Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Will I get Tighter Skin with Liposuction?

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Oct 26, 2016 9:00:00 AM

One of the most common questions asked by patients during a liposuction consult is: What happens to my skin when you take out the fat?

Will the skin get tighter after liposuction alone? The short answer - yes - you will get some retraction or tightening of the skin once the volume of fat is removed. How much depends on a couple of factors..

Skin Tightening From Liposuction 

First is of course age, as we get older our skin loses a lot of the elasticity and thickness that it has when we are younger.   Secondly is stretch marks, we call that skin compromised. It has been stretched so far that it has lost most of the elasticity and when we take the volume out that skin may become more lax. Think of a balloon that is blown up really big and then the air starts to leak. The crinkling that happens when the balloon loses air may happen in the area where there are a lot of stretch marks after liposuction.

Some tightening occurs after liposuction because we have created an injury and the body’s natural response is going to be to repair that injury. The body will build collagen and elastin to do that.

The reason that we use compression after liposuction is to tell the body that this is the shape we want you to come back to. It allows for the adhering down of the skin to the new collagen and elastin being produced and that is where we get some skin tightening.

What If I Want Skin Tightening with My Lipo?

Until recently, the only for additional skin tightening with lipo was with Venus Freeze non-invasive skin tightening sessions following your lipo treatment. While this is a great option with impressive results - some patients need more skin tightening than Venus can offer, or want to tigthen the skin during the same procedure as their lipo. One & down! Now, with our new ThermiTight RF skin tightening treatment - we can easily add skin tightening to any area during your lipo procedure. 

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Topics: liposuction, skin tightening, thermitight

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

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 13, 2016 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.

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

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 30, 2015 3:38:47 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 Venus Freeze Skin TighteningAffirm for stretch-mark reduction, and Acne/Skin Treatments, come in handy. (Special Alert: Try Venus Freeze For Just $99!!)

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

Is Your Neck Aging You? Secrets To A Youthful Neck

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 11, 2014 2:40:00 PM

neck lipo boise, neck lipo before and afteerSometimes we get so caught up focusing on the wrinkles on our face, that we forget that the signs of aging might be showing on our neck and décolleté area, too. Luckily there are ways to maintain a youthful looking neck – through prevention and damage reversal treatments.

Here are the proven ways to treat or get rid of discoloration, texture problems, weight gain, loose skin and wrinkles that evolve into the much dreaded “turkey neck”.

 

Neck Firming Creams

Nectifirm BoiseCreams and serums can provide an anti-aging arsenal that can help prevent signs on aging, and sometimes can help in reversing wrinkles and skin laxity. While there are a lot of products out there that claim to tighten and tone the neck, our favorite product is by Revision – Nectifirm. Nectifirm is the best product for the neck. Patients notice an immediate difference in tone, texture and firmness. It’s one of our best sellers and I wouldn’t go a day without it! 

Skin Tightening

While creams can help with the signs and prevention of aging, sometimes in-office alternatives may be necessary. When it comes to skin tightening, you don’t have to go under the knife to see results. New technology such as the non-invasive VENUS FREEZE SKIN TIGHTENING can provide dramatic results with zero downtime. Venus Freeze uses radio frequency technology to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

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Re-Texture

If you are looking to improve the texture on your neck and décolleté area,  you will see the best results from fractional laser treatments such as the CO2 Dot Therapy. Laser Skin Resurfacing re-texturizes the skin, leaving a new and improved appearance. It also helps with skin laxity, sun-damage and fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments here at Silk Touch. While the downtime can last from 1-2 weeks, the results are phenomenal and you can see major results in just one treatment.

Non-invasive Slimming

Extra, unwanted fat on our jawline and neck can add years to our appearance. If you are looking to slim your neck – there is no better treatment then Smartlipo. This quick in-office procedure is minimally invasive with a short amount of downtime. Most people are back to work within a day or two. Smartlipo is the only way to take away fat in just 1 office visit.  Dr. Kerr specializes in Smartlipo for necks. Below is a recent patient of ours.

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Prevention

Creams and serums can help ward of signs of anti-aging. It’s important not to forget our neck in our daily skin care routines.  Don’t forget to protect your neck from the sun too, especially when you driving or going to be outside for long periods of time.

Exercise can help keep the neck youthful as well. Incorporate yoga stretches that tone the muscle and tighten skin.  

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Topics: smartlipo, Anti Aging, skin tightening, CO2 fractional laser

Firm Your Body with Venus Freeze - Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 31, 2014 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

4 Ways To Get A Better Looking Stomach

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 23, 2014 11:32:00 AM


If you look at any magazine stand, you will see covers blasting claims such as “Flat Stomach in Just 2 Weeks!” and “Get A Perfect Body in 5 Easy Steps”

For those of us who have eagerly read those articles, usually by the end we are filled with disappointment. Most of these articles seem targeted towards people who already have what we would consider great stomachs, and are simply looking to tone or flatten the stomach – which is why the magazines can make the impossible claim of getting your dream body in less than 2 weeks. But for the rest of us, who actually have a stomach we want to lose, we know these cult diets and exercise tricks are just not going to cut it.

Here are 4 actual ways to improve the appearance of your stomach – whether your problem is extra weight, loose skin post-pregnancy, stretch marks, or you simply just want it to look better.

 1. Smartlipo

The #1 option for those looking for a more contoured, smaller waist and abdomen is Smartlipo & Vaser. While this option isn’t for everybody, it is the most effective and quickest way to get the body you want. This option is especially great for those people who have tried dieting and exercising and have seen little results. If you aren’t seeing the results you deserve, Smartlipo can be a great way to get you to your goal and help you stay there.

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2. Tightening – Venus Freeze

Sometimes weight isn’t the problem we have with our stomach. It’s loose or lax skin. This problem is especially prevalent after pregnancy. Don’t waste your time on creams or lotions that claim to tighten skin, reduce cellulite and lessen stretch marks –they don’t work!

Luckily, there is something that does work, and BOY DOES IT WORK! Venus Freeze skin tightening is a quick, comfortable, in-office treatment that uses radio frequency to tighten the skin. It is quickly becoming the most requested treatment at our practice, and recently won an award from American Healthy and Beauty as the #1 Treatment in 2013.

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3. Spray Tanning

    A really great way to improve the appearance of your stomach is by tanning. A great spray tan can take POUNDS off of your appearance. It also makes your legs, arms and neck appear longer and thinner, as well as it hides everyones worst and most hated enemy—stretch marks. 

    Did you know that we offer spray tanning at Silk Touch? It’s extremely affordable compared to other places, and our staff is extremely trained – which means a flawless tan for almost half the price.

    4. At Home

    Of course there are things you can do at home to help shape up your tummy. Even those who go the Smartlipo route need a solid routine at home to help maintain their results post-treatment. We asked a few of our staff members who are also big fitness-buffs (several have even competed in fitness competitions) what they do at home to keep their stomachs in tip-top shape.

    They shared this awesome infographic that they swear the follow everyday. Try adding these workouts to your routine for a better stomach. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water! Often times we bloat because our bodies are dehydrated and therefore are retaining more water because they are in “survival mode."

     

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    Topics: smartlipo, skin tightening, Weight Loss

    Why Refine Your Neck?

    Posted by Sara Barrett on Oct 8, 2013 1:12:00 PM

    Refine Your Neck and Take Years off Your Appearance

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    Whether you’ve never really liked the look of your neck or it’s starting to become loose and less defined with time, Smartlipo for the Neck is a less-invasive way of recontouring it so that your neck looks younger, freshening up your overall appearance. Reality TV star Kris Jenner was open about her recent neck surgery, which eliminated slack skin on her neck for a younger look.

    Is it the right procedure for you?

    The Benefit
    It eliminates small amounts of saggy skin and fat and redefines the angles from the chin to the neck. There is little downtime involved in comparision to traditional liposuction. Neck procedures have become one of the most popular options here at Silk Touch.

    If loose skin is more of your concern, then Venus Freeze skin tightening (or a combination of Smartlipo and Venus Freeze) may be the best solution.

    Before and After Pictures

    Refining necks through Smartlipo or Venus Freeze is becoming one of Dr.Kerr’s most requested services, bringing international clients here to Silk Touch - from Germany to Brazil. To see examples of our work, check out a few of our before and after pictures.

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    Pricing

    Smartlipo and Venus Freeze prices vary by individual, as all treatments are custom. During the initial consultation we will meet with you to discuss pricing, budget restrictions, finance options, and expections/concerns. Consultations can take anywhere from 30 minutes – 1 ½ hours. We understand this can be a life changing decision, and we want you to feel as comfortable as possible with your decision.

    Topics: skin tightening, Smartlipo Neck

    Microneedling - The Lastest Cost-Effective Way to Better Skin.

    Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 13, 2013 1:51:00 PM

    Expert Beauty Blogger for Aesthetic TV, Laurel House recently wrote a great blog on the latest cosmetic procedure to hit the market, Microneedling. 

    We recently added this brand new procedure here at Silk Touch, and we are seeing some fantastic results. 

    To learn more or schedule a consulation call us at 208-939-3110, or contact us online.

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    Microneedling: Dipping a Toe into the Cosmetic Procedure Pool

    By Laurel House

    June 12, 2013

    When it comes to needles, particularly needles in the face, some people can be a bit squeamish. But I'm not talking about cutting, opening or injecting, I’m referring to the newest technology in needles that just barely break the surface of the skin and penetrate a few layers deep. This treatment is called microneedling and it’s one of the most cost-effective, yet efficient ways to see significant changes in skin texture, tone, pigmentation and overall youthful appearance.

    The Eclipse Micropen is a sterile pen with a head of tiny needles that produces small perforations along the surface of the skin in a controlled and precise manner, creating micro “injuries.” These injuries trigger your skin to heal itself through the production of new collagen and elastin growth, resulting in plumper, younger looking, more lifted skin that reveals less wrinkles, scars and stretch marks, with little to no discomfort and negligible downtime. Beyond the benefits of the microneedling itself, by adding topical skincare products, the needles are introducing nutrients and antioxidants directly into the deeper layers of skin, reaching the cells and tissues in most need of attention.

    If you have fine lines, sagging skin, acne or trauma scars, stretch marks, or sun damage on your face or hands you might want to consider this gentle cosmetic procedure. Revitalized skin is just a few pricks away.

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    Topics: skin tightening, microneedling

    Venus Freeze Mommy Makeover

    Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 3, 2013 4:15:00 PM

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    Venus Freeze Mommy Makeover – Get your Pre-pregnancy body back!

    Being a new Mom is one of the greatest things in the world, but for many women, getting their pre-pregnancy bodies back can be a challenge. The Venus Mommy Makeover utilizes a new non-invasive technology called Venus Freeze designed to re-contour the body, tighten loose skin and reduce the appearance of stretch marks. Because there is no pain or downtime, you can resume your normal daily routine and be on your way to fitting into those pre-baby jeans while respecting your new mommy’s budget.

     In this clip from The Doctors, they perform a Venus Mommy Makeover treatment on Jennifer, a mother and former swimsuit model, who had been disheartened by the lack of results from diet and exercise. Jennifer said that after her pregnancy, her stomach just wouldn’t “go back to normal”. After only a couple treatments, the results are astonishing. Completely painless, Jennifer says that the Venus Freeze treatment “feels very nice.”


    Get the answers you are looking for below!

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    How does Venus Freeze work?

    Venus Freeze employs a patented new technology which combines Multi-Polar Radio Frequency and Pulsed Magnetic Fields. The Multi-Polar RF delivers fast, pain free, homogeneous heating to multiple tissue depths resulting in superior outcomes for body shaping and skin tightening. Pulsed Magnetic Fields technology has been used in traditional medicine for decades and is scientifically proven with regard to its regenerative properties.

    Is there pain with Venus Freeze?

    No. The patented design of the Venus Freeze treatment applicators allow for fast, even delivery of the energy which most compare to a hot stone massage. There is no pain or discomfort whatsoever, and no downtime, which means you can get back to your normal day right after the treatment. 

    Am I an ideal candidate for Venus Freeze?

    Venus Freeze can be an effective solution for many patients but as with any treatment, there are some considerations. Venus Freeze is not an alternative for those needing significant weight loss or surgery such as liposuction. It is designed for patients who have a Body Mass Index of less than 30 and have a commitment to living a healthy lifestyle.  

    What areas can I have treated with Venus Freeze?

    Venus Freeze is designed to treat the entire body and face, however most new Moms prefer to focus on the abdomen and hips to reduce the size of the post baby pooch as well as the appearance of stretch marks.

    What is the treatment frequency and how long does each take?

    Each patient has different needs but on average, optimal results can be achieved after 6-8 treatments for the face and after 8-10 treatments for the body. Treatment frequency is once a week and last anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes for one area. Most new Moms enjoy having a little “Me Time” in order to relax and get pampered.

    How safe is Venus Freeze?

    Venus Freeze is safe for all skin types and because there is no downtime, you may resume your normal daily routine right after each treatment. Your physician or clinician will determine if you have any risk factors which will prevent you from being treated.

    When can I get started?

    Today! Schedule a free consulation with us by phone at 208-939-3110 or request a appointment online. 

    Are you ready to try a Venus Mommy Makeover?

    Give yourself the second best gift and get back your pre-pregnancy body with Venus Freeze. 


    source: VenusFreezeTreatments.com

    Topics: skin tightening, venus freeze, Mommy Makeover

    Best Spa Treatments for Sexy, Lean Legs - Boise

    Posted by Sara Barrett on May 14, 2013 6:26:00 PM


    Summer is right around the corner, which means it's officially shorts season.
    It’s only May and we are already hitting temps of 90+, and with this heat – who wouldn’t want to break out the shorts and mini skirts? Baring a lot of leg is fine for some, but for others with cellulite, saddlebags, varicose veins or troublesome unwanted hair, it causes a good amount of anxiety.

    That's why we have rounded up the best procedures for getting sexy, lean legs in time for the summer heat! After these treatments, you wont ever want to cover your legs up.

    Varicose Veins

    Spider and varicose veins are really just enlarged veins, but many women find them to be extremely unsightly. With 50 percent of women in the United States suffering from them, they can be a result of genetics, pregnancy and/or hormonal changes. There are however a couple of options for treatment. Sclerotherapy, when a doctor injects the veins with a solution that irritates the lining of the veins, forcing them to collapse, is a popular and effective option. There are also lasers like Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), which work to reduce redness and the look of enlarged veins.

    Learn more about Scelortherapy or IPL treatments.

    Hairy Legs

    If you hate to shave your legs or simply wish you just never had to deal with it, laser hair removal might be a good option for you. After just one session hair growth is stunted and after several sessions the hair grows back thinner and virtually invisible until you’ve completed all of your prescribed treatments. At Silk Touch, we sell packages in series of 6 treatments, though sometimes 2-3 additional treatments are needed for touch-up. It all depends on your hair type and how fast your hair grows.

    Did you know you can save THOUSANDS of dollars on waxing and razors if you switch to laser hair removal? Now that’s a big amount for anybody. Read more here on why lasers are the way to go for hair removal.

    Cellulite/Loose Skin

    If the term "cottage cheese thighs" hits a bit too close to home, then you might want to consider a skin-tightening and body shaping treatment for cellulite-free legs. While diet and exercise are your best bet for fighting unwanted dimples, for those that can't get rid of rippling, there are some in-office procedures that might help. A combination of laser, vacuum, massage and/or radio-frequency devices may help to smooth out cellulite in problem areas. 

    Sometimes when we do lose a lot of weight, or as we age, we start to get “saggy” skin on our thighs that increase the appearance of cellutlite. Venus Freeze is the go-to treatment for those looking to tighten and firm areas of the body.

    This month only: Get 2 Free Peels with any Venus Freeze Package. 

    Our new Venus Freeze treatments use radio-frequency to tighten the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Check out the before and after photo below.

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    Ready to start your leg transformation? Schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our patient care coordinators to see what treatment plan is right for you. Call us at 939-3110 or schedule and appointment below. 

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    Topics: skin tightening, Laser Hair Removal, Varicose Veins

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