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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

Is ThermiTight Worth It?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Jan 16, 2017 7:21:00 AM

Screen_Shot_2016-02-18_at_10.47.23_AM.pngThe people have spoken...Is ThermiTight worth it? YES! ThermiTight has a 91% satisfaction rating on RealSelf.com.

A 91% worth it rating is amazing - as even the most popular aesthetic treatments can fall in the 80%-90% range.

What is ThermiTight?

ThermiTight™ is a non-surgical, minimally invasive alternative for skin tightening. It uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin, which improves sagging and smooths out texture.

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ThermiTight™ is formally described as “thermistor-controlled subdermal skin tightening,”* which basically means that regulated heat is targeted at the collagen layer of the skin. To get under the skin, the ThermiRF™ system is used along with a tiny probe, called the SmartTip™ thermistor probe, which is inserted just below the surface. (Don’t worry —before any of this happens, the treated area will be injected with a small amount of anesthetic solution.)

Dr. Kerr then delivers radio frequency energy into the area through gentle movements, which heats the subdermal tissue to a specific internal temperature. The doctor uses the Thermal Image Guidance™ to monitor external temperatures and ensure the safety of the skin. Most procedures last last less than an hour, and are followed up with a gentle wrap. As for downtime post-ThermiTight treatment, you should be able to resume normal activities as early as the next day.

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Am I a Good Candidate for NeoGraft Hair Transplant?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Dec 18, 2016 12:47:00 PM

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Am I a Good Candidate for Neograft Hair Transplant?

If you are looking for a solution to hair loss, a receding hair line, hair thinning or male or female patterned baldness - then NeoGraft is your answer.

NeoGraft is the latest technology in hair transplantation. We are the first to bring this exciting new procedure to Idaho, allowing more men and women to take advantage of the benefits of no-scalpel/no-stitch FUE hair transplants

NeoGraft’s advanced technology allows patients to achieve natural looking results with no linear scar, minimal downtime and a shorter recovery period to achieve a discrete solution to hair loss.  

NeoGraft is a game changer when it comes to hair restoration technology. But, not everyone is a candidate.  

Who is a good candidate for NeoGraft?

Candidates for NeoGraft hair transplant are those individuals in good health with moderate hair loss and sufficient donor hair on the back of the scalp to transplant into the balding areas. Those with more donor hair, greater hair thickness and fullness can typically expect fuller results. It is also important that you have realistic cosmetic goals. Hair transplantation can achieve very good, natural results but cannot restore your hair to the density you had as a teenager. During your consultation, our NeoGraft coordinator Stephanie and Dr.Kerr will assess the amount of coverage needed to give you the appearance you desire.

NeoGraft patients must have a sufficient amount of hair left in the donor site to be considered candidates.

Example of a sufficient donor area (good candidate):

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This is a great example of a sufficient donor site. There is enough hair in the back to take and transplant to balding areas, without impacting the cosmetic appearance of the back of the head. The hair is thick, which would make him an ideal candidate. The thicker the hair, the less hair grafts it takes to cover the balding areas. A patient does not have to have thick hair to qualify as a candidate, however those with thin hair will require more transplanted grafts to to achieve optimal results.

Example of an insufficient donor area (NOT A CANDIDATE):

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This is an example of someone who is not a candidate for Neograft. There is not enough hair left in the donor site to transplant to the balding areas. The hair is also very thin, which would require a higher number of hair grafts to be transplanted to fully cover each area.

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Topics: Hair Transplant - NeoGraft

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

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 

Win a Microdermabrasion Treatment!

Posted by Brian Kerr on Oct 4, 2016 12:00:00 AM
 
 
WE WOULD LOVE AN ONLINE REVIEW FROM YOU!
 
We are starting a monthly drawing for a FREE Microdermabrasion treatment for taking the time out of your busy day to leave us a review! 
 
To enter to win, just leave us a review on Google or Facebook! Pick whichever one is easiest for you. Our next drawing is coming up on October 6, 2016.
 
Follow this link for Facebook. Facebook Review.
 
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Top 100 Sculptra Practice - Thank you!

Posted by Brian Kerr on Aug 12, 2016 7:30:00 PM

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Silk Touch Med Spa has been honored as a Top 100 volume injector for Sculptra® Aesthetic, and your decision to choose us as your Sculptra Aesthetic provider is a direct contribution to this recognition. Thank you everyone for the continued support you have given us at Silk Touch. We are honored that you’ve trusted our experience and expertise with your Sculptra Aesthetic needs and are excited to continue providing you with one of the the top Sculptra Aesthetic experiences available nationwide and especially in our community. 

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How Sculptra® Works

Sculptra® Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging.1-3 Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one-time treatment regimen of up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about three weeks apart.

 

What To Expect

If you want to improve the look of smile lines, marionette lines or chin wrinkles without looking “done” — or worse, “overdone” — then you should talk to our expert injectors about Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra Aesthetic is a facial injectable with proven, noticeable results that appear gradually over the course of a couple months and can last up to two years. 

  

 

Hello Mirror...Why Liposuction is the Best thing I've Ever Done For Myself

Posted by Brian Kerr on Jan 25, 2016 10:52:28 AM

Testimonial - Stephanie, Boise.

It’s so hard to look in the mirror and see all your one dimensional imperfections, but the world looks at you in 3D and says “what are you talking about”?

I had always had an issue with my stomach area- I come from good Eastern European stock- we hold onto our fat around the middle for those long cold days working the fields!  Thanks great grandma – NOT.

My husband always said I was beautiful and that he married me and loved me just the way that I am. But the problem was I couldn’t love me that way.  I was always looking at ways to reduce that problem area.  The latest fad diet, piece of exercise equipment- you name it I probably tried it, but I will be honest-exercise is not my favorite word. It not that I am not active- I like to ski, ride bikes and in the summer you’ll find me on the golf course every chance I get.  But no matter what I did or how many salads I ate- my middle was not going anywhere.

Liposuction with Dr. Kerr was my answer.  I finally; after years of thinking about it pulled the trigger and went for it. Needless to say I have never looked back.  Everyone who knows me will tell you I have that extra spring in my step- that boost of confidence, and they all tell me how great I look- and they don’t even know what I did.  And you know what I feel great too!  My husband just recently told me that he really didn’t understand my “tummy issue” not really understood until it wasn’t there anymore.  He was so amazed at how happy I am.  He says that my confidence and “swagger” now shine.  And sweet man that he is told me that he was so sorry- sorry that he didn’t pay for it ten years ago!  I think he really loves his wife’s new outlook and the funny thing is- I didn’t do it for him- I did it for me.

Thank you Dr. Kerr for uncovering my inner swagger!  

and....

Hello Mirror- meet the new and improved ME!!

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Topics: liposuction

Smartlipo When Exercise Is Not Enough

Posted by Brian Kerr on Sep 22, 2015 4:41:00 PM

Smartlipo when Excercise Is Not Enough

Smart Lipo When Exercise Is Not Enough

Smart Lipo removes stubborn pockets of fat without the intense recovery period of traditional liposuction treatment. Smart Lipo is also unique in that it firms loose skin while it removes fat. The entire procedure only takes a couple of hours and is performed in our relaxing office environment.

While individual results vary, most patients report minimal pain after Smart Lipo treatment. Recovery is relatively quick and results are almost immediately visible!

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Smart Lipo uses a thin laser fiber, inserted into a tiny incision, to melt away unwanted fat deposits. Local anesthesia is used to add to your comfort, allowing several areas to be treated at one time. Clients are often back on their feet within a day or two and many may return to work the very next day.

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Topics: liposuction

How To Get Rid of a Double Chin

Posted by Brian Kerr on Aug 24, 2015 3:08:40 PM

 

Question: I have a “double-chin” no matter how much I workout. What’s a safe way to get rid of this? 

There are minimally-invasive options such as Laser Assisted Liposuction “Smartlipo”.  This type of liposuction involves fewer complications and scars, and it avoids the dangers of general anesthesia. A miniscule cannula is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The laser’s high energy liquefies the fat cells, which are suctioned out of the area.  

The power of the laser also stimulates the skin and promotes new collagen growth for firmer skin. SmartLipo results in minimal recovery time and less pain and bruising, allowing you to put a fresh face forward with your amazing results!

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See more before and after pictures.

Skin Tightening

 If your problem is more skin elasticity (loose skin on the neck) than it is fat, In addition to Smartlipo, Venus Freeze treatments help tighten the skin and tone the neck. Venus Freeze is a non-invasive painless skin tightening treatment.

Excercise

It’s still important to eat healthy and take care of the neck even after liposuction. Here is a quick workout you can do to help sculpt the neck even more.

This question was featured in our bi-weekly segment in the Idaho Statesman "Healthy Advice". Look for it every other Thursday in the lifestyle section.

Topics: smartlipo, Healthy Advice

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