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 and 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.


4 07, 2016

Dr. M. Elizabeth Briden

Dr. M. Elizabeth BridenDr. Briden is a board-certified dermatologist/dermatologic surgeon and assistant clinical professor at the University of MN Medical School. She has been in private practice in the Twin Cities since 1986.

Dr. Briden specializes in skin rejuvenation, laser therapy, skin cancer and general dermatology. She has authored many articles for scientific journals and has been a consultant to Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines. Named as a “Top Doc” by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine and Minnesota Monthly, she is an international authority on skin rejuvenation and chemical peeling, and has lectured on these subjects throughout the world.

Dr. Briden is a founding Director of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the International Dermatologic Surgery Society, the European Academy of Dermatology, and the International Society of Cosmetic Laser Surgeons.

4 07, 2016

Dr. Marisa Chapman

Dr. Marisa ChapmanDr. Chapman is a Board Certified Dermatologist who received her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her medical degree and dermatology residency from the Medical College of Wisconsin. She returned to the Twin Cities where she has practiced dermatology since 2013.

Dr. Chapman is a member of the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, the American Academy of Dermatology, the Minnesota Dermatologic Society and the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery.

Dr. Chapman specializes in comprehensive dermatology including preventative skin care, skin cancer detection and treatment of all skin, hair and nail conditions. She also specializes in skin rejuvenation, laser treatments and dermatologic surgery. Dr. Chapman enjoys seeing patients of all ages and building relationships with her patients. She is happy to be caring for patients in the community where she grew up.

Dr. Chapman is providing services in Edina, Shakopee and Chaska and is now available for appointments. She also offers same-day appointments.

4 07, 2016

Melissa Waterman, PA-C

Melissa Waterman, PA-CMelissa is a Physician Assistant, licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Melissa graduated magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas prior to attending the Physician Assistant Program at Augsburg College. She joined the staff at ADCI in November of 2000. Melissa is a Physician Assistant, licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Melissa sees patients at our Edina location.

5 07, 2016

Denise Barnhardt, PA-C

Denise Barnhardt, PA-CDenise is a Physician Assistant, licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Denise graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Dakota prior to attending Rosalind Franklin University where she received her Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Practice in 1998. She has worked in Dermatology since 2000, and joined the staff of ADCI in March of 2008. Denise sees patients at our Edina, Chaska and Shakopee locations.

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