Cosmetic Dermatology

At Clarus Dermatology, we provide comprehensive and caring cosmetic dermatology care. Our treatment philosophy revolves around addressing your cosmetic concerns in the most thoughtful and cost-effective manner possible.

In contrast to other practices, we won’t “sell” you on treatments you don’t need. If a face-lift or electrolysis is the best way to treat your cosmetic concern, then we will arrange for a referral to the appropriate provider in our preferred group of sub-specialists.

Our cosmetic service offerings are broad and we will carefully select the best treatment to ensure the highest value for your aesthetic dollar. You can have confidence that you will be seen by a board-certified dermatologist prior to any treatment.

All of our physicians have taken the pledge as members of

We also sell a limited line of sunscreens and cosmetic products that are elegant and effective including:

  • Revision Skincare Intellimatte SPF 45 sunscreen
  • Vanicream products
  • Latisse®
  • Akne Mechanic anti-acne clay mask, shaving cleanser and daily gel for men
  • EltaMD sunscreen products
  • A custom-made kojic acid, lactic acid and arbutin containing skin lightening cream

Procedures performed include:

Body sculpting

Clarus Dermatology just added two devices which will revolutionize noninvasive, nonsurgical, zero-downtime body sculpting and fat removal treatments: Ultrashape and Velashape III. These two devices, either alone or in combination, can treat areas of localized, excess fat or sagging skin with no downtime, no pain and no surgery. Schedule your free consultation to learn more: (612) 213-2370 or schedule online.

We were recently featured on Twin Cities Live for these devices – check out the treatment video (linked) and story.

Chemical Peels
  • Light chemical peels for acne and sun-damage
  • Medium chemical peels for advanced sun-damage and precancerous skin growths
Medium Chemical Peel


This outpatient procedure consists of an acidic solution applied to the skin, which removes the outermost layers of cells and allows the skin to rejuvenate.

Medium peels are commonly used to treat acne scars, fine wrinkles, blemishes, and pigmentation problems, and often work well for patients with darker complexions.


Before the peel, facial skin is cleansed and sterilized.

Medium peels may be performed while the patient is lightly sedated, and can be used on the entire face or on selected portions of the face.


A chemical solution is carefully applied by the dermatologist to select areas of the face, and is usually left on the skin for less than 1 hour.

The solution is then gently washed away with water, after which, a soothing ointment may be applied.


After a medium chemical peel, the skin will be sensitive, and may be swollen and red for about a week. The outer layer of skin will then begin to flake off, revealing fresh skin beneath.

The entire process takes about two weeks. In some cases, more than one treatment may be necessary to achieve the desired result.





Botox® is a chemical protein complex produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum that is used cosmetically to diminish the appearance of wrinkles.

How it Works

Botox® essentially relaxes the contraction of muscles by blocking nerve impulses


Facial skin is first cleansed and sterilized. The dermatologist then injects the protein using a fine needle to minimize discomfort.

Botox® injections do not require anesthetic, and take just a few minutes to perform. Patients will begin to see the results within 48 hours, and full effect in about a week.


Patients may experience some tenderness and swelling at the injection point immediately after the procedure, which usually subside within 48 hours.

Patients can usually return to their regular routine immediately after the procedure.



Benign Growth Removal

Removal of benign growths, including unwanted moles, benign keratosis, angiomas (blood vessel growths), sebaceous hyperplasia (overgrown oil-glands), and lentigines (sun freckles).


Because moles can become cancerous, it's important to be aware of the characteristics that can signal skin cancer. Dermatologists use a handy mnemonic device to remember these characteristics: ABCDE.

With early detection and treatment, most cases of skin cancer can be cured.

A. Asymmetry

Normal moles generally have a regular shape. If one half of a mole is unlike the other half, the mole is suspicious.

B. Border

Normal moles have smooth, even borders. Moles that have irregular, poorly defined, notched, or scalloped borders are suspicious.

C. Color

Normal moles are a single color, usually brown or black. Moles that have different shades of color, multiple colors, or atypical colors such as white, blue, or red are suspicious.

D. Diameter

Any mole that has a diameter larger than a pencil eraser is suspicious.

E. Evolving

Normal moles generally do not change appearance. Any mole that is growing larger, changing shape, or changing color is suspicious.

Professional Care

A mole that displays one or more of these characteristics should be evaluated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.

Skin cancer can be deadly, and postponing an evaluation can allow a cancerous mole to spread to nearby areas or to other parts of the body.



Scar revision including acne scar treatment


Scars are the body's way of healing the skin after injury. A scar's appearance depends on the type of wound and where it is on the body, but other factors such as age, sex, ethnicity, and heredity can also play a role.

Scars may fade over time or with treatment, but they will never completely disappear.


When the thick layer of skin, called the dermis, is damaged, the body repairs it with collagen, eventually forming a scar.

Scars are caused by trauma to the skin from incisions or burns, and can also be caused by conditions such as acne or chickenpox.


Scar tissue looks different than normal skin, and typically appears flat and paler than surrounding skin. Scars can vary greatly in appearance depending on location, cause, age, and skin type.

Acne scars can form deep pits, while burn scars often have a wavy, stretched appearance. Young, and dark-skinned persons may develop raised scars.


Treatment options depend on the type of scar, and may include topical applications, steroid or collagen injections, laser resurfacing, or surgical removal.

Scars cannot be completely removed, but treatment can help make them less noticeable.



Laser treatment
  • Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing
  • Laser hair removal in all skin-types
  • Laser vein removal
  • Laser treatment of sun-damage
  • Laser treatment of rosacea


This nonsurgical procedure is used to treat blemishes on the skin's surface.

Ablative laser resurfacing can smooth fine wrinkles and scars, and promote the growth of healthy new skin.

Ablative laser resurfacing can have dramatic effects after just one treatment.


Before the treatment, facial skin is cleansed and sterilized.

Anesthesia or sedation may be administered, depending on the type and extent of treatment.


The dermatologist directs a handheld laser over the surface of the skin at the treatment area. The laser vaporizes the skin's surface, exposing the fresh new skin underneath.

Laser resurfacing can be effective for targeting fine wrinkles, blemishes, uneven pigmentation, loose skin, and burst blood vessels.


When the procedure is complete, the dermatologist may apply a topical medication and dress the skin.

After the procedure, the skin will be red, swollen, and sensitive. The skin will scab over and heal over the next few weeks, leaving fresh new skin in its place. The entire process takes between 6 and 12 weeks.



  • Belotero®
  • Juvederm®


Dermal fillers are used to smooth facial wrinkles and creases, plump lips, and enhance shallow contours.

Common dermal filler brands include SCULPTRA®, Belotero®, and Juvederm®.

how it works

Also known as “injectables” or “soft-tissue fillers”, dermal fillers essentially fill areas under the skin resulting in a plumper, more youthful appearance.


Facial skin is first cleansed and sterilized. The dermatologist then injects the dermal filler in selected areas using a fine needle.

Dermal fillers are most often used on lines around the mouth, to plump the lips, to fill wrinkles or creases, plump cheeks, and contour the jaw line.


Patients may experience some tenderness and swelling at the injection point immediately after the procedure. In most cases, the patient can return to their regular routine immediately.

It is recommended to avoid sun exposure for 24-48 hours after the procedure.


Sclerotherapy with Asclera®


This non-invasive, outpatient procedure uses a mild chemical solution, called a sclerosant, to treat spider veins and varicose veins.

In some cases, ultrasound may be used to guide the injection.


After the area is cleansed and sterilized, the dermatologist inserts a needle into the target vein and injects the sclerosant.

In cases of spider veins, the dermatologist may treat the feeder vein, which supplies blood to the visible branches.

Vein Collapse

The sclerosant irritates the wall of the blood vessel, causing it to restrict and collapse. The flow of blood will be redirected to other healthy veins in the area.

The dermatologist may make multiple injections along the target vein to complete the treatment. Over time, the body will absorb the collapsed vein.

End of Procedure

The leg is bandaged tightly for several hours to help keep the treated vein closed.

Patients will be able to return to normal activities immediately after the procedure. Compression hose may need to be worn for several days after the procedure.