Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Introducing PDO Threads At Silk Touch Med Spa

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Nov 30, 2016 2:56:37 PM

There's a new treatment available at 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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Knowledge Is Power. 5 Questions You Should Ask At Your Consultation.

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Nov 30, 2016 2:13:55 PM

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Knowledge is power. With it we can make informed decisions that are right for us. Without it we are at the mercy of advertising slogans, Google searches and corporate spin. How can we possibly disseminate and find the nuggets of real information from the fluff designed to wet our appetites?

The answer is in talking to the right people who have the right information to answer the questions that you have. That is why at Silk Touch Med Spa we provide complimentary consultations. The purpose is for clients to come in and discuss procedures, ask questions and most of all determine if what you’re looking at it really the best option.

At Silk Touch we are not salespeople, we are educators who love to share product and procedure knowledge with our customers. We take the extra time to make sure all questions are answered and all avenues thoroughly explored before making recommendations.

While there are no wrong questions to ask at a cosmetic surgery consultation, there are some key questions that you should include on your list when meeting with aesthetic providers.

1. Who will be performing the treatment or procedure?

2. What kind of equipment do you use?

3. What will this treatment realistically do for me? 

4. How many treatments will I need to see results?

5.  What kind of things can I do after the treatment to keep up my results?

Got questions? We have answers at Silk Touch Med Spa!

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CO2 Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars

Posted by Brian Kerr on Nov 21, 2016 10:04:00 AM

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One of the most effective treatments for patients with acne scars is the CO2 Fractional Laser.  C02 Laser resurfacing uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate areas of damaged skin. Tiny wounds are made and the surrounding healthy skin helps with healing.

When the skin heals, it produces new collagen and the new skin is smoother, tighter and with less irregular pigmentation and scarring.

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Although laser resurfacing can be very dramatic it is important for acne scar patients to realize that severe scarring can require multiple treatments. Many patients are satisfied with a single treatment while others benefit from a series of laser treatments. Recently, our medical assistant Kelly had a CO2 done for her acne scars. Here's what she has to say about her experience:

"I am one of those “lucky” people who suffer from acne scaring since my school days. Anyone that knows me knows how much my scars have affected me and make me feel insecure.  I was a chicken at first about getting the CO2 done but finally decided to go through with it and I wish I would of done this years ago. The first week I was very red and did not want to be seen in public, but it got better every day. By week 2 I was able to start wearing makeup. Now I am at week 3, very happy with my results, and feeling much more confident about the way that I look. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone" - Kelly, Boise

Fractional CO2 resurfacing can erase years and dramatically improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles and pigment, but it is not a lunchtime procedure. Downtime can be anywhere from several days to up to 2-weeks. During the healing process, the new skin is red and very dry at first, then pink then heals back to normal.

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Topics: CO2 fractional laser, Acne Scars

How to Get Rid of Dark Eye Circles For Good

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 19, 2016 9:41:00 AM

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Because the skin beneath your eyes is so thin, it's especially prone to sun-induced hyperpigmentation (and skin cancer). But sunscreen can also be especially irritating if it gets in your eyes. Use a nondrippy or stick formula that won't migrate.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAKEUP REMOVER

When you rub your skin to pry off your liner, you're causing inflammation and capillary damage—both of which can contribute to dark circles. Cleansing oils, like melt eye makeup with the least amount of rubbing. As a bonus, you'll lose fewer lashes, too.

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COOL DOWN

Washing your face with hot water worsens puffiness and can accentuate dark circles. 

LOOK FOR BRIGHTENING INDREDIENTS 

Arbutin, kojic acid, licorice,vitamin C, and daisy extract all interfere with the production of melanin without riling up sensitive skin. Best formila to try:SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. Available at Silk Touch.

GET A PROFESSIONAL LASER TREATMENT

To reduce bluish and red discoloration under the eyes, lasers can help by constricting visible blood vessels.

USE A PALE UNDERLINER

Drawing a soft peach eyeliner pencil along your inner waterline brightens the entire eye area, making dark circles (and redness) less noticeable

CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE SHADOW

A shimmering nude cream or powder shadow can brighten up your eyes, as long as it's a touch darker than your skin tone. If it's lighter, it looks frosty and dated.

APPLY THE CONCEALER IN THIN LAYERS

Otherwise it'll cake. Swipe a little on your finger, press it against the back of your hand to remove the excess, and then tap it over shadows. Start where skin is darkest, and blend out from there for the most natural look. But stop short of the lower lash line, where even 20-year-olds have fine lines, and steer clear of crow's-feet. Concealer will settle into those lines and exaggerate them.

USE FILLERS AS A MORE PERMANENT SOLUTION 

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At the first signs of hollowing, using a filler such as hyaluronic acid or fat can help to fill in the spots that appear in the tear troughs. Fillers like Artefill are extremely effective in filling deficient areas under the eyes when it is injected deep into the tissue. Artefill is different from temporary injectable wrinkle fillers. The unique microspheres in Artefill are not absorbed by the body and provide the support your skin needs for natural, long lasting results. 

The patient below came to us with concerns about the hollowness of hers eyes, something that has bothered her for as long as she can remember! Dr. Kerr used Bellafill under the eyes and in the tear trough. The end result? No more looking tired! If you are wary about using a permanent filler, other injectables can be used to get the same result.

Bellafill Under Eyes - Before and After 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Artefill, Eyes

The #1 Area Your Injector Really Wants to Inject...

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 8, 2016 10:39:00 AM

The #1 area your Injector really wants to Inject…

In the hands of an expert injector, wrinkle fillers can take years off your appearance. But while it’s easy to get caught up in chasing fine lines and wrinkles, there is one area on your face that, when injected properly, makes a major difference and can give you a very natural and youthful appearance……

What is that #1 area?? THE CHEEKS!

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As we age, we lose volume in our mid-face causing our cheeks to look hollow and sag. By restoring the volume with fillers specifically designed for mid-face correction, we can add plumpness to the cheeks while also helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

"The cheeks are my favorite area to inject because it looks so natural and makes the biggest difference in restoring youthfullness."  - Autumn Heuman, PA-C

 

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Why Mid-Face Correction Makes a Huge Difference — The inverted triangle of youth

The reason restoring volume in the cheeks makes such a major difference has to do with the triangle of youth.

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When we are young there is a fullness in the middle and upper part of the face with a slimmer lower face around the smile lines and jawline. With aging, the fullness around the cheekbones begins to sag and descend.  There is also volume loss in these areas.  You lose that brightness and rested look around the eyes and cheeks. And the volume loss in the cheeks can make the bottom of the face look heavier.  The end result is that the youthful triangle flips upside down.

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Fillers can turn back the clock and restore volume to the cheeks while also giving a subtle lift .

Choosing the Right Filler for Mid-Face Correction

For re-volumizing the cheeks you need a  filler that is able to provide that extra lift. There are 3 fillers that are specifically made for mid-face correction:  Juvederm Voluma, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse

It is a quick and easy treatment that can be done in less than an hour. These fillers are temporary.  Since they are made of substances that are naturally occurring in your body they are slowly reabsorbed over time, but on average last anywhere from 10 – 24 months.

How long the results last will depend on 3 factors:

  • Which filler was used (some last slightly longer than others)
  • How much was used (did you use enough for full correction?)
  • How fast your body metabolizes the filler

During your consultation, you and our expert injectors can review the specific advantages of each filler to determine which is the best for your customized treatment plan.

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Topics: Wrinkle Fillers

Meet Dr. John Epperson, Jr. Our new partner at Silk Touch!

Posted by Brian Kerr on Nov 1, 2016 3:40:31 PM

Dr. Kerr and the staff at Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics are pleased to introduce our new partner, John P. Epperson, Jr., MD.  Dr. Epperson has been working in our practice alongside Dr. Kerr for the past nine months. He brings a wide base knowledge and experience in the fields of surgery, emergency medicine, and primary care and has been working as an ER physician in the Treasure Valley for the past 9 years. He is double board certified and received post graduate residency training in the following areas:

  • General Surgical Internship, Orlando Florida Regional Medical Center

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Orlando, Florida Regional Medical Center

  • Family Practice Residency, Cedar Rapids Medical Education Foundation, Iowa

  • Emergency Medicine Residency, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

He has a love for surgery and was thrilled at the chance to do aesthetic procedures such as liposuction and dermal fillers under the training and guidance of Dr. Kerr.  Dr. Epperson has readily adopted Dr. Kerr’s artistic approach to awake liposuction with an emphasis on safety, gentleness, finesse and optimal results.

“Dr. Epperson is a gifted body sculptor and talented injector who is passionate about  helping his patients achieve their aesthetic goals.”  --Dr.Kerr

In addition to training under Dr. Kerr, he received liposuction training by the  ”father of modern Liposuction” Dr. Jeffrey A. Klein MD.  Dr. Klein developed and championed the Tumescent Technique for Liposuction which is used worldwide today.  

Dr. Epperson felt like the right fit from the very start.  Along with his broad medical knowledge and experience he was recruited specifically for his wonderful bedside manner. It is possible to train a person in medical technique and even develop their artistic talents but, simply put, you cannot teach a person how to be NICE.  Dr.Epperson has a warm and gregarious personality. He is a patient listener and an empathetic caregiver. He is loved by our staff and the perfect complement to our practice.In keeping with our tradition of bringing you cutting edge medicine, we have introduced the following procedures which Dr. Epperson has been trained for and performed over the past several months.

In keeping with our tradition of bringing you cutting edge medicine, Dr. Epperson has extensive training and is available for consultation in the following procedures. 

  • SculpSure (Noninvasive body contouring)

  • ThermiTight (injectable Radio Frequency skin tightening)

  • ThermiVa (Non surgical Female rejuvenation)

  • Testosterone Pellet  Implants for men

  • Neograft (Hair Transplantation)

  • Kybella non-invasive injections for fat removal

  • PDO threads (absorbable threads) that lift and tone the face & body

  • Botox & Fillers 

 Please join us in giving a warm welcome to Dr. John Epperson.

Save $1,000 On Abdomen & Waist Liposuction  With Dr. Epperson 

Can You Get Liposuction on Your Knees?

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Nov 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever looked down and wished you had thinner knees - we can help! Some people due to genetics have the tendency to hold onto fat around the knee area. Liposuction of the knees can reduce extra fat and sculpt the knees to proportinally match your natural leg shape. Dr. Kerr of Silk Touch is one of only a few Doctors in the world that will work on knees. So if you’re looking for thinner knees- you’ve definitely found the right place with Dr. Kerr and Silk Touch Med Spa.

Who is a candiate? 

Not everyone who thinks their knees are “fatty” is necessarily candidate for liposuction on the knees. As these are a difficult area, we request clients to come in for a consultation or to send photos first for evaluation. See the before and after photo below as an example for a Knee lipo candidate:

What is the procedure like? 

After your intial consultation, you will come in for a pre-op with Dr. Kerr several days before your procedure. We will go over pre/post op insturctions as well as medications and any new questions you might have. The actual procedure is usually done in about three hours. After the procedure, compression socks will have to worn for two weeks. Lower legs can often take longer to heal since they are gravity dependant and the furthest from the heart. Dr. Kerr tells his liposuction patients that they will feel 80% at the end of week one and 90% at the end of week two, add two weeks healing time on to lower legs.

Skin Tightening & Knee Lipo

As with any liposuction procedure you will get some skin tightening and you will in the knee area as well. The body’s injury response due to the removal of fat will kick in and collagen and elastin will be produced to repair the injury. Holding the tissues under compression will tell the body this is the shape we want you to come back to. How much tightening varies from patient to patient and factors such as age and stretch marks can play a role in how well skin retracts back. If skin laxity is an issue there are other procedures that we can incorporate with liposuction such as our new Thermitight or PDO Threads to promote more skin tightening.

The best way to find out if your knees are good candidates for this procedure is to book a complimentary consultation at Silk Touch Med Spa.

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Topics: liposuction, Smartlipo Knees, thermitight

Will I get Tighter Skin with Liposuction?

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Oct 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of the most common questions asked by patients during a liposuction consult is: What happens to my skin when you take out the fat?

Will the skin get tighter after liposuction alone? The short answer - yes - you will get some retraction or tightening of the skin once the volume of fat is removed. How much depends on a couple of factors..

Skin Tightening From Liposuction 

First is of course age, as we get older our skin loses a lot of the elasticity and thickness that it has when we are younger.   Secondly is stretch marks, we call that skin compromised. It has been stretched so far that it has lost most of the elasticity and when we take the volume out that skin may become more lax. Think of a balloon that is blown up really big and then the air starts to leak. The crinkling that happens when the balloon loses air may happen in the area where there are a lot of stretch marks after liposuction.

Some tightening occurs after liposuction because we have created an injury and the body’s natural response is going to be to repair that injury. The body will build collagen and elastin to do that.

The reason that we use compression after liposuction is to tell the body that this is the shape we want you to come back to. It allows for the adhering down of the skin to the new collagen and elastin being produced and that is where we get some skin tightening.

What If I Want Skin Tightening with My Lipo?

Until recently, the only for additional skin tightening with lipo was with Venus Freeze non-invasive skin tightening sessions following your lipo treatment. While this is a great option with impressive results - some patients need more skin tightening than Venus can offer, or want to tigthen the skin during the same procedure as their lipo. One & down! Now, with our new ThermiTight RF skin tightening treatment - we can easily add skin tightening to any area during your lipo procedure. 

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Topics: liposuction, skin tightening, thermitight

How To Choose Between Liposuction and Non Invasive Fat Reduction

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Oct 24, 2016 5:31:34 PM

Every week it seems there is something new in the world of aesthetic medicine, and in all honesty it can be hard for people to keep up! There are so many options these days - especially for body procedures! So when it comes to waging the war on fat - what is really the best option? How and who is going to benefit the most from a certain procedure/treatment really depends on the patient and the outcome they are hoping to achieve.

If Your Looking For Body Contouring or Fat Loss

If someone really wants to change the shape and contour of their body liposuction still reigns supreme. In fact in 2015 it was the most requested cosmetic procedure according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This minimally invasive procedure breaks down and removes fat immediately from the body and results are often pretty dramatic. It can make someone look like they lost 10-15 pounds. Downside is that you will have to wear a compression garment for up to two weeks and healing does take time.

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If you have small problem areas or can't those stubborn final few pounds. 

So what kind of patient would benefit from the new non-invasive fat reduction procedures? The best results come from those patients who have small targeted areas of fat accumulation (think those last "5lbs" that wont budge from your tummy or loves), or those who are adamantly opposed to doing anything invasive. Non-invasive options like our Sculpsure device uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fat cells in a multiple quick sessions.  Once destroyed they are carried away through the body’s lymphatic system. You won’t get the immediate WOW results like you will with liposuction; it can take up to 12 weeks for the 25% reduction results to be seen. Upside is that can you have the procedure and go back to work that day. No compression garment is needed.

The best rule of thumb is to decide what you want, what you’re willing to undergo and be honest in what results you want to achieve! Then educate yourself on each procedure by asking the experts who perform these on a daily basis. Knowledge is the power that will allow you to make an informed decision that is right for you.

Curious which body contouring procedure is right for you? Let us help! At Silk Touch, we offer a wide array of body contouring procedures: liposuction, non-invasive, as well as skin tightening. Everybody and every body is different - what worked for a friend isn't always what will work for you!  During your initial consultation we can go over your goals and concerns and can recommend the best treatment for optimal results. 

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Learn More About Liposuction for Body Contouring or Fat Loss

Learn More about our New! Sculpsure Non-invasive Fat Loss Treatment

 

Topics: liposuction, SculpSure, body contouring

Why can't I lose those last few pounds?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Oct 11, 2016 9:30:00 PM

lipo boiseErase this myth from your mind: "Lack of will power is what keeps most people from losing that last 10 pounds." There isn't a word of truth in it.

FACT: Many people's bodies reach homeostasis at 10 or 15 pounds above the "fashionable" weight dictated by society. They're genetically programmed that way.

Hard-Wired to be Different

Their metabolisms, hormones and dozens of other balancing mechanisms in their bodies are hard-wired for a different look than the one they are trying to achieve. They might be pear-shaped, hourglass-shaped or just generally misshaped.

Liposuction Can Help

"Most of the patients who come to my consultation room to discuss liposuction are at exactly this stage of exasperation. They've tried every diet on the planet. They exercise a few times a week, they are conscientious and really trying hard to keep the weight off.. But, they are fighting a losing battle," say Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa.

They want an answer. Liposuction using Smartlipo & Vaser/PAL is often the answer they've been waiting for.

Improved Contours

After their treatment, their contours are improved, misplaced fat cells have been permanently removed, and they no longer face a daily struggle against the inevitable.

These patients continue to watch what they eat and exercise regularly. Liposuction isn't a reprieve from self-discipline.

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Lipo Pushes the Re-Start Button


It presses the "re-start" button on your body so you continue life on a doable maintenance program - not an uphill sprint against reality. It’s much easier to maintain your weight than it is to lose weight. Liposuction can help you get to the maintenance point without years of work and frustration.

Are you ready to start your transformation?

    

 

 

 

Topics: smartlipo, Weight Loss

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