Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Coolsculpting for Men - Watch a Live Treatment

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Aug 30, 2018 6:06:50 PM

Can men get Coolsculpting? That's a big YES! Coolsculpting reduces fat almost anywhere on the body for both men and women. Coolsculpting can help get rid of those stubborn areas of fat that never seem to budge with exercise - like that pesky stomach pooch. The best part? No downtime and we provide the Flatscreen & Netflix so you can enjoy your favorite show during your treatments!

Check out these 2 men try Coolsculpting for the first time in this live treatment video:

 

Where can you get Coolsculpting?

Almost anywhere! CoolSculpting® is cleared to treat 8 different areas: the abdomen, flanks, banana roll, thighs, bra fat, upper arms, back and the submental area (double chin). Often times are patients are so happy with the first area, they come back for a second.

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Safety of Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Aug 22, 2018 7:55:00 PM

FDA Advisory
Within recent weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement saying vaginal rejuvenation treatments have been cleared for destroying abnormal or precancerous cervical or vaginal tissue, as well as condylomas (genital warts) and other serious genitourinary (GU) conditions—but not for disorders and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual function. Furthermore, the Administration claims these treatments “have serious risks and don’t have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes.”

FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he is aware of “numerous” reports of vaginal burns, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse and recurring or chronic pain following these procedures and as a result, is asking the manufacturers of the devices in question to address their concerns and reevaluate the marketing of their products.

In light of this statement, we wanted to share with you what we and other industry experts think about the warnig.

Firstly, women seek these treatments for many health and aesthetic reasons both. Vaginal dryness, inability to climax, loss of sensitivity, urinary incontinence - and the list goes on! And we know it works because our clients have shared with us and we celebrated in the success of the results they see. Lasers and Radiofrequency devices have been used for these type of treatments for years, and have a large body of evidence showing unequivocal benefit to women's health. There have been very few and rare reports of burns and complications, and none so far at Silk Touch.

Secondly, this statement lumps all vaginal rejuvenation treatments into one category. Both lasers and Radiofrequency (RF) - which are very different technologies. We offer ThermiVa, a RF device which has less complications and downtime than laser treatments.

The reason these warning letters have been sent out is these devices are not supposed to be marketed for indications they are not FDA-cleared for until they receive approval, and this is where some companies have gone awry, leading to warning letters. Just because something doesn't have FDA-clearing, doesn't mean its unsafe. It's a costly and lengthy process to get something FDA-cleared, which is why its so common to get off label treatments. (Example, Botox in crows-feet, even though its FDA cleared for forehead.)

Here's an excerpt from NewBeauty magazine where Dr. Alexiades & Dr. Canter ( industry leaders in Vaginal Rejuvenation) shares her opinion.

"....these devices do work for many people and it’s important that the FDA is finally discussing women’s health issues after all these years. “The important take home messages are that women need treatments for conditions such as pain with intercourse, urinary leakage and infections, which can result in a poor quality of life,” says Dr. Alexiades. “Approximately 50 percent of postmenopausal women suffer from these conditions, and this new generation of devices offers significant efficacy and excellent safety profiles.”

Reston, VA urogynecologist Maria Canter, MD agrees. “Although I agree with the FDA that the safety and effectiveness of a device should be established prior to it being marketed a certain way, some patients have failed multiple ‘approved’ treatment options and have had significant improvement with energy-based devices. For example, a radio-frequency device I work with, Viveve System, has studies demonstrating safety and efficacy when used to treat vaginal laxity that can lead to decreased sensation during intercourse and urinary incontinence. There is also a prospective randomized controlled trial that was blinded and demonstrated significant improvement in symptoms. This device also currently has 2 FDA IDE trials. To date, there have been no serious adverse events and the benefits have outweighed any risk.”

To wrap it up...

While any FDA warning sounds scary - this one really is more of a warning to the companies to hold off on marketing certain benefits UNTIL they get FDA approval. We stand behind our vaginal rejuvenation treatment ThermiVa, in both the safety of the device and health benefits.

ThermiVa has truly been one of the most gratifying treatments to be able to offer to our clients. It has changed the life of countless women, and even improved marriages. We can't say enough good things about this treatment!

If you would like to learn more about ThermiVa or to see if you are a candidate- visit our website here.

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Topics: ThermiVA

Questions You Should Ask Your Cosmetic Surgeon

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jul 25, 2018 11:17:01 AM

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When it comes to medical aesthetic treatments - you have a lot of options and it can be overwhelming to decide who to choose for a cosmetic procedure. And when it comes to your face & body - its important to go with someone who is an expert, has high safety standards and is someone that can give you amazing results with realistic exceptions.

Many of the questions patients are advised to ask when vetting a cosmetic surgeon are the same as those they're advice to ask of any doctor or surgeon.

Here are 10 questions you should ask your cosmetic surgeon:

  1. Do you have experience in the procedure I'm considering? How much?
  2. How did you train in the procedure?
  3. How many of this particular procedure have you done?
  4. Can I talk to some of your former patients?
  5. Are you before and after photos your real work?
  6. Are you an accredited medical facility?
  7. What happens if there are complications?
  8. Who is a candidate for this procedure?
  9. What type of anesthesia will I get, if I need any? Are you licensed to administer anesthesia?
  10. What will my recovery be like? Do you have me come in for follow up visits?

 

The Silk Touch Experience

At Silk Touch Med Spa Laser & Lipo Center of Boise, we encourage you during your initial consultation to ask as many questions as you want! We are happy to talk about our different providers extensive experience with each treatment we offer. We only share our own before & after pictures and are always happy to share testimonials from other patients. You can also read any of the 900+ 5 star reviews we have on our Demandforce Page here.

At Silk Touch, you can feel rest assured you are in the hands of experts. We are the only IMQ accredited medical spa in Idaho - which sets puts our safety and quality standards as one of the highest in the Treasure Valley.

Ready to get started? Request your consultation online or give us a call at 208-939-3110 to schedule.

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Topics: News

DefanAge Named Non Surgical Innovator of the Year

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jul 25, 2018 10:49:51 AM

Celebrated for Cutting-Edge Anti-Aging Technology

Progenitor Biologics®, LLC, the manufacturer and distributor of the revolutionary anti-aging skin care products, DefenAge® Skincare, is proud to announce that the breakthrough line has been named "Non-surgical Innovator of the Year" by the prestigious The Aesthetic Channel's TAG! You're IT!Aesthetic Awards powered by Dermatology Times. DefenAge is the only skincare company, among all other winners to receive the TAG! You're IT! Award in 2018.

"The TAG! You're IT! Award shines a spotlight on influencers and innovators in aesthetic medicine who are shaping the future of the industry," said Amy Ammon, Publisher of Dermatology Times, THE Aesthetic Guide, and THE Aesthetic Channel.

 

DefenAge was recognized for its game-changing proprietary Age-Repair Defensins®technology, helping the brand to stand out among over two hundred submissions in 12 nominations that were vigorously reviewed by UBM and The Aesthetic Channel's editorial advisory board, the winner in each category was determined by 8 judges who are key thought leaders in medical aesthetics. The competitive category celebrates brands like DefenAge, who demonstrate an original approach to addressing aesthetic concerns.

"DefenAge redefines traditional skin care and especially anti-aging skin care, the way how skin 're-youthening' can be triggered," comments Progenitor Biologics' CEO, Nikolay Turovets, PhD. "Our team is extremely proud to be recognized by such a prestigious resource as THE Aesthetic Channel."

Scientifically backed and clinically proven, DefenAge is dedicated to driving innovation to effectively address global signs of aging. The line's key ingredient, Age-Repair Defensins, is proven to reduce visible wrinkles and pore size, improve skin tone and evenness and decrease skin oiliness in just six weeks.

Defensins are a type of antimicrobial peptide that play an important role in the protection and treatment of skin cells by activating Lgr6+ stem cells, which are known to heal and repair the skin during wound healing. Because aging and wound healing share similar genetic and cellular pathways, researchers believe that stimulating these stem cells with the peptide may also effectively treat skin deterioration and damage from UV exposure, inflammation and oxidative stress—all harbingers of skin aging.

With its patent-pending peptides, Age-Repair Defensins, DefenAge is the first of its kind to work via a natural mechanism of action with the body’s stem cells to create beautiful new skin. DefenAge unlocks skin’s potential to remain youthful with natural, scientifically-proven skincare that is simple, regenerative and effective.


About DefenAge
DefenAge® Skincare is a technology-driven anti-aging skin care line, primarily distributed through the professional aesthetic market including dermatology and aesthetic surgery practices. The key ingredient, Age-Repair Defensins®, features a stand-alone natural target-specific mechanism of action. The technology is patent-pending, exclusively available in DefenAge and does not belong to the growth factor category. The Clinical Power Trio is clinical study tested, DefenAge's core skin care regimen that addresses visible signs of skin aging on a global scale. DefenAge products do not contain: animal- or human- originated ingredients, parabens, formaldehyde-releasing preservatives, sulfates, mineral oils, colorants, phthalates or BPA.

DefenAGE is available in Boise, ID exclusively at Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center.

Best Fillers For Lip Injections

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jul 11, 2018 12:34:40 PM

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You're ready to take the next step in getting that perfect, but natural looking pout. (Or maybe you're wanting a big, full Kardashian pout that causes some serious #instaenvy, we totally love that look that too. ) Regardless of the end look you're going for - it's important to visit an experience and licensed injector that uses the correct amount and type of filler on your lips.

What fillers are used for lip injections? Check out the best lip injection fillers below.

Juvederm XC & Restylane

When it comes to lip injection fillers, Juvederm & Restylane are the top choices of our clients and injectors. They both can be used to create full or subtle pouts and have enough structure they can be used to lift & reshape the lips. Restylane and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid-based fillers. The main differences between the products have to do with how they are used to achieve specific benefits for the lips. Traditional Restylane has a higher G prime than Juvederm. What this means is that Restylane has a higher level of stiffness to the gel that is injected. This tends to cause theproduct to hold form and stay in place slightly better, while imparting a greater capacity to lift the area. Juvederm in comparison, has a lower G prime, which means that it tends to be softer and spread more than Restylane when injected into the body. Our expert injectors will choose the product that is right for your goals and lips.

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Restylane Silk

Restylane Silk is amazing for lip injections! Especially those looking for a defined, more subtle look. Restylane Silk is FDA indicated for lips and is a very natural, soft feeling injection great for reshaping the lips and adding volume.

Vollbella

Volbella is one of the newest fillers from Allergan, makers of Botox and Juvederm. Vollbella is one of the best fillers on the market for making the lips fuller while also diminishing the fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lips.

Lip Injections at Silk Touch - Boise

At Silk Touch, our expert injectors offer complimentary lip injection consultations. During your consultation they will go over your goals (its ok to bring a picture of the look your going for), will discuss your budget, as well as do a complete facial analysis to make sure they tailor their injection technique and placement to make sure your lips are symmetrical and complimentary to your face shape.

Ready to get started? Save $100 on your lip injections here!

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Topics: Lip Enhancement

5 Big Benefits of ThermiVa Female Rejuvenation

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jun 25, 2018 9:10:32 AM

For many women, childbirth, genetics, age or a combination of all three can change their vaginal anatomy. These changes are often unwelcome and can cause discomfort, both in day-to-day life and sexually. Thankfully there are ways to combat this problem through non-surgical vaginal rejuvenation. ThermiVa is a game changer when it comes to vaginal rejuvenation treatments. No pain, no downtime and its our treatment with the highest patient satisfaction, even after their first treatment. 

Here are 5 Big Benefits To ThermiVa.

Non-surgical treatment

ThermiVa is a non-surgical treatment. This means there are no injections or incisions required. This is a big plus as many women are weary of having surgery performed on such an intimate part of their body. There is also no downtime with ThermiVa, making it a very convenient treatment that’s perfect for those with busy schedules.

Improved sexual stimulation

For some women, the tightening of vaginal tissue that ThermiVa provides also resulted in greater stimulation during intercourse. A lot of women seek out vaginal rejuvenation mostly due to poor sexual stimulation so this is a big benefit.

Improves Urinary Incontinence. 

Do you sneeze when you pee? We can help with that! An often overlooked benefit of vaginal rejuvenation is that is can help with incontinence. Not all women who experience anatomical changes to their vagina suffer from incontinence, but for those who do, ThermiVa can be very effective at improving it.

Fast treatments

ThermiVa is a very fast treatment, with session typically lasting 30-45 minutes. This means you can get the treatment without having to prepare or take time off work. (Perfect for lunch breaks!) ThermiVa is done in a series of 3 treatments. And for some women, it’s recommended to get maintenance treatment once or twice per year in order to maintain the benefits. 

Feel comfortable and confident with your body

While ThermiVa does have appearance benefits (tighten in and out) Feeling confident about your body isn’t just about improving areas that are visible. If you have noticed changes in your vaginal anatomy that are causing you discomfort or affect sexual performance then it can certainly affect your confidence in a negative way. This treatment can help restore your confidence and make you feel comfortable in your own skin again.

Ready to get started with your ThermiVa treatments or would like to learn more about whether this treatment is right for you? Call 208-939-3110 to schedule a free Consultation.
 
 
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Topics: ThermiVA

Cryolipolysis leads surge in body sculpting

Posted by Brian Kerr on Jun 11, 2018 10:14:00 PM
 

We thought this recent Article from Aesthetic Dermatology was interesting and wanted to share! What are your thoughts? 

Cryolipolysis leads surge in body sculpting

 

The increasing popularity of treatments such as cryolipolysis and deoxycholic acid (Kybella) led to a tripling in the number of body sculpting procedures during 2012-2017, according to a survey from the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery.

A total of 434,000 body sculpting procedures were performed by ASDS members in 2017, compared with 146,000 in 2012, the ASDS reported based on data from 667 survey respondents, which were generalized to the society’s membership of over 6,400 physicians.

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Cryolipolysis represented the largest share of body sculpting treatments in 2017, with over 208,000 procedures performed – an increase of 77% over 2016. Radio-frequency procedures were next with almost 90,000 performed, followed by deoxycholic acid with 46,000 procedures, microfocused ultrasound with 32,000, and laser lipolysis with 25,000, the ASDS said.

“An increase in media coverage and in celebrities acknowledging their procedures are growing awareness among the general public and improving the comfort level of diverse audiences to explore treatments,” ASDS president Lisa Donofrio, MD, said in a written statement. The survey was conducted from Jan. 4 to Feb. 14, 2018.

Topics: body contouring

Transformation Tuesday: Thigh Liposuction

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on May 29, 2018 2:18:00 PM

Thighs can be one of the toughest areas to slim down, especially after losing a substantial amount of weight. Like many lipo cases, this patient came to us wanting to slim her inner and outer thighs.  She was tired of the rubbing in between the inner thighs – and was ready for her pants to fit perfectly on both her waist and thighs.  Living with a pear shape since a young age, she was ready for a change.

Treatment: Smartlipo + Vaser Liposuction for Thighs

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Dr. Kerr used liposculpture to reshape the inner and outer thighs. This unique approach smooths out legs by removing fat – giving an over all shapelier, firmer and younger looking legs. This non-invasive liposuction can also help diminish the appearance of cellulite. When both inner and outer thighs are treated, Dr. Kerr can address the fullness under the buttocks to create not only attractive legs, but also improving the look of the buttocks. 

 

Liposuction for the inner or outer thighs is a quick in-office procedure, with minimal downtime.  Most patients return to normal activity within 3 days.

The end result? Less jiggle, better-fitting clothes, and firmer thighs.

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Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday

Non Surgical Fat Removal For Your Arms

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Mar 29, 2018 7:20:59 PM

 CoolSculpting was featured in Allure... Check it out!

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 CoolSculpting for Your Arms Is Now a Thing, Too

BY SARAH KINONENSARAHKINONEN

No matter how many bicep curls I manage to squeeze into my beloved Barry'sBootcamp class, the seemingly endless reps never to seem to be nearly enough to sculpt the chiseled arms of my dreams. Blame it on my incessant need for lean, long limbs—along with my admitted penchant for dessert—but regardless, regular old reps just aren't cutting it right now. 

Which is why news about CoolSculpting, an FDA-approved, non-invasive procedure that freezes off fat cells—up to 25 percent—causing them to die, piqued my interest. Because originally, it was developed and approved only for specific areas of the body such as the abdomen and flanks. Now, CoolSculpting for your arms is an option, too.

The CoolSculpting procedure was created by Zeltiq, a medical technology company, in 2010—and has only gained in popularity in the seven years since its inception. Now you can find the treatment offered not only at doctor's offices, but at medical spas as well—and sometimes, with a Groupon-esque code for it all. But again, it was initially only approved for use on certain body parts—arms not included. Until this week, that is, when the FDA approved its use for removal of upper arm fat.

(Read the full article here)

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Topics: body contouring, coolsculpting

Stop Aging In Its Tracks With Sculptra

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Mar 26, 2018 8:46:00 PM

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We live in a world where want and usually expect instant results. Whether its lip filler or Botox to reduce frown lines for an upcoming event, we all have our preferred go-tos that we rely on to provide results with very little delay. And that's great!

But every now and again, for some people, gradual results are a better fit than the quick fix.

When it comes to choosing a gradual, long lasting filler that will make people want to know your secret.. we recommend Sculptra.

What is Sculptra Aesthetic?

Sculptra treatment is an injectable that works deep within the dermis to help replace lost collagen and gradually restore the look of fullness to areas of the face affected by facial wrinkles and folds. A full treatment (an average of 2-3 sessions over a few months) provides a refined, youthful, and natural-looking appearance that can last up to two years! Sculptra can truly help stop aging in its tracks.

FDA approved Sculptra is made from Poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic material that has been used for decades in dissolvable stitches and soft tissue implants. Sculptra stimulates your own collagen, and works to increase the thickness of the skin resulting in a more youthful appearance. 

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Sculptra Benefits

1. Anti Aging

Sculptra goes directly to the source of facial aging, working deep beneath the surface, reinforcing your skin structure, and restoring the fullness and volume of your face. The best part is, gradually, over time, people will start to notice that you look fresher, younger, and more refreshed, but they won’t be able to put their finger on what it is. Sculptra is one of our best anti aging secrets.

3. It looks natural

Sculptra works gradually to stimulate your own body’s collagen production, resulting in a natural, more beautiful and youthful-looking you!

4. It's long lasting

Though other fillers may provide immediate results, they need to be injected every 3 to 6 months. Sculptra works gradually and last up to 2 years. You may see some improvements within the first few weeks of treatment, but optimal, long-lasting effects develop after an average of 3 sessions spaced a month or so apart.

We suggest a series of of at least 2-3 sessions for optimal results. The first treatment builds the base, while the second treatment gives you those wow results.

Take advantage of Silk Touch specials!

This month Buy a series of Sculptra, Get 3 Treatments of Dysport Wrinkle Relaxer (180 units)

CLAIM OFFER HERE.

 

We love being able to extend monthly specials on our favorite treatments! Check our specials page regularly to stay up-to-date on our skin, body & injectable specials.

 

 

Topics: injectable, Anti Aging, sculptra