Beauty

Refining Beauty

Twin Cities cosmetic surgeons outline the spectrum of products and procedures available locally.

Refining Beauty
Randall Nelson

Dermal Fillers

The Basics:

Designed to reduce frown lines, nasolabial folds, and other deep creases, these injectable fillers plump the skin and stimulate collagen production. Costs start around $600 per treatment, on average.

The Brands:

Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse, Radiance

Good to know:

Dense, calcium-based fillers last longer than collagen-based or hyaluronic acid fillers.

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“Selphyl is the most inventive skin care treatment today. It’s great for darkness and fine lines under the eyes and around the mouth. We use your own growth factors, so it’s all natural—just ‘you helping you.”  Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD



Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment

The Basics:

One of the newest wrinkle-treating treatments, Selphyl is an innovative technique that takes platelets from a small amount of the patient’s own blood and reintroduces them into areas of unwanted lines on the face. This platelet-rich plasma initiates collagen production, which naturally fills in wrinkles. Each treatment costs $900 to $1,500, on average.

Good to know:

Results are visible in about three weeks.

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“We often use pixel laser and intense photo-therapy treatments to create the ‘celebrity peel,’ a favorite of many Hollywood movie stars. The celebrity peel plus the SkinActive program and Selphyl is an absolutely winning combination for facial rejuvenation.”  Charles E. Crutchfield III, MD



Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatments

The Basics:

Using a handheld wand to deliver bursts of light energy to the skin’s deep layers, this technique destroys broken capillaries and removes hyperpigmented spots, acne scars, excess hair, and lesions. Each session costs $350 to $600, on average.

Good to know:

Not recommended for people with dark skin.

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“We use IPL to remove age spots and broken blood vessels that result from sun exposure. The downtime is less than 24 hours in most cases, and people get excellent results with just one to three treatments.”  Scott Ross, MD



Broadband Light (BBL) Treatments

The Basics:

A variation of IPL, these treatments use light to stimulate the production of new collagen and treat age spots, rosacea, excess hair, sun damage, and other issues. Each session costs $350 to $600, on average.

Good to know:

IPL and BBL are not lasers, and because they use multiple wavelengths of light, they can treat a wide range of conditions at the same time.

Lasers

The Basics:

Using either a carbon dioxide or an erbium laser, a technician uses light energy to resurface the skin and promote the growth of new collagen. Lasers can also be used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, treat hyperpigmentation, destroy hair follicles, and remove acne scars, birthmarks, warts, lesions, and certain forms of skin cancer. Treatment costs start at $700, on average.

Good to know:

Collagen growth can be a long process, so results may not show for six to 12 months.



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