Botox, allow for long lasting, aesthetic and symmetrical results.

Finally, some personal habits can be directly attributed to your enlarged jaw muscles (the masseter). Excessive gum chewing, chewing hard items like ice or tougher meats, all can lead to an enlarged masseter muscle. Stress can lead to bruxism (grinding your teeth at night) which can enlarge your masseter as well.

DermMedica – Melasma Protocol,This treatment protocol was initiated and fine-tuned by Dr. Crippen to help alleviate and keep Melasma under control. There is no cure for this condition but with appropriate laser and topical therapy by Dr. Crippen, we can achieve significant improvement and reduction in signs of this pesky skin problem.

During one of the laser meetings Dr. Crippen’s attended, he spoke with several leaders in the field of laser medicine and learned of a novel and safe way to treat Melasma. This treatment is only performed in Kelowna at DermMedica and by Dr. Crippen, so if you have had difficulty treating this condition you may want to see if this brand new technique can help your own skin problem. Book your private consultation to find out if this special protocol could work for you.


There are multiple treatments for varicose veins and spider veins because each patient is different and each presentation of venous disease is unique to everyone. Treatments may involve EVLT, Radiofrequency ablation, Sclerotherapy, Ambultory phlebectomy and some other more exotic treatments as well. With all of our vein patients we do recommend regular use of compression stockings to maximize healing and improve circulation in the veins of the lower limbs.

You will need a specific appointment with Dr. Crippen to determine the best treatment for your specific condition but you should also know that all of our treatments are performed in our own medical facility and you do not need to visit the hospital or be subjected to a general anesthetic. Most patients are surprised to hear how simple and quick it is to have those veins treated that have been bothering them for so many years.

coolsculpting fat deposit removalIt’s called stubborn fat on purpose. Fat deposits are always difficult to remove in specific areas because no matter how much pain you put into eating healthy and exercise, there may be no gain. It’s virtually impossible to lose that muffin top and those love handles. You’re forced to just live with them or think surgery. Which is not cool by us, and exactly why CoolSculpting® was developed.

You don’t feel yourself. Jeans don’t fit well. Dresses don’t drape like they should. And there isn’t enough exercise you could possibly do or anything you’d be willing to try that’s going to get rid of those bulges affectionately known as the muffin top or bra bulge.

So how cool is it that Harvard scientists invented something that does? A precisely controlled, FDA-cleared, Health Canada approved and patented process that simply targets, cools, and eliminates fat cells without damage to your skin. After one treatment, your body does the rest as the crystallized fat cells break down and are naturally eliminated.

Very cool. Very simple. Very easy. Very natural. Yours truly is yours again. And listening to what others experienced, you’ll reclaim a lot more than that.Check out this image below from DermMedica, this our own real patient who had phenomenal results after her CoolSculpting treatments. Just imagine getting rid of those pesky fat deposits forever with a few simple treatments that have you back to normal activity immediately, no downtime at all!There is a reason that CoolSculpting is one of our most popular treatments, it just works. Contact us online or give us a call today to find out of you are a good CoolSculpting candidate.

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Treatments For:

  • Acne
  • Skin Diseases

Consultation Type: Direct ConsultationAll patients have to come to the practitioner's location.

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