So, you’re wondering whether you should erase those unsightly wrinkles around your eyes.
Deciding whether to have a cosmetic procedure can be challenging enough. But once you’ve chosen to move forward, the questions quickly multiply. In the growing world of cosmetic surgery, there are all sorts of procedures designed to minimize the effects of aging, and each should be carefully considered.
You could go shopping among the various medical disciplines, or bury yourself in that cornucopia of medical opinion known as the Internet. Or you could simply visit the University of Minnesota Health’s new Cosmetic Center in Maple Grove, where specialists from a variety of fields work collaboratively to determine the best procedure for each individual walking through the doors.
The Cosmetic Center, located within University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, is the brainchild of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon Umar Choudry, MD, and Cosmetic Dermatologist Ronda Farah, MD.
In cosmetic surgery, “most specialties see each other as competition rather than partners,” Choudry said. “We wanted to develop a revolutionary take on this—to create a cosmetic center that keeps patient care as the focus, rather than the business of medicine. What better way to do that than to harness the varied expertise of a wide array of specialists?”
In addition to Farah and Choudry, the still-growing center now hosts two other specialists: Otolaryngologist William Walsh, MD, and Oculoplastic Surgeon Ali Mokhtarzadeh, MD. All are board certified in their specialty.
The cosmetic center is now open, and staff at the center are capable of performing nearly all aspects of cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation, including skin peels, facelifts and breast augmentations. Non-surgical and surgical techniques are available at the center, such as Botox, fillers and laser therapy, or liposuction, rhinoplasty, eyelid surgery, breast implants and tummy tucks.
Our dermatologists are well versed in cosmetic skin treatments services including treatment of wrinkles and sun damage on the face, neck and upper chest. This includes the use of Fraxel and Clear and Brilliant Lasers. Farah also has a special interest in the treatment of acne scarring with techniques that include laser treatments, fillers and more.
“Patient safety and successful outcome delivery are the principles we aspire to, and working collaboratively with the specialists from all aspects of the cosmetic field, in our opinion, is key to achieving those goals,” Choudry said.
The Cosmetic Center is located at 14500 99th Ave. N. in Maple Grove, near the intersection of Highway 10 and Interstate 494. Operating hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.