Chemical Peels for Melasma Explained

Melasma is a condition characterized by patches of hyperpigmentation usually located on the face. It is believed to be caused by an interplay of hormones or medications and sun exposure. Melasma is more common in women and may be associated with oral contraceptive use and can occur in pregnancy. Although less common, melasma can also be seen in men. Continue reading

Interested in Botox? All of the questions you were afraid to ask …

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These are common questions and myths about Botox — from a reprint from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Stylepoints: Skin, sun and saving face

Dermatologist Mohiba Tareen talks about Botox and other treatments.

Photo: Mark Hoffer, MCT

Dermatologist Mohiba Tareen looks impossibly well rested. For her, that’s the ultimate compliment.

“Let me tell you, I’m not well rested,” she said.

As the mother of two young boys and in the midst of establishing her dermatology practice in Roseville, she credits the carefully placed use of fillers under her eyes and in a tiny acne scar and Botox for her perfectly smooth, yet natural complexion.

Tareen recently relocated from New York, where she worked at a high-end Manhattan practice. In addition to being an adjunct professor at the University of Minnesota’s Medical School and an expert for WebMD.com, Tareen is launching cosmetic services such as Botox and fillers at the Ivy Spa in Minneapolis.

There, she’ll help Minnesotans capture her same impossibly fresh look.

“Small, subtle things make a huge difference,”  she said. “I don’t want somebody to say, ‘What did you have done?’ I want somebody to say, ‘You look well rested.’ ‘You look like you got a great haircut.’ ‘You look like you went on vacation.'”

She shared some of her skin-care advice. Continue reading

The top 7 tips for a luscious lip area

One of the first places where patients start to notice the aging process is around the lips (perioral area) and eyes (periorbital area). The skin in these areas is markedly thinner than the rest of the face leading to fine vertical lines around the mouth and horizontal line around the eyes. These fine lines are initially noticed only when the patient is making expressions (dynamic lines). Over time though, if the lines are allowed to deepen, they can actually even be noticed when the face is at rest (static lines).  While these lines can form in both men and women, they can be especially bothersome to women – particularly  when lipstick then bleed into these lip lines.

Today, we will focus on the top 7 suggestions to prevent and treat those pesky vertical lip lines.  Continue reading