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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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Ankle Liposuction with Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo | Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 24, 2019 12:00:00 AM

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Ankle Liposuction- Cankles be gone!

Cankles can be very stubborn areas of the body to treat.  A person can be very fit, having no fat on other parts of their body....they just tend to hold on to fat around their ankles.   This may be due to heredity.  Dr. Kerr treated a client who actually had an amazing body....but just couldn't get rid of her cankles.  She could get her body fat down to 10%, but her cankles still hung around! 

Smartlipo, Vaser, ankle liposuction, Dr. Brian Kerr, Silk Touch Med Spa, Boise

Dr. Kerr sculpted the ankles so that they would match the rest of her body! Here are her amazing Before and After Photos- Ankle lipo, Boise 


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New Beauty Magazine published an article June 13, 2011 on "The Cause and Cure for Ankles".   Here is an excerpt....

What are cankles? Cankles are fatty deposits that appear at the bottom of the where the leg and ankle meet. Instead of the leg tapering into a slim ankle, it continues in diameter, and there’s little distinction between where the leg ends and the ankle starts.

What causes them? When fat cells in the ankle area become engorged, there’s little room for them to expand, causing the ankles to appear swollen and fat, also known as cankles. But fat is not always the cause of them; muscle, edema, or swelling can all contribute. Genetic makeup also plays a role in fat that accumulates toward the lower end of the leg. Other cankle-causing factors include pregnancy (a lot of water is retained in the lower legs, ankles and feet), inflammation of the lymphatic system and kidney problems.

How do you fix them? Cankles can be treated surgically with liposuction in the inner and outer portion of the ankle. Although it’s a rare area to treat, it’s also a tricky one because of the amount of nerves that live at the base of the leg. The recovery is pretty lengthy due to the amount of time it takes for swelling to subside—like the knees, the ankles are far away from the heart, so it takes longer for the blood to recirculate, and the area tends to stay swollen longer.-- End of Article

 

 

 

   

Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Smartlipo Ankles

Transformation Tuesday: Smartlipo Neck

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 13, 2019 1:20:00 PM

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 Every Tuesday we share with you some of our favorite patient stories and transformations. The blogs feature treatments such as dermal fillers and injectables, to Smartlipo cases and even success stories from our skin care patients.

Through this series, we hope to give you a glimpse into the treatments and patients that make our practice unique. It’s our belief that medical aesthetic providers should be evaluated by their experience and treatment results, not by who has the lowest price.  Here you will only find real people, with real results.

*All patients featured in our series have given full consent to use their stories/photos.

Patient: Female – Boise, ID

Treatment: Smartlipo Neck

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This Transformation Tuesday highlights our Smartlipo Neck procedures. In this case, she wanted a tighter, more defined jaw line - a very common concern of both women and men. As we age, gravity takes it toll and the volume we once enjoyed in other areas of our face migrates down to the jowl area.

Smartlipo of the neck is a quick in-office procedure, with minimum downtime.  Brusing is very slight, and most people return to work within days of the treatment.

 

She is thrilled with her results! What do you think?

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Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday, Smartlipo Neck

5 Laser Hair Removal Myths

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 9, 2019 12:48:00 PM

65 Laser Hair Removal Myths

Laser Hair Removal (LHR) has now become a common every day word.  20 years ago, back in 1999 when Silk Touch first 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

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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Watch Our Video To See This Transformation Tuesday Performed By Dr. Kerr

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: Scar Reduction, microneedling, Acne, CO2 fractional laser

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