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Asclera Procedure for Spider Veins | Silk Touch Med Spa, Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 11, 2014 12:59:00 PM

Silk Touch Med Spa: Asclera For Spider Veins FDA Approved Procedure | Boise

Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo of Boise spider vein treatment; Asclera procedure.  Spider Veins disappear in seconds with the Asclera spider vein treatment!  Women and Men in the U.S. should be shouting for joy about this new and exciting treament for spider veins.  Women in particular have gone to great lengths to hide, camouflage or remove these unsightly and disfiguring veins.  And now Asclera is finally here!  It's not a new medicine.  It's been in Europe for years, discovered in France in the 1950's and in March of 2010 was FDA approved in the U.S.

Asclera isavailable to treat not only Spider Veins but also VARICOSE Veins.

 

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Dr. Brian Kerr and our vein speciliasts at Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo of Boise have been offering this treatment for several years now.

Dr. Brian Kerr: "Our clients have been pretty excited to be able to clear their veins with virtually no discomfort. We've been able to clear not only spider veins, but also  larger veins (those that are 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter) with speed and effectiveness."

Asclera acts by damaging the cell lining of blood vessels. This causes the blood vessel to close, and it is eventually replaced by other types of tissue. The vein system is sometimes described like a tree; with the large vein being trunk-like and the smaller veins spreading out like branches.  If the "trunk" is treated with Asclera, it will die and the branches will disappear. 

Dr.Kerr or our PA Autumn injects Asclera into the larger veins and then rubs the area, spreading the drug into the surrounding area where it affects the smaller veins.  The veins can disappear as if by magic.  After the treatment, patients will be asked to wear compression stockings so the veins will stay closed.  Often it only takes one treatment to clear the veins for good, but if there are a lot of smaller veins it can take multiple treatments. 

Varicose Vein and Spider Vein treatments can take from 15 minutes to 30 minutes depending on the number of veins being treated.  

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Topics: Varicose Veins, Spider Veins

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

Varicose Vein Treatments Using Lasers!

Posted by Susan Kerr on Oct 4, 2011 9:53:00 AM

VEIN TREATMENTS

Varicose and spider veins can be unsightly and often painful medical conditions that affect millions of women and men. Varicose veins develop when blood vessel walls weaken and create abnormal blood flow.  Genetics is the main cause of varicose and spider veins; however, any condition or activity that puts pressure on the veins such as weight gain, sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time or pregnancy can contribute to their development.

Laser Varicose Vein Surgery Treatment

Laser Vein treaments laser, called  EvLT treatments,  utilize Endovenous Laser Treatment (EvLT) technology.  EvLT treatment is covered by most health insurance plans and enables women and men of all ages to eliminate aching, throbbing, unsightly veins without conventional leg vein surgery such as varicose vein stripping.  Treatment is quick and easy, and requires no lengthy recovery. Learn more about the EvLT procedure from this video

Patient satisfaction with EvLT treatments is high. This treatment can be performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia and has the following advantages:

  • Excellent aesthetic results
  • Short procedure time.
  • Little downtime
  • Minimal discomfort
Before and After

 What kind of Veins can be treated with EvLT laser treatments?

This is a treatment for the Greater Saphenous vein. This major superficial vein of the leg when incompetent is responsible for the development of most varicose veins. EvLT is an effective alternative to traditional surgical stripping of the Greater Saphenous vein.

More Frequently Asked Questions.....

Will all my veins be gone? 

 Most moderate to severe varicose veins are usually caused by venous reflux of the saphenous veins.  You have two Saphenous veins in each leg: a large one and a smaller one.   Venous reflux is when blood flows backwards towards your feet instead of towards your heart where it is supposed to flow. The result is blood pooling in your lower extremities, raising the pressure and making the vein bulge out and distend. Venous reflux is a medical condition that can result in pain, swelling and open ulcers in the legs as well as tired and "heavy" feeling legs. Smaller varicose veins can be corrected with Sclerotherapy for cosmetic enhancement purposes.

Who is a candidate for Laser Vein Treatments? 

Providing you are a candidate for treatment, the medical technician will arrange for a completely noninvasive mapping ultrasound which will be performed in an office.  The ultrasound will show the effected saphenous veins and provide a ''map' for the physician on the day of treatment.

What is the treatment like?

On the day of your laser vein treatment, a local anesthetic will be applied to the length of the vein to make the treatment virtually painless. With the assistance of ultrasound technology, a thin laser fiber will be threaded through a very small entry point, usually near the knee. Once inserted, targeted laser energy will be delivered inside the saphenous vein wall, closing the vein so that blood can be re-routed. The treatment takes about 1-3 hours and normal daily activities can be resumed immediately following the treatment with little to no discomfort. Treatment time can be under 1 hour, performed in an outpatient setting.

Does Insurance cover EvLT?

Most health insurance plans cover the cost of the ultrasound mapping appointment and a large percentage of the cost of the endovenous laser treatments needed. The amount of coverage depends on your health care policy. However, insurance will not cover any fees associated with sclerotherapy for cosmetic refinement.  You may need to speak to your insurance company to make sure you are pre-approved .

What happens after treatment? 

You will be able to return to your normal routine.  Walking is encouraged for  the next 3 – 4 days. The treated leg may feel slightly tender and you may experience some bruising and a feeling of tightness.  Any discomfort should lessen in just a few days.  Daytime compression hose are recommended for two weeks. With no large scars, there is minimal to no down time.

After treatment, blood no longer flows through the enlarged veins and the pooling of venous blood no longer occurs. The treated leg appears smooth and glowing again. Ready to be shown!

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Topics: Varicose Veins