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Sara Barrett

Sara Barrett is the marketing and communications director for Silk Touch Med Spa. She is passionate about skin care, aesthetics and healthy living!

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Will Latisse Change My Eye Color?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 4, 2018 12:27:00 PM

Who doesn’t want long, full and dark eyelashes? Most women we know sure desire those lashes that actually make you look younger! Sure, you could put 10 coats of mascara on to try to achieve that length, but ultimately you’ll just end up with a lumpy, clumpy mess. Ask any staff member here at Silk Touch how we get keep our lashes healthy and long and you will get the answer, “With Latisse, of course!”

If you’re not familiar with Latisse, it is a prescription treatment that helps eyelashes grow longer, thicker, and darker by applying a thin line of the product to the upper eyelid, at base of your eyelashes.

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It is important to use Latisse as directed. It is a once-a-day topical medication to be applied directly above the upper lash line. Be sure to use a clean brush each time and don’t allow excess liquid to seep into your eye. With regular, daily use, full results are seen at 16 weeks, but noticeable growth is seen in as little as 8 weeks. When this medication is stopped, expect the appearance of the eyelashes to return to the way they looked before starting treatment.

Will Latisse change the color of my eyes?

 

NO!

The same ingredient in Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution), is in another Allergan product, Lumigan, used to treat glaucoma. For glaucoma patients, one to two drops of Lumigan are placed directly into the eye four to six times a day. That’s up to 12 times the amount used on the lashes with Latisse. Approximately one percent of glaucoma patients using the drops in their eyes experienced a darkening of the pigment of the iris. That is where the “buzz” about Latisse turning blue eyes brown started.

When the iris changed color in this small percentage of glaucoma patients, it did not magically happen overnight. Instead, the color slowly changed, starting around the edge of the pupil and moving outward.

So in theory, does Latisse have the potential to darken the iris? Theoretically yes, but in all the clinical trials for Latisse, no cases were ever reported.  

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Topics: Latisse

Firm Your Body with Venus Freeze - Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 22, 2018 12:08:00 PM

venus freeze boiseRadiofrequency and ultrasound have long been used in the world of aesthetics to treat skin issues from laxity to cellulite, however, with each new year it seems there is a new machine promising better results and less discomfort.

The machine that Dr. Kerr and our aestheticians are specifically excited about is the Venus Freeze Treatment. It's probably one of the more popular non-invasive firming and lifting treatments that we have seen in this office in a long time.

So how does it work? It's a hand-held device that uses radio-wave energy to heat the skin, which causes the tissue being treated to contract and firm, while magnets stimulate new collagen and elastin for long term benefits.

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The best part is, this particular machine works on all body parts from the face, to the belly and thighs, to lift and firm saggy skin. It only takes about half an hour for each area. Benefits can't be seen immediately after the first treatment dues to temporary swelling of the skin, but when done in two to four week intervals, full results can be seen. 

The treatment, which feels more like a hot stone massage than a cosmetic procedure, requires no healing or recovery time and after the first treatment, the skin looks pink and radiant. 

While this treatment can be done to tighten and firm the skin of anyone from the age of 18 to 80, it's full effectiveness is best seen on patients in their early 30s to mid-40s since the skin at that age is better prone to tightening. One benefit to doing these [radiofrequency] treatments at an earlier age is that you’ll see more of a reward sooner.

Are you ready to try Venus Freeze and see the results for yourself?

Topics: skin tightening, venus freeze

Transformation Tuesday: Earlobe Repair by Dr. Brian Kerr

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 2, 2018 9:43:00 AM

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The Problem:

This patient came to us with a problem that many of you may relate to – a ripped earlobe caused by her earrings.  Heavy earrings can wreck havoc with your earlobes over time resulting in stretched, and sometimes large holes. People who have worn gauges in the past have resulted stretching problems as well. Not only can this be unattractive to look at, it can also cause earrings to hang improperly. In some cases you may not be able to wear earrings at all.

Here’s how we solved the problem.

Treatment Approach:

There are two ways to treat stretched out or ripped earlobes. Because this patient has such severe ripping and stretching, a surgical approach was most appropriate. Dr. Kerr started by numbing the area and excising the extra tissue that had started to regrow inside the hole. Then he quickly stitched it back together. The entire treatment was done in-office in less than 30 minutes.

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The second treatment option (for those with less stretching) includes the use of fillers.  Fillers are typically made up of hyaluronic acid, which fills in the injected area adding strength and support to the pierced lobe. Results can last up to 12 months, which at that time treatment would need to be repeated. Are you suffering from a similar problem? We invite you to come in for a free consultation with Dr.Kerr. Click here to save 10% on Earlobe repair.

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Notice: This video features footage of Dr. Kerr performing the actual surgical repair. 

Topics: Transformation Tuesday, Earlobe Repair

Best Treatments for Acne Scarring

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 22, 2018 10:29:00 AM

  

As if the emotional toll that acne exerts on its sufferers isn’t enough, scars left in its wake can serve as a daily reminder of days one would soon rather forget. Some acne can leave behind pitted indents in the skin that last a lifetime.

While this remains one of the more stubborn conditions to treat, aesthetic technology has made the battle with acne scars one we can win.

CO2 Fractional Laser and Acne Scar Treatment

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing can erase years from your face and dramatically improve the appearance of acne scarring, wrinkles and pigment, but it is not a lunchtime procedure. 

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Fractional CO2 uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate areas of damage. “Tiny wounds are made and the surrounding healthy skin helps with healing, making new collagen and elastin. It offers improvement in scarring, discoloration and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production. 

The downtime with CO2 laser resurfacing can be lengthy, often 1 – 2 weeks. You’ll need to follow specific skin-care instructions and beware that your skin will go through some major changes during the healing process. However, this procedure is great for those who want big results in just one procedure.

This month we are running a special on CO2 – Buy a Face treatment, Get a Neck treatment for 75% Off. Claim this offer here. 

Microneedling and Acne Scar Treatment

A less-aggressive treatment for acne scarring, with a lot less downtime is Microneedling. While you will need more treatments to see results, this non-invasive procedure is quickly becoming a client favorite here at Silk Touch. 

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This treatment uses multiple microscopic needles to penetrate the surface layers of skin – creating very small wound patterns to break old collagen chains and trigger the healing process to smooth the appearance of scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.

Most patients are very comfortable during the treatment. We use a topical numbing cream that remains on the skin for 30-40 minutes prior to the treatment. The feeling is similar to a rough exfoliation. 

With Microneedling, patients will notice and immediate glow to their skin, but visible changes develop over the course of several weeks. Multiple treatments are needed for optimal results.

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Topics: microneedling, Acne, CO2 fractional laser, Scar Reduction

Is it Harder for Older Moms To Get Their Pre-Baby Body Back?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 15, 2018 3:38:00 PM

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Why Older Moms Have A Harder Time Getting Their Pre-Baby Body Back and How To Combat This.

It’s no secret that as we age, it becomes more difficult to maintain our dream body. Add a pregnancy on top of aging, and it can feel like it’s nearly impossible to get your pre-baby body back. This got me wondering, why is it harder for older woman to regain their body post-pregnancy?

As discussed in a recent article on NewBeauty.com, the main thing for older patients is that the elasticity of the tissues is not as good. Because of this, the skin on the breasts and abdomen that has stretched may not snap back asynchronous as it would in a younger patient. This makes sense considering the loss of skin elasticity is what causes wrinkles and sagging skin. But elasticity isn’t the only culprit. Another effect of later pregnancies is that our metabolisms are a bit slower and muscle mass a bit less so dropping the baby weight is much tougher to accomplish.

Most people agree that “having good genes” is the best way to bounce back. But don’t lose hope, there are several ways you can give your post-baby body a fighting chance.

Apart from genetics, the next best thing is to be in the best shape you can be before your pregnancy. The more energetic, fit and vital a woman is before pregnancy, the faster she will recover and regain all that she can of her pre-pregnancy body.  After you have the okay from your doctor to start working out again after giving birth, the key is to be consistent with your workouts. Workouts that will help your body bounce back quicker include core strength, cardiovascular training and overall full body strength training.

As for your skin, try to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun because it breaks down elasticity. Additionally, practicing good skin care on your body and face can boost your elasticity.

However, even with proper exercise and healthy eating habits, it’s still pretty tough to get your body back to where you want it to be. And usually the last thing you want to after a pregnancy is to go through anything invasive and surgical. That’s where non-surgical post-pregnancy procedures like CoolsculptingVenus Freeze Skin TighteningAffirm for stretch-mark reduction, and Acne/Skin Treatments, come in handy.

Each of these treatments are non-invasive, and get you back to your pre-baby body in no time, with ZERO downtime! Want to learn more about these procedures? Ask us a question or Schedule A Free Consultation.

What's your post-pregnancy experience? Would you have a mommy makeover?

Sources:

NewBeauty.Com

Topics: skin tightening, Weight Loss, post-pregnancy

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

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 29, 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

Is it safe? Black Market Aesthetics On The Rise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 20, 2017 2:43:00 PM

botox 300x230 IF THE PRICE SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE... IT PROBABLY IS!

Recently many advertisers have been offering steep discounts on Botox and Dermal Filler prices. Some people have even seen Botox advertised on Craigslist (SCARY!!).  While everyone enjoys a good deal, when it comes to Botox and Fillers, you should be extremely careful. If you come across pricing that is extremely low, you could be buying illegally imported “Botox” or Fillers from Canada, Europe or even China. These products are not safe to use.

Liquid facelifts rank among the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures, but the growing demand for toxins and fillers has triggered a rise in illegal injectable products that has become a worldwide epidemic. The availability and use of fake products has emerged as a mounting problem for the aesthetic market as a whole, as doctors report that they are being inundated with offers from offshore vendors pitching cheap toxins and fillers not approved for sale in the EU or the US.

Don’t risk your beauty by being injected with un-safe product from sources unknown.

When it comes to your beauty treatments, injector experience and reputation is crucial. At Silk Touch, we guarentee that we only use verified products from reputible vendors.

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Topics: Botox, Anti Aging

Transformation Tuesday: Male Breast Reduction

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 7, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs. Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.

Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • Sometimes excess breast skin
  • Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts) 

The treatment:

This patient had avoided any sort of activity that involved taking his shirt off, and developed gynecomastia at a very young age. 

Dr. Kerr was able to reduce the appearance of his enlarged breast (gynecomastia) by using a combination of Smartlipo and PAL. 

male breast reduction before and after

This patient was extremely pleased with his results and the minimal amount of downtime after his procedure. He was ready to hit the beach in no time!

male breast reduction before and after

 

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday, Male Breast Reduction

Lip Enhancement Before and After - Melissa Hawker RN

Posted by Sara Barrett on Sep 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Melissa Hawker is our Registered Nurse Injector at Silk Touch. She has a passion for  cosmetic injectable treatments and delivering natural looking results. Her specialties include all areas of anti wrinkle injections, hyperhidrosis, lip augmentation, facial volumization, and medical skincare. In addition to injectable treatments, Melissa also is our ThermiVa female rejuvenation provider. 

Melissa is extremely talented at lip enhancement and is quite the perfectionist as you will see in her work! She has a eye for symeterry.  Her skilled and gentle approach will leave you with the results YOU want - whether the look is natural and subtle, or you're going for a pillowy pout. 

Here are some of her more recent transformations. 

To schedule with Melissa - click here or call 208-939-3110. Follow her on Instagram for behind the scenes updates! @Melissa.Hawker.RN

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Topics: Lip Enhancement, Before and After Photos

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.  

Topics: Skin Care, sunscreen