Monthly Archives: October 2012

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

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