Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

What can I do about my excessive sweating?

Posted by Susan Kerr on Jul 12, 2017 5:26:00 AM

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The other day my friend came to me for advice. “ I have an embarrassing problem”, she said. She then explained to me that lately, she could not control how much she sweats. It had gotten to the point where to she was afraid to wear anything but black, in fear that she would raise her arms and show giant sweat stains. “Please, tell me that I’m not alone in this and there is something I can do.”

I told her that she may be suffering from something called hyperhidrosis, and that she may be surprised to hear that BOTOX® can actually help deal with the sweating. Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating problems are caused by the nervous system. BOTOX® effectively blocks the impulses sent from the brain to the nerves that cause excessive sweating. Deodorants and antiperspirants control sweat by clogging the pores, but are not effective on people with hyperhidrosis.

Surgical treatments for hyperhidrosis include cutting out the sweat glands or cutting the nerves that lead to the glands. These surgical treatments can cause permanent scars and nerve damage. BOTOX® treatments for hyperhidrosis take 10 to 20 minutes. The treatment begins working within the first week and last for six to twelve months.

Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn't go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.

Our staff is more than willing to meet with you , for free, to discuss the best treatment plan for you. Please give us a call at 208-939-3110. Or click below to schedule your free consultation. 

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Topics: Botox, Excessive Sweating

6 Things You Need to Know About Sunscreen

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 6, 2017 7:01:00 AM

silk touch med spa, sunscreenOne in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and over the past 31 years more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that we wear sunscreen every single day - even in the winter. 

Here is a guide for you to reference when ever you have a question about sunscreen. From how much you should use and when to tips for telling when your sunscreen is past it's shelf life. 

What sunscreen should I use?

  • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater. Water resistant.

A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. Dermatologists also recommend that you seek shade when your shadow is shorter than you are and protect your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses whenever possible.

When should I use sunscreen?

  • Every day. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. 

  • Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.

  • Snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen.

  • On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds.

  • Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays.

How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it?

Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms, or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen.

To be sure you use enough, follow this guideline:

  • One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.

  • Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.3

  • Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.

  • Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.

The FDA released sunscreen guidelines. How will these affect my sunscreen?

By the end of summer, you’ll begin to see several changes to sunscreen labels. These changes, which are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will provide you with more information about what type of UV protection a sunscreen offers, and what a sunscreen can do.

On the label, you’ll see whether the sunscreen:

Protects against UVB and/or UVA rays.

  • Reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging in addition to helping prevent sunburn, or just protects against sunburn alone.

  • In order to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, the sunscreen must offer two things: broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) and an SPF of 15 or higher. Without both, the sunscreen only helps prevent sunburn.

  • Is water-resistant up to 40 or 80 minutes

  • Sunscreen manufacturers will no longer claim that a sunscreen  is “waterproof” or “sweat proof.” This is not possible because all sunscreen eventually washes off.

Can I use the sunscreen I bought last summer, or do I need to purchase a new bottle each year? Does it lose its strength?

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day, not just during the summer. If you are using sunscreen every day and in the correct amount, a bottle should not last long. If you find a bottle of sunscreen that you have not used for some time, here are some guidelines you can follow:

  • The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years.

  • Some sunscreens include an expiration date. If the expiration date has passed, throw out the sunscreen.

  • You also can look for visible signs that the sunscreen may no longer be good.  Any obvious changes in the color or consistency of the product mean it’s time to purchase a new bottle.  

     Right save 10% on any Face or Body Sunscreen at Silk Touch. We even have some amazing tinted sunscreens for those makeup free days!

Topics: Skin Care, sunscreen

Neck Lipo with ThermiTight for Skin Tightening

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jun 11, 2017 5:01:00 PM

When people come to us for Neck Rejuvenation - they are usually looking to remove fat from under the chin, tighten loose skin under the neck - or both. 

Now using a combination of ThermiTight and Liposuction Dr. Brian Kerr can achieve amazing neck fat removal and skin tightening in just one treatment. 

The combination of both treatments can provide immediate results that improve overtime. ThermiTight is radio frequency skin tightening that is delivered through a tiny probe under the skin after the liposuction procedure.

The total treatment time is about 2-3 hours and most patients return to work within a few days. Compression garments are worn for the first few days to help with healing and skin tightening. 

Here is one of Dr. Kerr's most recent ThermiTight and Neck Lipo before and after results.

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Topics: laser liposuction, thermitight

The 5 Venus Freeze Questions You’ve Been Dying To Know

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 1, 2017 10:30:00 PM

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Is it permanent?

Venus Freeze is not maintenance free, but the effects are long lasting. After your Venus Freeze treatment series you will require maintenance treatments to ensure that you keep the aging process at bay. While the minimum treatments needed to maintain your result are one treatment once every season (4 treatments a year), we find that many patients like to come back as often as once a month because they love the treatments and the results. Discuss with your treatment provider what the best treatment plan is for your skin.

Is it cold?

Contrary to the name, Venus Freeze is not cold at all. In fact, it can feel like a hot stone massage!

Is there any pain involved?

None! In fact, most patients nap or just simply relax during the treatment.  The sensation is absolutely pleasant and warm.  You can watch a few patient testimonials here.

How soon will I see results?

Many patients report improvement after one treatment, but typically most patients see more of a result in as little as three treatments.

Try Venus Freeze for only $99 for your first treatment! 

Does it really work?

Absolutely yes.  We only use before and after photos of real patients with typical results. Many of our staff members have  gone through or are currently doing Venus Freeze treamtents themselves. Feel free to call us with any questions or concerns.

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Topics: skin tightening, venus freeze

5 Laser Hair Removal Myths

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 1, 2017 10:58:00 AM

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Laser Hair Removal (LHR) has now become a common every day word.  Back in 1999 when Silk Touch introduced Laser Hair Removal, we were met with skepticism and disbelief.  "You mean you can really get rid of hair permanently?"

The answer to that question is a resounding YES.  Laser Hair Removal works. Thousands of clients have had the satisfaction of never having to shave again.
With that being said, there are some things we need to clear up.  Here are 5 Myths about Laser Hair Removal:  

Myth #1:  Laser Hair Removal is completely permanent, FOREVER.

Answer:  Yes and No.  The FDA prohibits the advertisement of FDA-approved laser treatments to be described as a method of “permanent hair removal”. Hence, use of the term “permanent hair reduction” is used to describe the procedure.  In reality, many clients never have to shave again in certain areas of the body.  I had LHR 12 years ago on my legs, bikini line and underarms.  I DO not have to shave my underarms or bikini line, but there are finer blond leg left over from treatment years ago that I have to shave every few months.  

Myth #2: All Hair types can be treated.

Answer:  No, not as effectively as dark haired individuals.  Today, most lasers target Melanin. Melanin gives colour to both hair and skin. Since the dark matter in hair follicles are the target, this procedure is best suited for dark haired individuals. 

Myth #3:  Laser Hair Removal is painless.

Answer:  We all wish that were the case, but the fact is....even with lasers that add coolant or gel, it can be a little uncomfortable.  Look for a doctor who provides a topical anesthetic in additon to the coolant that the laser provides.  A machine called a Zimmer can help to cool the area and make this treatment much more comfortable.

We offer both numbing cream, and the Zimmer machine to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Our most common comment from out patients “I was so surprised how much that DIDN’T hurt. You guys were fast!”

Myth #4:  Once gone, my hair will never grow back. 

Answer:  For many, the hair never grows back.  Hair on the face (especially for women) can grow back or be difficult to get rid of in the first place.  Hormones, heredity and other factors can play a role in the permanent reduction of hair.  Hair treated with the laser will often grow back lighter, finer, and more sparse.  LHR treatments can delay growth.  Many clients need maintenance treatments on their face every year or two to keep hair at bay.  This can still be a much better option than the cost of waxing every few weeks.

Touch-ups if needed, are always offered at a much lower price. 

Myth #5:  Laser Hair Removal is expensive.

Answer:  Compared to what?  Shaving everyday?  Buying new razors & shaving cream every month? Waxing?  Over time, Laser Hair Removal is much more cost effective than other procedures.  Your time alone is worth something.  If you shaved 10 min. a day (that's pretty conservative) for 10 years you will have spent 304 hours shaving!  And that doesn't count the cost of razors, shaving cream or the price of waxing. Treatments can start at $50 an area to several hundred for larger areas. 

Just take a look at the infographic below to see how much you could save in a lifetime.

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Topics: Laser Hair Removal

Tone Your Arms For Summer with LipoSculpture

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on May 17, 2017 2:59:36 PM

Many people try for months or even years to get more toned and contoured arms - but still the fat won't budge. Even people who are working out and doing everything possible to shape the arms can sometimes fail to get the results they want. Blame stubborn fat or even bad genetics - sometimes working out just won't get you the desired results you want. Unfortunately, some fat is just diet and exercise resistant.

Fortunately, Arm LipoSculpture or Arm Liposuction can help you get that toned, contoured look of well-shaped arms. It can remove the fat that is not responding to other methods. Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center has performed hundreds of arm liposuction procedures with amazing results. 

Arm Liposuction can:

- Get rid of fat under the arms

- Shape the upper or lower arms to look more toned and defined

- Help with excess skin and fat

- Get rid of arm fat behind the armpits and bra area

- Get rid of fat deposits located on the chest "bra fat"

Arm Liposuction is a one-day procedure that takes less than a few hours. Most patients are back to work in just a few days, and garments are worn for a limited amount of time to help with the healing process and further toning the arms. If loose skin is also an issue, arm liposuction can be paired with skin tightening treatments such as ThermiTight (which can be done on the same day) or a series of Non-Surgical Venus Freeze Skin Tightening Treatments post-procedure. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Arm Liposuction?

If you have fat you can pinch on your arms or bra area - then most likely you are a candidate. While arm liposuction is permanent, fat can return if you continue gaining weight. 

Are you a candidate? Schedule Your Free Consultation at Silk Touch Med Spa. During this free consultation we can go over your goals, give you an exact price for how much your treatment will cost, financing options and any other questions  you may have about the procedure. 

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Topics: liposuction, Smartlipo Arms

How To Tell If You Are A Kybella Candidate

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on May 10, 2017 2:31:01 PM

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Lately there has been a lot of buzz around one of the latest injectable treatments from the makers of Botox, Kybella. And it's easy to see why. It's an amazing new treatment that gets some pretty wow worthy results.

Kybella is the first and only FDA approved injectable treatment that gets rid of under-the-chin fat permanently with out surgery! The treatment takes about 15 minutes and while there is some slight tenderness and swelling, the downtime is very minimal. We have been using Kybella in our practice for over a year now.. and we can't get enough of this product. Not only can you use Kybella under your chin and in your jowls - but you can also use it on other areas of the body such as bra fat. 

Are you a candidate for a Kybella double chin treatment? While we want to evaluate you in person first before we can say 100%... you can use this easy test to get a good idea!

Kybella Candidate Test:

1. Pinch the skin under your chin, then pinch the skin on your wrist - if it feels the same, then you a probably not a candidate.

3.Pinch the skin under your chin, then pinch the skin on your flanks (love handles). If it feels the same, then you are probably a candidate!

Check out some of our favorite Kybella before and after pictures below.

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Topics: injectable, Double Chin, Kybella

Lip Filler Before and After Pictures - Boise, Idaho

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on May 10, 2017 2:12:23 PM

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How can I prevent bruising from cosmetic fillers?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Mar 29, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Tips to Avoid Bruising After InjectionsHelp! How can I stop bruising when I get Botox or fillers like Juvederm or Sculptra?

We get this question A LOT.

To be completely honest, there is no way to guarantee zero bruising. Every time a needle is placed in your skin there is a risk of bruising. This includes vaccinations, giving blood and fillers placed into the wrinkles on your face. No matter what any doctor says, it’s impossible to guarantee that you will not bruise. It happens. If you get Botox or filler regularly, at some time you may get a bruise even if you don't normally bruise. However, a skilled injector can reduce the risk as much as possible.

Fortunately, there are ways to help reduce the chance of bruising,

1. Avoid Certain Medications

These medications increase your risk of bruising: Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil) and Naproxen (Aleve). Avoid blood thinning supplements such as fish oils, or any other blood thinning agents. Tylenol is a NSAID that can be used with less risk of bruising but should still be avoided. Stop use of all blood thinning agents 7-10 days prior to treatment to reduce added risk of bruising. 

2. The use of cannula versus a needle 

At Silk Touch, our injectors often are able to use a blunt tipped cannula. Cannulas are ideal when used for certain injection methods and injection areas. A cannula is like a needle that does not have a sharp end. The benefit is that when it is in your skin it pushes blood vessels aside rather than cut into them. This can reduce the risk of bruising and pain.

3. Cool The Skin

Cooling the skin before, during, and after an injection helps to reduce discomfort and causes the small blood vessels to shrink. This can help reduce the risk of bleeding and bruising.

4. Anti-Bruising Supplements

If you know that you bruise easily this is a great option to help reduce incidence and duration of bruising. Arnica Montana is a homeopathic drug that has been shown to decrease the incidence of bruising and is available at our front desk.

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Topics: injectable, Botox

PDO Threads - New Non Surgical Lifts

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Mar 13, 2017 2:56:00 PM

This is one of the lastest treatments available Silk Touch Med Spa and we could not be more excited about this amazing new technology and the "wow" results we are seeing! What has us and our clients so excited? PDO Threads.

The PDO Threads are hypodermic needles that are pre-loaded with a PDO absorbable suture. These sutures are often used in open heart surgery and are one of the safest to be implanted in the body. The needle is inserted subdermally, parallel to the surface of the skin, then the needle is pulled out and the PDO thread remains. The thread will dissolve over the next 4-6 months while the body is repairing itself with new collagen around the suture. The new skin structure can hold and remain behind for 12- 15 months.

Two Types of Threads:

Smooth Threads:

Smooth threads consists of creating a mesh under the the skin (ie 2 sutures inserted vertically & 3 sutures horizontally). Sort of like a #hashtag, or a net. This mesh will serve as the foundation for our new collagen production. This technique tightens the skin naturally from within. Results appear naturally, without and drastic change.

Barbed Threads:

Barbed threads are used to provide a non-surgical lift. This technique is utilized to produce a more dramatic and immediate result. The PDO sutures have “barbs”, which provide a grip underneath the skin. Sutures are inserted the same way, except they can be pulled in 1 or 2 directions, creating an instant skin repositioning. Just like with the Smooth threads, the skin will then build new collagen which will secure the lift!

In addition to non-surgical face lifts - barbed threads can provide a lift to places such as the knees.

How Do PDO Threads Work?

What is behind a lot of aesthetic procedures such as C02 Laser ResurfacingChemical Peels and Microneedling is something called a “Selective Inflammatory Response”. Since the human body is a master of self repair, these procedures are designed to make the body create new collagen in response to a “controlled injury”. PDO Threads use this natural body response.

Dr. Kerr and PA-C Autumn Heuman are very well versed in the placement and use of PDO Threads to give clients a more youthful appearance. With little to no discomfort a treatment can be done over the lunch hour- no downtime! To see if you’re a good candidate for PDO Threads book a consultation with Silk Touch Med Spa today!

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