Cosmetic Dermatology

Every organ in your body is important, but the skin holds it all together and plays an important part in the first visual impression you give.


Cosmetic Dermatology

Looking and feeling your best sometimes requires a little help. For the safest, most effective and visually appealing results, you should always turn to a board-certified dermatologist, like the one available at Hartford HealthCare Cosmetic Dermatology.

Hartford HealthCare Cosmetic Dermatology offers a wide variety of services backed by Connecticut’s most expansive healthcare system. Our physician specialists have advanced training in various techniques to help with conditions that are genetic or age-related, and uses the latest technology to help you look and feel your best.

Conditions and Treatments

Our cosmetic dermatology services are designed to help you look and feel your best. They are listed below by treatment type, with a description of the service, an explanation of how they might help you and any potential side effects you may experience temporarily.


  • Botox® is used to reduce the fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead that result from the repeated muscle contractions of frowning and squinting through the years. Potential side effects are temporary bruising and redness at the injection site.

  • Juvederm Ultra XC®, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, helps counteract your skin’s loss of elasticity, reducing the appearance of severe wrinkles on the face and folds near your nose and mouth. It can also be used to add fullness to the lips. Common side effects, which can last up to four weeks, are injection-site redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, discoloration and itching. More rare side effects are unintentional injection into a blood vessel, vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, permanent scarring and infection.

  • Juvederm Ultra Plus XC® is also a hyaluronic acid dermal filler that adds volume to fill moderate to severe wrinkles and folds on the face. The side effects are the same as Juvederm Ultra XC.

  • Juvederm Voluma XC®, also a hyaluronic acid dermal filler, is a deeper injection into the cheek area that can help correct age-related volume loss and provide nice contour. The side effects are the same as Juvederm Ultra XC.

Laser treatments

  • V Beam is used for treating rosacea, scars, vascular lesions, wrinkles, acne and red spots. It can also help remove port wine stains. Common side effects, which can last two to three days, include redness, swelling, itching and bruising. Less common side effects are blistering, a change in skin color and bacterial infection.

  • Fraxel (coming in 2020!) can address mild to moderate acne scarring, fine wrinkles, sun damage, melasma (brown spots) and actinic keratosis. Potential side effects include scaling/peeling, crusting, swelling, acneiform, herpes simplex, bacterial and candida infections, and contact dermatitis.

Other treatments

  • Microneedling is a dermaroller procedure that uses small needles to prick the skin and generate new collagen and skin tissue, which leaves your skin looking younger and healthier. We use this to treat wrinkles, scarring, acne, alopecia, skin pigmentation problems, large pores, rosacea and stretch marks. Potential side effects include oozing and swelling in recovery, bleeding, bruising, infection, peeling, bacterial or herpes simplex infection, milia or mild acne flares.

  • Platelet Rich Plasma uses injections of your own concentrated plasma to treat alopecia and for facial rejuvenation to treat winkles, sun damage and discoloration, and scars. Potential side effects are inflammation of the site and, rarely, nerve trauma.

  • Chemical peels are applied to the skin to diminish signs of aging and restore and brighten skin tone and texture on the face, neck and chest. It can also treat acne, age spots, discoloration, melasma, freckles, rough and sun-damaged skin. Side effects are rare but can include blocked pores or acne; infection due to bacteria, yeast or virus; scarring; blotchy pigmentation; and persistent actinic keratosis.

  • Sclerotherapy is an injection technique we use to remove varicose and spider veins. Common side effects can include staining or brown pigmentation at the injection side or along the veins, clots in the treated veins, bruising and capillary matting. Rarely, patients can experience an allergic reaction to the injected material, ulceration or deep vein thrombosis.

Meet our Cosmetic Dermatologists

Name Specialties Location
Mohan, Girish, MD 860.676.7000
  • Dermatology
  • Farmington
  • Glastonbury
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