Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

How to Get Rid of Dark Eye Circles For Good

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 2, 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.

COOL DOWN

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

 

GET A PROFESSIONAL LASER TREATMENT

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

 

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.

 

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

FDA Approved Treatment for Acne Scars

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 19, 2015 9:54:00 AM

The FDA has approved Bellafill, an injectable filler, for the treatment of moderate to severe acne scars. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting more than 40 million people, and this is big news for people with severe cases or lingering scars.

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This new treatment is ideal for patients who have not responded to topical therapy, like Retin-A, which takes months and only improves very superficial scars; those who do not want to go through a series of five chemical peels; or those who have only a few scars.

If done properly, most patients will require only one or two treatments. And it’s permanent.

Bellafill incorporates both collagen and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen provides immediate volume and lift. Over time, it’s absorbed by the body, while the microspheres remain as filler. In a study of the filler on patients with acne, 85 percent of 147 subjects rated their appearance as improved at six months, and 90 percent were satisfied at 12 months.

For the past eight years, the FDA-approved version of this injectable was called ArteFill, and it was officially cleared as a permanent filler for nasolabial folds, a.k.a. smile lines. BellaFill is still used for full face-rejuvenation, volume restoration, smile lines, and under eye correction for hollowness and dark circles

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Topics: Artefill, Acne, BellaFill, Acne Scars

10-minute Nose Job! Non-surgical rhinoplasty!

Posted by Susan Kerr on Oct 22, 2013 2:36:00 PM

Guess who's had a nose job?   

Walk down the streets of any big city and I bet you will encounter over 100 people who have had a nose job. It is one of the most common changes people make to their face when getting plastic surgery.

While the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports a drop in rhinoplasty procedures, there has been an increase in alternative rhinoplasty treatments. 

Traditional Rhinoplasty can be quite expensive. On top of that, it might involve numerous revisions and it requires a long recovery period – during which your face is screaming to the world “I just had a nose job!!!”

 Dermal fillers have changed the cosmetic surgery playing field.  Often you can correct a nose for less in no time by just injecting a favorite filler like Radiesse or Juvederm.  Some doctors prefer using a Fat Transfer using your own fat.  If you want something more permanent, Artefill is the only long lasting filler-- lasting 5 years or more.   Forget the anesthesia, the packing and the sutures – instead the only tools needed are a syringe and dermal fillers. A lot less gruesome than anything you see on Nip-Tuck.

The only downside to non-surgical rhinoplasty is that unlike a traditional nose job, the results are not permanent for life. Although with long lasting fillers like Artefill, your results can last indefinitely as the microspheres in Artefill do not break down. By injecting fillers into the nose, we can fill small depressions and even out bumps and humps. It is a great procedure for correcting nasal deformities and for adding height to make a bump less noticeable.

Dr. Kerr &  nurse injector Rachel are very experienced Artefill Trainers.  Rachel often travels to other medical offices teaching other doctors and nurses the injection techniques used at Silk Touch Med Spa in Boise.  Their recent move to their new facility on Eagle Road allows them the room and ability to have other physicians and nurse injectors travel to Silk Touch for training. 

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Artefill Before and After Photos - Non-surgical Rhinoplasty

Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty (nose job) can be done with the following fillers or Fat Transfer- juvederm, radiesse and artefill.  

What do you think about this alternative to the traditional nose job? I think anytime you can avoid an expensive surgery it's a good thing. Especially when the problem you have with your nose is minimal and can be fixed with a simple injection.

Artefill may also be used for the face to correct tear troughs, acne scarring and to volumize the face. artefill before and after photos, tear trough and nose rhinoplasty

Artefill before and after photos--nose correction (rhinoplasty) and tear trough correction. 

If you are interested in learning more about this procedure, our staff is always willing to answer your questions! We can use our new photo projection program to show you what you would like like with Artefill, before you purchase the syringes. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Topics: Artefill, Non-surgical Nose Job

How to Get Rid of Under-Eye Bags

Posted by Brian Kerr on Sep 4, 2013 9:53:00 AM

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One of the most common questions I receive here at Silk Touch when meeting with patients is "How Do I get rid of these huge bags under my eyes?. "I always look so tired when I'm not, why do I have these bags ALL the time." "Do I have to get surgery to fix this?"

The appearance of under-eye “bags” can be due to a number of factors. Sometimes it is a bit of under-eye fat bulging through, sometimes it is fat loss in the tear trough area below the lower eyelid. Sometimes it is just the way your eyes are anatomically. Usually it is a combination of all of these.

Some people are genetically more predisposed to these things, some less. Time, smoking, drinking and lack of sleep all contribute as well.

If it bothers you, be sure to find out about all of your options, not just the surgical ones. There are ways of minimizing the appearance of some under eye “bags” using filler injections and topicals. This is a lot less risky, painful and expensive than surgery, if you are a good candidate. Artefill and Restylane are great choices along with a Vitamin C and SkinMedica TNS eye repair. 

Sometimes skin tightening treatments, such as Pelleve are used in combination with filler to give the eyes a more refreshed and rejuvenated appearance. 

To see if you are candidate for under-eye rejuvenation, you can schedule a complimentary consultation where we will go over custom treatments options based on your budget and individual concerns. 

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We also have a new photo-projection program where we can give you a visual of what your results can look like! This new tool helps people feel like they are not making a "blind" purchase.

Here are a few before and after pictures. Both of these women were thrilled with there results. We used Artefill, the only long lasting filler on the market, to do both of these treatments. The great thing about using Artefill is that is builds on your own collagen overtime, resulting in less injections in the long run. Dr. Kerr is proud to be one of the only Diamond Elite Artefill providers in the nation, and a national training facility for Artefill.

 

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Topics: Artefill, under-eye bags

Artefill - The Only Long Lasting Wrinkle Solution

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 28, 2013 10:16:00 AM

Finally – a long lasting solution for wrinkle correction!

Silk Touch Med Spa in Boise is proud to be the first in Idaho to carry Artefill, a permanent facial filler that lasts more than 5 years. With this long lasting derma filler it is all about confidence. Confidence in Artefill as a product, confidence in the results and restoring new confidence in yourself. 

If you have used temporary wrinkle fillers in the past, then you know that they are eventually absorbed by your body and require frequent repeat injections to maintain the appearance you’ve come to love. The good news is, 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. Upon injection, the collagen in Artefill visibly reduces the wrinkles right away and the microspheres provide support for your skin. Your body’s own collagen works together with the microspheres to provide long lasting, natural feeling wrinkle reduction.

Silk Touch Med Spa, Artefill, InjectablesWith Artefill:

  • treatments improve over the course of several months and stand the test of time.

  • treatments are completed during a simple, in-office procedure.

  • provides immediate results for wrinkle correction allowing you to return to your normal daily activities.

  • You can look up to 10 years younger

 How much Artefill will I need? 

Each person is different, and we won’t be able to tell you exactly how much you will need until you come in for your FREE consultation with Dr. Brian Kerr. The picture below can be used as a guide.

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In the hands of a skilled and experienced injector like Dr. Kerr, Arterfill offers a fast route to a youthful makeover with zero downtime. The "liquid lift" can take off 10 years in mere minutes.

Take a look for yourself. Below are pictures of our very own Dr. Kerr before and after receiving Artefill.

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RSVP FOR ARTEFILL DAY HERE

Silk Touch Med Spa is hosting an Artefill Launch Event on March 6. During this event only will you recieve special pricing on Artefill injections.

Space is limited and only 25 slots are available per session. Reserve your time slot now by calling 208-939-8442

Don't forget to take a look at the additional before and after photos. You won't believe the transformations!

 

 

  

Topics: Artefill, Fillers, Liquid Face Lift

Celebrity Anti-Aging Secret – Venus Freeze!

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 12, 2012 1:55:00 PM

Celebs can’t get enough of it. TV shows such as The Doctors, are raving its results.  Venus Freeze is truly a revolution in anti-aging technologies.  

Unfortunately aging is not something we can control.  The minute we reach maturity, our bodies stop producing the elastin we enjoyed as children.  Without elastin replenishment, collagen starts to weaken. leading to wrinkles and loose skin. This is one of the downsides to aging and sadly, it happens to all of us.

The good news? New innovative treatments are being invented all the time to help fight this aging process. Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise is excited to bring to you one of our newest treatments, Venus Freeze Skin Tightening. This celebrity endorsed anti-aging treatment tightens skin on the face and body, reduces cellulite, reduces wrinkles and provides circumferential reduction on the body.

How does it work?

Venus Freeze works to restore a youthful appearance and reverse the aging process. . Venus Freeze  combines magnetic electrical pulses and Radio Frequency which delivers thermal energy to the deep layers of the skin and its underlying tissue. This deep heating and magnetic pulsing dramatically improves the appearance of the skin and often produces visible results immediately.

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The breakdown of collagen and elastin fibers as we age causes skin to lose it’s firmness. Often, there is also a loss of fat, which causes skin to voyage downwards – causing skin to start sagging in areas such as eyelids, lower cheeks and neck. This natural aging process and the maturation of the skin is referred to as photo aging.  How can you tell if this process has started? Wrinkled sagging skin or altered skin texture are the tell-tell signs.  

Venus Freeze Skin Tightening can help reverse and correct these processes, leading to healthier, more flexible and attractive skin. The magnetic pulse component of Venus Freeze induces the sprouting of new blood vessels, as well as stimulating the fibroblasts to produce new collagen and elastin fibers, thus offering remarkable skin tightening effect. The skin tightening effects of the Venus Freeze are very enduring, simply because they are based on new connective tissue growth.

The skin tightening attribute of Venus Freeze also helps eliminate wrinkles, too. Since Venus Freeze is non-surgical, you can resume your normal day to day activities without embarrassing bandages, scars, redness or swelling! Plus, a combination of Venus Freeze with a long lasting filler such as Artefill, can turn back time leaving you feeling and looking 10 years younger!

Could your skin use a little tightening? Don’t miss your chance to claim this month’s exclusive Venus Freeze offer.

Cellulite Reduction

While skin tightening is the best attribute of Venus Freeze, it can also be used to fight women’s greatest nemesis – cellulite. No matter the age, size, body type, etc. cellulite is something we all deal with in one way or another. Even the most fit and slender women battle cellulite problems!  Factors such as genetics, hormones, diet, lifestyle and even clothing may contribute to this evil and pesky problem. And up until now, there have been few treatments that help in reducing the appearance of cellulite.

An effective cellulite reduction treatment will increase collagen production, reduce fat mass and improve dermal blood circulation. Venus Freeze treatments work to effectively reduce cellulite with proven scientific results.

Venus Freeze uniformly and intensively heats the sub dermis layer of skin where cellulite is located. The deep penetrating heat is applied to fat bundles to produce new collagen formation and stimulate blood circulation, all of which reduce the appearance of cellulite almost immediately. Just look at the difference in this before and after photo below:
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Want to say goodbye to cellulite? Schedule a free Venus Freeze consultation today.

Why choose Venus Freeze?

Venus Freeze treatments often provide immediate, noticeable results. The treatments generally work because Venus Freeze uniformly heats the sub-dermis layer of skin exerting a tightening effect on the tissues. The body contouring effects are long lasting, as long as the individual follows a reasonably healthy lifestyle. Treatments can fit into anyone’s busy lifestyle because it’s quick and painless. There is no recovery time needed and daily activities can resume immediately.

The development of Venus Freeze required considerable clinical trials and investigation to establish the ideal considerations that would ensure optimal safety and efficacy. With no heat spikes, there is no need for topical cooling agents. Many patients even compare treatments to having a relaxing hot-stone massage.  Venus Freeze treatments are painless, relaxing and effective.  

Give us a call at 208-939-3110 to schedule a FREE consultation at Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise to see if Venus Freeze is right for you. Alternatively, you can schedule an appointment online.

Venus Freeze is Hollywood Endorsed


We all want to look as timeless as our favorite celebrities. Luckily you don’t have to be a celebrity to enjoy some of the same anti-aging secrets they use. Venus Freeze has been featured on America’s Next Top Model, The Doctors, and more recently The Hollywood Trend Report. Used by models, professional athletes and celebrities alike, it’s a fact that celebs cannot get enough of Venus Freeze!

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Topics: skin tightening, venus freeze, Artefill, Wrinkle Reduction, Cellulite Reduction

Dr. Kerr’s Skin Care Tips for Women’s Hands.

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 23, 2012 9:48:00 AM


It’s a fact that women’s hands age faster than men’s do. Why is this? One reason is that they tend to spend more time in the car. How much time have you spent running the kids to and from school, driving around doing errands, taking the kids to various extracurricular activities, and so on. Because of this, moms may be getting inadvertent sun exposure that leads to sunspots and age spots, loss of volume, and much more.

Even if you aren’t a mom, studies show that women tend to forget to take care of their hands when caring for their skin. The scary part? A woman’s hands are the tale-tell sign of her age. This means that even if you’ve spent all the money in the world on keeping your face as youthful as possible, your hands are letting everyone know your true age – a woman’s worst nightmare!  

Aging of the hands usually beings in mid 40’s or 50’s with discoloration and age spots. But, hands can begin to show signs of aging much earlier if they are frequently exposed to the sun without adequate protection.  In addition, by the 50’s, most people begin to lose volume in their hands with lead to more noticeable veins and tendons.

So, what can you do to keep your hands looking youthful or reverse the signs of aging that has already taken place? Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center offers handy tips on how to keep your hands as young you feel.  

Safeguard Hands From Damaging Sun

You’ve heard it before – sunscreen, sunscreen, and sunscreen! Even in the winter. Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Reapply several times throughout the day, especially after you’ve washed your hands a few times.  In addition to applying sunscreen, try to find hand cream with SPF protectant and keep a tube in your purse, car or desk.  

Before you head out shopping for new sunscreen, check out our blog Everything you need to know about sunscreen.

Topicals Offer Mild Improvement/Prevention 

For women in their late 30s or early 40s, topicals containing glycolic acid or antioxidants are an inexpensive way to stimulate repair from sun damage on their hands. However, topicals must be started early before damage is too extensive.

Hydroquinone, tretinoin and retinoids cannot completely reverse signs of aging hands, but these topicals can be used to improve the skin and prevent further damage.

We carry various products that can help, including products from our Silk Touch Rx Line.  Call us at 208-939-3110 or stop by our new location – our staff will be happy to show you which products will work best for you.

Fill‘er Up

Fillers, such as Juvederm, Artefill or Radiesse are a fantastic way to restore fullness in the hands. They add volume to the back of the hand, lifting and shaping the skin. Ultimately diminishing the appearance of the veins and tendons, leaving you with smoother, more youthful looking hands.

Fillers can be done in the office in under an hour and requires no anesthesia.  Results are immediate and depending on the filler can last for a year or more. Artefill, is the newest long-lasting filler to hit the market and results have shown to last up to 7 years! Even better, where fillers used to leave you with bruises for weeks on end, new instruments used to administer filers have improved over the years. New cannulas with blunt tips now help to reduce temporary bruising.

Fat Transfer

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In addition to fillers, in some circumstances – such a when a patient is already scheduled for liposuction - hands can be rejuvenated using fat transfer. A patient’s fat can be used to build volume in the hand. During this procedure, fat is injected into the hand to rebuild the lost shape.

Treating Texture and Pigment Changes

Microdermabrasion, chemical peel, and (IPL) intense pulsed light therapy may be used separately or in combination to remove sunspots, sun damage, and brown pigment.

These treatments  can treat uneven skin tone and texture, as well as age-related pigmentation changes such as age spots or liver spots. Fractionated lasers, such as non-ablative Affirm or ablative Co2s are  widely used to rejuvenate the face, improve skin tone and smooth fine lines on the hand by precisely targeting small sections of the deep layers of skin. The surrounding skin is left untreated to help stimulate healing.

Depending on the patient, three to six treatments may be needed for best results. Following treatment, the skin will turn red for about a week to 10 days and improvement in the appearance of the hand will increase gradually over time.

Pigment-specific lasers are used to treat dark brown spots on the hand by delivering a beam of light that penetrates the skin’s surface. Following treatment, brown spots appear darker for about a week then they will scab, fall off,  and then turn pink as the skin begins to heal. One to two treatments may be needed to improve pigmentation problems.

Time for Rejuvenation

It is never to late to start taking care of your hands. If you would like to explore the different ways we can help reverse signs of aging on your hands, call us to set up a free consultation.  Just give us a call at 208-939-3110. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online. 

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Check out testimonials from our happy clients and see why we are #1 medspa in Hand Rejuvenation.

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Topics: Skin Care, Artefill, Fat transfer, Hand Rejuvenation

Ant-aging: How to get younger looking hands.

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Jul 13, 2012 10:30:00 AM

We spend time and money trying to make the skin on our face look younger, but we often neglect the skin on our hands. Unfortunately, that's what tends to give away our age.

Like rings in a tree trunk - lines, creases, dark spots, and bulging veins on the back of your hands are the sneaky little tattletales that give away your age!

Dermatoligist Norma Narnins says that “hands are frequently exposed to sunlight and all it photoaging effects. While we would never consider exposing our face to sun without sun block , we often don’t remember to treat our hands the same way.”

In order to keep your hands looking at youthful as you feel, it is important to use a sunblock with with SPF15 or higher everyday, even if you think your hands will not be getting that much sun exposure. That means in the winter time too, ladies! Try and choose a moisturizer that contains SPF that way you are getting your daily sun protectant and your moisturizing all from one product.
Newbeauty.com recently shared a video where they interviewed Coral Gables, FL, dermatologist Flor Mayoral, MD, to find out how to get our hands back in tip-top shape with the use of treatments such as radio-frequency, injectables and topical products. Watch the video to see what she says.

We do all of the procedures mentioned in the above video and more. Depending on the condition of your hands there are several popular treatment options available.

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At Silk Touch Med Spa, we individualize each treatment using a combination of approaches to achieve the most observable results.

Microdermabrasion, chemical peels and (IPL) intense pulsed light therapy can be used seperatley or in combination with each other to remove sun spots, sun damage, and brown pigment.

Dr. Brian Kerr can fill also fill in the hands by using either the patients own fat (fat transfers) or dermal fillers like Juvederm and Radiesse and Artefill.

You can be on your way to youthful hands again by contacting us for a FREE consultation. It’s that easy!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Artefill, Hand Rejuvenation, Before and After Photos, Sun Damage Treatments, Fillers

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