Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

What can I do about my excessive sweating?

Posted by Susan Kerr on Jul 12, 2017 5:26:00 AM

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The other day my friend came to me for advice. “ I have an embarrassing problem”, she said. She then explained to me that lately, she could not control how much she sweats. It had gotten to the point where to she was afraid to wear anything but black, in fear that she would raise her arms and show giant sweat stains. “Please, tell me that I’m not alone in this and there is something I can do.”

I told her that she may be suffering from something called hyperhidrosis, and that she may be surprised to hear that BOTOX® can actually help deal with the sweating. Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating problems are caused by the nervous system. BOTOX® effectively blocks the impulses sent from the brain to the nerves that cause excessive sweating. Deodorants and antiperspirants control sweat by clogging the pores, but are not effective on people with hyperhidrosis.

Surgical treatments for hyperhidrosis include cutting out the sweat glands or cutting the nerves that lead to the glands. These surgical treatments can cause permanent scars and nerve damage. BOTOX® treatments for hyperhidrosis take 10 to 20 minutes. The treatment begins working within the first week and last for six to twelve months.

Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn't go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.

Our staff is more than willing to meet with you , for free, to discuss the best treatment plan for you. Please give us a call at 208-939-3110. Or click below to schedule your free consultation. 

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Topics: Botox, Excessive Sweating

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

4 Botox Myths BUSTED!

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 14, 2017 6:09:00 PM

Botox is still one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. However, there are still some pretty big misconceptions and myths about Botox out there. 

Did you know Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo of Boise was recently named a Top 250 Allergan Account. That means we are one of the top accounts in the Nation! This places our injectors in the top 1% in the nation.  Allergan is the maker of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma and Latisse. 

We're here to spread some truth on some of these 4 common myths.

Myth 1: If you stop getting Botox, your wrinkles will get worse.

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Nope - they won't get worse but they will return to the state they were originally.  If you choose to stop Botox treatments completely, the regular development of wrinkles will continue. But no, Botox will not make your wrinkles worse. 

Myth 2: Botox is only used to treat wrinkles

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This is probably the biggest misconception about Botox. Botox is FDA approved for many medical conditions including: pain relief for Migraines, TMJ and to stop excessive sweating. 

See more suprising Botox uses here.

Myth 3: You can get Botox at any age

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While there are no age limits for Botox (we even treat patients 65+), you can be too young to get Botox. While the minimum age is 18 and many patients like to start treatments before they even have wrinkles for preventative reasons, we suggest that patients wait till they are in their early 20s to start preventative treatments. Waiting a few years won't cause any irreversable damage.

Read more about preventative Botox treatments.

Myth 4: Botox is only for Women

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Absolutely not! They don't call it "Bro-Tox" for nothing! Studies show that men are getting cosmetic treatments like Botox and fillers more and more each year. We see all ages of men for Botox treatments. Wrinkles can sometimes make men appear angry, in addtion to looking older. Getting Botox can soften up a persons look to just give them a more approachable appearance - which can help men personally and proffessionaly. 

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Topics: Botox

Silk Touch named Top 500 Allergan Injectable Provider

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 22, 2016 12:29:56 PM

unnamed-5.jpgDr. Brian Kerr and the injectors at Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center have been named to Allergan’s “Top 500” practices in America for 2016. This elite distinction follows earning Black Diamond status this past year. Being named to the “Top 500” is a unique achievement and testimony to their skills as experienced and innovative injectors. “Top 500” certification demonstrates leadership in the field of medical aesthetics and Silk Touch's commitment to the highest level of patient care using Allergan’s science-based  portfolio of facial  aesthetic products: Botox Cosmetic®, Juvederm® injectable fillers and Latisse. 

 

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Topics: Botox, Juvederm

5 Incredible Uses for Botox

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 16, 2016 11:13:00 AM

As one of the top cosmetic procedures and wrinkle-fighters, you’ve probably heard of and even considered Botox. But, along with an interest in Botox comes a whole list of questions. One of the major ones being- Does it work? (Yes, see before and after pics!)

Botox is so popular because when injected by a skilled and trained injector, the results are phenomenal. You can treat smile lines, frown lines and even put a halt to excessive sweating problems. As one of the top 1% in the nation for delivering Allergan products such as Botox (How about that Boise?!), we have had plenty of experience with Botox injections. Through out the years, we have found there are AMAZING uses for Botox. There are even medical uses for Botox, including treating migraines.

Here are some of our favorite uses for Botox:

Keep Crow's Feet From Etching Themselves Onto Your Face

Usually in your mid-30s, you start to notice a spider web of lines appearing around your eyes when you smile. Most likely the first time you see your thought will be “Oh my goodness, where did you come from and how long have you been there?” While many people consider these smile lines to be a sign of a happy life, no one likes once those lines become permanent lines (crows feet) that stay there even after you stop smiling!

Botox does wonders at eliminating the appearance of crows-feet. The non-invasive injections are quick and results last from 4-5 months.

Before and after photo from a testimonial on RealSelf.com:

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Fix Permanent Frown Lines

Have you ever heard the expression “Don’t make that face or it will get stuck like that?” Well when it comes to frown lines, if you knit your eyebrows too often – you will get a permanent frown line(s) between your eyes. Botox can keep frown lines from developing and can help reduce the appearance of frown lines that have already formed.

Botox also works to prevent horizontal lines from appearing on the forehead. It's important to pick a trained and experienced injector (this is an important factor when you are getting any cosmetic procedure) because too much Botox in the forehead region can cause a mask-like effect that can look unnatural.

Read our testimonials and find out why Silk Touch Med Spa is one of the best in Nation.

Stop Excessive Sweating with Botox Injections

People who excessively sweat can benefit by Botox treatments under the arms. Botox works by blocking the release of acetycholine, the chemical responsible for stimulating the sweat glands. During the treatment, Dr. Kerr or one of our certified injectors inject Botox under the skin where your sweat glands rest. The procedure takes less than 10-20 minutes and you really do stop sweating.

For those who feel like they are dealing with excessive sweating, you may be dealing with a condition called hyperhidrosis.. Hyperhidrosis or excessive sweating problems are caused by the nervous system. BOTOX® effectively blocks the impulses sent from the brain to the nerves that cause excessive sweating. Deodorants and antiperspirants control sweat by clogging the pores, but are not effective on people with hyperhidrosis.

Surgical treatments for hyperhidrosis include cutting out the sweat glands or cutting the nerves that lead to the glands. These surgical treatments can cause permanent scars and nerve damage. BOTOX® treatments for hyperhidrosis take 10 to 20 minutes. The treatment begins working within the first week and last for six to twelve months.

Where does the sweat go? Your sweat doesn't go anywhere or get backed up because the sweat simply is not produced in the areas treated with BOTOX®. Remember, the rest of your body is free to produce moisture normally.

Eyebrow Lift

There are muscles in the face that pull down the eyebrows and muscles that lift up the eyebrows. A skilled Botox injector can carefully inject just the muscles that pull down, giving a lift to the brows. This will also give the eyes a more open look. Most people can expect up to 2 millimeters of lift, which sounds like a little but in the face is usually enough for a noticeable improvement.

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Treat Migraines

In October 2010, the FDA approved the use of Botox in the treatment of chronic migraines (a condition that causes headaches that last more than 14 days a month). Doctors treat migraines by injecting Botox into areas where patients feel tension -- usually the temples, forehead, neck and shoulders. It works by reducing muscle tension and strain on the nervous system and Botox blocks the pain receptors found in nerve cells.

You think Botox is for you, but you are still unsure. Now what?

As you can see, Botox is as extremely versatile treatment that can fix a wide variety of problems!  If you would like to know more about how Botox can work specifically for you, we’d be happy to sit down with you for a free consultation. Just give us a call at 208-939-3110 or schedule an appointment online.

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Topics: Botox, Excessive Sweating, Wrinkle Reduction

Botox vs. Dysport: Which one is better?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 2, 2016 10:18:00 AM

At this point, it’s safe to say that many of us, if not all of us, have heard of Botox.  You hear about it on movies and tv, through friends. You may haven even started to see commercials on TV, since Botox’s recent FDA approval for the treatment of Migraines

And it works. Ask anyone who’s done it. I bet they would all agree it’s pretty much the greatest when it comes to getting rid of pesky wrinkles and making you look 10 years younger. But like Band-Aid and Kleenex, Botox is a brand name that has come to define what the product does.

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That’s where DYSPORT comes in.

Botox and Dysport are very similar. Both use botulinum toxin type A to smooth wrinkles caused by active muscles in the face. The neurotoxin is injected into the muscles to relax the wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the eyes to get rid of crowsfeet. They both last around 3-5 months and have been FDA approved for both cosmetic and medical uses.

While Botox has the advantage of a name people recognize, Dysport is starting to catch people’s attention.

Dysport was approved by the FDA for use in the United States in 2009, but has been used in Europe for over 20 years. Botox, however, has been used in the United States for many years, which explains its popularity.

Difference Between Botox and Dysport

There are only a few small differences between the Dysport and Botox. Dysport has a smaller molecule, making the unit measurement a little different than Botox. For example, if you normally get 20 units of Botox, you would need 60 units of Dysport to have the same effect. As far as payment, to get the equivalent of Botox, you are paying about the same.

For some, Dysport may have a slightly faster onset than Botox, taking 2-5 days to set in, while Botox takes around 4-7.  Some studies suggest that Dysport may have a longer duration than Botox, but that is still being debated and studied.

If you look up reviews online, some people swear by Botox, and others by Dysport. Some research shows that Botox works better, and others that Dysport works best. Overall they are going to give the same effect. No more wrinkles!

Are you ready to try Dysport? You’re in luck! We have a great specail going on during July. Buy 2 Filler, Get 60 units of Dysport FREE. 

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Topics: Botox, Dysport

How To Choose The Best Botox Provider

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 22, 2015 1:45:00 PM

Choosing your Botox provider should not be as simple as looking for the best price.

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If you are over 30, then you most likely know someone who has received Botox or filler treatments. The easiness of and effeciacy Botox® and dermal fillers reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles has made them among the most popular noninvasive cosmetic procedures on the market.

When administered by an injection expert, Botox softens forehead furrows, smooths away frown lines between the brows, and reduces the appearance of crow’s feet.  Fillers and injectables plump and smooth the skin by temporarily replenishing age-related volume loss in the face.  The results of these treatments can be significant yet natural, resulting in a refreshed, more youthful appearance.

With the potential for such good outcomes, how careful should you be when selecting a provider to inject Botox, or administer a cosmetic filler such as Juvederm, BellaFill or Sculptra? The answer is, VERY.

It's just Botox, what's the big deal?

With ‘At-home Botox parties’  drawing more attention, as well as the countless amount of discount Botox promotions on Groupon, a perception has started to develop that Botox/Fillers are a casual procedure that anyone with a little medical knowledge can do. 

It is important to know that Botox is a prescription medicine that is extremely technique sensitive; that is, the results a patient sees depend on the skill of the person administering the injection, and their knowledge of facial anatomy.

“With Botox, you are temporarily immobilizing a muscle through the use of a neurotoxin – if you are off by even a small amount, the patient can experience anything from drooping of the eye to an unnatural frozen appearance. It’s not something to approach lightly, and patients would be wise to choose a provider based on their years of training and experience with clients, not by price or convenience of location."

If you are considering a Botox or filler treatment, here are some guidelines for choosing a provider.

What to Look for When Choosing a Botox Provider:

  • Look for an injectable or Botox provider with a long-standing reputation for excellence, years of demonstrated experience and a commitment to specialize in the provision of Botox, dermal fillers and other cosmetic treatments.
  • Do your due diligence…practices like dentists, podiatrists, chiropractors and gynecologists typically have not devoted the time and training to make a commitment to offer safe and effective treatments. More often than not it is an adjunct part of their practice to create other revenue streams.
  • Avoid practices that try to pressure you into treatment, or who won’t discuss with you both the benefits and the risks associated with the procedure.
  • If this is a first-time visit at the practice, or your first time for a Botox treatment, confirm that a follow-up visit will be scheduled around the two-week mark. An injector who says they do not need a follow up (even a phone call) is more concerned with moving patients through than ensuring you are happy with your results.
  • Ask the provider how many years the practice has been injecting, and what their training entailed.

The best Botox and Filler providers look at the whole face.

A skilled injector will take the time to listen to and look at your areas of concern before recommending a treatment plan.  In some cases, Botox may not be your best option, or a combination of filler and Botox will be advised to more closely align results with your goals.

 

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Topics: Botox

Does Preventative Botox Really Work?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Oct 14, 2014 10:03:00 AM
When is the right time to start using Botox? Botox is one of our most popular nonsurgical treatments that smoothes facial lines and wrinkles to reduce the signs of aging. For those hoping to stop wrinkles before they start, preventative Botox is an increasingly popular treatment to consider.

Botox is an injection that relaxes muscles just enough to smooth wrinkles that appear on the forehead and at the corners of the eyes (“crows feet”). Other nonsurgical approaches like wearing sunscreen and using anti-aging skin care products can help slow the hands of time at a topical level, while Botox is a deeper, more noticeable solution with natural looking results.

Some are wary of preventative Botox because their lines are minimal or nonexistent, but beginning treatments at an earlier age can relax muscles and prevent lines from deepening. Take a look at this recent study below.

A STUDY IN WRINKLE PREVENTION

BotoxPreventionThe fore-mentioned study followed identical twin sisters for 13 years. One twin received BOTOX in the forehead, and in the region above the nose and between the eyebrows (approximately 2 to 3 times each year over the past 13 years) and in the crow’s feet (twice in past 2 years). Her twin received BOTOX only twice (in the forehead, and in the region above the nose and between the eyebrows, 3 and 7 years ago).

RESULTS

Imprinted forehead lines and lines between the eyebrows were not evident in the regularly treated twin but were evident in the minimally treated twin. Crow’s feet were less noticeable when the regularly treated twin smiled (even at 7 months after treatment) than when the minimally treated twin smiled. Untreated facial areas (eg, nasolabial folds) showed comparable aging in both twins. Neither twin experienced adverse effects.

CONCLUSIONS

“Long-term treatment with BOTOX can prevent the development of imprinted facial lines that are visible at rest. BOTOX treatment can also reduce crow’s feet. Treatment is well tolerated, with no adverse events reported during 13 years of regular treatment in this study.”1

How much Botox do you need for “preventative reasons?”

If you’re getting Botox treatments for preventative reasons it’s more individual dependent. Botox works by blocking muscle movement. To relax someone’s muscle takes the same amount at age 20 or age 50. Dosages would not change with age; it  would just be more dependent on what worked best for each individual. A free consultation will give you a much clearer idea of the amount of units that will be right for you.

Topics: Botox, Before and After Photos

Silk Touch Earns Prestigious Black Diamond Status

Posted by Sara Barrett on Sep 8, 2014 12:23:00 PM

Dr Brian Kerr BoiseSilk Touch Med Spa was recently awarded Black Diamond Status, the highest recognition level in the Allergan Partner Privileges program.

Thank you to our many loyal patients.  It is because of you that Silk Touch Med Spa of Boise has been selected to receive one of Allergan’s most prestigious and elite awards, Black Diamond Status.

Black Diamond status is the highest recognition in the Allergan Partner Privileges Program.  Currently only 1% of cosmetic practices in the nation receive this award.  This latest achievement puts Silk Touch in to the top percentile nationwide of practices offering injectable treatments of Botox®Juvederm®and Juvederm Voluma™.

Dr. Brian Kerr and Autumn Heuman PA-C are proud of this team achievement based on their expertise and excellent through a high volume of aesthetic procedures.

Allergan, Inc. is one of the leading pharmaceutical companies that offers a full line of facial dermal injectables. Its best known cosmetic products include Voluma, Juvederm, Latisse , and the world’s most popular and most often used, injectable, Botox.

We are extremely honored and proud to be an Allergan Black Diamond Partner. We are so grateful for our loyal patients!


Topics: Botox

Is it safe? Black Market Aesthetics On The Rise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 26, 2014 2:43:00 PM

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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

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