Benefits of Chemical Peels in Minnesota

Non-surgical skin resurfacing options for aging skin continues to expand in Minnesota. These skin rejuvenation methods including microdermabrasion, chemical peels, non-invasive laser treatment and skin care products may be used alone or in combination, which provide satisfactory improvement.

A chemical peel is an exfoliation technique used to rejuvenate aging skin. In a chemical peel, a chemical solution is applied to the skin. Over the next few days, depending on how deeply the chemical penetrated the skin, the skin peels off. The new, regenerated skin is healthier and more youthful than the old skin.

Chemical peels are divided according to the depth of penetration into three groups:
• Light peels (superficial): Glycolic, salicylic etc…
• Medium depth: TCA
• Deep peels: Phenol.

Chemical peels are performed on the face, neck, or hands. They can be used to:
• Soften fine lines and wrinkles
• Improve skin texture
• Reduce scarring
• Decrease age spots and sun spots
• Remove pre-cancerous actinic keratoses
• Help skin care products to penetrate
• Build collagen
• Give skin a youthful appearance

People in the Minneapolis and St. Paul areas often combine chemical peels with other injection procedures such as Botox and fillers to create global rejuvenation effect. A chemical peel is also commonly used after facelifts, brow lifts, and eyelid lifts.

The Elements of Facial Aging in Minnesota

The appearance of the face and neck typically changes with age. Loss of tissue volume and skin elasticity gives the face a flabby or drooping appearance. Although everyone in Minnesota gets older, and there’s no stopping it, it doesn’t mean we have to look older, more tired or less attractive. This blog helps you to understand facial aging mechanism and process that make you look older than you’d like and help what can be done to make you more attractive.

Your face and neck age because of changes in the following factors:

Volume changes: people in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas typically lose the fat volume in the forehead, temporal areas, and cheeks. In the meantime, excessive fat accumulation happens in the eyelids, upper side of nasolabial grooves, and jowl and neck (submental) areas.

Skin Changes: The skin changes are noticed much earlier than any other changes. These skin changes happen due to aging, genetics, skin nutrition and sun damage. Skin loses elasticity over the time and becomes dry, thin and wrinkled. In addition, the skin’s normal turnover process gets slower as we age, the ability of self-rejuvenation of the skin cells decreased. Moreover, repeated contraction of facial expression muscles over the years leads to the formation of permanent folds where become inscribed in the skin.

Other tissue changes: Just like skin and fat changes, other facial tissues such as muscle, fascia and ligaments change. These tissues can lose strength and elasticity and cause looseness of facial tissues.

Gravity effect: Over time, gravity, aided by a loss of elasticity in the skin and tissues, can displace the tissues of the face. For example, the brow and eyelids sag, creating a tired or old appearance. Hanging skin and fat in the jowl areas create the square shape instead youthful V shape.

These aging changes combine to transform your face from an attractive and youthful one into a tired and aged appearance. However, our full lines of anti-aging services in Shu Cosmetic Surgery can either improve or reverse these effects by targeting each aging element.

Chemical peels in Minneapolis

Chemical peels, also known as derma-peels, have been around for thousands of years. Cleopatra was known to do the first chemical peels by bathing in milk which contains lactic acid. Women in Minneapolis use chemical peels to soften skin, improve blemishes, brown spots, acne scars, wrinkles and fine lines that appear with age.

African American women or black women in Minnesota are known to age very well due to the amounts of melanin in their skin which gives them natural sun protection. Yet years of sun exposure without sunscreen will cause facial skin to turn many shades darker than the skin on the neck and chest. This is a sign of sun damage which can also lead to skin cancer.

The use of chemical peels can help by lifting away layers of skin. Peels are done as a series of 4-6 treatments and over time, softer, smoother, lighter skin is revealed. During and after the peel treatments, an SPF factor of 30 or more must continually be used to protect the skin and prevent the sun’s UV rays from doing its damage all over again.

There are chemical peels that are good for all skin types and some should not be used on darker skin. Darker skins can either hyper-pigment and turn darker or hypo-pigment which causes it to turn very light in color. Your esthetician or clinician can determine the best chemical peel for you and can do a spot treatment to see how your skin will react.

Sonya Stelmachuk – Esthetician in Shu Cosmetic Surgery, Edina, MN

Skin Rejuvenation with Jessners Chemical Peel in Minneapolis

Jessners chemical peel is one of the most common chemical peels for skin rejuvenation in Minneapolis. A Jessners chemical peel is very effective in treating many different kinds of skin conditions. It is made up of 14% Salicylic acid and 14% Lactic acid with Resorcinol solvent. It delivers outstanding results and is able to treat acne, acne scars, hyper pigmentation, photo damage and aging skin. It is a good peel to be used on all skin types.

Your esthetician or clinician in the Minneapolis and St Paul areas will apply a solution to the skin with a consistency like water. It goes on very light and takes a few coats to fully cover the skin. It will have a mild stinging or burning sensation. This is temporary and will go away. The skin will start to turn white like frost. After the peel it will have a slight to moderate redness to the skin depending on the individual’s skin type. Shortly after the peel, the skin will start to feel tight. 24 hours later it will start to flake or peel off which can take 5-7 days. After the skin has peeled off, the skin will appear clearer and smoother.

While a Jessners peel gives great results, skin conditions are not corrected with one chemical peel. It is a progressive treatment which takes a series of peels. Usually a series of 6 treatments is required which can be done every 4 weeks. How many you need depends on the condition of your skin. It is suggested to get a Jessners peel every 3 months to maintain healthy and radiant looking skin. Using a medical skin care product line is also helpful to maintain beautiful skin in between treatments.

Sonya Stelmachuk – Esthetician in Shu Cosmetic Surgery, Edina, MN

Chemical Peels in Minneapolis

Chemical peel is one of the most common skin care procedures in Minnesota. It reduces fine wrinkles and improves many other skin conditions. In this treatment, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, causing the top layers of skin to peel off in a few days. The new skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled.

Chemical peels can be used to:

• Reduce wrinkles
• Improve mild acne scars
• Treat certain types of acne
• Reduce age spots, freckles, and melasma
• Treat the areas of sun damage
• Improve the overall skin texture

A series of 4-6 peels is recommended as results are seen over a period of time. During a chemical peel treatment, the skin is first cleansed then a prepping solution is applied to prepare the skin for the chemical peel solution. Next, the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) and/or beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is applied to the face. The exfoliating agent is generally thin, almost water-like in its consistency, and is applied with a small brush, cotton pad or large cotton swab.

You will feel a warming sensation soon after the exfoliating agent is applied. Some people say they feel just a slight stinging; others describe it as more of a burning. It depends on the person’s skin. Everyone is different. Up to two passes of solution will be applied. Many estheticians in Minnesota use small, hand-held fans to gently cool the skin during the peel.

After your peel, your skin can look like it’s sunburned. This redness can fade in just a few hours time or last up to five days, depending on the strength of the peeling agent used. Using make-up to cover any redness after a peel is fine.

After a chemical peel , skin is temporarily more sensitive to the sun, so wear sunscreen every day. It is important that you use the skin care recommended to you to prepare for your peel ahead of time and to maintain your results after. Following the instructions that your esthetician gives you will help you to get the best results.

Shu Cosmetic Surgery of Minneapolis Offers Complimentary VISIA Skin Complexion Analysis

Starting this month, Shu Cosmetic Surgery, the premiere Cosmetic Surgeon for Laser Liposuction of Minneapolis, will be offering complimentary VISIA complexion analyses for facial rejuvenation and skin care.

Edina, MN (August 2012) – True to its commitment to providing state-of-the-art cosmetic treatments, Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute who is know for Liposuction procedures in Minneapolis, became the first cosmetic clinic to offer skin complexion analysis with the newest (6th) generation VISIA, a method of facial rejuvenation planning tailored to a patient’s complexion profile. Starting this month, patients will receive an initial VISIA analysis report as their baseline and additional complimentary reports throughout their treatment programs.

VISIA imaging and analysis provides you and your skin care professional with the comprehensive data needed for a solid rejuvenation plan to tackle your complexion requirements or problems. An invaluable aid in monitoring your complexion’s vitality, VISIA checks the overall effectiveness of your skin care regimen over time and helps create and execute goals for your skin.

“This analysis should be the first step in achieving optimal skin renewal and is truly the individualized care needed to maintain your complexion’s most radiant health,” said clinic esthetician Sonya Stelmachuk.

VISIA analysis works by using a multi-spectral imaging and analysis to capture key visual information on eight areas affecting complexion health and appearance: spots, wrinkles, color variation in the skin tone, pores, sun damage, subsurface pigmentation, vascular conditions, and porphyrins (evidence of bacteria in pores). Your characteristics are then compared to others of your same age and skin type.

“We use this comprehensive information to plan the most optimal treatments and regimens for you, and you will receive a summary report providing a clear overview of your facial skin condition with our recommendations,” said Katie McClellan, PA-C.

Dr. Steven Shu, MD, MBA, is a board certified laser surgeon and a pioneer of office cosmetic surgeries in the United States. He has adopted countless revolutionary techniques to achieve ideal results with more efficiency and safety. For more information on Shu Cosmetic Surgery Institute, please visit the center’s website at http://https://www.shucosmeticsurgery.com/.

Contact: Steven Shu, MD, MBA

Katie McClellan, PA-C

E-mail: info@shuMD.com

Phone #: 952-922-9999

 

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.

July Liposuction and Breast Procedure Specials | Minneapolis

The month of July is filled with celebrations, vacations and just enjoying the
summer weather.  It’s also a great month to take advantage of summer
savings on liposuction and breast procedures. Liposuction with any of our
state-of-the-art technology: Laser, Vaser or Body-jet is only $1000 per
zone. Breast implants start at $3600. All other breast surgeries are
reduced 10%. 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.

For your convenience, Shu Cosmetic Surgery now offers free WiFi and Keurig coffee
and tea.

Jessner’s and TCA Peels

In addition to our lightest peel, the Skin Medica Vitalize peel, Shu Cosmetic Surgery has added 3 new medium depth chemical peels to our service menu; which are unlike your typical salon/spa peel that do not penetrate deep enough to produce desired results. We offer a Jessner’s peel for $175, a 35%TCA peel (Trichloracetic acid), for $250 and a Jessner’s plus 35% TCA for $300.

The term chemical peel may be new to you or maybe you heard the term but did not understand what it meant. A chemical peel is a treatment technique used to improve and smooth the texture of your skin. The facial skin is treated with a chemical solution that causes the dead skin to slough off and eventually peel off like a sunburn. That is how the term “chemical peel” is derived. The regenerated skin is smoother, sundamage and sun spots are reduced and less wrinkled than the old skin. It is also a great treatment for acne.

Preparing your skin prior to a medium depth chemical peel will result in deeper penetration, faster recovery, lower risk of discoloration, and a better result. Skin preparation may be achieved by applying Tretinoin, and bleaching agents daily for four to six weeks. Tretinoin will help your dead superficial layers of skin shed and will allow chemical peel agent to penetrate more deeply. Tretinoin will also stimulate your skin to regenerate and heal more quickly. Women with dark skin are at increased risk for developing blotchy skin after a medium chemical peel. Bleaching agents used before and after your peel will minimize this problem. These patients must understand that the results may not be optimal, recovery may be longer, and risk of discoloration is greater.

Medium chemical peels will last six months to two years. If you use skin care products regularly after your peel, you will maximize the duration of improvement. Most women who choose medium chemical peels as the mainstay of their facial rejuvenation have a repeat peel every six to twelve months.

Walk-in Medspa

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa now accepts walk-ins which is unique and unlike any other medspa around!  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. 

 

Our walk-in Botox Boutique is for a quick, quality service in a calm and relaxing environment, and the 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.

The hours for walk-ins

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 8am-5pm

Monday and Thursday 8am-12pm

 

Shu Cosmetic Surgery Medspa 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®.

 

The dazzling 5,000-square-foot  new suite inside Southdale Medical Center allows for even more extensive services featuring six spacious rooms dedicated to Medspa services alone – including a consultation room, photography room, facial room and laser rooms.  Our well rounded staff now includes two estheticians – Sonya and Jenny – and our physician assistant, Katie, who will perform more invasive procedures

 

Last but not least the prices are affordable at our Walk-in 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!

 

 

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