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Minneapolis, Fend off Crow’s Feet with SkinMedica® and Botox


Say Goodbye to Crow’s Feet

The wrinkles in the outer corners of the eyes can flatteringly be called “laugh lines” or “character lines,” but it’s their other name – crow’s feet – that seems to better describe them. While their resemblance to the real thing is uncanny, those pesky wrinkles may have actually been named after an embroidery stitch in the form of a filled triangle.

Interestingly, a Crow’s Foot stitch is often used in tailoring to strengthen a garment at a point of strain. Unfortunately, crow’s feet wrinkles signal that the fragile, thin skin around our eyes has lost strength. They reflect hours, days and years of regular strain – the inevitable signs of aging. Continue Reading…

A Vision for You: Best Doctor Dr. Keith Carlson in Minneapolis

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Dr. Carlson of Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis

Whether on the lookout for a doctor in Minneapolis for laser vision correction such as LASIK or PRK, cataract treatment, or other laser eye surgery, Dr. Keith Carlson is the best doctor out there! Dr. Carlson is considered one of the best ophthalmic physicians in the nation receiving a variety of honors including being listed by Best Doctors* and selected as a “Top Doc” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine for a third year.

The Claris Vision

A visionary is described as someone being marked by foresight and imagination. Being tapped into the trends of modern medicine, Dr. Carlson felt that many aspects of patient care were being lost, and he had a vision for a new and improved quality eye care practice. Claris Eye Care & Surgery, owned and operated by Dr. Keith Carlson, was established in 2009 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and was created to bring a renewed focus on patient needs and care. Continue Reading…

Minneapolis, Remove Your Under-Eye Circles at Claris

Are you tired of those dark under-eye circles? The ones that actually make you look tired? Thanks to dermal fillers and volume replacement, there is now a way to lessen the appearance of under-eye circles.

There are two main facial muscle groups Minneapolis Dermal Fillersthat meet under the eyes, near the nose. The orbicularis oculi and nasalis muscles meet at the base of the nose below the medial part of the eyelid. This creates a groove commonly known as the “tear trough.” Actually, when crying or tearing, the tears in the corner of the eye run into this groove and down the cheek.

The problematic “dark circles” under the eyes are made noticeable when there is thinning of the tissues in this “tear trough” area over time. The loss of volume makes the normal groove or depression become more prominent. The underlying muscles are then seen as bluish black discolorations beneath the thinning skin, thus leading to the appearance of dark circles.

Replacing lost volume of protein in this area can reduce the appearance of the darkening tear trough. Dermal Fillers containing hyaluronate proteins are used to replace the natural proteins lost with age and add volume.

Getting rid of your darkened under-eye circles requires a simple In-office procedure, whereby the lower lid is made numb with lidocaine and small amounts of protein are injected deep beneath the orbicularis muscle to replace lost volume and lessen the depression or groove.

The procedure is fast and nearly painless and lasts for over a year. Additional, proteins can be added as needed over subsequent years.

Contact Claris Eye Care & Surgery at 612.775.8009 or email them at info@clariseyecare.com to find out more.

New Year, New You | Minneapolis Eye Surgery

I don’t know about you, but for me, this time of year gets me thinking about “the list” of all the things I haven’t “taken care of”. And for some reason, a yearly eye exam, products to keep me healthy and looking my best and updating my prescriptions are usually -still on this list.

So, this year I’ve decided enough is enough. Minneapolis Eye Care New YearsI’m starting the New Year off with a new point of view and I’m getting my friends, family and you dear reader in on it too!

It’s the gift-giving season right? Maybe this year we can give ourselves, and/or our loved ones the most precious gift of all- the gift of sight.

Taking care of aging eyes, enjoying an active lifestyle with the freedom from glasses or simply looking our best is really not that difficult. At Minneapolis Eye Surgery and Claris Eye Care you can go in for an eye exam, where they can evaluate the health of your eyes- testing for glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. You can also get a new prescription for glasses, buy products, enjoy a more youthful look with Botox and dermal fillers or even finally have that Lasik or Lasek procedure done.

Perhaps you happen to be one those rare people who have been on top of your own eye care? Then here are some suggestions for thoughtful gift ideas- to give to those who aren’t thinking about  the health of their eyes- all made available to you through Claris Eye Care and Surgery:

* PRN Physician Recommended Nutriceuticals are distributed through the recommendation of physician partners. They are highly purified & concentrated fish oil formulas high in Omega 3’s developed to target specific conditions.


* OCuSOFT foam cleansers are the key to treating irritated, itchy, inflamed eyelashes, called Blepharitis. If you or a loved one suffer from this, the key to treating it is to keep up with good eyelid hygiene.

* LATISSE is a superior solution used if you have inadequate or not enough eyelashes. Used by growing number of satisfied customers, LATISSE helps to grow thicker, darker and longer eyelashes. Now who wouldn’t like that?

* VIVITE SKIN CARE SYSTEM is a medical grade skin care system based on exclusive GLX Technology that is clinically proven to help rejuvenate and protect the skin. It includes 4 daily anti aging products in addition to a collection of specific products for eyes, lips and body.

* BOTOX and Dermal Fillers are a simple, convenient way to age gracefully and are used to reduce fine wrinkles in the face and to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost. They provide an effective natural looking result. This is the kind of gift that will definitely keep you coming back for more.

** Special Offer **

Claris is one of the few offices that offers the BRILLIANT DISTINCTIONS PROGRAM.

By becoming a member you can earn points each time you purchase BOTOX, JUVEDERM, LATISSE or VIVITE. You can redeem these points for big saving on future products or procedures, or you can make a difference in someone else’s life by donating your points to Dress For Success and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

* LASIK and LASEK are the perfect gift for a focus that is more about improvement rather than maintenance.  Dr. Carlson utilizes the VISX STAR S4 IR laser, which represents the most advanced laser technology platform available today. And now you can see better and save money! Visit the Claris website to find out how to receive $200 off per eye on Laser Vision Correction.

* Multifocal Lenses now make it possible to achieve both distance and near vision without glasses after cataract surgery. Reduce the signs of the aging eye, Presbyopia and Cataracts, with these unique implantable lenses. Find joy for yourself or your loved ones in being able to see everything and everyone more clearly.

This year let’s do it right and protect our most valuable sense- our sight.
New year.
New point of view.
Now it’s up to you!

Minneapolis Juvederm & Dermal Fillers

Time to turn that frown upside- down…

Did you know that plumping up a downturned mouth creates a cheerier expression and therefore a more positive outlook? Neither did I!  So I took a look into the next facial frontier- facial volumizing with dermal fillers- and I discovered that it is a safe and highly effective way to not only turn back the hands of time, with a more youthful looking face, but also to treat more serious conditions such as lipoatrophy (the loss of fat in the face) and deeply pitted acne scars.

Claris cares about keeping your eyes healthy, and also about being happy with what you see. Dermal fillers temporarily add volume to your skin, alleviate facial wrinkles and give the appearance of a smoother surface. As always, Claris is at the forefront of technology, even when it comes to cosmetic medicine. That’s why they’ve elected to use Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC , two formulations enjoyed by Canadians and Europeans for years, now available to patients in the United States. Dr. Carlson performs all cosmetic treatments at Claris Eye Care & Surgery to ensure the highest quality results for the treatment of your face.

Juvederm Ultra XC injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel which contains a small amount of local anesthetic, to insure a relatively pain-free experience. You’ve probably seen the words “Hyaluronic acid” in many of your skin care products. That’s because it is the most effective ingredient used to replace the HA that your skin loses with age, because it restores volume in your skin which in turn minimizes wrinkles and folds.

Because Summer sun exposure decreases Hyaluronic acid, this is actually the most favorable time of year to be treated with dermal filler. Our Minneapolis Juvederm treatment is available in two strengths: Ultra & Ultra Plus- Ultra Plus is thicker and better suited for deeper, more defined wrinkles, folds and lines. The most commonly treated areas of the face are:

  • Glabellar Lines (frown lines)
  • Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
  • Crow’s feet (usually used in conjunction with a muscle relaxant like Botox)
  • Horizontal forehead wrinkles
  • Lip wrinkles
  • Thinning lips
  • Downturned mouth
  • Dark circles under the eyes

A typical application of Juvederm injections takes less than 20 minutes and can last for up to one year. Patients can expect to see results immediately after treatment, with maximum results showing 7-10 days post operatively.
Those patients who are new to treating themselves to modern beauty aids are often concerned with side-effects; most of the side effects for Juvederm Ultra XC & Juvederm Ultra plus XC are mild in nature and do not last long. Temporary injection site reactions can include: redness, tenderness, swelling, lumps/bumps and bruising. As with any treatment, Claris will ask about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate.

The face is the focus of human interaction. It is commonly accepted that facial appearance can have far reaching effects on self- esteem or even our careers. Reportedly the highest percentage of repeat customers for cosmetic rejuvenation are those who have enjoyed the benefits of treatment with Juverderm dermal filler. Whether it’s medically necessary, you want to delay the outward appearance of aging or you simply want to look your best, now is the right time to come in to Claris and let them give you something to smile about!

If you have questions about Dermal Fillers or would like to schedule a treatment, please contact us at 612.775.8009 or by email at info@clariseyecare.com

Botox Beautiful at Claris Eye Care

Ok, Summer is officially over- but tell that to the sun!

I know that in years past, using Botox has been the best kept secret among friends, but the secret is out- like the sun. And the news is bright.

I don’t know about you, but I’m STILL squinting and shielding my face from the ever-present penetrating rays of the sun. And I swear that there are new wrinkles around my eyes that just weren’t there a few months ago! So now I’m worrying and concerned about my new wrinkles, which is causing even MORE wrinkles in the area between my eyebrows, lol. My very kind girlfriend calls them “Laugh lines”, or the “Map of Life Experience Lines”… Please.  Really?

Now, I know that we should be wearing sunglasses to protect our eyes (everyday people!), and sunscreen to protect our skin- but there is something to be said for the continual un-conscious contracting of muscles going on with our face – which causes some fine- and some not-so-fine lines.  It’s just a part of aging of course, but why not age beautifully? There’s got to be a very good reason that Botox is the #1 requested non-surgical procedure in the US.

I’ve tried all sorts of lotions and potions which promise to rid me of my crows feet and worry lines, feeling all the more self-conscious when they don’t work. And after asking around for what people’s experience with Botox has been like, I found out that my very own brother, a rock and roll musician, has been using Botox for years!! So I decided it was time for me to look into getting Botox cosmetic with someone I trust, like Claris Eye Care.

Due to it’s ever increasing popularity for facial rejuvenation and effectiveness as a medical aid, Claris has been using Botox for over 2 years, both medically and cosmetically.

The reason everyone is doing it is really quite simple: It’s a safe, FDA approved injection, which temporarily acts to separate nerve impulses from muscle actions.  The treated areas have less muscle contractions and therefore diminished wrinkles.

The testimonials from Claris patients who have received Botox injections from Dr. Carlson really made me feel more confident and comfortable with my decision to finally try it. Patients said it was pain free, they felt like they were in good hands with Dr. Carlson and that they looked younger and felt happier when they looked in the mirror afterwards. Who wouldn’t like that?!

Here are a few things to take into consideration both preoperatively and postoperatively:

  • Your specific goals for treatment will be discussed after an eye exam at Claris Eye Care. At which point photos will be taken showing the areas before Botox.
  • If you are taking a blood thinning medication you will need to contact your primary care physician before doing the procedure.
  • The injection is done with a very small needle, into the muscle, just under the skin. Usually causing a little pin -prick of pain. However Claris uses a numbing cream, which makes it virtually pain free.
  • You should avoid alcoholic beverages at least 24 hours prior to the procedure
  • It’s possible to feel some discomfort after the injection, perhaps some mild swelling or bruising. This goes away relatively quickly
  • Don’t expect to see results straight away, it takes a few days- 10 to 14 post-op for maximum results. And a full treatment lasts around 3 to 4 months.

I’m joining the ranks of satisfied customers, and proudly proclaiming :

“ Yes, I’m Botox beautiful!”

For a quick safe way to look and therefore feel better, come in to Claris and give Botox a shot.

If you have questions about Botox or would like to schedule a treatment, please contact Claris at 612.775.8009 or by email at info@clariseyecare.com