Claris: The Best For Botox in Minneapolis…Blink & It’s Gone

The Best for Botox in Minneapolis


The Best Botox for Eyes in Minneapolis

Are you ready to blink and have your wrinkles be gone? Then you should call Claris to become “Botox beautiful” today. Because Claris Eye Care & Surgery is the top choice for Botox in Minneapolis. We also happen to have some specials, to make your holidays even happier!

Claris Beautiful With Botox

Wouldn’t you like to know how to look years younger, quickly and easily? Continue Reading…

It’s Holiday Time in Minnesota: Get Filled Up on Dermal Fillers!


Dermal Fillers: Everything you need to know.

Dermal Fillers

This Holiday Season, take a look into the next facial frontier with fillers at Claris Eye Care & Surgery. Dermal fillers are a safe and highly effective way to not only turn back the hands of time, with a more youthful looking face but to weather the storm over seasonal indulgences!

You want to look your best at all your holiday parties this year and the face is the focus of human interaction. In fact, it is commonly accepted that facial appearance can have far reaching effects on self- esteem or even our careers. Did you know that plumping up a downturned mouth creates a cheerier expression and therefore a more positive outlook? Neither did I! Continue Reading…

Laser Eye Surgery With Claris

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Laser Eye Surgery with Claris Eye Care & Surgery

A number of years ago, laser eye surgery used to seem like a last resort- something most people worried about and put off and therefore neglected. However, nowadays there is no stigma attached to needing laser eye surgery.  The advent of more efficient and modern techniques and technology have brought with them major clarity and the ability to work with laser precision.

Reflecting the growing popularity of laser eye surgery meant that even the language used for laser eye surgery had to change, as the term “surgery” is usually a little intimidating.  Surgeries are now called “Corrective Procedures” and among these remedies are treatments like LASIK, PRK, Visian ICL and many more, all under the umbrella of what is now called “laser vision correction.”

The dynamic field of laser eye surgery has brought Claris Eye Care & Surgery to the forefront of specialized medicine.  Our specialties are lasik, botox, glaucoma, cataracts, laser treatment, general eye care and so much more. We pay attention to every detail and clearly, at Claris, the most important detail is you. Continue Reading…

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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…

For Minneapolis Skin Care Secrets, Look No Further!

Claris Eye Care & Surgery of Minneapolis is now providing a medically supervised skin care regimen for our patients.

Your skin condition has many components, such as color and texture. As we age, collagen production diminishes, skin thins, and elasticity decreases causing facial sagging, fine lines and wrinkles.  Rough, dry or oily skin, abnormal skin pigmentation, or fine wrinkles can give you a tired or aged look. Claris Eye Care & Surgery can improve rough skin texture and fine wrinkles with chemical peels, while dry or oily skin and irregular skin coloration can be improved with the prescription strength skin regimen of SkinMedica®, SkinMedica® advanced skin care products are scientifically formulated and clinically tested to rejuvenate skin and help rekindle your skin’s youthful appearance, so you can look and feel great.

SkinMedica® Products

SkinMedica® medical grade skin care products are the result of almost two decades of research and clinical experience.  With scientifically proven ingredients such as growth factors, retinoic and alpha hydroxy acids, and antioxidants, they can enhance the natural appearance of your skin and help to prevent free radical damage.

Chemical and illuminating peels are used to refresh skin texture, reduce fine lines, tighten and improve skin texture. They are also able to diminish skin discoloration, such as sunspots, age spots, and melasma. Mild scarring and certain types of acne can also be treated with chemical peels. During these treatments, a chemical solution is applied to the skin, removing old cells and revealing new cells that form a smoother, less wrinkled, and more even skin tone.

The Minneapolis Office for SkinMedica Medical-Grade Cosmetics

skin careDr. Keith Carlson of Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis is a highly skilled and board-certified ophthalmologist who opened Claris with the intent of highlighting customer service. Part of that service includes being able to perform blepharoplasty and ptosis repair surgical procedures to correct eyelid drooping most commonly associated with aging. To further meet his clients’ needs, he has included nonsurgical cosmetic facial treatments. The combination of both surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic facial services makes Claris and Dr. Carlson uniquely qualified to help clients counteract the normal effects of aging by creating a natural, healthier, more youthful appearance.

All of our products are part of a medically supervised skin care regimen. For optimal results, consult the staff at Claris Eye Care & Surgery to help you determine which treatment regimen is best for you based on your skin condition, previous procedures and lifestyle.

Ordering SkinMedica® Products Online or by Phone

If you don’t have time to stop by our office or we don’t have the product you’d like to try in stock, simply login or create a new account and login at, then place your order!

When ordering:

  1. Brilliant Distinctions rewards members will be asked for their Brilliant Distinctions account number (you can also login within this site to retrieve it)
  2. When you are prompted to put in the name of a physician’s office to complete your order, you can put in the zip code 55404 and search for Keith Carlson or enter Keith Carlson in the physician/clinic locator section.
  3. If you haven’t signed up for Brilliant Distinctions yet, it will prompt you to do so, and we highly recommend you do this to receive money off towards future Allergan product purchases.

In the end, vanity is really a good thing: if you are worried about your appearance, then you are probably motivated to eat correctly, maintain a good body weight, exercise, and get enough sleep. Remember, your appearance reflects what’s happening on the inside as well, so if you’re not taking care of yourself – if you’re not getting enough sleep, eating poorly, and not exercising, then you will probably notice negative, visible changes in your appearance.

Visit Claris today for a consultation of your aesthetic and rejuvenation needs and discuss whether SkinMedica® medical grade cosmetic would make a great addition to your daily Minneapolis regimen. Erase the beginning signs of aging now, and begin to feel better by tomorrow. Claris is only a phone call away: 612.775.8009.

Discover Dermal Fillers at Claris Eye Care & Surgery in Minneapolis

Spring is in the air in Minneapolis and everywhere, which means getting out into the sunshine! Because sun exposure decreases hyaluronic acid, this is a great time of year to consider dermal fillers.

Face down those under-eye circles, thinning lips, and facial contours thanks to dermal fillers and volume replacement with Juvederm®. Juvederm®’s secret weapon is hyaluronic acid—a complex sugar that occurs naturally in the body and develops the volume and elasticity of the skin. Dermal fillers containing hyaluronate proteins are used to replace the natural proteins lost with age and add volume, taking years off your appearance. The procedure is fast and nearly painless, and results can last for over a year.

Minneapolis Dermal Fillers

Claris Eye Care & Surgery of Minneapolis cares about keeping your eyes healthy and also about you being happy with what you see. Claris invites you to take a look into the next facial frontier: facial volumizing with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are a safe and highly effective way to not only turn back the hands of time for 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. 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 and now available to patients in the United States. Dr. Carlson performs all cosmetic treatments at Claris Eye Care & Surgery to ensure the highest quality treatment results. Juvederm® 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

What to Expect During and After Dermal Filler Treatment

JUVÉDERM® treatments are relatively pain-free: a topical numbing cream is often applied to the area prior to the injection. If requested, treatments may be performed with an injected local anesthetic for complete comfort. The process takes approximately 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the number of treatment areas. Results are immediate and last up to one year. Recovery time is quick and easy with Juvederm® as well. Patients are usually able to return to normal activity the same day as their procedure. However, strenuous exercise, excessive heat, and alcohol should be avoided to help minimize any risks to the injection areas.

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short-lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection site reactions, such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection. Since JUVÉDERM® is made of the same hyaluronic acid found in our bodies, allergic reactions are rare, and normal activities can be resumed as soon as the treatment is completed.

Time to Turn that Frown Upside Down

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 is those who have enjoyed the benefits of treatment with Juverderm® dermal fillers.  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 in Minneapolis 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

Claris: Home to one of the Best Botox Doctors in Minneapolis

Why should you call Claris to become Botox beautiful today?Why should you call Claris to become Botox beautiful today? Because Claris Eye Care & Surgery is home to Dr. Carlson, one of the best Botox doctors in Minneapolis! Oh, and we also happen to have FREE BOTOX while supplies last for those of you whose crow’s feet are just begging for a little BOTOX!

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Claris Beautiful with Botox

Wouldn’t you like to know how to look years younger, quickly, easily and now even for free?!

The Minneapolis flowers are soon to bloom reminding us that spring is about regeneration. For facial rejuvenation purposes, Botox is used to safely, simply, and effectively improve the appearance of frown lines, forehead creases, and crows feet. Now you can let Claris show you how to put your best face forward with the surprisingly simple, safe and effective use of Botox cosmetic. According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Cosmetic Botox is the #1 requested non-surgical procedure in the United States. Using Botox is like having a non- surgical face lift that will give you a more youthful and pleasant appearance.

Botox Basics

Botox cosmetic is the latest advancement in botulinum toxin therapy.  It has been approved by the FDA for use in neurological disorders for over 30 years!  Botox works by relaxing the underlying muscles so they don’t contract- thereby preventing wrinkles from appearing. Botox blocks nerve impulses to tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. The overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled after treatment while the rest of untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion.

By relaxing the underlying muscles of these areas botox reduces the wrinkles. Botox is not a poison and cannot cause an infection.  It does not have a systemic effect.  It is not permanent. Our dynamic facial expressions are creating wrinkles on a daily basis from repeated use of facial muscles. Facial wrinkles and creases begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers begin to break down and wear out. This is part of the natural aging process… but it can also result from the harsh weather and climate conditions of Minneapolis, excessive squinting, frowning, smoking and smiling.

Medicinal Botox in Minneapolis

Botox is also actually used as a prescription and medical treatment for far more significant conditions! Since 1989, Botox injections have been the principle treatment for a muscle disorder called Blepharospasm.  Blepharospasm causes involuntary spasms of the muscles around your eye, which can result in uncontrollable and excessive blinking, eye twitching, or the closing of your eyelids.  Botox therapy has been the treatment of choice and used to aid in the correction of muscle problems that cause Blepharospasm.  It is injected into the muscles, where it binds to nerve endings and inhibits the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (Ach). This leads to decreased muscular contractions.

Spring Into Action

Take charge of your beauty, health and well- being. Add a more youthful look to put a spring in your step and take advantage of the best place for Botox in Minneapolis!

Claris is one of the few offices that offers the Brilliant Distinctions Program which is a huge benefit to our patients– you can earn points each time you get Botox Cosmetic (and several other treatments), redeem your points for big savings on future cosmetics procedures and skin care products. Or, make a difference in someone else’s life by donating your points to Dress For Success or the Make- A- Wish Foundation.

Isn’t it great to know you have a choice? Put your eye care in the capable hands of an experienced Claris physician. Contact Claris today and find out how cosmetic or medical Botox can improve your quality of life.

Remember to call NOW while supplies last and take advantage of FREE Botox for your Crows Feet If you have questions or would like to schedule a treatment, please contact us at 612.775.8009 or by email at


Raise Your Vision Awareness: Understanding Macular Degeneration

Affecting an estimated 11 million people in the US alone, macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision loss in adults over 50, so February is dedicated to raising awareness about this serious vision problem – what it is, what causes it, and what treatments are available.

What is macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration, also known as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), is the result of damage to the macula, a small spot near the center of the retina (the retina is located at the back of the eye). This highly sensitive spot is made up of millions of light-sensing cells that are responsible for clear, sharp central vision enabling us to see things straight ahead. As damage occurs, you may experience a blank spot, blurriness, or distorted vision in the center of your visual field.

Progression of the disease varies, and though macular degeneration doesn’t lead to total blindness, loss of central vision can severely impair your ability to do even everyday activities like read, write, drive, cook, and clearly see faces.

Types of AMD

  • Dry AMD, or atrophic AMD, refers the breakdown (or atrophy) of the macula. It comprises 90% of AMD cases.
  • Wet AMD affects far fewer people. Damage is caused by the membrane under the retina thickening then breaking, disrupting the oxygen supply to the macula and causing the growth of new, abnormal blood vessels.

What causes macular degeneration?

Macular degeneration is often simply the result of aging, though some people are more at risk than others. It is more common among Caucasians, and family history of AMD increases risk. Research has found links between certain lifestyle choices, such as smoking, and increased risk of AMD.

Treating Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Is laser eye surgery an option for stopping or reversing macular degeneration?

Unfortunately, there is currently no specific treatment for dry AMD. Progression can be slowed from intermediate-stage dry AMD to advanced stage by taking a specific, high-dose vitamin and mineral supplement.

Wet macular degeneration can be treated with laser eye surgery as a means to stop blood or other fluids from leaking into the macula. Wet AMD can also be treated with medication that is injected into the eye.

Will laser eye surgery be a permanent solution for wet AMD?

The laser-treated blood vessels will be permanently sealed; however, this does not prevent new spots from beginning to leak.

Minneapolis Leaders in Vision Correction and Laser Eye Surgery

Eyes are your windows to the world, but time can slowly take a toll on your vision. If you aren’t vigilant or don’t take your eye health seriously, you run the risk of developing both permanent damage to your eyes and vision loss.

Minneapolis is home to Claris Eye Care & Surgery, an ophthalmic office dedicated to helping patients have the best vision possible. Dr. Carlson and the Claris ophthalmic team are highly knowledgeable and experienced in treating people suffering from AMD and other vision problems, including:

Dr. Carlson and the Claris team can help you understand AMD and your treatment options. Treatment is a process of regular office visits to monitor your vision and addressing changes, and between visits, you can test your central vision at home using the Amsler grid – any blurriness or distortion in the lines can indicate a progression in your AMD. With AMD and all eye health issues, being proactive is important.

Twenty years of experience in laser eye surgery and other vision correction procedures make Claris and Dr. Carlson the best choice in Minneapolis for your eye health and vision care. If you have any questions or concerns about your vision – from macular degeneration to cataracts or LASIK laser eye surgery, feel free to call the Claris office at 612.775.8009 or email at

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 to find out more.