Broad Band Light (BBL) for Long Term Hair Reduction in Minnesota

Are you tired of razors that leave awful red bumps, smelly hair removal creams, waxing that can sting and painful electrolysis? Laser hair removal is currently sweeping Minnesota. Using Broadband Light (BBL) for hair removal is safe, fast, gentle and very effective for hair removal. It can be used on almost any area of the body where hair reduction is desired. It effectively treats more than one hair at a time and is great for large areas such as the back, shoulders, arms, legs and face. You will be able to immediately return to normal activities after your treatment.

Laser hair removal is among the most common cosmetic services in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas. The number of laser treatments required for hair removal depends on the hair density and your hair’s growth cycle. There are many factors that affect hair growth such as; age, ethnicity, weight, hormones, diet, medication and metabolism. They all play a part in the hair’s location, thickness and resilience which is why multiple treatments are required to get the best results. Treatment results vary from patient to patient depending on skin and hair color. BBL will not make hair grow in thicker, darker or faster. During treatments the hair that does grow back tends to grow back slower and much finer.

The hair removal process can be relaxing. The patient reclines on a treatment chair and the skin is cleansed. Then a light layer of ultra sound gel is applied to the skin that is being treated. The appropriate filter and setting is used on the treatment site based on a client’s skin type. A client’s skin type is determined by the Fitzpatrick scale. The scale is based on skin that is exposed to the sun 1 hour without protection. The skin types are broken down this way; Type 1 skin always burns and never tans. Type 2 skin, always burns and sometimes tans. Type 3 skin, sometimes burns and sometimes tans. Type 4 skin, always tans. Type 5 skin consists of Asian, Hispanic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern. Type 6 skin consists of African-American, African, and West Indian.

One down side to BBL treatments is that it works great on skin types 1-4. It is not recommended for skin types 5-6 as there is too much pigment in the skin and the BBL energy is attracted to the pigment in the skin not just the hair. A consultation is recommended before getting a BBL treatment. Your technician may also suggest a test patch test before any treatments to see how your skin will respond.

Laser Skin Resurfacing with Microlaser Peel in Minnesota

There are various types of cosmetic lasers for various types of skin problems. If mild wrinkles, scars, keratosis, sun damage (brown or age spots), or pigment irregularities are your main problems, a microlaser peel with Shu Cosmetic Surgery might be for you! A microlaser peel removes a thin layer of damaged skin to improve texture and provide a more youthful appearance. It provides superior results because it can be administered with great precision of depth. The procedure is tailored to your specific skin conditions and desired outcomes.

The microlaser peel’s beam is scanned over a treatment area to remove a very thin layer of skin. Removing the top layer eliminates some of the damaged cells that can give skin a tired, aged look. As the skin heals, fresh cells grow and resurface the treated area. The result is healthier-looking skin, often with reduced wrinkles and improved color evenness. Patients in MN often say that it looks like their skin went from looking tired to vibrant. Almost any skin areas can be treated. Popular treatment areas are the face, neck, chest, and hands.

Treatment results will vary from person to person but improved skin texture and tone can be obtained in just one treatment. The number of treatments needed may vary depending on your initial skin condition and your specific needs and expectations. Numbing cream is applied to the treatment area before the procedure to provide comfort. Afterwards, the skin will be cleaned and eyes protected with safety shields. The physician assistant or laser technician will position the laser hand piece above the skin and will hold it in place as the computer-guided scanner moves the laser beam around the treatment area. Depending on the size of the area being treated, the procedure usually lasts 15-30 minutes.

Immediately after a microlaser peel treatment the skin will have a “frosty” appearance. This is the dehydrated skin that will peel away within the next few days following the treatment. There will be some skin redness with a sunburn sensation as well as mild swelling after the treatment for a few days. This usually lasts anywhere from 3-4 days after a treatment. You should notice obvious improvement in tone, texture, and color evenness once the skin heals after a few days. The collagen that regenerates helps firm the skin over the course of 6 months following a microlaser peel treatment. If you are interested in a microlaser peel or for a complimentary consultation contact Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Edina, MN!

Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment at Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sclerotherapy is the treatment of spider and varicose veins. Spider veins are those tiny purple and red blood vessels found most often on the thighs and lower legs of women. They are hereditary and may be found anywhere on the leg or face. Varicose veins are larger and can appear raised with a bluish color, they may be quiet painful. Though these veins carry blood they are not part of the venous valve system so they are able to be reduced significantly through a simple office procedure with Shu Cosmetic Surgery at our luxurious Edina, Minnesota clinic.

Sclerotherapy has been around since the 1920’s. At our clinic we will use a tiny syringe fitted with a micro-needle to inject a small amount of sclerosing agent into the vein. This solution will displace the blood within the vein. It then causes irritation to the lining of the vein, making it swell shut. The vein will turn white then gradually disappear. Laser treatments may be used for small purple spider veins. The treatment is very tolerable with only mild bruising occurring afterwards.

Most of our patients here at Shu Cosmetic Surgery report little if any discomfort. A few may feel a mild burning sensation when the sclerosing solution is injected, but it stops in a few seconds.

Usually more than one treatment is required. In most cases, about 50 – 70% of the treated vessels will be gone for good. Some new veins may appear during the healing process so appointments are usually 4 – 6 weeks apart. During the healing process you will be asked to wear a special heavy-duty stocking to help keep pressure on the veins. This will reduce bruising, and help keep the treated veins closed. Any bruising will usually be gone after the first week. Your final results will be fully apparent after several months.

If you are ready to eliminate your spider veins or varicose veins call Shu Cosmetic Surgery for a consultation today.

Laser Hair Removal in Edina, Minnesota with Shu Cosmetic Surgery

For many men and women in Minnesota unwanted hair can be a nightmare.  With our short Minnesota summers the last thing you want is to spend time shaving instead of enjoying the outdoors.

Getting rid of unwanted hair can be painful and time consuming.  Until now the only options were hair removal creams, razors, or waxing.  At Shu Cosmetic Surgery Clinic, our advanced approach to smooth sexy skin provides the ultimate solution.  Now, men and women alike will have excellent results with our laser hair removal at Shu Cosmetic Surgery.

Laser hair removal uses a low energy laser to gently remove unwanted hair, putting an end to your shaving and waxing routine.  Our technology at Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Edina, Minnesota transcends the older, painful hair removal treatments to deliver long-lasting results.  Our laser treats more than one hair at a time which makes it possible to treat larger areas such as the back, shoulders, legs, and arms.  Laser hair removal treatments will leave your skin feeling smooth and soft, but best of all it is safe, fast, and gentle method of hair removal.

With Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Edina, Minnesota our laser can be used on almost any part of the body!  The number of treatments you will require will depend on your hairs growth cycle as well as your age, ethnicity, diet, medications, and metabolism.  Our laser slows the growing capacity of hair follicles in that growth cycle at the time of treatment.  Since hair follicles grow in cycles you will need multiple treatments to deliver optimal results.

Laser Treatments at Shu Cosmetic Surgery in Edina, Minnesota will not cause hair to grow back thicker, darker or quicker.  In fact many times the opposite is true. Our laser will cause hair to grow back slower and thinner!

Contact Shu Cosmetic Surgery to schedule your consultation today.

Laser Tattoo Removal in Minnesota

Having second thoughts about your tattoo? If so, you’re not alone. Every day, we see patients having second thoughts about their tattoos. Tattoos can be removed using a medical laser in Minneapolis. Our Sciton ProFractional laser ablates narrow-diameter channels into the tattoo, covering a fraction of the total treatment area. This action initiates the body’s wound healing response, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact for rapid healing. All colors of ink from the tattoo will respond to the laser. ProFractional utilizes an erbium:YAG laser, which was chosen due to its high ablation efficiency.

Before the treatment is done, the medical practitioner at Shu Cosmetic Surgery will numb of the area with an anesthetic injection. During the procedure it may feel like a slight sting, or a snap of a small rubber band against the skin. After the treatment, skin may have white discoloration and the area around the tattoo may be reddish and could have some swelling. It may feel similar to sunburn after the treatment is done for a day or two. Aquaphor or anti-bacterial ointment should be applied to the tattoo to help with the healing process and keeping it moisturized. The skin containing the ink will slough off over the next couple day following the laser treatment; this reaction is normal and will disappear slowly over time.

Tattoo removal will need a series of treatment to achieve the best results, we recommend anywhere from 4-8 treatments. The number of treatments depends on the type of ink used, location, size, color and depth of the tattoo. It is best to wait anywhere from 4-8 weeks in between each treatment. Hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin) may occur and can be permanent following the laser procedure. Usually this is very rare and more of a risk for darker skinned people. In most cases, normal skin tone should return within 6-12 months following the last treatment session. Since the ink used in tattooing is not regulated, some patients may only have a partial clearing even after several laser sessions.

Liposuction Procedures at Shu Cosmetic in the Minneapolis Area

Before choosing liposuction in Minneapolis, it’s important to recognize your reasons for going through with the procedure. Liposuction is not a miracle cure for weight reduction and it won’t give you the perfect body. It can however, contour your shape and create a better silhouette and appearance for some of your trouble areas.

Hi-def liposuction in Minneapolis is a new and advanced procedure recommended for patients who already have a decent level of fitness. It can target fat tissue that won’t dissipate from regular exercise and a healthy diet. Hi-def liposuction seeks out the fat which adheres directly to the muscle. Removing some of this fat will greatly increase the visibility of muscles, and the natural contours of your body will be highlighted and exposed.

f you’ve ever wanted a sleek and athletic body, this procedure may be for you. It can be frustrating to spend countless hours at the gym, while adhering to strict diets and routines, only to end up with lackluster results. No matter how hard we work, our bodies will only look a certain way. You won’t necessarily have the ab and thigh muscles of another girl, because her body is different. Everyone’s bone structure is also unique. It may not be possible to sculpt a new waist to hip ratio, but with hi-def liposuction, creating a more refined body is assured.

Though hi-def liposuction can provide great results for many people, the procedure is not for everyone. Those with excessive skin caused by a high volume of weight-loss, will not benefit from the procedure until their skin is more taught. Those with severe skin laxity, stretch marks and a high body fat percentage, should also abstain from the procedure.

After undergoing hi-def liposuction, the patient has a relatively low recovery time. Patients can resume typical activities after only a few days, but it’s advisable to abstain from regular exercise for about a month. Though results can be seen immediately, the full effects of the surgery will be visible after the swelling has completely dissipated.

For a consultation and additional information, please contact the Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute.

March Specials and Promotions – 20% Off Profractional Laser Treatment Packages

Spring is Here! Is your skin ready? Give your skin the gift of a younger, fresher complexion. Don’t miss out on our March Monthly Special!

20 % off of Profractional laser treatment packages. Used to reduce wrinkles, brown spots and scars. This treatment is quick and effective and especially helpful for sun damaged and aging skin. Get glowing!

Laser Liposuction – The Latest in Fat-Removal Technologies

Laser liposuction, also referred to as laser-assisted lipolysis, is the latest in fat removal surgeries. New technologies are making these types of procedures easier, safer and more effective with each passing year, and laser liposuction is the next evolution in that design. This technique can be used almost anywhere on the body, from the thighs all the way up to the face. Since it is a new procedure, however, it is best to know a little about it before making the decision to have it done.

What makes this technique different is that it uses a laser to target and liquefy the deposits of fat which are to be removed. This makes it easier to remove the fat as well as being less invasive than other surgeries. After the fat is broken down, it is pulled from the body via a standard liposuction vacuum process. All this can be done in the comfort of an office using a local anesthetic. A session of laser liposuction usually takes from 30 to 45 minutes.

Using a laser for this process has several advantages over traditional liposuction techniques. Since it only uses very tiny incision, there is a minimum of bruising and bleeding. This also means a quicker recovery time. Most that have this procedure are ready to go back to their normal schedule the next day. No need for a general anesthetic means less potential complications in that regard.

Laser liposuction has also been shown to have other benefits. The laser creates a tightening of the skin in addition to the fat removal. It also helps to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin; two components of skin which help promote firmer, smoother skin with more elasticity. The overall effect is less fat combined with a smoother and more naturally contoured body.

Despite all the benefits, laser liposuction does have some disadvantages. It is more expensive than traditional methods, for one. Also, since it is a relatively new technology, there are risks of burns from unskilled operators. Some health conditions, such as skin, blood, heart, liver or kidney problems, may prevent one from being able to have this procedure done.

Many doctors are still wary of performing laser liposuction on their patients due to its newness. This means that finding an experienced laser operator is of utmost importance when looking at this procedure as an option. Like all fat-removal techniques, having laser liposuction will not keep weight off permanently. It is up to the patient to maintain their new, healthier weight and prevent the fat from returning.

January Promotion

The start of a new year is a great time to treat yourself and work on areas you would like to improve. This month our stretch mark reduction treatments are 20% off of one treatment zone or buy 2 treatment zones and get one free! Call today to set up a complimentary consultation to find out more about this remarkable laser treatment. You don’t want to miss out on this dramatic savings.



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