Wondering whether you should erase those unsightly wrinkles around your eyes?
Deciding to undergo 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 Cosmetic Center, with two locations in Maple Grove and Minneapolis, where providers from a variety of fields work collaboratively to determine the best procedure for each individual walking through the doors.
The Cosmetic Center 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 center includes several other board-certified specialists, including:
The Cosmetic Center opened in late 2015. The center’s collaborative care team is capable of performing nearly all aspects of cosmetic surgery and rejuvenation, including skin peels, face lifts and breast augmentations. Non-surgical and surgical techniques are available at the center. Our services include:
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.
“Collaboration between specialists according to the needs of individual patients is a core value of the University of Minnesota Health system,” Choudry said. The Cosmetic Center simply takes that vision and applies it to the field of cosmetic surgery.
“Patient safety and successful outcomes are the principles we aspire to. Working collaboratively with specialists from all aspects of the cosmetic field is, in our opinion, key to achieving those goals,” Choudry said.
The Cosmetic Center at University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics is located at 14500 99th Ave. N. in Maple Grove, near the intersection of Highway 10 and Interstate 494. The Cosmetic Center at the University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center is located at 909 Fulton St. NE, in Minneapolis, MN.
"I'm so excited to join the wonderful group of dedicated physicians in the University of Minnesota's Cosmetic Center. We are committed to providing our patients with the latest and best evidence based cosmetic treatments available," said Cosmetic Dermatologist Lori Fiessinger, MD. "We will now be able to offer appointment availability on Fridays for consultations, neuro-toxins, dermal fillers, and lasers."Editor's note: This article was originally published on Nov. 4, 2015, and has been updated to ensure continued accuracy and comprehensiveness.