The Med Spa’s dual-minded staff combines medical precision with an artist’s eye for aesthetics, personalizing appearances with a wide variety of advanced treatments and noninvasive procedures. Over the course of three laser hair-removal treatments, a certified nurse practitioner clear-cuts follicle forests sprouting from underarms, upper lips, masks of Chester A. Arthur, abs, chins, and bikini lines with the heated laser light of a strand-stunting photothermolysis spotlight. Give epidermal interlopers, including age spots and sun damage, the hot foot with a photofacial. Technicians send pulsing light past resistant outer layers on a mission to stimulate subsurface collagen, waking up new growth that smooths out broken capillaries or fine lines. Clients can also bust deeper lines with 15 units of Botox, injecting new elasticity into faces worn down by years of laughing at jokes, frowning at confusing memos, or recoiling in terror at the poltergeist that’s haunting the oven. Each brow-bolstering treatment lasts 10 minutes, allowing clients to buzz through a momentary cosmetic pit stop on the way toward the rest of their busy days.
It all began with a quest to find makeup without harmful ingredients that would also look good on camera. COR Cosmetics owner Amber Brophy-Mock worked diligently with chemists to create a 100% vegan mineral foundation composed of only four ingredients and free of irritants such as talc, carmine, bismuth oxychloride, and bottled Fran Drescher sound bites. The makeup and skincare expert has given interviews to numerous media publications and wrote a beauty column for the Anchorage Style Guide. She and her team of makeup artists have assembled an impressive portfolio of work while enhancing faces at weddings, fashion shows, and on the celebrity-studded sets of television shows and movies.
Patrons can find the skin-friendly products online or get an in-person application within the bright fuchsia and purple walls of the Wax, Lash & Cosmetics Boutique. At the spa, Brophy-Mock's staff of licensed aestheticians perform facials with products ranging from clinical PCA Skin peels to 100% Pure's organic and vegan formulas. They also offer organic waxing services and eyelash extensions with certified experts.
Advanced-practice nurse Leeanne Mercier specializes in keeping women healthy, but she also focuses on their personal comfort. After 20 years of providing preventative healthcare to the indigenous women of the arctic, Mercier opened her own clinic for women's health in 2004. She now owns All About You Medical Spa, where she takes an individualized approach to beauty and wellness. Aestheticians put patients at ease with advanced training in services such as cosmetic injectables, skin-tightening derma-roller treatments, and nonsurgical liposuction sessions.
In the turquoise-walled Thai room, Asian-inspired art and lush tapestries create a cozy, welcoming backdrop for women's wellness exams. The reception area is no less comforting—a cushy red sofa sprawls beside a wood-framed fireplace, whose flame-fed light mingles with rays from the sparkling chandelier overhead. The massage room also features a fireplace, along with a painting depicting a window-like view into an exotic landscape.
The staff at Alaska Body Aesthetics strive not only to make clients look better, but also to make them feel better, too. Their menu of noninvasive aesthetic treatments focuses on enhancing mental as well as physical well-being. High-tech services offer immediate results: technicians can refresh aging or damaged skin with Fraxel laser treatments, or remove hair and skin lesions with intense pulsed light of Palomar's StarLux system.
The doctor also combats signs of aging with Botox and dermal fillers, and she helps patients enhance their body image with skin-contouring treatments. She and her team clear complexions with products such as SkinCeuticals and Obagi Medical.
Licensed aesthetician Rita Cluff relies on the power of light to do more than brighten her clients' features. She is certified to cease hair growth, combat acne, and soften signs of aging with the iPulse i400 Intense Pulsed Light system, whose beams cause minimal discomfort to the skin surface. Rita goes beyond her laser duties for every IPL facial that she conducts—after the treatment, she shapes or tints brows and applies a complimentary mask, achieving a youthful look more effectively than tracing old yearbook photos onto guests' faces. She doesn't limit Face Envy's services to laser treatments, however. Thermage skin tightening, peels, and cosmetic tattoos flatter the dermal landscape, and Rita's registered-nurse associate Angie Tolbert subtracts wrinkles with Botox and Restylane fillers.
At Prescriptive Facial Aesthetics, a slate of clinical skincare treatments forms an umbrella of care over problematic complexions. Angie Kearns, LCA incorporates glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids into custom blends for chemical peels, which join diamond-tip microdermabrasion treatments to draw out rosy color, diminish blemishes, and soften fine facial lines that attempt to resemble their bearer's spirit animal. Obagi and PCA products add nourishing ingredients to the skincare treatments, and Juvederm, Botox, and Radiesse injections from Susan Canafax, FNP leave faces smooth and youthful.