Calgary Dermatologic Surgeon
4411 16th Ave NW, Suite 242
Calgary, Alberta T3B 0M3 CA
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Board-certified by the American Board of Dermatology


American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS)

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  • Undergraduate & Medical School

    Undergraduate: BSc, University of Western Ontario
    Medical: MD, University of Western Ontario
  • Post-Medical School Training

    Laboratory Medicine, University of Western Ontario
    Dermatology, University of Alberta
    Fellowship: Dermatopathology, University of Colorado, with Dr Loren Golitz

Treatments offered at - Dermatology & Esthetics

Most popular answers from Kenneth W. Alanen, MD

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IPL damaged my skin barrier. What can I do to heal and protect my skin?

"Skin sensitivity" is a commonly cited problem. It has many causes but an intrinsic defect in the skin barrier function is usually an important... READ MORE

Can limited sun exposure cause significant skin damage after IPL Hair Removal? (Photo0

IPL would not be expected to cause this issue. The wrinkles noted are a result of chronic, low grade sun exposure as well as aging. Zinc oxide based... READ MORE

Ice pick scar between eyes. What are my options for treatment? (Photo)

This scar should be significantly improved by punch excision - I would use a 2 mm punch biopsy and close with fine 6-0 non dissolving suture; Sutures... READ MORE

Is more hyperpigmentation after IPL normal, or is my Dr trying to cover up the fact his staff burnt me?

Post-IPL hyperpigmentation is a common phenomenon. The risks are greater if you have a recent sun tan or significant recent sun exposure history.... READ MORE

It seems as if my lips are asymmetrical. What can be done to make my lips symmetrical without surgical procedure? (photo)

Typically, I inject Volbella for lips. This hyaluronic acid-based formulation is smooth, pliable, long lasting and gives natural results. One should... READ MORE

What are realistic options for revision of a 22 y/o diagonal indented scar between eyebrows? (Photo)

This scar should be improved with a combination of subscision, fractional laser and possibly filler. Post-traumatic scars are treated with an approach... READ MORE

I have an approximate 3cm annular,scaly,eroded plaque BCC on bridge of nose. 1cm BCC above lip. Need surgery, skin graft (Photo)

The tumor above a large basal cell carcinoma in an anatomically sensitive location. As such the therapy of choice is Mohs' surgery. Radiotherapy and... READ MORE

No stitches after surgery. Just left hole to heal on its own. Will it look OK? (photo)

Because the upper lip area is relatively convex, suturing (as compared with allowing the wound to heal on its own) is typically performed. Allowing... READ MORE

Healing by Linear Sutures or Secondary Intention?

Ideally, layered linear closure is performed. Melanoma excisions classically extend into the deep subcutaneous fat and healing by secondary intention... READ MORE

I removed my facial mole by laser. It is itchy after 1 year. Any suggestions?

The problem with laser for mole removal is that there is no tissue that can be sent to the laboratory. The definite diagnosis of a mole is made under... READ MORE

Before and After Photos by Dr. Alanen

Kenneth W. Alanen, MD has shared 2 before and after pictures with 35 helpful votes from the RealSelf community.

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