Zap. Peel. Inject.

There’s a cosmetic procedure for just about every concern.

Maureen Hines is a skin care professional. The owner of Aesthetic Therapies in Woodbury, she has seen—and treated—it all, from acne scars to lines and wrinkles. “The skin tells the story of that person’s habits,” she says. “I believe that each person has something unique and interesting, a natural beauty.”

And after nearly three decades in the business, it’s safe to say that she knows what she’s talking about. So when we were wondering how to make lips a little poutier, cheeks a little brighter, and foreheads a little tighter, we turned to her—along with other experts in the field—to tell us about the most popular cosmetic procedures, both in the Twin Cities and across the nation.

Acne Scarring and Discoloration:

There are a multitude of options for patients with acne and discoloration concerns. Microdermabrasion is a popular treatment, using exfoliating crystals to remove the top layer of skin. Chemical peels involve applying a chemical solution to remove old cells and reveal a new layer of skin, while laser therapy relies on heat to destroy cells in a targeted area.

Fat Removal:

When diet and exercise just aren’t enough, doctors are turning to CoolSculpting to remove a patient’s unwanted fat. A less invasive alternative to procedures such as liposuction, this technology essentially freezes fat cells to the point of elimination.

Lines AND Wrinkles:

Botox and fillers work together to smooth out facial lines and wrinkles such as crow’s feet and frown lines. While Botox paralyzes the muscles under the skin, fillers are needed to make pre-existing creases disappear.

Unwanted Facial Hair:

One of the most commonly conducted cosmetic procedures in the United States, laser hair removal works by blasting hair follicles with highly concentrated light. The pigment in the follicles gets absorbed by the light, which then kills the hair.

Permanent Makeup:

Micropigmentation uses a tiny needle to embed color under the skin to enhance the appearance of eyes, lips, and cheeks. It also can be used to create a nipple areola complex after breast cancer.

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Ask a Derm

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