Enhance your Face and Disguise Wrinkles with Juvederm and Shu Cosmetic Surgery in MN

Juvederm is the hyaluronic acid (HA) gel filler that used in Minnesota to instantly smooth away wrinkles in various areas of the face. With just one treatment, you’ll get smooth and natural-looking results that last up to a year. Juvederm is a gel based product infused with lidocaine to improve comfort during treatment.

Everyone’s skin ages differently and Juvederm may be used to rejuvenate multiple problem areas. From smile lines (nasolabial folds), vertical lip lines, oral commissures, marionette lines, chin wrinkles, lip augmentation, or even in hallow areas under the eye (tear trough), you can smooth away unwanted wrinkles and restore natural contours. Young, healthy-looking skin contains an abundance of a naturally hydrating substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). But as you age, sunlight and other factors can reduce the amount of HA in your skin. The lack of HA causes your skin to lose structure and volume, creating unwanted facial wrinkles and folds – like those parentheses lines around your nose and mouth. Hyaulorinic Acid is a naturally occurring molecule. Much like a sponge, its primary function is to bind and absorb water, which creates volume in the face. In this way, HA can be thought of as the body’s internal moisturizer. But, as we age, HA diminishes, which contributes to the presence of lines and folds. Juvederm injectable gel works to correct this by restoring hyaluronic acid in your skin, helping to diminish wrinkles and nasolabial folds in MN.

Using a dermal filler like Juvederm in Minneapolis is a safe and effective way to replace the HA your skin has lost, bringing back its volume and smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds. It is safe and effective to use on skin type and color. Studies with Juvederm showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color. The procedure takes about 30 minutes and you will notice results instantly. After the procedure there may be mild swelling or bruising that could occur and could last 7 days or less. Makeup can be used right after treatment to cover any bruising if it does occur. If you would like to try out Juvederm or have a complimentary consultation with Shu Cosmetic Surgery medspa please contact us at 952-922-9999!

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.

Belotero Injectable for Women’s Wrinkles in Minnesota

Belotero is a new type of hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that is FDA approved to smooth moderate to severe wrinkles and folds for women living in MN. As we age, our skin inevitably loses its youthful appearance as the production of natural dermal volumizers and moisturizers such as HA diminish, leaving lines and wrinkles where our skin was once youthful and radiant. Belotero is made of the same volumizing and moisturizing component of your skin, so it is the natural choice for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. It is specially designed to integrate into your tissue to provide subtle and even results without disrupting the natural contours of your face, so you can be certain that no one will ever know how you manage to look so refreshed and confident.
When injected, Belotero evenly integrates with your own dermal tissues and discreetly enhances your facial contours for added confidence. By binding to water, it plumps and fills in wrinkles and folds, allowing immediate and smooth correction with minimal to no bruising afterwards. There is very little to no downtime associated with a Belotero and most patients return to their normal daily activities right after their visit at Shu Cosmetic Surgery. The finest lines can be treated with confidence with Belotero and is especially great for lip lines, crow’s feet, smile lines (nasolabial folds), and even under the eyes (tear trough area). Treatment can last approximately 9 months, but results may vary. One syringe (1.0 cc) of Belotero is approximately $500 in Edina, Minnesota.

Liposonix in Minnesota

Liposonix is a revolutionary device in Minnesota that can reduce fat without surgery. Liposonix system uses high-intensity focused ultrasound energy, which penetrates through the skin layers and into the targeted fat without harming skin or surrounding tissues.

The Liposonix non surgical treatment is unique because of its high-energy output and high frequency; creating an acoustic and thermal effect that permanently destroys the fat cells in the target areas. Also it has the unique ability to focus its energy at specific depths in the fat without damaging surrounding tissue.

For it to work properly, at least one inch of fat thickness is required. Although one inch reduction does not seem like a lot, a lot of patients in Minnesota having liposuction for specific areas do not have that much. On the other hand, Liposonix treatment is great for someone with a moderate amount of fat who does not want to undergo liposuction surgery or the downtime of it. With one or two Liposonix treatments, it may equal liposuction results. Liposonix works just as well if you have a lot of fat; the results with one treatment may not be as marked as with one liposuction treatment which does not have such limits. In such cases, another treatment with Liposonix after 3 months would yield additional benefits.

Another advantage of Liposonix, is that if you are not a good surgical candidate due to medical problems, such as diabetes, you are probably still a candidate for Liposonix.

Compared to the Liposonix treatment, low-energy systems such as laser or radio-frequency are not able to reach the fat located deep below the outer layers of skin. This is because the energy these systems use is reflected and absorbed by the skin. The Coolsculpt is not as effective as the Liposonix in removing the fat, and Coolsculpt doesn’t tighten the skin as the Liposonix does.

The Liposonix treatment is not a replacement for a healthy lifestyle, or a way to lose weight but allows you to get rid of fat that will not go away no matter how many exercise you do.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery is the pioneer practice in Minnesota to offer the Liposonix treatment which uses noninvasive, high-intensity focused ultrasound to permanently destroy targeted fat without surgery, which may leave you with a slimmer, more contoured waistline.

 

 

 

 

Shu Cosmetic: Leading Provider of Laser Liposuction Minneapolis

Minneapolis Laser Lipo is offered here in our comfortable office at Shu Cosmetic Surgery. This unique and innovative technology allows Dr. Shu to melt away fat and tighten the skin of a patient. Laser Lipo is ideal for small parts of a patient’s body. It’s great for taking away fat and tightening the skin on the chin and underneath the arms.

Unlike other forms of liposuction, the fat cannot be transferred to other parts of the body. The laser actually melts away the fat beneath the skin. As with all medical procedures, laser lipo is not without some risks. Although the risks are minimal, there is a small chance of burning.

Dr. Shu has performed many laser lipo procedures and patients are in good hands at Shu Cosmetic Surgery. When searching for a provider of Laser Liposuction Minneapolis, Shu Cosmetic Surgery is the ideal place to have this procedure performed. Dr. Shu can help you achieve the look you are wanting. Beyond just melting fat, the laser lipo procedure can help to contour, tone and tighten. This procedure is minimally invasive and allows that patient to get back to work and other daily activities quickly.

Dr. Shu can discuss your treatment options with you during a consult. In some cases, combining laser lipo with other procedures such as Body-jet liposuction, allows the patient to achieve skin tightening and other desired results. Laser lipo may also be referred to as laser lipolysis and can allow a patient to achieve the desired results of melted body fat within our office in a very short amount of time. If you are experiencing stubborn felt that simply does not go away no matter how much you seem to workout or change your diet, laser lipo may give you the desired results that you are seeking.

August Specials and Promotions- 20% off Laser Treatment Package of Your Choice

This month our medspa is offering 20% off a laser treatment package of your choice. Call today to set up your complimentary consultation! During your consultation please ask about our VIP and referral programs which offer great rewards to you. All Cosmetic procedures must be completed by August 31, 2012.

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