18 05, 2018

The Best Acne Treatments for Adults Can Be Found at ADCI!

Adults suffering from acne beyond adolescence know that it can be an embarrassing, even painful condition. Along with unsightly blemishes, patients may find themselves left with scarring, enlarged pores, and deep, cystic bumps that seem impossible to get rid of. Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute offers a number of the best acne treatments for adults, no matter your age or the condition of your skin. Our dermatologists are passionate about helping you find a solution and creating smooth, clear skin.

VISIA Complexion Analysis

Many of our clients like to start with a complexion analysis to help determine their perfect skin care regimen. Using the wrong products for your skin type can actually increase the occurrence of breakouts. Finding your skin’s perfect balance starts with this breakthrough technology for skin care experts.

The Visia Complexion Analyzer takes a multi-faceted image of your face that helps you understand everything from pore distribution to future wrinkle development. Understanding your complexion today can help you take steps toward a better tomorrow in skin care.

 Fractional Skin Resurfacing

Similar to Intense Pulsed Light treatments, fractional skin resurfacing targets areas of the face to remove surface layers, revealing smoother, healthier skin.  It can improve acne scarring but may require a series treatments (4-6) to achieve the maximal benefit. With proper care, you will continue to see your skin improve over the course of 6 months. Continuing use of sunscreen and skin care techniques allows you to enjoy the results for years to come.

Intense Pulsed Light

Using a highly focused light beam, the experts at ADCI can help diminish acne scarring, treat current breakouts, and prevent future breakouts! During treatment, the light destroys the bacteria that causes acne and limits the oils that the sebaceous glands are able to produce. For those with naturally oily skin, this means that they may begin to see less breakouts along with improvements in the appearance of oils on the skin.

Looking for the solution to adult acne woes? If you’re in the Edina, Chaska, or Shakopee area, start with Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetics Institute. We stay abreast of the best acne treatments for adults, so that we can continue to give our clients the results they’ve been looking for. Schedule a consultation through our website or stop by to learn more about how we can help you put your best face forward.

11 05, 2018

Tired of Wrinkles and Sagging Skin? Try Skin Tightening with Dermal Fillers!

Are you looking for beautiful, youthful skin, but want to avoid going under the knife? Dermal fillers can give you stunning results without the recovery time and pain associated with surgical skin tightening techniques!

As we age, our skin produces less collagen. This protein gives structure and fullness to our skin, hair, and nails. As we lose collagen content, we may start to experience dullness, as well as loss of structure in the face. This leads to the sagging, drooping, and wrinkles we associate with getting older.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute, we use a variety of dermal fillers to help you find your perfect match. Meet our lineup, then get in touch to schedule your skin tightening consultation!

Juvederm Voluma®

This product is specially formulated to correct sagging and sinking of the cheeks. It works by adding volume to the surface of the cheeks, leading to a fuller and more youthful face. Best of all, this product is the only one proven to last up to 2 years!

Juvederm Volbella® XC

If your lips have lost volume or have developed vertical lines, Juvederm Volbella XC can renew your healthy plumpness! It was crafted to renew subtle volume and to reduce the appearance of vertical lines, leaving you with natural looking lips, taking years off of your face without looking “overdone.”

Juvederm Vollure™ XC

This new addition to Juvederm line of facial fillers targets the overall appearance of lines and wrinkles. It fills in moderate to severe facial lines, giving your face a smoother, more youthful appearance. It works to reduce sagging under the eyes, deep parenthesis around the mouth, and other lines on the skin. The results can last up to 18 months!

Merz Aesthetics Belotero®

The Belotero line of products can be used in combination with one another to custom craft your perfect look. Hydro works to rehydrate the skin from within, giving you brightness and glow. Soft offers filling to superficial wrinkles and very fine lines, for those who are looking for a skin touch up. Balance is appropriate for more severe lines, such as nasolabial folds. Intense offers increased elasticity and bring back plumpness to the lips. Finally, Volume targets the cheeks and temples, bringing back softer, fuller skin.

27 04, 2018

Try Juvederm for That Healthy, Youthful Glow!

If you’re tired of bottle after bottle of expensive over the counter skin care products that promise “ageless” skin and impossible results, you’re not alone. That’s where Juvederm comes in. It’s not a miracle and it’s not magic. It’s science that works to restore the health and radiance of your skin and give back the youthful glow you’ve been missing.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is an FDA-approved dermal filler that works to fill in the fine lines and wrinkles that naturally appear as we age. It is perfect for smile lines, increasing cheek volume, and even plumping the lips, which can begin to look thin and pale as skin damage becomes more severe.

How Does Juvederm Work?

Juvederm consists of particles of hyaluronic acid suspended in a clear gel. When injected into the skin, it “fills in” the areas where your face has lost volume. Our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid, where it exists between cells, giving our skin that youthful glow. As we age, though, our bodies do not produce as much of this chemical as it once did, leading to the skin looking duller and more aged.

Unlike Botox, Juvederm does not numb the nerves in the area being treated. Instead, it actually fills in the spaces where naturally occurring hyaluronic acid once existed. Typically, Botox is used for the upper half of the face (bridge of the nose and above), while Juvederm is used for the bottom half. They work together to create a beautiful picture of radiance.

Is Juvederm Right for Me?

If you’re looking for a low-risk solution to facial volume loss, then Juvederm is right for you. Of course, ask your doctor or dermatologist for a consultation to determine your exact needs and whether or not you are healthy enough to have dermal fillers. They can also help you understand the best care plan and budget to fit your needs.

20 04, 2018

Earlobe Repair for Damaged Lobes

Beautiful earrings are fun to wear but can do serious damage to your lobes. If you’re noticing the effects of years of heavy earrings, or you’ve experienced lobe trauma, earlobe repair can help refresh or repair unsightly stretching or tearing.

Earlobe Repair is for Everyone!

Though not often talked about, earlobe repairs are one of the most common cosmetic surgeries on the market. In 2013, more than 40,000 people opted to renew their lobes with this simple outpatient surgery. This simple procedure is perfect for anyone looking to improve their look without the stigma of “going under the knife.”

Though it may be hard to imagine, our earlobes take a beating. Often, patients have had their ears pierced since they were small children. Years of wearing heavy earrings can stretch the lobe, as well as the actual earring hole, making it difficult to keep earrings in place.

Additionally, the relatively modern trend of “stretching” the lobes using increasingly larger gauges of earrings looks trendy when you’re a youth, but it can also be seen as unprofessional as you enter the workforce.

Even those who have encountered lobe trauma, such as catching an earring on a piece of clothing and it tearing through the skin, can regain their ability to wear jewelry because of earlobe repair surgery!

Fast and Simple

It begins with the injection of a local anesthetic. Then, your doctor will suture the skin together at the edges of the tear or hole. The whole process takes between 15-20 minutes.

Once the anesthesia wears off, you’ll care for the lobes just as you would any other suture site. You may experience some pain for a few days, but it’s important to keep the area clean and bandaged as it heals. In 7-10 days, your doctor will remove the sutures and your lobes will be refreshed, repaired, and ready for piercing. It is recommended that patients wait at least two months before piercing the ears.

Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Institute is proud to offer earlobe repair services at our Edina location. Contact Dr. Briden to schedule your consultation.

13 04, 2018

Still Searching for Smooth Skin? Laser Treatment for Acne Might Help!

Acne can be a devastating condition, especially for adults who still suffer from breakouts. Chronic breakouts can leave your skin pitted, scarred, and permanently damaged. Breakthroughs in the use of cosmetic laser treatments may be the solution to your acne woes.

How Laser Treatment for Acne Works

The bacteria that accumulates on your skin and causes breakouts contains a chemical called porphyrin. When a licensed dermatologist targets areas of your face with the laser, the compound is activated and causes the destruction of the bacteria that leads to acne.

This treatment has been proven to work on multiple types of acne, including whiteheads, blackheads, and even painful cystic acne. It evens works to reduce oils on the facial skin. This oil, called sebum, contributes to the formation of acne.

The lasers used for active breakout treatments also help to treat excessive pigmentation and discoloration caused by past breakouts.

Who is an Ideal Candidate for Treatment?

As with many laser treatments, such as hair removal, results are more significant on those with lighter skin tones. Darker skin tones tend to absorb more of the light, which doesn’t allow it to pass through to the necessary depth for treatment. This does not mean that it won’t work for you. It merely means that it may require higher laser strength or more procedures to fully take effect.

What are the Side Effects?

Dependent upon the strength of laser used, the number of treatments received, and the time between treatments, side effects can vary. In general, they’re very mild.

Some patients report feeling slight pain or burning during the treatments. Those with lighter skin are more prone to light peeling or blistering, as with a sunburn. Patients with a darker pigmentation have reported temporary darkening of the skin, particularly if they were exposed to the sun before treatments.

If you’re interested in laser treatments for your acne prone skin, speak with your dermatologist or contact the Advanced Dermatology and Cosmetic Institute. We’re your partners for comprehensive skin care and offer years of expertise in and passion for helping every patient love their skin.



6 04, 2018

How Much Does Botox Cost? Probably Less Than You Think!

Are you ready to put your best face forward, but fear that Botox and other “lunchtime facelifts” are out of your budget? Are you wondering, “How much does Botox cost?” You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that some of the most popular and effective cosmetic treatments available are well within reach. A quick word of warning, though: If the prices seem too good to be true, they probably are. The products may be diluted or the treatment provider inexperienced. It’s worth spending a little extra time and money to get the results that you’re dreaming about!

How Much Does Botox Cost?

In general, you’ll find that Botox costs about $10-$20 per unit. While some offices and clinics charge a flat rate, depending on the area that they’re working on, you’ll more often find that you are charged based on how many units of Botox are used to achieve the results you’re looking for. You need around 20 units to treat your forehead and 5-6 units to treat crows feet, making Botox an affordable alternative to going under the knife.

How Much Does Kybella Cost?

Kybella helps patients lose their dreaded double chin and regain the taut, sculpted profile of their youth. The ingredients in Kybella are naturally made by the body, which means that you’re very likely to be satisfied with the results. It works by destroying the fat cells under the chin, making them unable to store fat any longer. Each treatment only requires 15-20 minutes, which leaves enough time to grab some sushi before you head back to the office. You’ll pay out somewhere between $1200 and $1800, but a chin tuck can cost anywhere from $1500 to $4000. Plus, Kybella doesn’t require the healing time that traditional skin liposuction does.

How Much Do Dermal Fillers Cost?

Dermal fillers, as we’ve discussed in our previous post, vary on what you’re looking for and how long you’d like to see those results. According to the Plastic Surgeons Portal, the minimum you’ll pay for dermal fillers, like Juvederm and Restylane, is going to $1500, while the maximum you’re looking at is $2,500. It’s a small price to pay for radiance and confidence!

Read more here about the therapies and treatments offered by Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute and spring into the new season with a fresh face forward!


30 03, 2018

Youth and Radiance Restored! Your Guide to Injectable Dermal Face Fillers

This week, we have a special treat for our readers. Check out our handy infographic guide to dermal fillers!

The story is the same for so many clients. One morning, you wake up and the years seem to have caught up with you. No matter how young you feel on the inside, the physical toll of aging shows, especially in the face. As we age, our face begins to lose its volume. The tissue under the skin becomes thinner and has a harder time maintaining moisture levels, which leads to the loss of natural facial contour and the appearance of wrinkles.

23 03, 2018

Choosing the Chemical Peel That’s Perfect for Your Skin

There’s nothing quite like entering spring with the fresh-faced beauty of your youth. Put your best face forward with a chemical peel that can reveal the radiance and beauty that hides under years of skin damage. If you are looking for a rejuvenation that doesn’t require injections or surgery, chemical peels are a great option. While the experts at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute and Advanced Skin Therapeutics will help you choose the treatment appropriate for your skin type, read on to find out more about some of the options:

Superficial Chemical Peels

This is a great peel for those who just need a little freshening up. A superficial peel removes the first layer of skin, which can often appear dull, dry, and discolored due to exposure to your environment. These often involve the use of either alpha hydroxy or beta hydroxy, which allows the skin on the face to slough off, but without the peeling and redness that can come from deeper treatments. Superficial peels are perfect for those with mild acne scarring, slight discoloration, or dry skin. There is little discomfort during a superficial peel.

Medium Depth Chemical Peels

This type of peel penetrates deeper into the skin with the use of trichloroacetic acid and can be miraculous for deep lines, uneven coloring, and repairing years of sun damage. The downside to this, though, is that the side effects may require a few days of downtime. Medium peels can result in some discomfort, such as stinging, for up to an hour after the procedure is complete. You may also find that your skin is pink or red in spots during the healing process. Once your skin is recovered, you’ll find that many skin issues that come with age are reversed.

Deep Chemical Peels

For those seeking extreme results, a deep chemical peel may be the solution. While these peels can vastly improve or erase deep lines, wrinkles, and sun damage, it can take months to heal. The phenol, or carbolic acid, in these peels penetrates deep through the layers of skin, leaving it red and painful during the healing process. Some find that sedation is the only way to cope with the pain during a deep peel, but the results last much longer than any other variety.

16 03, 2018

How Long Do Botox Injections Last? and Other Questions for First Timers

Botox and other “lunchtime cosmetics” are gaining in popularity. Where it used to be a sensitive subject, or something reserved only for the richest among us, it has become faster, safer, and cheaper than ever. If there was ever a time to battle fine lines, wrinkles, crows feet, and other signs of aging, it’s now.

Of course, if you’ve never received Botox, you’ll have some questions and misconceptions about the process. Start here, at Advanced Skin Therapeutics of Minnesota, to find the information you need to know before you go under the needle.

How Does Botox Work?

Many believe that Botox works as a skin filler, plumping up the problem areas to make the appearance of wrinkles less obvious. In reality, Botox temporarily dulls the nerve’s ability to receive signals from the brain. Wrinkles are caused when our face makes the movement that scrunches the skin, but the injection won’t allow that to happen. Depending on how severe the wrinkles are, the injection sites can still look quite natural.

How Long Does It Last?

Botox typically lasts anywhere from 3-4 months. Fortunately, the injection process is short, taking only around 30 minutes. With the quick results from Botox, you’d be able to come back to the office ten years younger than when you left. Be prepared for the commitment to maintain your skin’s youthful appearance.

Are There Side Effects?

Like any injection site, there is a chance of bruising, redness, or swelling. This is generally very mild and cleans up quickly. Most people, though, don’t even experience that. In general, Botox injections only require that you avoid lying down for a few hours after the procedure to allow the results to take their full effect.

Is Botox for Men?

Absolutely! Around 10% of all cosmetic procedures are performed on men. Men and women alike love the rejuvenating effect that Botox has on their skin. It can significantly reduce frown lines, crows feet, and forehead wrinkles in men of all ages.


9 03, 2018

Tired of Razors and Waxing? Laser Hair Removal Will Give You Flawless Skin

We’ve all been there. In an effort to look flawless as the months get warmer, we start exposing our skin to an endless barrage of hair-removal products.Razors leave behind unsightly bumps and the results last only a few days, waxing is painful and requires you to grow your hair out for days beforehand, and hair-removal creams run the risk of causing allergic reactions, on top of being a messy and drawn-out process. For those who are tired of trying the “latest and greatest” miracle product, laser hair removal is the solution you’ve been looking for.

Laser hair removal brings science together with aesthetics to give you the results you’ve been searching for since the first time you ever shaved. Using highly targeted pulses of light, the hair follicles that you’ve been fighting against for so long are destroyed, leaving you with lifetime results.

Though the results can seem magical, it’s really just highly advanced technology that uses the properties of heat to give you silky smooth skin. When the laser passes over your problem areas, it’s attracted to the darker pigmentation present in your hair, in the same way that someone wearing a black shirt on a summer day is going to absorb more heat than someone wearing a white shirt. As that heat is absorbed into the follicle, it destroys it, rendering it unable to produce hair.

The biggest key to seeing beautiful results is to maintain consistency when booking and keeping your appointments. Because hair is on a growth cycle, where some follicles are active and others aren’t, removal generally takes between 4-6 sessions, every 4-6 weeks. That means that in just a few short months, you’ll get years of beautiful, hair-free skin without ever picking up a razor.

At Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Institute, we are passionate about keeping our clients happy and healthy when it comes to their dermatological concerns. For over twenty years, Dr. Briden has grown her practice to include anything your skin might need, from a quick rejuvenation to medical dermatology. If you’re ready to watch the years of aging and damage melt away, contact us to set up an appointment.


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