Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #2

There are several types of dermal fillers and each is used for different purposes.  In our second post on our series about Botox and dermal fillers, we are going to look at hyaluronic acid based fillers.

Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found naturally in your body.  These dermal fillers are injected into the skin in order to smooth out lines, to fill in creases, or to add volume giving you a softer, more youthful look. Results are instant and can last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.

These types of fillers are extremely versatile.  They can be used to create volume in thin lips, minimize the appearance of fine lines and even deeper wrinkles around the lips and mouth, add volume to cheeks, help correct under eye hollows, and more.  In general, help create a more refreshed and youthful you!

While Botox relaxes over active muscles, dermal fillers soften lines and folds at rest and can add volume to areas that are get depleted as we age.  Although they provide different results, Botox and dermal fillers can be used alone or in conjunction with each other to enhance your natural beauty.

Interested in scheduling a personalized consultation with one of our skilled injection specialists? Call us at 952.435.6565. Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS and Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC are excited to work with you to customize the plan that is right for you!

Results from hyaluronic acid fillers

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

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Jaime Serbus 05.10.16 (3) AFTER CROPPPED


Catherine Vandermyde 12.17.15 (2) BEFORE CROPPED

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Botox & Dermal Fillers – What are they, how do they work, and how are they different? #1

Unless you are well versed in the world of cosmetic injections, there can be a lot of confusion surrounding the use of the words Botox and dermal fillers. In this series of three blogs, we will look at the differences between the them and talk about the purposes of each.

Botox and dermal fillers are both popular, non-invasive cosmetic procedures that are performed in the office with little to no down time that can help men and women to look younger, more relaxed and refreshed.

Let’s look at Botox first, then we will get into dermal fillers in upcoming posts.

Botox is a purified protein called Botulinum Toxin Type A that temporarily relaxes over-active muscles.  It is carefully injected into specific muscles of the face and neck to temporarily block the communication between the nerve and muscle.  It does this by preventing the release of acetylcholine at the neuro-muscular junction.  Once the muscle is relaxed, the appearance of creases and wrinkles is greatly improved. Continued treatments can actually help prevent further creasing which gives a more youthful appearance.  Botox results last an average of 3-4 months giving you a more relaxed, refreshed look.

Botox most commonly treats surface lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, brow, upper lip, chin and nose.

As always, if you have more questions about Botox or are interested in scheduling a personalized consultation with one of our skilled injection specialists, call us at 952.435.6565. Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS and Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC would be happy to sit down with you and answer all your questions, as well as work with you to customize the plan that is right for you.

Examples of Botox treatment results- 

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

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Love your Lips

Valentine’s day is almost here, so now is the perfect time to talk lips.

Have you always wanted your lips to be just a little fuller, look like they used to, but most of all; remain natural and look like YOUR  lips?
With the NEW FDA approved, JuveDerm Volbella XC, we can give your lips just what they will love and what you are looking for!  This hyaluronic acid gel filler will provide natural volume, soften lip texture, diminish radial lip lines and define your lip shape.  For more information, visit: and call 952-435-6565 to schedule your consultation and treatment today with Jennifer Jeansson, RN, CANS or Angela Ciliberto, RN, DNC. We can’t wait to speak with you!

Volbella before and after photos

Actual SkinSpeaks patients

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Volbella before and after


Emily’s Training in New York!

Our very own Emily Turgeon has just finished an in-depth, detailed training course on microblading, the latest trend in eyebrow enhancement.  Emily is always on the lookout for the latest trends, and her detail oriented nature is perfect for this very detailed procedure. The course was very intense and included everything from the first consultation to the final followup.

But don’t be confused, Emily is by no means new to the industry. Emily has been offering permanent makeup for over 10 years here at SkinSpeaks. This is the “new and improved” version of the seasoned expert she is!

Her extensive training has taken her to California, Texas, Florida and now New York. “I strive to have the most comprehensive training, knowledge and techniques to offer the most beautiful and natural results permanent makeup has to offer.”- Emily

Emily is extremely excited to be able to offer this new service to her clients!

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Microblading- Coming Soon to SkinSpeaks!!

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What is the buzz surrounding microblading? We are so glad you asked…

Microblading is a technique similar to permanent makeup tatooing. However, microblading creates the look of individual hairs, whereas tatooing generally outlines then fills in an area. Microblading uses an ultra-fine, micro-blade to etch individual hair-like strokes, creating a very natural looking eyebrow.

This tailored method creates crisp hair strokes that flow in the same direction as your own hairs to blend, manicure and WOW your brows. Microblading is a semi-permanent treatment that improves the look of anyone’s brows, whether it is adding dimension to thin or sparse brows or improving the shape and arch for those who already have a lot of natural brow hair.

Here is a link to a great article from

Keep watching for photos and updates as to when microblading will be available at SkinSpeaks. Please call 952.435.6565 if you have questions regarding this amazing new service.


CoolSculpting Before and Afters

The CoolSculpting procedure is the only FDA-cleared, non-surgical fat reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate stubborn fat that resists all efforts through diet and exercise. The results are proven, and noticeable, so you’ll look great from every angle.

Here are just a couple of our great in-office results!

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Kimi Gaboury B&A

Rachel Voehl B&A

Adam Hetz B&A Side 1

Jenny Whereatt B&A Back

Jenny Whereatt B&A Front

Call today to ask about our March CoolSculpting special!

It Doesn’t Get Any Easier Than CoolSculpting®!

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CoolSculpting® is effective for spot treatment of localized fat deposits and works best on modest fat bulges in highly–targeted areas often referred to as love handles, muffin top and back fat.

CoolSculpting® is non-invasive technology that freezes away stubborn fat. CoolSculpting® targets and cools unwanted fat cells in the selected area to induce noticeable, natural-looking reduction in the fat layer.

A typical treatment session for one area takes one to two hours to complete. Each CoolSculpting® procedure provides an average 20-25% reduction of fat in the treated area.

The amount of treatment applications needed depends on the actual size of the area being treated. Typically treatment plans involve 1-4 treatments per area. Results can be seen in as soon as three weeks following treatment, with best results occurring over the next two to four months.

My miraDry Experience #5

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My favorite benefit from the miraDry treatment so far has been the immediate loss of odor and perspiration. I decided to do the miraDry procedure because I didn’t want to have to worry about odor any more. The treatment itself went a lot quicker than I anticipated and I noticed a significant reduction in the swelling and tenderness every day during my recovery.  Whether I am sweating at the gym or working closely with someone at work, I no longer feel a sense of insecurity about my odor. I would recommend this treatment to anyone!

J.C., Maple Grove

My miraDry Experience #4

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I have suffered from excessive sweat for many years and, until now, have been receiving Botox Therapeutic injections to control it. I decided to have the miraDry treatment because although effective, my Botox Therapeutic treatments would only last about 2 months before I needed more injections. Also, the thought of never having to wear deodorant again, or less of it, was enough for me. The procedure was slightly uncomfortable for some parts of it, but overall was not painful and totally worth it for me. I have not sweat since and have not had to apply deodorant either. Recovery was pretty fast for me, within 1 week the swelling was dramatically lower (I had quite a bit) and the tenderness was really only after the numbing medication wore off and the next day.