About Us


Dr. Cheng and Skin Matters

Dr. Charles Cheng, MD, graduated from the University of Toronto in 1990 and completed University of British Columbia's St. Paul's Hospital Rotating Internship Programme in 1991. He started with general practice in 1991 after working in both Ontario and BC. With a keen interest in the latest treatments available in medical science, he recognized early on that acne was an inflammatory problem, and developed an advanced approach to acne treatment with great success. By patient-to-patient word of mouth referrals, the practice grew rapidly and evolved to focus in acne.

Seeing the dramatic improvement in their teenagers, many female parents were curious with what Dr. Cheng could do with aging skin. This led to the beginning of our aesthetic practice in 1992. At the time, the best and safe treatments available were chemical peels. With safety in mind, we cautiously started Botox injections in 1993. This was followed by the use of fillers such as Fat Transfer, Collagen (Zyplast), and Restylane in the early days of injectables. At the time, only very few patients and even physicians are aware of the potential of non-surgical aesthetic medicine. Now more of a historical fact, we fondly remember the "old days" when Botox was injected with an EMG wire attached to a metallic hub needle.

Since 1992, Skin Matters Acne and Skin Medical Centre has offered a variety of treatments, including Botox, Fillers, Topicals, and a variety of other technologies, that are professionally selected to suit each individual patient's needs. Of course, staying with our roots, we still have a special interest in acne care, offering a full spectrum of treatment options. Ultimately, it is our goal to increase every client's self confidence, regardless of age or gender by returning their own youthful look.

Dr. Cheng's extensive experience with injectables and new advancement in technologies offers our patients the most optimal results. With our patients' full support, our aesthetic practice has grown, steadily built on our reputation of providing SAFE, EFFECTIVE and NATURAL RESULTS. Very much like our roots, the practice today is still based on mouth to mouth client referrals. He is among the few physicians in Canada that has achieved the Double Diamond Level account status in Canada with Allergan (manufacturer of Botox Cosmetic and the Juvederm family of hyaluronic acid fillers). In keeping with our excellent track records, we usually achieve leading clinic status in various technologies we offer. Currently we are the leading provider for Ulthera in Canada as well as a Black Diamond status provider for Thermage CPT and Liposonix. Dr. Cheng is a consultant and physician trainer for the industry's leading companies.

In addition to community volunteering, Dr. Cheng believes in education as the root of success. He has been involved in clinical teaching with the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine since 1996. Currently, he is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine, UBC. In addition, he has been involved with the Canadian national medical licensing exams for more than a decade as a contributor for the examination question bank as well as a clinical examiner every year. He also works with the medical licensing body, College of Surgeons and Physicians, as a peer assessor to improve the quality of care provided to patients by the licensed physicians of this province. With the explosion of aesthetic medicine in recent years, the regulations of this field has not kept pace with the market place. Looking forward to setting safety and professional standards, Dr. Cheng is a founding member of the BC Society of Aesthetic Physicians and also sits on its board of directors as the Chairman. He firmly believes the investment in medical education and regulatory guidelines will result in a better future with more physicians of high competency and professionalism serving the community with safe and effective aesthetic medicine.

In keeping with Skin Matters philosophy, our clinic is staffed with a friendly and very capable team. Our staff are university graduates with science backgrounds. Intentionally we keep our clinic environment to be of a medical professional nature. As reflected in the design of our website, we keep to scientific or informational formats without any glitz or fancy online marketing, coupons, promotions or incentives. We do not have a marketing department nor online expert on staff. It is our goal that all clients and patients of Skin Matter receive proper clinical assessment and the necessary education prior to making an informed decision on treatment options.

At Skin Matters, as part of contributing to the global community, we are proud to offer a 5 + 5 Beauty For Charity Program in which we will match 100% our patients' donation to charity. We encourage and suggest our patients to donate an amount equivalent to 5% of the cost of their aesthetic treatment to help those in need. Looking, feeling and doing good.

We look forward to working with clients seeking simplistic, honest, professional advice and treatments.


The Clinic
5299 Arbutus St
Vancouver, BC
V6M 3W4
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Hours of operation

MON: 9:00am - 5:00pm
TUE: 9:00am - 5:00pm
WED: 9:00am - 5:00pm
THU: 9:00am - 5:00pm
FRI: 9:00am - 5:00pm

Stop ID: 51024
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