Now is the best time to start laser hair reduction

Try laser hair reduction in Anchorage

The days are getting longer and summer is getting closer by the day. If you know anything about hair reduction, you know that the options are endless. From shaving, waxing, sugaring, creams, plucking, threading, the list goes on forever. With many options, hair removal can be a temporary success, until it grows back in three days and you’re stuck in the endless cycle that is hair removal.

Well, we’re here to put an end to your hair troubles once and for all. Laser hair reduction is the only option that has permanent results. AKA, your one-way ticket to a long-term hair reduction life. Say hello to the ultimate shorts summer. If you’ve been thinking about laser hair reduction, now is the time to get started.

Schedule an appointment with us today so we can help you feel beautiful.

What is laser hair reduction?

There are so many reasons why people choose to have laser hair reduction. Beyond just making you silky smooth everywhere, laser hair reduction can also aid in painful ingrown hairs, hyperpigmentation, and skin irritation. During the procedure, a technician will use a laser that exposes your hair follicles to pulses of light so that they can be destroyed. This is a popular permanent solution that many people choose to do because of problem areas or rapid hair growth on the body.

Since laser hair reduction uses a high amount of light on a small area of skin, people usually choose to get smaller areas of their body treated. Underarms, upper lips, bikini lines, are the most popular areas that we treat. The procedure is highly effective with long-term effects.

How laser hair reduction works

The laser hair reduction process is pretty simple. Here at AK Beautiful You, we specialize in using the Icon Pulsed Light Hair Reduction System. This revolutionary process provides treatment beyond the technology of traditional Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) systems. The Icon System allows us to treat most skin and hair types. IPL works by emitting a pulse of light into the hair follicles, safely heating and disabling the cells responsible for hair growth, and permanently “reducing” hair production. We recommend five treatments for successful results, which are usually done at intervals or four to 12 weeks.

What to expect at your appointment

Before each appointment, you’ll need to make sure the areas being treated are clean shaven. This will maximize the effectiveness of the laser and reduce the risk of any minor burns. Many clients describe the experience as feeling like having rubber bands snapped against your skin. The discomfort is very minor. However, as the amount of hair is reduced over time, the sensation will become more and more tolerable.

After your first appointment, it may take anywhere from two to three weeks to see the first signs of a difference. Once you’ve completed all your treatments, you’ll notice a significant change. It’s really important to be consistent with your appointments, because each hair follicle is at a different stage of growth. You need to make sure each follicle has been lasered effectively to ensure permanent reduction.

After each appointment, it’s normal to see some small red bumps and feel some heat in the treated area. You can treat the area with ice to reduce any discomfort, but it should be minimal.

Always choose a professional

If you’re considering laser hair reduction, it’s important that you choose a medical spa with a great reputation and experienced clinicians to ensure the treatment is administered correctly and effectively. Here at AK Beautiful You, our clinicians are able to advise you on all your beauty needs, from laser hair reduction to Botox, Juvéderm’s collection of fillers, chemical peels, and more. Our goal is to help you look as good as you feel to make you feel happy and confident for the summer season.

Ready to discuss your beauty goals? Contact us today.

What is a good age to get Botox for the first time?

Experts recommend starting Botox in your late 20s or early 30s

Botox is a protein that can block certain chemical signals from traveling along the nerves, causing the muscles of the face to relax, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

It’s approved for use in people aged 18 and older, but most clinicians agree the best time to start using it is in your late 20s or early 30s. That might sound early, but it’s a great way to protect your skin while it’s still naturally youthful and stop deep lines from developing in the first place.

Does Botox make you look younger?

The right age to get Botox will vary from person to person and it’s a careful balance. If you start too young, the effect may make you look older than you really are; if you wait too long, your wrinkles will start to develop. It’s important to discuss your decision to start Botox with an expert injector.

Take AK Beautiful You, for example. Our injector, Sara Dunlap, is the number one Botox and Juvéderm injector in the state of Alaska. She’s a registered nurse with almost 20 years of experience working with clients to achieve their cosmetic goals and achieve natural-looking results. She has worked with thousands of clients during this time and her practice grows year after year.

Something she says often, which we think is good to keep in mind, is this: “If you think it’s expensive to be injected by an expert, wait until you’re injected by an amateur.” Botox isn’t the kind of thing where you want to look to save money, because the cost to fix bad work often exceeds the cost of getting a perfect result the first time around. Do your research and choose someone you trust.

How should I choose a Botox injector?

There are two main things to keep in mind when choosing a Botox injector.

The first is their reviews. Visit their website, Google profile, or Facebook profile, and see what others say about their work. That’s one of the beautiful things about the internet: people will say exactly what they think, so you’ll be able to get a picture of what you can expect when you visit.

The second is their portfolio. All professional injectors will have a portfolio of their work, so you can see how often they perform a particular type of procedure and what results they get. Sara, for example, has a public Instagram page where you can see all of her most recent work. You can see lots of before-and-after shots, with a description of what was done, to learn about the process.

How often should I get Botox?

Botox is not permanent. The effects usually last for about three or four months, but it depends on your facial muscles. Everyone is slightly different, so it’s important to check in with your injector and develop a personalized treatment plan. This will ensure your wrinkles go away and stay away.

Usually, the first dose will be low, just so your injector can see how you react. If that goes well, they will increase the dose, which will create a more noticeable effect. Different parts of your face may require different amounts of Botox – for example, you may have crow’s feet that are deeper than your smile lines or the furrows on your forehead. Talk to your injector about your vision.

How does Botox affect your face?

Botox relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles when they contract. It essentially functions as a non-surgical face-lift, because it can be done in a short appointment and can take years off your face. It’s also much more common than you might think. If you’ve ever looked at someone and marvelled at how dewy and worry-free her face is, there’s a reasonable chance she invested in Botox early.

It’s important to note that Botox won’t leave you expressionless. It’s injected into specific muscles, forcing them to relax, but it leaves all the surrounding muscles with full function. You’ll be able to smile, frown, laugh, cry, and express a range of emotions – you’ll just look a few years younger!

Where can I get Botox?

If you’re interested in getting Botox for the first time, we welcome you to make an appointment to come and see Sara. You can call us at (907) 313-6987 or email us at info@akbeautifulyou.com.

Best Botox and Juvéderm clinic in Alaska

Best Botox and Juvederm Clinic in Alaska

Though we all love a good giggle, all those years of beaming grins to full on belly-laughs can really take a toll on our skin. So naturally, as we age, our face follows suit. And although our wrinkles usually reflect happy times, they often make us look a little tired or flat. It’s really common to feel like your fine lines don’t reflect how vibrant, youthful, and energetic you actually feel inside!

Luckily, we’re here to help take years off your look and make it appear completely natural. When you come to visit the AK Beautiful You team in Anchorage, our clinicians will talk to you about your desired look and assess the natural contours of your face to recommend the best course of treatment. Our goal is to lift your look so you can feel like the best version of yourself. After all, professional skin care isn’t noticeable, it’s beautiful – just ask our many happy clients.

Schedule a consultation with Alaska’s #1 Botox and Juvéderm injector today!

Meet Alaska’s most trusted injector

Sara Dunlap, RN, is AK Beautiful You’s expert in beauty injections. She’s the #1 Botox and Juvéderm injector in Alaska, AND recognized by Allergen, the makers of Botox and Juvéderm, as one of their top 500 accounts. She takes a huge amount of pride in her work, which you can view here.

With all of this credibility, her patients also rave about her professionalism, experience and compassion in the medical spa industry. She’s gained her amazing reputation by going the extra mile with patients by explaining and educating them on each and every product she uses beforehand. Your happiness is her top priority, so she will do everything she can to make you comfortable.

What is Botox?

Botox is one of the most effective, widely used, and successful treatments for targeting moderate to severe smile lines, frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines. These lines are caused by repetitive facial movements that end up strengthening your facial muscles over time and eventually leaving a visible line between the muscle fibers.

Not only does Botox soften fine lines and wrinkles, but it can help prevent wrinkles from setting in in the first place. This is why it’s such a popular treatment. These simple injections are highly effective in boosting the confidence you have in your own skin. Though the primary use for Botox is for the ability to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and enhance your beauty, it’s also used to treat conditions such as neck spasms, excessive sweating, an overactive bladder, lazy eyes and chronic migraines.

What is Juvéderm?

Juvéderm is a powerful and minimally invasive cosmetic treatment referred to as a facial filler, and is made with a base of hyaluronic acid: a naturally occurring substance in our skin and connective tissue. It’s used mainly for the purpose of creating significant improvements in the face by replacing volume loss, or adding volume to a specific area. For instance, if you weren’t born with full lips or high cheekbones, fillers can be used to add volume to these desired areas.

In addition to plumping the skin, Juvéderm’s hyaluronic acid ingredient helps to create more collagen where injected and retain water to keep your tissues well hydrated. It can even be used to minimize facial scars from acne or trauma.

For both Botox and Juvéderm treatments, a consultation is always a great place to start. Sara Dunlap at AK Beautiful You will discuss with you what your desired result is, examine your unique facial characteristics and underlying bone structure and give a thorough explanation of the dermal fillers available and how they can help you bring your facial features back to their youthful glory!

For safe and natural results, contact AK Beautiful You today.

Are you worried about your smile lines?

Smile lines

Smile lines are wrinkles that develop around the sides of your mouth. They’re a result of a rich and happy life, but they deepen a lot as we age, which can add years to your face.

There are two main types: smile lines, which run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, and marionette lines, which run from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Their development and depth depend on a number of factors, such as your genetics, sun exposure, smoking status, and facial expressions. However, they’re also a very natural part of ageing.

This is due to something called the malar fat pad, which is the plump tissue that gives our cheeks their shape. When we’re young, it sits nice and high along our cheekbones, but it naturally moves downwards over time. Combined with natural muscle shrinkage, and loss of skin elasticity, it causes deep facial folds that can make us look tired and sad instead of fresh and happy.

It’s ironic, considering they’re caused by all of life’s laugh-out-loud moments!

Want to talk to an expert about smile lines? Contact our friendly team today.

How do I get rid of smile lines?

The best way to treat smile lines is with injectable facial fillers. Juvéderm is a very popular brand type of injectable dermal filler made with a base of hyaluronic acid, which is a type of substance naturally found in our bodies that keeps our skin looking plump. It has a product called Voluma, it’s thickest and strongest gel, which is really effective at targeting severe folds such as smile lines. It’s minimally invasive and is a great way to treat facial volume loss.

You should always ensure your injectables are administered by a certified and experienced clinician. They will be able to assess your unique facial characteristics, including your underlying bone structure, to ensure you’re given an appropriate dose to achieve a dewy, natural-looking result that heals as quickly as possible. Fillers generally don’t require much downtime, but you may wish to take the afternoon off from work so you can let the swelling go down.

Here at AK Beautiful You, our injector, Sara Dunlap, is a registered nurse. She’s Alaska’s top injector, and has helped hundreds of people achieve their dream results, with a portfolio to prove it. She has a saying that sums it up perfectly: “If you think it’s expensive to be injected by an expert, wait until you’re injected by an amateur.” It pays to do your research!

What’s the best way to prevent smile lines?

Preventing smile lines is similar to preventing aging skin, fine lines, and other wrinkles. Take care of your skin! Your skin is the largest organ in your body, so you’ll need to look after your health from the inside out to ensure you always look as good as you feel. And remember, when it comes to getting professional skin care, prevention is always better than a cure!

Here are five simple steps you can proactively take to look after your skin:

  • Sunblock: Protect your skin from harmful UV radiation with a good daily sunblock.
  • Hydration: Dewy, youthful skin starts with drinking plenty of water every day.
  • Nutrients: A diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish and nuts will help you glow.
  • Sleep: Proper rest is essential to maintaining bright and fresh-looking skin.
  • Prevention: There are a range of treatments you can get to manage the early signs of aging, such as Botox, laser resurfacing, chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion and dermaplaning.

Life is meant to be enjoyed, and smile lines are a natural part of the process. However, if you want to add a little life back into your face and minimize the severity of your smile lines, come and see our friendly team. Our professional skin care isn’t noticeable, it’s beautiful.

Ready to tackle your smile lines? Schedule an appointment today.

How to reduce the appearance of fine lines under your eyes

Reduce fine lines under your eyes

It’s totally normal to develop fine lines under your eyes as you age, but strategically treating this area can give your entire face a more youthful and refreshed look.

The skin that surrounds your eyes is much thinner and more delicate than that on the rest of your face. As skin ages it loses collagen and elasticity, causing the skin around your eyes to become even thinner and more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. This can be further aggravated by external factors including sun exposure, smoking, and eye movements such as blinking or squinting. The key to reducing and preventing lines under the eyes comes down to increasing collagen production.

We offer a variety of treatment options that stimulate the production of collagen and strengthen the skin around the eyes. Because each person’s face is different, we will create a tailored treatment for you to achieve visible results.

Want an expert opinion about your fine lines? Request an appointment.

Botox

Botox is one of the most effective, widely used, and successful treatment options for a variety of conditions. Fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes often develop in response to repeated muscle movements like blinking and squinting. Botox can help by reducing the ability of these muscles to contract. By relaxing the muscles around the eye, your skin can look much firmer, erasing the lines and wrinkles that detract from the true beauty of your eyes.

Want to dive a little deeper? Read about our Botox services.  

Cosmetic injectable fillers

Injectable fillers can minimize the appearance of fine lines under the eyes by providing support to the area. Fillers are best for deep lines that are present even when facial muscles are not contracting. If you experience volume loss under your eyes, injectable fillers can also be used to plump the skin and improve under eye hollowing.

Have questions? Read about our injectable filler options.

Laser resurfacing

Laser resurfacing treatments target fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes through tiny microinjuries. This initiates a wound healing response and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin. As a result, the treatment promotes remodeling of the dermis and heals skin from the inside out. We use the Icon 1540 non-ablative fractional laser, which has various micro-lenses that allow for customized treatments with minimal side effects and downtime.

Interested in learning more? Check out our laser resurfacing page.

Chemical peels

Chemical peels are non-invasive treatments that combat fine lines and wrinkles and restore lost skin elasticity. During this procedure, we apply a chemical solution to your skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back after your chemical peel is smoother and firmer, which will help reduce the appearance of creases. We tailor our chemical peels to your individual needs, selecting only the best chemical or chemical blend for you. For maximum results, a series of three or more peels is needed depending on your skin condition.

Curious? Read about the different types of chemical peels we offer.

Photo rejuvenation therapy

An Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) Photofacial emits a bright beam of light which is gently absorbed into the underlying layers of the skin, stimulating collagen growth. This helps improve the skin’s texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. IPL Photofacials are a non-abrasive, non-invasive procedure designed to improve the appearance and quality of the skin. Our Icon Aesthetic System makes treatments comfortable and fast in order to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

Sound like the right option for you? Learn more about our photo rejuvenation facials.

Micro-dermabrasion

Micro-dermabrasion is a minimally-invasive way to combat fine lines around the eyes. This treatment is primarily targeted at the superficial layers of the skin, so it is best for those with only mild creases. Micro-dermabrasion peels away the outermost layer of the skin to reveal the healthier, fresher looking skin beneath. It also encourages new production of elastin and collagen, which contribute to smoother skin. Results are immediate and noticeably improved.

Want to read more about this option? Visit our micro-dermabrasion page.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning is a painless and noninvasive procedure that removes the dead surface skin to uncover new healthy skin cells, revealing smooth and soft skin. It helps spark the development of new collagen while reducing the appearance of crow’s feet and other fine lines around the eyes naturally. This treatment is a form of manual exfoliation that utilizes a sterile surgical blade called a dermatome. The dermatome is carefully stroked over the skin in even motions to exfoliate and remove outer layers of dead skin cells.

Could dermaplaning be the answer you are looking for? Find out more.

Sun protection

The skin around your eyes is delicate, so if you want to reduce fine lines under your eyes, the best way is to protect the area from the sun. It’s really hard to apply sunblock here, because you don’t want to get it in your eyes, so we recommend investing in a great pair of UV-protection sunglasses. This is just as important in winter as it is in summer, so always keep a pair handy.

Our friendly team is also here to help. Request an appointment.

 

Can sun damage be reversed?

Beautiful woman with no sun damage

The sun’s ultraviolet light can cause wrinkles, dark spots, and other problems over time, adding years to your looks. The good news is there are a number of ways we can treat sun damage and heal your skin.

Age spots generally occur because our skin changes, and our cellular turnover slows down, as we age. This can cause uneven pigmentation, which can result in brown spots that make us look older than we really are. They can range in size and shape, but they generally appear on areas that have been exposed to the sun for long periods of time, like the face, hands, shoulders and arms.

The main treatment options we recommend to minimize the appearance of sun damage include chemical peels, micro-dermabrasion, IPL photofacials or dermaplaning. Each treatment has different advantages, so it’s best to speak to your clinician to find out which one is right for you.

Want to talk to the experts? Request an appointment.

What does sun damage look like?

First of all, how do you know if your skin is sun damaged? It can present in a number of ways, from a smattering of freckles to relatively large dark spots. Here are two examples:

Sun damage spot on cheekSun damaged skin on forehead

Sun damage occurs because your skin tries to protect itself from the damaging effects of the sun by producing a dark brown pigment called melanin. This is what makes your skin tanned, but in some cases, it can develop in clumps. However, this is just one symptom. Sun damage can also cause small blood vessels in your skin to stretch, which creates a mottled and reddish appearance.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, the medical term for sun damage is “photo-aging.” As the damage gets worse, you may also notice deep lines or dry patches start to appear. These are called actinic keratoses, which is a pre-cancerous skin growth that you should have properly checked out by your doctor, because early detection is crucial to successful treatment.

Want a professional opinion? The AK Beautiful You team works closely with Dr. Michael Manuel, a board-certified plastic surgeon with more than 30 years of experience.

What is the best treatment for sun damaged skin?

We offer four very successful treatments to minimize the appearance of sun damage.

  1. Chemical peelsA chemical peel is a treatment used to remove dead, dry, and dull skin cells and smooth the texture of the skin. It uses an acidic solution to cause a controlled injury that makes the skin flake or peel, removing sun damaged cells. We tailor the treatment to your skin type, and recommend you come back three or more times to ensure you see the best results possible.
  2. Micro-dermabrasionMicro-dermabrasion is a minimally invasive treatment that buffs away damaged cells on the outer layer of the skin, creating a younger looking appearance. It can reduce the appearance of sun damage, as well as fine lines, and mild acne scarring. it also increases circulation and collagen disposition, and you’ll notice results after one treatment.
  3. IPL photofacialsIntense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses different wavelengths of light to stimulate skin regeneration. It gently injures the skin, stimulating collagen production, and minimizes hyperpigmentation and broken capillaries associated with sun damage. We recommend you come back once or twice a year to maintain the results.
  4. Derma-planingDerma-planing is a painless procedure in which the face is gently exfoliated with a surgical blade. It removes all the dead surface skin – including sun damaged cells – to uncover a healthy new layer below, making the skin soft and smooth. Typically, it’s only performed on the face, whereas the other treatments we offer can be used on other areas as well.

Our clinicians provide safe, natural results every time. Request an appointment.

Always protect your skin

And of course, the best way to avoid sun damage in the first place is to protect yourself from ultraviolet radiation. This means covering up whenever possible, wearing a broad-brimmed hat on sunny days, and always remembering to apply a good-quality sunblock every time you leave the house. This isn’t just relevant in summer, either, because the light that reflects from snow in winter can also cause damage. Choose a moisturizer or a foundation with SPF and just incorporate it into your morning routine.

Our team is here to help. Request an appointment.

What Causes Age Spots and What Can You Do About Them?

age spots

Age spots generally appear as a result of exposure to the sun. Over time, ultraviolet radiation (UV) speeds up the production of melanin, a natural pigment that gives skin its color, causing pigment cells in different places around the body to become overactive. You may see brown spots appear when the melanin becomes clumped, and they generally appear on the face, neck, and hands.

The best way to avoid them is by protecting your skin from the sun. This means covering your skin with clothing, wearing broad-brimmed hats, applying sunblock, and drinking lots of water. Of course, in Alaska, we get strong sun exposure year-round. Summer sunlight tends to be the most direct, however, you definitely shouldn’t estimate the strength of light reflected from the snow in winter.

Fortunately, there are a number of treatments that can reduce the appearance of age spots. Provided the spots are benign, we can reduce pigmentation and help you maintain healthy skin.

Want to talk to the experts? Request an appointment.

Chemical Peel

We tailor our chemical peels to your individual needs, selecting only the best chemical or chemical blend to suit your skin. The amount of peeling you’ll experience depends on the condition of your skin and number of peels you’ve had. The amount can range from mild flaking to noticeable peeling.

Anti-ageing peels are specifically designed to target hyper-pigmentation, which means they can dramatically improve the appearance of age spots. This procedure combines high-performance brightening and anti-inflammatory agents with a powerful acidic solution to accelerate cell renewal.

Our aim is to ensure the ultimate result and reduce the risk of complications. Once we assess the condition of your skin, we may recommend a series of three or more peels (one every two weeks) to maximize results. We can perform chemical peels on your face, neck, chest, hands, arms and back.

Have questions? Read about the different types of chemical peels.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a non-surgical technique that safely retextures most skin types. The multilevel treatment is designed to remove excess dead skin while improving discoloration associated with age spots and sun damage. It’s also effective in reducing the size of pores, acne scarring, and fine lines.

Microdermabrasion increases circulation and collagen production, which results in more radiant looking skin. You’ll notice the results are immediate and that your skin is noticeably improved – all you’ll have when you leave the office is a mild, temporary pinkness in the treated area. It can have dramatic results, but it doesn’t take the place of surgical or laser procedures.

That said, you can add it to a chemical peel to maximize the effect.

Want to know more? Check out our microdermabrasion page.

IPL Photo Rejuvenation

Intense Pulsed Light Therapy, commonly referred to as IPL, is a non-surgical treatment designed to improve the appearance and quality of the skin. We commonly use it to treat age spots, as well as rosacea, superficial blood vessels, and other signs of ageing. It can be used just about anywhere on the face and body, and it works by promoting an increase in your body’s natural collagen production.

Here at AK Beautiful You, we use the Icon Aesthetic System, which makes treatments comfortable and fast in order to accommodate your busy lifestyle. We can offer a package of treatments to obtain optimal results. The treatments take 30-45 minutes and are scheduled 3-4 weeks apart. We also generally recommend you stop by the office for maintenance treatments once or twice a year.

Sound right for you? Read more about photo rejuvenation facials.

Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning treatments are a form of manual exfoliation utilizing a sterile surgical blade called a dermatome, which is carefully stroked over the skin in even motions. It removes dead surface skin to uncover the healthy new skin cells below, making your skin feel smooth and soft, and reducing the appearance of age spots. It’s painless and non-invasive, and will leave you looking bright and fresh.

Dermaplaning is only performed on the face, taking care to avoid the eyelids and neck. You can pair it with a chemical solution to enhance your treatment results. Dermaplaning poses no serious side effects and patients can resume normal activities immediately following treatment.

Our certified clinicians provide safe, natural results every time. Request an appointment.

Does Acne Scarring Go Away?

Acne Scarring

Struggling with acne at any age can leave you feeling unconfident in your skin, but dealing with acne scarring that remains long after the breakout has cleared is a battle of its own. Some marks may heal with time, but others may remain visible without intervention.

Fortunately, at AK Beautiful You, we have several treatments available that can effectively speed up the recovery process or even help eliminate more severe scars. By starting with a consultation, we can examine any unwanted marks and scars in your skin caused by breakouts and discuss how we can help you achieve smoother, glowing skin.

Want to find out how we can help? Schedule a free consultation.

What Causes Acne Scarring?

Most people deal with acne at some point in their life, especially with the onset of puberty. However, acne rarely ends with adolescence. Changes in hormones, genetics, and bacteria on the skin all contribute to flare-ups. You may experience breakouts that clear with little to no lingering effects.

Acne scarring results when your body attempts to produce collagen and heal tissue damage from acne that makes it way deep into your skin. Too much collagen results in a raised, hypertrophic acne scar while too little collagen forms depressed, atrophic acne scars. Having acne cysts or picking at and popping pimples can all increase inflammation, which can increase the chance of developing scars.

Types of Acne Scars

There are several different common types of acne scarring that can affect the appearance of your skin. Learning the different types of scars that can develop after an acne breakout can help you better determine the cause and find an appropriate treatment plan:

  • Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation: Discolored, flat marks on the skin that result from the overproduction of melanin
  • Boxcar scars: Wide, pitted scars with sharp, vertical edges that are caused by collagen loss
  • Ice Pick scars: Deep, pitted scars caused by inflammation that appear as if they have been poked by a sharp object, such as an ice pick
  • Rolling scars: Atrophic scars with a wavy appearance caused by fibrous tissue growth below the surface of the skin
  • Hypertrophic scars: Raised, firm scars, sometimes called keloids, that form when too much collagen is produced during the healing process

How is Acne Scarring Treated?

With the right treatment, our highly trained staff can reduce the appearance of acne scars or even remove them completely. There are several remedies we offer that can help you achieve the desired results.

Laser Treatment

At AK Beautiful You, we can use our FDA-approved non-ablative fraction laser to stimulate collagen growth, allowing us to reduce acne scarring and tighten the skin. With Intense Pulsed Light, we can even address hypertrophic scars and keloids. Each session usually takes about an hour to complete with minimal redness following the procedure.

Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a minimally invasive procedure used to correct discoloration, reduce the visible effects of sun damage, minimize wrinkles, and address acne scarring. For this nonsurgical procedure, we use a handheld tool to remove the top layer of the skin to help increase blood flow and promote collagen production. You will leave the procedure with immediate, noticeable results, which can be improved with subsequent sessions.

Injectable Fillers

Our collection of JUVÉDERM® fillers restore volume and decrease lines by injecting your skin with a hyaluronic acid solution. For depressed acne scarring, this increase in volume can raise the scar so that it is the same level as the rest of the skin. The procedure is quick and effective. However, the results are temporary so the filler will need to be reapplied to maintain results. We can discuss your goals and help you determine which JUVÉDERM® filler can best meet your needs.

Address Acne Scarring at AK Beautiful You

With our comprehensive list of treatments available to lessen the presence of acne scars or even remove them completely, the team at AK Beautiful You can help develop a treatment plan for smooth, flawless skin you’ll love to show off. To achieve the best results, you need to work with an experienced medical professional who understands what causes acne scarring and can find an effective solution for your unique situation.

Ready to start achieving your goals? Request a consultation.

Juvederm vs. Restylane: Difference Between Popular Dermal Fillers

Juvederm

Our faces naturally change as we age, but if you’re interested in restoring some volume, we’re here to help. Whether you’re looking to plump sagging skin, fill newly-forming hollows, or smooth out some wrinkles, modern dermal fillers are like magic. They can even minimize facial scars.

Here at AK Beautiful You, we’re proud to offer both Juvéderm (including Voluma, Volbella and Vollure products) as well as Restylane to clients looking to restore a more youthful appearance. When you come to a consultation, we’ll discuss your desired result and conduct a thorough examination of your unique facial characteristics and underlying bone structure.

From there, we’ll explain the different injectable fillers available, talk about the appropriate dosage for your needs, educate you about possible side effects, and go ahead with the treatment. For now, here’s a straightforward introduction to the different types of products we use.

Want to skip ahead and get started? Request an appointment.

What is Juvéderm?

Juvéderm is an injectable dermal filler that has a base of hyaluronic acid. Put simply, hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar naturally found in our bodies that holds water and keeps our skin looking plump. Don’t let the word “acid” fool you – it’s a gel-like substance that keeps the skin fresh.

Juvéderm is typically used to restore facial contours and fight aging in the face, focusing on the cheeks, lips and mouth. It’s a great way to temporarily add volume without surgery. The effects often last as long as 18 months, but we recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment every year to ensure you’re happy with the results and they continue to suit your face.

Juvéderm has a range of different products. Here at AK Beautiful You, we’re proud to offer Juvéderm’s premier XC line, which includes Lidocaine. This is a common local anesthetic that alleviates much of the discomfort your injections may cause.

As we mentioned above, Juvéderm has three filler options: Voluma, Volbella and Vollure. They all use a hyaluronic gel to add plumpness to your face, but they each have a slightly different molecular structure, creating different thicknesses that achieve different results. This means your injector can select exactly the right product to suit your skin type and your goal.

  • Voluma: This is the thickest, strongest gel. It can be used to target severe folds (such as smile lines) or injected into the cheeks for a lift.
  • Volbella: This is the thinnest, most spreadable option. It suits delicate skin, such as the lips and around the eyes, but doesn’t last as long.
  • Vollure: This is a happy medium. It’s designed to mix longevity with flexibility while allowing for natural facial expressions and movement.

The best option for you depends on a number of factors, including your facial structure and your desired goal. It’s important to do your research and visit an experienced injector. Ask to see a portfolio of their work, so you can make sure their style aligns with your vision, and make sure they’re a qualified medical professional. That will ensure you achieve your dream result.

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What is Restylane?

Restylane is a dermal filler that also has a base of hyaluronic acid. It’s specifically formulated to act like the hyaluronic acid your body produces naturally, helping correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. It’s very similar to Juvéderm, but is generally slightly cheaper. Depending on your skin, you may find the results last for about 6-18 months instead of 12-18 months.

Possible side effects

All dermal fillers have a chance of causing minor side effects, which your injector will discuss with you during your consultation. These can include bruising, redness and swelling. You may also experience some lumps and bumps, as well as minor pain, but these should subside.

Why choose AK Beautiful You?

AK Beautiful You, previously known as Plastic Surgeons of Alaska, has a dedicated team of professionals committed to helping you achieve the best results possible. Our injector, Sara Dunlap, is a registered nurse who is currently ranked the #1 injector in Alaska. She’s an experienced nurse who specializes in aesthetic and non-surgical cosmetic services and has participated in multiple advanced training courses offered by the manufacturers of Juvéderm and Botox.

She’s committed to providing cosmetic treatments that are individualized for every client, ensuring you have beautifully natural results that leave you feeling like a million bucks.

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Botox for Headaches: How This Simple Injection Can Ease Your Pain

Botox for Headaches

Botox is one of the most widely-used and successful treatments for temporarily reducing unwanted wrinkles from the forehead, around the eyes, between the eyebrows and around the mouth. These are the muscles most involved in facial expression, and the lines caused by movement deepen over time. An injection relaxes the muscles over a period of a few days, and lasts for about 3-4 months.

However, Botox has another trick up its sleeve. It can also be a very effective treatment for headaches and migraines! Headaches are a very common condition most of us will experience if we’re stressed, sleep-deprived, dehydrated, or sick. Migraines take it to the next level. They’re an intense and debilitating form of headaches that can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Talk to your doctor before making any decisions.

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How does Botox help headaches?

The FDA approved Botox for use in treating chronic migraines – meaning people who live with migraines for 15 days a month or more – back in 2010. Botox is a drug that essentially blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, which means it temporarily reduces muscle contractions.

According to the American Migraine Foundation, it can be injected around the pain fibers that cause the headaches, which can block the release of chemicals involved in pain transmission. It’s an incredible drug that’s capable of much more than just smoothing out the lines on your face.

It’s really important to discuss your headaches with your physician. They’ll be able to conduct an examination that will help find potential causes and rule out underlying conditions.

How do you choose where to get Botox?

Our clinician, Sara Dunlop, is a registered nurse who specializes in aesthetic and non-surgical cosmetic procedures. She has extensive experience and has participated in multiple advanced training courses throughout the United States and Canada, including training offered by offered by the company that manufactures Botox. She’s currently the #1 Botox injector in Alaska.

Sara specializes in creating individualized results. She loves it when her clients send through images, or stop by the clinic, to show the amazing results of her treatment. Here are two examples:

 

When it comes to choosing the right person to administer the Botox, Sara says it’s really important to do your research. (If you think it’s expensive to be injected by an expert, wait until you’re treated by an amateur!) She’s highly skilled at injecting Botox and correcting bad injections.

“Botox and injectable fillers are prescription products that need to be injected by someone who is thoroughly trained and legally allowed to inject,” she says.

Here are some things she recommends you keep in mind:

  1. Choose someone who injects Botox as their full-time job, because it’s hard to build expertise if this is only something your clinician does on the side.
  2. Look for an injector who has been working for at least a few years. This is medicine, and it’s both an art and a science. It requires time and experience.
  3. Ask your clinician about their training. This includes their original training, as well as their continuing education. A one-day course isn’t enough!
  4. Check out their before and after pictures to see if you like the results.
  5. Ensure they have a degree in nursing or medicine, either as a Registered Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Physician Assistant or Medical Doctor.

Curious about Sara? View her profile here and her Instagram here.

What is Botox treatment like?

When you come to AK Beautiful You to get Botox, your consultation will start with a discussion of your desired result, before an examination and evaluation of your unique facial musculature, and a thorough explanation of how Botox works. Your clinician will educate you about recommended dosage, possible side effects, and activity restrictions following the injection.

The injection itself feels like a small pinch. You may feel some pressure, or a sting, as the Botox is injected into your skin. There will be a small needle mark afterwards that will quickly disappear.

What are the side effects of Botox?

Most patients do not experience any unwanted side effects from Botox injections. However, if they occur, they may include bruising, tenderness at the injection side, swelling, and headaches.

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