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.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery’s Walk-In Medspa

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa in Minnesota expanded space in 2012 to allow for more extensive services featuring five spacious rooms dedicated to medspa services alone – including a consultation room, photography room, and laser rooms. The medspa accepts walk-ins which is unique and unlike any other medspa around in Minneapolis! An assortment of services can be accomplished right over the lunch hour with their quick and easy walk-in system. The Botox Boutique offers popular injectables (Botox®, Radiesse® and Juvéderm®) for reduction in wrinkles and for volumizing in areas of the face or body. One may also walk-in and have other services such as skin consultations and education about the very best skincare products including Vivier®, Skin TX®, Skin Medica®, Neocutis®, and much much more! Microdermabrasion, various laser treatments and chemical peels are also available for walk-ins, if time permits.

“We designed our walk-in Botox Boutique for quick quality service in a calm and relaxing environment”, said Katie, medspa director. Our priority is to keep our patients comfortable, with little to no pain during procedures. Our medical grade skin care products have been carefully chosen to give safe with effective results. Our courteous staff is always available to help achieve your individual aesthetic goals with and customized skin care programs and education.”

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa in Edina, MN offers best-in-class Sciton laser treatment solutions for a variety of skin care needs, such as acne, wrinkles, scars, sunspots, spider veins, skin lesions, redness/rosacea, and nail fungus. The laser is very versatile and may also be used for laser hair removal, tattoo removal, skin tightening, stretch mark reduction, and excessive sweating. Furthermore, patients can smooth out cellulite and tighten areas of loose skin using a dynamic laser and light energy machine called Smooth Shapes®.

“Our well rounded staff now includes two estheticians – Sonya and Jenny – and our physician assistant, Katie, who will perform more invasive procedures,” said Dr. Steven Shu.

Last but not least the prices are affordable at Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa. They offer a different procedure package promotion each month at a discount price. The center’s service menu offers plenty of options to fit every skincare need!

Forever Young with Broad Band Light (BBL) in Minneapolis

What if there was a way to stay younger looking without surgery or down time? Now you can. Research has proven that using Broad Band Light (BBL) treatments on a regular basis, not only seems to halt the aging process; it tends to help the skin look up to ten years younger. BBL is visible and infrared light from 400-1400 nm delivered for phototherapy. It is a gentle approach for treating sun damage that gives impressive results. The treatments actually change the histology of skin causing it to become like younger skin.

Over the years, exposure to UV radiation results in photo damage which shows up in the skin as reduced epidermal and dermal thickness, wrinkles, spider veins, rough skin texture, actinic keratosis and malignancies. Photo damage starts showing as early as the 30’s and 40’s.

In a recent study done by Dr. Patrick Bitter Jr and Dr. Jason Pozner, 15 people were evaluated to see if regular treatments done with BBL over a period of years would help them to look younger than their actual age. The age range of the participants was 39-69 years old. Each participant received at least one BBL full face treatment per year. Over a 5-11 year time frame. The result of the study was that the patients who maintained a regular annual or biannual regimen of BBL treatments did have reduced signs of photo damage and aging in a way that looked very natural.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa offers full lines of BBL treatments to rejuvenate your facial skin in Edina, MN. Please contact us if you have any questions on Forever Young BBL therapy or any other laser treatments.

BroadBand Light (BBL) Laser Treatment For Sun Damage and Brown Spots in Minnesota

BBL is an innovative laser technology that sets standards for skin conditions associated with aging, active life-styles, and sun damage. The treatment is tailored to match your skin type and your desired results. The light energy delivered by BBL will gently heat the upper layers of your skin. The heat absorbed by the targeted areas will stimulate your skin cells to regenerate new collagen. This process will restore your skin to its natural beauty, blending its natural colors and making it smoother, vibrant and younger. In addition, the photothermal energy will eliminate unwanted melanin that produces pigmented lesions.

Any area of the body for Minnesotans can be treated. The most common areas are those most exposed to damaging effects of sunlight. The most popular treatments are on the face, neck, back of hands, chest and shoulders for those living in Minneapolis. The number of treatments one will need varies from patient to patient and your laser professional will personalize a treatment plan based on the level of improvement you desire.
The treatment is noninvasive and safe with virtually no downtime. You should be able to return to work, apply makeup if needed, and resume most of your activities immediately. Generally, there is no need for a topical anesthetic because it is very fast and feels similar to a small rubber band hitting the skin. Your eyes will be protected with safety shields and you may briefly feel a warm sensation as the light is absorbed by the targeted areas. The whole procedure may take a few minutes to a half an hour depending on the size of the area that will be treated.

After the treatment, you may experience some redness that should resolve within a few hours. For some pigmented lesions, you will see a darkening of the treated areas following by fading and flaking off at a later stage. Your treated skin will feel smoother, fine lines and pores will be less noticeable, and sunspots or uneven pigmentation will fade. You will be sensitive to ultraviolent light and must avoid direct sun exposure for a few days following the treatment and it is always a good idea to wear sunscreen in MN whenever you go outdoors.

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.

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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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