Beauty

Refining Beauty

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

Refining Beauty
Randall Nelson

Skin Lighteners

The Basics:

Formulated to lighten skin tone, diminish skin discolorations, and brighten the complexion, lightening creams, gels, and serums reduce existing melanin and inhibit the production of new melanin. Available in medical grade and prescription-strength formulations, lighteners cost $100 to $130, on average.

The Brands:

iS Clinical, Skinceuticals

Good to know:

Skin lighteners can take several months to produce results.

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“To help lighten mild cases of brown spots (solar lentigo), freckles, and melasma, we recommend iS Clinical White Lightening Complex in the morning and White Lightening Serum at night.”  Elizabeth Hagberg, MD,



Chemical Peels

The Basics:

Designed to improve skin texture, reduce discoloration, and minimize fine wrinkles, a solution containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or trichloroacetic acid is painted on the skin to dissolve the surface layer. On average, chemical peels cost $500 to $1,000 for a series of treatments.

Good to know:

Depending on the strength of the solution, the skin may take on the appearance of a sunburn, requiring seven or more days to recover.

Dermabrasion and Micro-dermabrasion

The Basics:

A technician uses a wand-like device to remove the top layer of the skin; the process is designed to minimize sun damage and hyperpigmentation, erase fine wrinkles, and stimulate collagen production. Each session costs $75 to $200, on average.

Good to know:

Each session takes about an hour, and it may take up to five treatments to see results.

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“Our clients love our hydrafacials, because they’re a great way to clean and exfoliate the skin and plump fine lines and wrinkles. They’re so relaxing, some of our clients even doze off!” Douglas L. Gervais, MD,



Hydra- dermabrasion

The Basics:

The next generation of microdermabrasion, hydradermabrasion uses a combination of water and hydrating serum to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation, and to boost collagen production. Treatment costs start at $120, on average.

Good to know:

More gentle than microdermabrasion, this treatment requires no downtime and can even be used to enhance the complexion on the day of a big event.

Dermaplaning

The Basics:

Using a sterile surgical scalpel in a gentle scraping motion, a technician removes the surface layer of dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) to smooth and brighten the skin. Each session costs $50 to $150, on average.

Good to know:

Dermaplaning can be done every two to four weeks; it is not recommended for people with acne.


“Microdermabrasion and dermablading are both terrific treatments for brown spots and sun damage, as well as fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. Our clients love the way their skin feels so smooth and silky after a treatment.”  Judy Kozlicki, National MEDSPA Manager, Lifetime Fitness

 


Injectables

The Basics:

Derived from a botulinum toxin that temporarily paralyzes muscles, these injections diminish brow wrinkles, frown lines, and crow’s-feet for several months. Each injection costs $300 to $600, on average.

The Brands:

Botox, Dysport

Good to know:

Not recommended for people with neuromuscular disorders, allergies to botulinum toxins, or an infection near the injection site.

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“We often use dermal fillers and Botox or Dysport to create what we call a Liquid Facelift. It’s not uncommon for us to make a 60-year-old’s skin look one or two decades younger.”  Elizabeth Hagberg, MD




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