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.

Curious to learn more about Juvéderm? Read about our service.

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.

Want to talk to the professionals? Request an appointment.

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.

Want to learn more? Request an appointment.

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.

Ready to see what Botox can do to ease your pain? Request an appointment.

How Subtle Lip Injections Can Transform Your Face

Lip Fillers

Nothing makes a face look young and fresh like full, plump, rosy lips. However, as we age, we naturally produce less collagen, which means our lips may begin to thin and lose their shape. The good news is that there are lots of options available to subtly fill your lips, ensuring you look as youthful on the outside as you feel on the inside.

It’s a safe and routine procedure performed by a certified clinician in a clinical environment. Sara Dunlap, the injectables specialist at AK Beautiful You, is the number one injector in Alaska. She’s a registered nurse, who has participated in multiple advanced training courses with the manufacturers of products like Botox and Juvéderm, and is passionate about delivering natural results guaranteed to boost your confidence.

Want fuller lips? Request an appointment today. We can’t wait to help.

Lip filler before and after photos

Juvéderm’s Volbella and Vollure products are perfect to hydrate the lips and minimize tiny wrinkles. As little as 0.55ml can make a big difference, causing only a tiny bit of swelling that usually subsides in 1-3 days. It doesn’t matter if you want “just a little” or “just a little more.” Sara will work with you to achieve the lips you’ve always wanted. Here are some examples of her recent work:

Lip augmentation can achieve symmetry, definition, hydration or just general plumpness. Depending on your goal, you might require a single visit or a few separate sessions. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day… and neither are beautiful, full lips! A slow and steady approach is the safest way to try lip fillers and achieve the best results possible for your face.

“Soft and natural results are achieved by picking the right products, placing the filler in the correct areas, and NEVER overfilling,” says Sara. “It’s the injector, not the syringe.”

How do lip fillers work?

The most common filler used to enhance lips is Juvéderm, which includes Voluma, Volbella and Vollure products. These are a powerful and minimally invasive tool that can create a significant difference – not just to replace volume loss, but to add plumpness where you want it. Juvéderm’s premier line, XC, alleviates most of the discomfort around injection due to the incorporation of Lidocaine, which is a common local anesthetic.

Juvéderm is an injectable gel that uses hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in the body, to temporarily plump up the skin. The effects often last about 12-18 months, so you should plan a follow-up appointment every year to keep the results you want.

Want to learn more? Read about the products we use to fill lips.

Do lip fillers hurt?

Most people experience a low level of discomfort, but it really depends on the person. You’ll probably feel a slight pinch as the needle enters your skin, and you may experience a feeling of pressure as the clinician injects the filler. Some products, like the XC line, include anesthetic. We also often apply a topical numbing cream to reduce the sensation.

Are lip fillers permanent?

The good thing about modern lip fillers is that they are only semi-permanent. Over time, your body absorbs the injectable and processes it, which is why we recommend scheduling a follow-up appointment every year. This is a really good thing, because it means you can adjust the result to match the rest of your face, ensuring you always look natural.

What is a lip filler consultation like?

AK Beautiful You specializes in providing professional skincare, and our certified clinicians are committed to providing safe and natural results every time. Every consultation starts with an examination of your unique facial characteristics and underlying bone structure, as well as a thorough explanation of the injectable fillers available, as well as a discussion of your desired result and the appropriate volume dosage for you. We’ll talk you through the possible side effects and any activity restrictions that may apply following your treatment.

Right after your appointment, you’ll notice some redness and swelling. Most of the redness is due to the topical numbing cream used prior to the treatment, and the swelling usually resides within 1-3 days, leaving you with plump and healthy-looking lips in no time.

Lip fillers are a great way to transform your face. Though the change may be subtle, they’ll leave you feeling youthful, energized and confident every time you look into the mirror.

Ready to get started? Request an appointment today.

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.

Headache

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.