Advanced Esthetics (AE)

Cosmetic Dermatology Division of ADC

Advanced Esthetics is pleased to offer cosmetic consults & treatments for your skin care needs in cosmetic dermatology in St. Paul, MN and surrounding areas. Your consultation with our cosmetic specialists will allow for assessment of your specific areas of concern and discussion of viable treatment options. The $95 consult fee may be applied toward the cost of your first treatment if performed within three months. The consultation fee is waived for our current Advanced Dermatology Care medical patients. Ruth RustadDr. Ruth Rustad is the medical director of Advanced Aesthetics (AE). As Medical Director of AE, Dr. Rustad provides AE’s patients with the most current, medically-proven cosmetic treatments available. She keeps up-to-date with the latest technological advancements and treatments. Dr. Ruth Rustad has taught cosmetic procedure courses to the Advanced Esthetics staff, as well as other dermatologists and PAs in the community. Our team of certified cosmetic specialists consists of physicians, specially-trained medical assistants, nurses, and certified physician assistants. All of our Certified Cosmetic Specialists (CCS) have received careful and extensive training in the various cosmetic procedures offered at AE. Our physicians have broad and widespread training well beyond their medical school and residency training. They also continue to seek out and complete specialized continuing medical training courses for the various cosmetic procedures offered at AE. Our PAs have a mix of continuing medical education courses, as well as specialized AE in-depth courses. Our nurses and our other cosmetic specialists have received extensive training from in-depth and extensive courses and testing protocol required at Advanced Esthetics. Learn about our exclusive Membership and Rewards Programs here.  All of AE’s Certified Cosmetic Specialists have over 1,000 hours of training, which includes lectures, demonstrations, practice sessions, written and practical tests, periodic reevaluations with review of information, uniform standards for evaluation and verification, and additional practice sessions to maintain and increase their expertise. Our advanced and rigorous training provides you with the best medically-proven procedures for cosmetic dermatology in Minneapolis, MN.

Cosmetic treatments are offered for the following:

  • Acne
  • Age Spots / Sun Damage
  • Angiomas (Circular Red Bumps)
  • Cellulite / Fat Reduction
  • Rosacea
  • Unwanted Hair
  • Sagging Skin (face/neck)
  • Scars
  • Skin Tone Problems
  • Tattoo Removal
  • Telangiectasias (Fine blood vessels)
  • Torn / Elongated Ear Lobe
  • Wrinkles

Advanced Esthetics Services (click below)

Botox® & Xeomin®

When you were a child, your skin always repaired itself. Your skin was soft, and cuts and scrapes healed quickly. But as you’ve aged, your skin needs a little help to look its best. Every facial expression leaves behind a reminder of the movement in the form of a wrinkle. With time, these reminders grow into crow’s feet, laugh lines, and worry lines.

Repetitive facial movements break down the collagen beneath the skin, making wrinkles more prominent. To prevent the effects of wrinkles on the skin, visit Advanced Dermatology Care in St. Paul, MN for Botox treatments. ADC offers six medical providers, all specializing in Dermatology including both MD’s and PA-C’s who all treat, diagnose and prescribe medications while following the same protocol to ensure you receive the highest level of care for your skin, hair and/or nail condition

How Botox® and Xemoin® Work

At ADC, our dermatological team uses Botox® to reduce the signs of aging. This purified protein complex safely limits the development of wrinkles caused by repetitive movement. Botox® does this by temporarily blocking the nerve impulses in the muscle fiber, which helps to soften the movement of the skin.

Our Treatment Procedure

Since Botox® injections are not a permanent cure for wrinkles, only a treatment, we offer a comprehensive treatment plan to limit the appearance of your wrinkles. Our treatment team strategically injects effective amounts of the medicine in key areas of the face. The problem areas we treat include:

  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Neck bands and lines
  • Pursed lips and lip droop
  • Worry lines

The treatment takes effect a few days after injection, and lasts about 3 months.

Schedule Your Treatment Today!

You don’t have to let your skin show signs of aging. If you want to fight the wrinkles and have your skin look young and vibrant, the medical team at Advanced Dermatology Care offers Botox® in Minneapolis, MN. You can visit our offices in White Bear Lake, Stillwater, and Forest Lake.




Blepharoplasty (Eyelid Surgery)

Have you ever had someone tell you that you look tired, or ask if you haven’t been sleeping well, but the truth is you sleep like a rock and life couldn’t be better?

The real culprit here is the aging skin around the eyes. As we age the eyelid skin loses its elasticity, and muscles supporting them weaken, causing our eyelids to droop and bags appear making us look worn and tired. Severely sagging skin can cause an extra fold of skin to form which can hang over the eyelashes and impair your vision.

What is a Blepharoplasty?
A surgical procedure called a Blepharoplasty, or “eyelid surgery” can help remove excess skin from the upper eyelids, and protruding fat causing the “bags” under the eyes.

However, this procedure will not stop your eyes from continuing to age, and cannot alter dark circles, fine lines around the eyes, nor change sagging eyebrows. Additional surgical procedures such as a brow lift, and/or cosmetic facial treatments such as chemical peels, Fraxel® Repair laser resurfacing, Botox and dermal fillers may be suggested in conjunction to your blepharoplasty to help treat other cosmetic concerns.

Before and After Photos:

Before                                                              After


These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.

Chemical Peels

Chemical Peels

Since the ancient Egyptian times of Cleopatra using sour milk soaks (which are actually Lactic acid chemical peels!) to rejuvenate her skin, chemical peels have been used to improve the skin’s appearance. A chemical peel involves the application of a chemical solution to the skin to remove the damaged layer of skin cells, causing it to exfoliate (eventually peel off). In addition to treating acne, peels help remove sun damaged skin, and accelerate the cell renewal process, stimulating collagen and improving the elasticity of the skin. As with any gentle enhancement treatment, best results are obtained with a series of treatments.

What chemical peels can do:

  • Improve discoloration caused by sun damage
  • Diminish fine lines/wrinkles
  • Soften superficial scars
  • Reduce acne

What chemical peels can NOT do:

  • Remove excess and/or sagging skin. A brow, eye, neck and/or face-lift may be required for desired results.
  • Remove deep wrinkles and/or scars. Dermabrasion, Fraxel Re:pair CO2 ablative laser resurfacing, fillers, punch excision/grafting, surgical excision, or a combination of these treatments may be needed.
  • Treat facial blood vessels

Side effects of chemical peels: 
Common side effects of chemical peels in general include redness, burning, itching, mild to moderate irritation, swelling, discomfort, sun and wind sensitivity, acne flares, and temporary discoloration of the skin. They may also cause reactivation of “cold sores” (herpes infection), so it’s important to inform your cosmetic specialist if you’ve had a history of this as you may need medication prescribed. Side effects vary with one’s personal skin characteristics, medical history, as well as the intensity of the chemical peel chosen.

Types of chemical peels: 
At Advanced Esthetics, several types of chemical peels are offered. The choice of chemical peel selected depends on one’s medical history, individual goals, and skin needs. Your cosmetic care specialist will help determine which type of chemical peel is right for you.

Before and After Photos:

Before                                                    After



Before                                               After


These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.


Dermabrasion – Before & After Photos

These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.

Note: Softening of depressed acne scars and improved skin and texture.



Dermal Fillers

Replenish Lost Volume and Look Younger Longer with RADIESSE® Volumizing Filler. Not only does this wrinkle filler give you immediate results, it also continues to provide added benefit by stimulating the production of your own natural collagen.

Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers add volume to the skin, restoring this lost volume to smooth unwanted lines and wrinkles, and depressed areas. There are multiple brands and different kinds of fillers available, and are used in different areas throughout the face. Multiple syringes are usually needed depending on the area(s) being injected, and the amount of volume loss in the area(s), etc.

Types of Filler: At Advanced Esthetics, several mid-length to long lasting dermal fillers are offered. Short acting fillers, lasting 1-4 months are no longer utilized, as the newer fillers offer the same soft natural look with longer results. Extremely long lasting or permanent fillers are also not utilized due to the high rate of complications that occur many years later.

The following are the fillers recommended by AE.

  • Belotero • Juvederm Ultra
  • Juvaderm Ultra Plus • Radiesse


Ear Lobe Repair

An earlobe repair treats elongated or torn earlobes. The earlobe is injected with a local anesthetic to numb the area; a football shaped incision is then made, new skin edges connected and stitched together. If non-dissolvable sutures were used they will need to be removed approximately 10 days later.

Before and After Photos:

Before                                         After


Note: Closure of elongated pierced earring hole.

Before                                         Post Op

After (six months) Note: Closure of elongated pierced earring hole.

Before                                          After (1 year)


Note: Closure of pierced earring hole.

*These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.



Beautiful looking skin. We all want it. Clear skin is healthy skin. When your skin is in good condition, it makes you really glow.

Facials are generally given by med-aestheticians who are under the supervision of a dermatologist; this means that they are better directed for specific skin issues. An aesthetician has the skills to address the skin care needs from stress, seasonal changes or even hormones.

Our skilled esthetician will help you achieve your beauty goals by consulting with you and carefully analyzing your skin. Each facial is customized to the patient’s individual needs and will be discussed at each facial treatment.

What are the benefits of a professional facial?

  • Facials can improve your texture and tone
  • Reduce blemishes/breakouts
  • Calm red and sensitive skin
  • Moisturize dry dull rough skin

What is a facial treatment?

  • Cleanse your skin – to thoroughly remove any dirt, oil or debris
  • Exfoliate your skin – using a maniacal or chemical exfoliate to remove dead surface skin cells
  • Extractions – will remove blackheads or whiteheads, if you want it or need it. Warning: This process may be slightly uncomfortable
  • Facial massages/ Manipulations – this process is to increase circulation and stimulates a wound healing response in the skin, leaving a healthy glow.
  • Apply Serums or moisturizers – Depending on your facials needs; these could be anti-aging, hydrating, brightening, and calming to the skin
Face & Neck Lift

Face / Neck Lift

The most prominent feature on the human body is undeniably the face. It’s the first thing people see when they look at you. True beauty comes from within, but it’s safe to say that most of us wouldn’t mind having our outward appearance be just as dazzling.

Sun damage, fluctuations in weight, smoking, pollution, genetics and many other factors affect the health and appearance of the skin. Over time the skin loosens and sags, wrinkles and deep furrows develop, and muscles throughout the face weaken.

What is a Rhytidectomy?
A Rhytidectomy, more commonly known as a “facelift,” may help by tightening the skin on the face and neck. While a facelift cannot stop the aging process, it can, however, turn back the clock 5, 10, sometimes even up to 20 years. It may improve the appearance of some wrinkles, but others, such as vertical lip lines, will not be improved by a facelift.

Additional cosmetic facial treatments such as chemical peels, Fraxel® Re:pair laser resurfacing, Botox and dermal fillers may be suggested to help treat wrinkles and deep furrows, as well as improve the texture and appearance of scars, age spots and other blemishes.

Face & Neck Lift – Before & After Photos

Before                                             After

*These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.

Fat Transfer

Fat Transfer

In this procedure liposuction is performed to harvest fat from almost any area of the body in which there is an adequate store of fat; the fat is then injected to soften wrinkles, restore volume to the cheeks and hands, enhance the lips, and improve the look of depressed scars.

The procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. The treated area is over-corrected to allow for absorption of the anesthesia fluid and loss of some of the transplanted fat cells. Usually, 30-60% of the transplanted fat cells will survive, therefore repeated injections are generally required and can be done at 2-3 month intervals. The survival of the fat cells depends on the person’s fat cells and the blood supply in the corrected area.

Fat Transfer – Before & After Photos

These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.
Before                                       After

Kybella Treatment

Kybella is the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical treatment to improve the appearance of submental fullness, commonly knows as “double chin.” This new injectable treatment is designed to improve the appearance of moderate to significant double chins through the destruction of fat cells.

The active ingredient in Kybella is deoxycholic acid, a naturally-occurring molecule that helps with the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. Once destroyed, those cells cannot store or accumulate fat again!

Kybella is a wonderful option if you want to look younger without downtime or surgery.

What is the KYBELLA treatment process?

First, a complimentary consult is scheduled with one of our cosmetic specialists to determine if you are a good candidate for Kybella and how many treatments you’ll need.

The day of the treatment, we start by cooling the area with an ice pack to keep you comfortable.

The injections are quick, and discomfort is generally handled with numbing from an ice pack. Some temporary pain lasting about 20- 30 minutes is often experienced, but then goes away.  Some swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness are expected side effects of this treatment.

Most patients require two to four treatments, one month apart.  However, in some cases, six treatments are needed to obtain a full correction. This depends upon the degree of submental fullness (double chin) present initially.

Kybella achieves permanent results, no maintenance is needed. You’ll start seeing visible results approximately after six to eight weeks.

Before & After Photos:

double-chin-2 double-chin


Laser Treatments
Laser Treatments  Advanced Dermatology Care has a variety of Lasers that are successfully used in a number of Dermatology treatments.
  • Laser Hair Removal
  • Reducing the Signs of Aging (i.e., fine lines and wrinkles, surface scaring, pigmentation, sun damage, and aktinic keratosis)

Laser Treatments at Advanced Esthetics

  • Cutera Laser
  • Emax Laser | Used for the following treatments: skin rejuvination, veins, hair removal, vascular treatments, fractional, skin tightening, and acne treatments.
  • Fraxel Repair Laser | Fraxel is a proven laser technology that can help to reduce signs of aging. Fraxel is effective on:
    • Fine lines and wrinkles
    • Surface scarring
    • Pigmentation
    • Sun damage
    • Actinic Keratosis
  • Harmony XL Laser Pulsed-Dye Laser | skin remodeling, skin rejuvenation, vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, and hair removal.
  • YAG Q-Clear | used to treat nail fungus

ADC Laser Treatment for Nail Fungus    

What is Nail Laser Treatment used for?

Nail Laser treatment is using a laser to treat nail fungus, molds and yeast infections in the nail. Nail fungal infection, called onychomycosis, is invasion of the nail by fungus. The nail becomes yellow, brown, discolored, thickened, hard, and raised. This can cause difficulty, pain and discomfort with walking, catch on socks, etc., and even split or unroof the nail.

FAQ about ADC’s Laser Treatment of nail fungus.

New laser for psoriasis treatment- The “Excimer” Laser

Advanced Dermatology Care will now be offering the innovative new laser for psoriasis treatment and vitiligo treatment, the PHAROS EX-308. The “Excimer” laser  works by delivering ultraviolet light to the skin and is indicated for mild to moderate psoriasis treatment.  The “Excimer” laser, can treat vitiligo more effectively, safely, and conveniently than topical creams, UVB booths and PUVA.

Achieve result with this safe, effective, no downtime procedure.


Latisse® Lash Treatment

Would you like to have fuller and more beautiful eyelashes? Tired of spending money on expensive mascaras to layer on every single day? Whether you inherited thin eyelashes or have experienced thinning of the lashes over time, Latisse may be an excellent treatment for you to consider!

Come to Advanced Esthetics for you FREE Cosmetic Consultation to learn more.

Before and After Photos:

Before                                       After

Note: Increased Length & Thickness of eye lashes.

*These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.



Past procedures for body contouring by fat removal have involved extensive operations, long hospitalizations, and long scars. These “cosmetic” procedures left much to be desired, even in the hands of a gifted surgeon. In addition to the unsightly scars, postoperative complications were frequent. People with only moderate deposits of fat usually were not willing to trade their fat deposits for the risks and scars.

Liposuction is an improved technique for body contouring which offers good cosmetic results, significantly fewer risks for the patient, minimal scars, and infrequent postoperative complications. This “new” procedure is performed in our office utilizing local anesthesia.

Liposuction Testimonial
I had liposuction on my love handles and stomach. Wish I would have done it sooner!! The surgery team of Dr. Rustad, Chris, Cindy and Franci was awesome; they made me feel comfortable from the start. When I returned for the post op, the surgery team was there and they were amazed at how good I looked already. Dr. Rustad said that it is going to get even better. Recuperation has been fairly easy and I took a week off of work. However, I feel that I could have gone back after 2 1/2 days. I for sure would do it again!
Kim G., Somerset, WI


Microdermabrasion is helpful for reducing the appearance of fine lines/wrinkles, dull, dry, rough or sun-damaged skin; it can also help treat acne, and even soften some superficial scars including stretch marks.

Dead skin cells that have become sticky with maturity and contribute to a thicker, dull complexion are removed with this procedure, giving the skin a fresh, more youthful appearance. A series of microdermabrasion treatments can also help firm the skin; it uses a vacuum which stimulates blood flow and fibroblasts in the skin, thus stimulating collagen and elastin. Pores are refined, and skin feels remarkably smoother as the dead skin cells and debris are swept away.

Advanced Esthetics has two microdermabrasion methods available. These treatments both produce equal results, but personal preference may guide your choice.

MegaPeel Microdermabrasion
This method gently blasts small particles of aluminum oxide over the skin’s epidermis to help remove dead skin cells on the skin’s surface. The MegaPeel medical research shows biopsy-proven increases in collagen and elastin, and smoother, healthier skin.

DermaSweep Microdermabrasion
Rather than using crystals, this method uses patented bristle technology for exfoliation.

Microdermabrasion Information PDF


What is MicroPen?

Automated Micro-Needling is a new innovation for the treatment of fine lines, acne scars and improvement of the skin’s texture, tone and color. During this procedure, tiny needles are used to create controlled micro-injuries to the skin in order to produce collagen and elastin. As the pen gently travels over the treatment area, it triggers a collagen-producing response. In a short amount of time, skin looks smoother and more rejuvenated.

Today’s patients look to ADC for the latest wrinkle reduction techniques in St. Paul, MN. The micro-needling pen is a new treatment that’s garnering attention at our dermatology clinic. This technique also offers a good choice for those who want to avoid invasive procedures.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure takes 15-30 minutes depending on the size of the area treated. Most patients report that they feel little-to-no discomfort from the procedure; some compare the sensation to the feeling of sandpaper.

How Many Treatments Are Necessary?

To achieve the best results, your specialist may recommend 3 to 6 treatments. Some patients only require a single treatment, once a year.

When will I see the results?

Patients notice an immediate “glow” to their skin. Visible results continue over several weeks up to 6 months after the treatment as collagen production continues.

What is the downtime?

On average, patients are pink/red for 2-4 days.

To learn about your options for acne scar treatment, wrinkle reduction, and overall improved skin tone, visit any Minneapolis, MN location. We’re happy to tell you more about the Micropen treatment at Advanced Dermatology Care.

Call us at 651-484-2724 today. You can find our clinics in White Bear Lake, Stillwater, and Forest Lake, MN.


What is the miraDry treatment?

miraDry is the only non-invasive, FDA cleared aesthetic treatment that safely removes underarm sweat and odor glands. It’s is a quick in-office procedure that provides a permanent solution for underarm sweat.

Don’t I need sweat glands?

Not in your armpits! You are born with approximately 2 million sweat glands throughout your body. Your underarms only contain about 2% of those glands. With miraDry you will experience the many benefits of stopping sweat in the underarm area but you will continue to sweat elsewhere.

What is the procedure like?

Most patients describe the procedure as painless with little downtime. Local anesthesia is administered to the underarms prior to the treatment to assist in increasing comfort. Some patients describe the initial anesthetic injections as the most painful part of the procedure. There are no incisions or cuts. Treatment is customized to each underarm with multiple placements of the miraDry hand piece. An office visit appointment will generally last about an hour.

How does it work?

miraDry’s proprietary miraWave technology is the ideal wavelength for eliminating sweat and odor glands in the underarm. It non-invasively targets the area where the sweat glands reside and safely destroys them while simultaneously cooling your skin for added comfort.

What results can I expect?

You can expect immediate and lasting results – sweat glands don’t come back after treatment. The amount of sweat reduction you desire should be discussed with your miraDry physician. Recent clinical information confirms an average of 82% sweat reduction in most patients. As with any aesthetic treatment results will vary by person.

How many treatments will I need?

You can see results in a little as one treatment. However, as with any aesthetic treatment, your physician will determine the best protocol for your expected results.

Is the procedure painless?

Since local anesthesia is administered to the underarm prior to treatment, most patients experience little to no pain. Patients rated treatment plan on an average score of 2 on a scale from 1-10 (1= no pain, 10= worst pain).

Is there any downtime?

Most patients experience minimal downtime and return to regular activity (like returning to work) immediately. Exercise is typically resumed within several days. You may experience swelling, numbness, bruising and sensitivity in the underarm area for several days post-treatment.

Are there any side effects?

The miraDry treatment has a strong safety record. Some localized soreness or swelling will occur, and typically clears within a few weeks. Some patients have short-term altered sensation in the skin of their underarms or upper arms, which gradually disappears.



Photodynamic Therapy

Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) is used for the medical treatment of actinic keratoses (pre-cancerous lesions), cosmetic treatment of sun-damaged skin (solar elastosis), and/or for the treatment of oily and/or acne prone skin. This is a highly effective, FDA approved treatment for actinic keratoses and acne. With prior authorization, your medical insurance may cover the PDT treatment if precancerous actinic keratosis are present. They do not cover this treatment otherwise.

The process involves the topical application of Amino Levulanic Acid (ALA). When the ALA is absorbed and activated by the specific wavelength of blue light used, the pre-cancerous, sun damaged areas and oil producing glands change it into protoporphyrin IX, a light sensitive, naturally occurring substance in the body. The light activates the protoporphyrin, therefore pre-cancerous lesions and sun damaged areas are destroyed and the overactive sebaceous glands are diminished in size.

Alternative treatments for actinic keratoses include but are not limited to: cryotherapy (freezing with liquid nitrogen), skin sanding, cautery (burning with an electric needle), chemical peels, laser resurfacing, and topical chemotherapy or immune stimulating cream.

Alternative treatments for oily and/or acne prone skin include but are not limited to: prescription medications, Blue light without ALA, IPL/laser, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, over-the-counter products or no treatment at all.

Alternative treatments for sun damaged skin include but are not limited to: chemical peels, IPL/ lasers, dermal fillers, skin sanding, topical chemotherapy, microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing and skin care products (prescription or over-the-counter).

Before and After Photos:

2 Days After Treatment                10 Days After Treatment



Loop Cautery for Rhinophyma

What is a Rhinophyma?
Rhinophyma is a condition that can lead to the swelling of the nasal tissue, which can result in an enlarged red, bulb shaped ruddy nose. The modality we use to treat this condition is called electrocautery.

Several treatments can be used to reshape the nose. It is a procedure that uses radio waves to reshape and sculpt the nose. The procedure is done in the office under local anesthesia. This procedure generally heals within 3-4 weeks and gives an improved cosmetic shape.

Before & After Photos:

Before                           One Month After


Before                       Immediately after


One Month After

*These are actual patients whose photos demonstrate typical results; individual results may vary.

Scar Revision

Scar Revision

The degree of improvement that can be achieved with scar revision will depend on the severity of your scarring, and the type, size and location of the scar. In some cases, a single technique such as a surgical incision/excision may provide significant improvement; however, a combination of scar revision techniques such as topical treatments, injectable treatments, and surface treatments such as laser resurfacing and dermabrasion may be recommended to achieve the best results.

Before and After Photos:

Before                                             1 Week After


1 month After

Skin Rejuvenation

Skin Rejuvenation / LimeLight
Skin Rejuvenation / LimeLight (IPL Laser treatment) is used to treat two of the most prominent signs of photo aging: facial blood vessels / redness (vascular irregularities), and sun-induced brown pigmented spots.

The medical terms for multiple, tiny blood vessels are telangiectasias (fine, red lines) or angiomas (circular, red bumps). They can occur at any age. If they appear in children or in pregnant women, the dilated blood vessels may spontaneously resolve after months to years, though they frequently persist. They can also develop in people who have had a lot of sun exposure, have fair complexions, have other family members with a similar tendency, and/or skin conditions such as Rosacea or Lupus.

Skin Rejuvenation / LimeLight also treats sun-induced brown spots (pigmented irregularities) caused by sun damage and aging. The medical term for these spots is “lentigos.” (A common term may include “age spots’ or ‘liver spots’, but these spots are not related to how the liver works.)

Improvements in skin texture such as fine lines and rough skin are also noticeable following a series of treatments.

How it works:
Depending on the machine used (eMax, Harmony XL, Cutera) either IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) or IPL with RF (Radiofrequency) is used. These energy sources specifically target the sun-damaged cells, causing directed removal of these spots and fine wrinkles. The energy also treats facial blood vessels by causing inflammation and swelling inside the center of the tiny blood vessels. This causes them to collapse and close off which prevents blood flow through them. Eventually your body will reabsorb the non-functioning blood vessels and the redness will fade.

Spray Tan

If you’ve never gotten a spray tan before, you’re missing out on a healthy and exciting alternative to tanning beds and sun exposure. Using SunFX, you can achieve the same results in less time and with far fewer health risks! Why risk a burn or skin cancer from UV exposure when a deep, even tan is available without it?

We offer many options to help you achieve the shade you’re looking for, and our expert technicians are happy to answer any questions before and after the treatment. With something for everyone, there’s no reason to look anywhere else but here!

Fast, Natural, and Gorgeous

Advanced Esthetics offers a variety of options for spray tan in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis, MN area, to suit your skin tone and desired shade. Lasting 7-10 days each, a session only take 15 minutes or less to apply and is completely odorless. You won’t find any perfumes, oils, alcohols, parabens, or artificial preservatives in our solutions.

Spray Tan Options:

  • Original Solution: The first of the SunFX products to launch, Original Solution remains the most popular option. It is left on the skin for 6-8 hours before being washed off.
  • Rapid Gold Solution: Derived from coconut, this tanning solution is very hydrating for your skin. Using a DHA boost, it creates a golden tan that lasts. This is a great option for customers looking for fast results. It can be left on for 1-2 hours before washing.
  • Caribbean Chocolate: Leave this solution on for 6-8 hours before washing to achieve a dark, chocolate tan. Although it is the richest tan we offer, it will still retain a very natural look on your skin.
  • Aloe Therapy: Our aloe therapy solution will leave your skin with a perfect tan. Plus, you’ll feel refreshed and hydrated. Ideal for mature, sensitive, or dry skin, Aloe Therapy contains green tea extract and pure aloe vera. It should be left on for 6-8 hours before washing off.

Tri-Level System

Each of our solutions comes in three stages, designed to get the results you want. Level 1 gives a natural, light tan on most skin types. Level 2 increases the active ingredients by 40%, producing a darker tan. It should be used carefully on those with sensitive skin. Level 3 is meant for non-sensitive, olive skin types. It produces the darkest, richest spray tan in Minneapolis, MN


Tatoo Removal

Decorative tattoos have a history dating back at least 5000 years. The desire to remove them has probably existed just as long! With the increased mainstream popularity of tattoos seen in recent years, issues of visible tattoos affecting employment status, sagging skin with aging altering the tattoo’s appeal, tattoos with iron oxide pigment affecting medical imaging studies (MRI) and interfering with medical care needs, and as always, ‘tattoo remorse’, tattoo removal is also increasingly widespread and prevalent. In recent years, safe and effective techniques are available to successfully remove most if not all unwanted tattoos.

Tattoos are created by piercing the skin at multiple points with a needle while delivering pigment, with the goal of creating a scar that traps the pigment (the tattoo) deep within the skin (the dermis). Non-surgical tattoo removal involves attacking the pigment to break it apart and allowing the body to slowly remove the pigment fragments. The scar created from the tattooing process will remain. Surgical tattoo treatment options remove both the tattoo’s scar and the trapped pigment of the tattoo, but scarring from the surgical or dermabrasion site will result. For some, this may be a more acceptable scar than the tattoo and its scar.

Professionally applied tattoos penetrate the deeper layers of the skin at uniform levels, allowing use of techniques that apply broad areas of inked skin at the same depth. These tattoos often use large amounts of ink and can therefore be difficult to remove. Homemade tattoos are often applied with an uneven hand, thus they can vary in depth and show uneven placement of pigment. Those factors can make their removal more difficult as well. A traumatic tattoo can be caused by such things as pencil points, gunpowder, or firework injuries, and show variable depths as well.

Before and After Photos:

Before                                                    After


Tickle Lipo

TICKLE LIPO is a gentle form of minimally invasive cosmetic surgery to remove unwanted fat. Using a rotational movement along with low frequency infrasonic vibrations, the most stubborn, unwanted fat is broken up, liquefied, and removed from your problem areas without damaging any of the surrounding tissue. The Tickle Lipo procedure also offers advantages with which other fat removal techniques cannot compete. 


TICKLE LIPO on Good Morning America and Nightline on July 28th. The story is on a young man with a severe case of gynecomastia. The results are amazing.

“I am very pleased to be the first physician in the Twin Cities Metro area to offer this new technique which allows patients to be awake and more comfortable during liposuction,” said Dr. O.J. Rustad, board certified Minnesota Dermatologist. “I am finding that Tickle Lipo™ is superior to other liposuction techniques .



VISIA Complexion Analysis

VISIA Imaging Complexion Analysis System

VISIA Imaging Complexion Analysis system captures multi-spectral photos of the face, and provides an in-depth analysis of your individual facial characteristics. These measures are an indirect but objective measure of your skin’s health and appearance. By analyzing multiple factors of the skin, it assists in providing additional objective information to guide your skin care regime. It visually shows key visual information for six areas effecting complexion health and appearance: Wrinkles, Spots, Pores, Texture, Porphyrins (evidence of bacteria). UV spots (caused by sun damage).

Additionally, VISIA provides informative comparison of your complexion’s characteristics to other patients of the same sex, age, and skin type.

Objective Scores:
A percentile score compares that factor on the skin to the general population at your age. In the first four factors measured (Wrinkles, Spots, Pores, Texture),

VISIA Complexion Analysis Information

Product Resource Center

AE Product Resource Center In addition to our Cosmetic Dermatology services, Advanced Esthetics also offers a wide variety of Skin Care Products for our patients including Cleansers, Exfoliants, Toners, Moisturizers, Sunscreen/Moisturizers, Anti-Aging/Antioxidants and Complete Skin Care Systems including Skin Type Solutions™.

Skin Type Solutions™ is a scientifically-derived resource developed and powered by dermatologists from around the world to provide unbiased and credible information for consumers and the beauty industry.

Through these resources, you will be able to determine:

  • Your personal skin type profile and explanations as to why your skin acts the way it does.
  • The products most suitable for your skin type.
  • Reviews of skincare products on or poised to enter the market.
  • Dietary and lifestyle advice for beautiful skin.
  • Updates on new cosmetic procedures such as Botox, lasers, fillers and other treatmentseasonal skincare advice and travel tips to ensure good skin when you travel.

80% of people are using the wrong products for their skin type. Set up a complimentary skin typing consultation with one of our Cosmetic Specialists today by calling #651-484-2724!

ADC provides the best products for our patients!

Skin Type

Choosing Your Cosmetic Specialist

How to Choose your Cosmetic Specialist

There are many respected practitioners who perform facial rejuvenation techniques. Of the many factors to consider, price is only one of them. Here are some criteria to help make the choice of the right practice easier.

Here are some questions to consider in choosing a clinic for cosmetic procedures:

  1. Are the cosmetic providers medically qualified?At Advanced Esthetics, our physicians are licensed, and are Board Certified/Board Eligible. Our Physician Assistants are all certified as PA-C. All of our providers are in good standing with the Minnesota State Board of Medical Practice.
  1. What type of training do the Advanced Esthetics Cosmetic Specialist have?At Advanced Esthetics, our team of Cosmetic Care Specialists consists of physicians, certified physician assistants, nurses, and our specially trained medical assistants. Our exclusive focus is in dermatology, the medical specialty of the physiology in science, study and art of therapeutics of the skin. As skin care specialists, all of our Cosmetic Care Specialists (CCS) have received thorough, careful and extensive training in the various dermatologic cosmetic procedures. This training greatly exceeds Minnesota training standards. All of AE’s CCS have over 1,000 hours of training, which . . .

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