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Rejuvapen is a microneedling treatment that we use at Clarus Dermatology for a variety of skin care issues - including ones related to sun damage and melasma (a common skin problem that causes brown and gray-brown patches on the face).
April 9, 2019
How Rejuvapen Can Help Skin Care Issues Related to Sun Damage

Rejuvapen is a microneedling treatment that we use at Clarus Dermatology for a variety of skin care issues - including ones related to sun damage and melasma (a common skin...

One of the reasons that we have so many satisfied patients at Clarus Dermatology is because of our quality aesthetic outcomes from surgical procedures. The images here are from a patient that had a basal cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer, on his chin. Even though the scar is nearly undetectable a month post-operation, there is a lot of unseen effort to achieve that outcome.
March 27, 2019
O-to-T Flap Surgery – Used to repair surgical defects from the removal of skin cancer

One of the reasons that we have so many satisfied patients at Clarus Dermatology is because of our quality aesthetic outcomes from surgical procedures. The images here are from a...

We use lasers in a number of treatments that we perform here at Clarus Dermatology. The improved aesthetic look of the skin from even one round of treatment can be quite stark. The before and after images here are from a patient that had a significant amount of redness on the skin of his cheek and upper lip, including a number of dilated blood vessels.
March 20, 2019
Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment Used to Reduce Redness on the Face

We use lasers in a number of treatments that we perform here at Clarus Dermatology. The improved aesthetic look of the skin from even one round of treatment can be...

The images here are from a patient of ours that had skin cancer on her nose. Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Neil Shah performed Mohs surgery to clear the carcinoma on the nose (seen in image I.). Dr. Shah then performed a bilobed flap surgery to repair the mid-sized off-center distal nasal defect left behind after the carcinoma was cleared. After the bilobed flap, the normal contour of the nose was reconstructed (seen in image II.).
March 13, 2019
Using Bilobed Flap Surgery to Reconstruct the Contour of Nose Following Skin Cancer

At Clarus Dermatology, we understand that the diagnosis of skin cancer is an incredibly distressing experience for our patients. When the carcinoma is on a prominent area, such as the...

March 12, 2019
Schedule Your Next Appointment At Our New Locations

Clarus Dermatology physicians and physician assistants will also now be seeing patients at three North Memorial facilities: New Hope, Minnetonka and Maple Grove. While we have seen patients at these...

We perform a number of cosmetic treatments at Clarus Dermatology and among them, chemical peels are time-tested, high-value, and popular for dealing with acne, sun-damage, and precancerous skin growths.
March 1, 2019
Chemical Peel on the Face to Reduce Spots and Improve Appearance of the Skin

We perform a number of cosmetic treatments at Clarus Dermatology and among them, chemical peels are time-tested, high-value, and popular for dealing with acne, sun-damage, and precancerous skin growths. We...

One of the reasons that Clarus Dermatology gets so many referrals from other dermatologists is because of the quality of our scar outcomes. In the case of this patient, the scar is nearly invisible only three months post-operation.
February 28, 2019
Creating a Nearly Invisible Scar

One of the reasons that Clarus Dermatology gets so many referrals from other dermatologists is because of the quality of our scar outcomes. In the case of this patient, the...

At Clarus Dermatology, we see a lot of patients for IPL treatment to reduce the number of brown and red spots on their skin. Contrary to what you might think, the L in IPL does not stand for laser but rather light. IPL is short for Intense Pulsed Light; the treatment involves a very high-powered broadband light - imagine a really bright flashlamp. IPL is an incredibly powerful device that can burn the skin with relative ease, which means that it can be quite dangerous in untrained hands - for this reason it is one of the most litigated cosmetic procedures. We always recommend seeing a board-certified dermatologist for your skin care needs and IPL is absolutely no exception. For this patient, Dr. Neil Shah personally performed the entire procedure using two skilled passes of the light at a relatively high energy setting in a single treatment to achieve the results that you see in the images.
February 27, 2019
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Treatment to Reduce Spots on the Face

At Clarus Dermatology, we see a lot of patients for IPL treatment to reduce the number of brown and red spots on their skin. Contrary to what you might think,...

We recently treated a patient here at Clarus Dermatology who arrived at the clinic with a basal cell carcinoma (a common type of skin cancer) on her nose. The patient was evaluated by Dr. Neil Shah, who recommended Mohs surgery to clear the tumor. Two stages of Mohs surgery were required to clear the tumor (image II. was taken after tumor clearance). After the skin cancer was removed, a Rieger flap was undertaken to repair the nose.
February 26, 2019
Rieger Flap Surgery

We recently treated a patient here at Clarus Dermatology who arrived at the clinic with a basal cell carcinoma (a common type of skin cancer) on her nose. The patient...

We recently saw a young patient here at Clarus Dermatology who needed to have a surgical revision of a traumatic scar.
February 25, 2019
Surgical Revision of a Scar of a Pediatric Patient

We recently saw a young patient here at Clarus Dermatology who needed to have a surgical revision of a traumatic scar. Unfortunately, the laceration (seen in Image I.) was never...

We recently saw a patient here at Clarus Dermatology who needed Mohs surgery to clear a skin cancer on the ear (helical rim). The resulting defect was reasonably broad and fairly deep. In order to restore a preoperative ear shape a helical advancement flap was undertaken and performed by Dr. Neil Shah.
February 22, 2019
Helical Advancement Flap Surgery

We recently saw a patient here at Clarus Dermatology who needed Mohs surgery to clear a skin cancer on the ear (helical rim). The resulting defect was reasonably broad and...

A patient visited our clinic and Dr. Shah performed a medium depth chemical peel on the patient's scalp to reduce the number of brown spots. Even though we own a lot of lasers, we often perform chemical peels at the clinic because they are safe, well-tolerated and highly cost-effective.
February 21, 2019
Medium Depth Chemical Peel on the Scalp

A patient visited our clinic and board-certified dermatologist Dr. Neil Shah performed a medium depth chemical peel on the patient's scalp to reduce the number of brown spots. We have...

At Clarus Dermatology, we see quite a bit of scar revision referrals. The images below show the case of a patient with a traumatic scar caused by a car accident years ago. Dr. Shah performed a surgical excision of the scar under local anesthesia to provide the patient with a better aesthetic outcome.
February 20, 2019
Revision of a Traumatic Scar Caused by a Car Accident

At Clarus Dermatology, we see quite a bit of scar revision referrals. The images above show the case of a patient with a traumatic scar caused by a car accident...

These were taken of a patient that had basal cell carcinoma, a common type of skin cancer, on their eyelid. Dr. Neil Shah performed Mohs surgery at Clarus Dermatology to remove the cancer. The surgical defect was then immediately repaired.
February 19, 2019
Removal of a Basal Cell Carcinoma From a Patient’s Eyelid

These images were taken from a patient who initially presented at Clarus Dermatology with a nonhealing sore near his eyelid. Dr. Craig Roelke, a partner at the clinic, obtained a...

Could this be Skin Cancer? Is this changing spot on the cheek of a 25 year old woman something to be concerned about? It’s here that we encounter a tale of two diagnoses - one benign, one cancerous - and the harsh difficulty of grey areas in medicine.
February 18, 2019
Could This Be Skin Cancer? A Tale of Two Diagnoses and the Difficulty of Grey Areas in Medicine

Could this be skin cancer? Is this changing spot on the cheek of a 25 year old woman something to be concerned about? Dr. Neil Shah evaluated the growth and...