Facial Contouring With Fillers: Is It Right For You?

As we grow up, we learn how to dress for our bodies. We learn how to enhance our waists, lengthen our bodies and flatter our assets. It’s the same with make-up. We learn to make our eyes seem larger, our noses smaller, our lips look fuller. In other words, we make the most of our natural features to ensure we’re feeling confident as we start each day.

Facial contouring uses the same principles, which is why it’s become increasingly popular in recent years. Put simply, it uses fillers to enhance the natural features of your face to give it a plump and youthful look. Fillers can help lift tissue, smooth skin and define your features.

AK Beautiful You is here to help you feel the best you can feel, every day. We’re Alaska’s leading medical spa, headed by Board Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Manuel, and Alaska’s top injector, Sara Dunlap, RN. We have more than 30 years of experience in the world of plastic surgery and know how to make injectable fillers work best for you.

Want to learn more about facial contouring with fillers? Request an appointment today. We can’t wait to partner with you on your journey.

Lip Fillers

There is nothing more beautiful than full, plump lips. Adding fillers can help contour the lower part of your face by enhancing your natural features. It’s also a helpful tool if you’re worried about the effects of ageing, because our faces to tend to lose volume over time.

There are several different types of fillers we recommend to help improve your appearance.

Lip Injections

If you’re considering investing in lip injections, we recommend the Juvederm range. Juvederm is an injectable gel filler with a base of hyaluronic acid that effectively replaces volume loss in the face. It generally lasts between four and six months, and it’s very effective at plumping thin lips, as well as enhancing shallow contours, softening facial creases, decreasing wrinkles and improving the appearance of recessed scars.

We’re very proud to offer the Juverderm’s XC line, which alleviates much of the injection discomfort due to the incorporation of Lidocaine, which is a common local anesthetic.

Lip Fillers Cost

When you book a consultation with us, we will examine your unique facial characteristics and underlying bone structure and discuss your desired result before we recommend the right treatment options for you. This will include a thorough explanation of the different types of fillers available, the right dosage, possible side effects and any activity restrictions.

The exact cost of lip fillers will vary depending on the look you’re after, which product is right for you, and how many injections are required to achieve the desired effect. Request an appointment via our website to find out more about treatments and prices.

Lip Fillers Before And After

Here are some examples of recent work by Sara Dunlap, RN. Sara is a Registered Nurse with extensive experience in providing cosmetic treatments that are just as individual as you. She is the number one injector of Botox and Juvederm products in Alaska.

Our certified clinicians provide safe, natural results every time. Read more about Sara’s experience to find out how she can help you feel more confident.

Under-Eye Fillers

There is a lot you can do to hide dark circles, a hollow under-eye area and noticeable tear troughs with make-up. However, at some point, concealer won’t be able to cut it any more. Don’t worry, this is when the experienced team at AK Beautiful You can step in to help.

The number one reason we see dark circles under the eyes is volume loss in the tear trough. They tend to become more noticeable as we age. The good news is that there are two main ways to treat them: treating loss of cheek volume (which we’ll get to in a moment – keep scrolling if you’re interested in starting with face fillers), and treating the tear trough itself.

Tear Trough Fillers

 Tear trough fillers work by levelling out the area under your eye and essentially diffusing the dark shadows. It’s a very effective treatment if you feel like you’re constantly looking tired, because by filling the hollow under your eye, it allows more light to hit this part of your face. The way tear trough fillers are administered has changed a lot in the last few years, which means fast results with minimal bruising. The best part is that results can last for YEARS.

The most important thing when you’re considering this type of treatment is to ensure the person administering the injection is fully-qualified, like the team at AK Beautiful You.

Under-eye fillers before and after

Sara Dunlap, RN, our injectable specialist, has participated in multiple advanced training courses throughout the United States and Canada, including being selected to participate in Masters level training courses offered by the manufacturers of Botox and Juvederm.

Learn more about what we can do to help with under eye fillers and tear trough fillers. Read about the injectable products we’re proud to use.

Cheek Fillers

Cheek fillers can provide an instant lift to your face. It can be done for anti-ageing purposes, of course, as the natural fat that exists in your cheeks begins to flatten and droop. However, it’s also a very valuable tool when it comes to facial contouring. Cheek fillers are a simple way to tweak the proportions of your face to maximize your natural look, because fuller cheeks can smooth the texture of your skin and minimize the appearance of eye bags.

Cheek Filler Cost

The amount of dermal filler you need will vary from person to person, so the best way to determine the cost is to request an appointment with AK Beautiful You. Our experienced staff will examine your facial characteristics and bone structure to determine how we can best help you achieve your desired effect and how much this treatment will cost.

Cheek Fillers Before And After

 Full, round cheeks make a big difference when it comes to achieving a youthful glow. In fact, it often forms the cornerstone of a full facial rejuvenation. Our expert, Sara Dunlap, RN, will help you determine what treatment is best for you. The results speak for themselves!

So what are you waiting for? Request an appointment today so we can answer your questions about facial contouring with fillers. We’re here to help!

How Long Does Botox Last?

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If you have decided to take the plunge and give Botox a try, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the most common questions patients have is, “How long does Botox last?” After all, you are investing time and money and would like to know what to expect from this popular treatment.

At AK Beautiful You, we understand if you feel hesitant or need reassurance. Our highly-trained staff is here to address all of your concerns. With Alaska’s most renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Manuel, and the state’s top Botox injector, Sara Dunlap, RN, you are in expert hands.

We are also thrilled to announce that a new cosmetic nurse injector, Julia Strompolos, RN, has just joined the team. Julia is the only Allergan injector trainer in the state of Alaska (which makes the Botox, Kybella and Juvederm family of fillers) and she has more than 15 years of aesthetic experience as well as seven years as a nurse injector. She’s passionate about safe, subtle, natural-looking cosmetic enhancement and a discreet and down-to-earth atmosphere.

Our team is the best in the business and we are here to make your Botox experience perfect.

What to Expect Before the Procedure

Our highly-trained staff will talk with you in advance about your goals and desires. We discuss your options and go over what results you can expect. You will have a chance to ask any questions you have so that you feel confident in choosing to have your Botox procedure.

What Happens After My First Procedure?

Botox injections have proven to be very safe over the years, making them one of the most popular elective procedures in the world. And when you choose the experts at AK Beautiful You, you can rest easy in that you will have an excellent experience.

Patients generally experience the following immediately after their procedure:

Small Bumps

You may experience some little bumps on the skin at the injection site. These are usually short-lived and often disappear by the time you head home from our office.

Light Bruising

Some patients experience a bit of bruising in the injection areas. The bruises are small, and you can expect mild discoloration to be gone within 24 to 48 hours.

Redness or Swelling

There may be some puffiness or redness at the site of injection, but generally, it resolves within 10-15 minutes.


Occasionally, patients experience a brief mild headache or feeling of heaviness after the injection. This is not common and is short-lived.

The staff will give you aftercare instructions before you leave the office. They will answer your questions and make sure you understand what you should or should not do in the coming days.

When Will I See Results?

When you get home, you may eagerly check your reflection in the mirror, looking for those fantastic Botox results. But to be clear, you won’t see the changes that quickly. Botox is a biotechnological marvel, but it does require time to do its job. The neurotoxins that release the wrinkles need about three to five days to get the job done.

At around the ten-day mark, you will likely be enjoying the full effects of the injections. For some first-time patients, it takes closer to two weeks to see complete results.

How Long Does Botox Last?

For many Botox fans, the fantastic results last, on average, about three to four months. This time frame can vary from patient to patient. We typically recommend that you plan a quarterly treatment to keep enjoying the smooth skin you are seeking.

Ready to Give it a Shot?

Each person responds to Botox treatments differently, but the team at AK Beautiful You takes the uncertainty out of the process. If you are ready to experience the great results for yourself, and to discover how long Botox lasts, reach out to our expert staff to get started.

3 Incredible Benefits of Botox

3 Incredible Benefits of Botox

You likely know that Botox is a popular procedure used the world over by tens of thousands of people. Many individuals choose these injections when they want to look and feel younger. By relaxing the muscles that result in wrinkling and scowling, a younger, more refreshed appearance is possible. Besides the well-known wrinkle reduction and prevention capabilities, Botox may offer other health perks to its fans.

AK Beautiful You is Alaska’s leading medical spa headed by Board Certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Michael Manuel, and Alaska’s top injector, Sara Dunlap, RN. We have over 30 years of experience in the world of plastic surgery and know how to make Botox work best for you. We want you to experience all the benefits that this procedure can provide. Whether you are new to Botox or an experienced user, you might be surprised to learn what else this procedure can offer you.

3 Lesser-Known Benefits of Botox

1. Curb Excessive Sweating

Excessive sweating, also known as hyperhidrosis, can make life uncomfortable for those who live with it. The physical discomfort and the social impact may cause significant distress for anyone with the condition. Botox can help with that. While not a life-threatening condition, excessive perspiration does affect your overall quality of life and may cause embarrassment at work. Botox injections are not a cure for hyperhidrosis, but a course of treatment can help alleviate the symptoms for up to six months. Injections are particularly successful in addressing hyperhidrosis in the armpits, feet, and hands.

2. Migraine Relief

If you suffer from migraine headaches, Botox may be able to help. A carefully-crafted treatment plan will likely include multiple injections from one of our highly-qualified injectors. The course of treatment may help minimize the frequency and intensity of your migraines. By forcing the muscles to relax, the injections help ward off the pain that migraines bring. Botox has brought enormous relief to many migraine sufferers, and this treatment is one of the additional benefits of Botox.

3. TMJ Pain Relief

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) pain is a common affliction that can result in debilitating discomfort. Relaxation of the jaw muscles by injecting Botox may result in significant pain relief if the joint itself is intact and free of significant arthritis.

Take Advantage of Our Expertise

Now that these popular injections have been in extensive use for more than a decade, the benefits of Botox are clear. But you can only safely access the benefits when you have the right medical professionals to administer the injections. In Alaska, the best choice is AK Beautiful You. We offer a dream team of professionals, including Dr. Michael Manuel and Sara Dunlap, RN. Their combined decades of experience ensure that you will receive the best treatment possible so that you can safely enjoy the rejuvenation effects and health perks of Botox.

Reach out today to request an appointment. We can’t wait to partner with you on your journey to a more youthful appearance and carefree lifestyle.