Monthly Archives: April 2014

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