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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

5 Incredible Uses for Botox

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 31, 2015 11:13:00 AM

As one of the No.1 cosmetic procedures and wrinkle-fighter, 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 done 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:

Botox Crows Feet

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.

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Stop Excessive Sweating with Botox Injections

People who excessively sweat can benefit by Botox treatments under their arms. Botox works by blocking the release of acetycholine, the chemical responsible for stimulating the sweat glands. The Dr. Kerr or one of our certified nurse practitioner injects 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 no 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

Makeup That's Good For Your Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 25, 2015 2:01:00 PM

url 4Did you know there is makeup that is actually GOOD for your skin? We're not joking.

At Silk Touch, we love anything and everything to with beauty and healthy skin. Especially when you combine the two. But anyone who wears makeup knows that not all makeup is good for your skin. In fact, some brands can cause a whole slew of skin problems. Which is why we are obsessed with the entire Jane Iredale makeup line – the first line of makeup that actually has skin care benefits. 

Jane Iredale founded the company in 1994. She was the first to supply this industry with a line of makeup that had skin care benefits.

Jane was inspired to develop a makeup that was good for the skin by her career in the entertainment industry where she saw actresses and models struggling with the ill-effects of the many kinds of makeup they wore. Her experience in working with women whose careers depended on a clear complexion allowed her to see how skin disorders and sensitivities not only threatened careers, but also destroyed self-confidence.

Jane has always thought of makeup as an essential part of a woman's sense of well-being and she wanted to make that easy to achieve.  That's why her mineral powders are a foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one, and why every product in the line is multi-functional.  Her goal is to make products that look good, feel good and are good for the skin.  Products must be easy to apply, as well, so that a woman can be her best in the shortest amount of time.

Jane Iredale offers a wide variety of products for the face, eyes, cheeks and lips. Including special bronzers, BB creams, hydration sprays, makeup starter kits & more.

At Silk Touch we are very selective with the product lines we carry, and we have been nothing short of impressed with the quality of products and color selection from Jane Iredale. This is truly the perfect makeup for any skin type – dry, oily, sensitive and aging.

Interested in learning more about Jane Iredale? Request a makeup consultation by calling 208.939.3110 or stop on by to play around with some samples at our new makeup station located in reception. 

Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Beauty

How can I prevent bruising from cosmetic fillers?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Mar 18, 2015 3:49:00 PM

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

Botox vs. Dysport: Which one is better?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 9, 2015 4:06:00 PM

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.

Dysport also has a slightly faster onset than Botox, taking 2-5 days to set in, while Botox takes around 4-7.  Some claim that Dysport doesn’t last as long as 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!

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Topics: Botox, Dysport

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 24, 2015 2:04:00 PM

What is CO2 Laser Resurfacing?

CO2 Laser skin resurfacing is the gold standard in laser skin treatments for the face, neck and chest. This procedure is one of our heavy-hitters –with absolutely amazing results from a one-time procedure.

Laser Skin Resurfacing improves the appearance of your skin by selectively targeting the superficial layers of the skin that contain wrinkles, scars and hyperpigmentation.

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Fractional CO2 Laser - Boise, Idaho

Treatment is used to improve the following:

  • Pigmentation problems (especially brown pigment)
  • Age spots, sun spots and sun damage
  • Moderate to severe wrinkles
  • Textural irregularities
  • Lip lines
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Skin laxity (sagging skin) 

C02 Laser Recovery 

Because this is only a one-time treatment with major results, fractional laser resurfacing downtime is a little longer than our other facial procedures.   Right after the procedure your skin will probably appear red and slightly swollen, but this will fade within 2-5 days. For milder treatments, many patients are able to cover up the redness the next day and return to work or daily activities, but typically a return to make-up occurs around day 5.  Additionally, many patients experience some skin peeling within the first week after the treatment. Using a moisturizer will help reduce the appearance of flakey skin. 

Downtime can be adjusted by the physician. We suggest scheduling a complimentary consultation prior to your treatment to discuss your individual treatment route and downtime. 

CO2 Fractional Laser Cost

The cost of fractional laser resurfacing varies depending on what laser is used and the size of the area that is being treated. We would be more than happy to give you a personalized fractional resurfacing treatment plan and cost estimate during a consultation with one of our expert laser physicians.

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Topics: CO2 fractional laser, Age Spots, Acne Scars

It's here! New FDA Approved Treatment for Acne Scars

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

Exciting news in the aesthetic world! The FDA announced last week that it 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.

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

Break Out The Shorts: How SmartLipo Can Help

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 11, 2015 11:38:00 AM

Sometimes it seems impossible to get rid of the extra fat around your knees, calves and ankles. Are you tired of wearing pants in the summer to hide your insecurities? We can help that extra weight dissapear through the use of Smart Lipo and Vaser technologies.

SmartLipo™ uses a paperclip-thin laser fiber which is inserted into a very tiny incision. The fat is melted by the laser in such a way that the body doesn’t experience trauma that’s associated with traditional liposuction. In a traditional liposuction procedure, the patient is put under, opened up and solid chunks of fat are sucked out. Local anesthesia is used in the Smartlipo procedure, and the client walks out in an hour or two. Several areas of the body may be treated at one time. Clients are back on their feet within a day or two and depending on the area treated, many may go back to work the next day.

 

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  • Promotes tissue tightening through tissue coagulation
  • Performed under local anesthesia (tumescent liposuction)
  • Less bleeding and trauma
  • Quicker recovery
  • Small instrumentation
  • Small incision
  • Direct visualization of treatment area
  • Dramatic results


Below is an excerpt from one of our past clients living in Boston, who had leg and ankle SmartLipo performed by Dr.Kerr here in Boise. We are so thrilled that she was willing to share this story about her life-transformation.

After several years of contemplating, debating, crying, researching, etc. I finally went ahead and had smart lipo performed on my legs. Initially I wanted my ankles and calves done since those were my primary problem areas but decided to also have my knees, inner/outer/back (including the banana roll) thighs done. Since I could remember i've always been self conscious of my calves. I am not a heavy person by any means. I'm between 5'2" and 5'3" and fluctuate between 98-102 in weight. My calves on the thickest part were 14.5 inches in circumference and my thighs on the thickest part were 20 inches in circumference. I had problems fitting into certain jean styles and boots. I hated the summer because I was never looking forward to wearing shorts. I hardly wore any boots either. There were some I could fit into but it just never looked right (imagine a sausage being shoved into a test tube, Yuck! D: )

Anyway, I started researching locally in Boston. I figured I wouldn't have any problems finding a surgeon here since Boston's one of the best medical places in the country. Initially I was deadset on wanting general anesthesia over local; I didn't want to experience any pain and I didn't want to be awake during the procedure. I got several opinions. The first surgeon told me it was basically water weight and that there was nothing i could do. That was a huge blow for me, but luckily I went ahead and got other opinions. I even went to the top rated plastic surgeon in Boston. In the end I just wasn't happy with the answers I received from any of the surgeons here. So I started looking out of state. I researched in California, New York, Florida, etc. I finally came across a doctor in Boise, Idaho. He had great before and after photos of all the body parts he's worked on for people including the calves! I was very excited to see those pictures because to me it was a dramatic before and after difference and that was more than enough for me. So I went ahead and contacted them; asked the questions, etc etc... Everyone that I talked to over the phone and emailed was super nice and accommodating. I sent them my measurements and photos of my legs. I talked to the doctor of the phone and we went over everything. He asked me why i was doing this and explained the procedure step by step. It was great because it didn't feel rushed at all. He was really understanding and most of all caring! Two weeks later I had everything booked: the hotel, flight, medications..everything. I was excited but very anxious


To read more of her story, please visit the link below:

http://www.realself.com/review/boise-smart-lipo-legs-calves-ankles-knees-thighs

If you are interested in meeting with Dr. Kerr about how he can help with your transformation, please set up a FREE consultation by calling us at 208-939-3110 or by filling out the contact information below

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Smartlipo Knees, Smartlipo Ankles

Are Your Hands Making You Look Older?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 26, 2015 12:43:00 PM

img1Have your hands betrayed you?

You use your hands for a lot of things – and chances are, you also use your hands to reveal your age. In fact, a study published in The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, participants accurately estimated a woman’s age just by looking at her hands.

A lot of women spend time and energy focusing on making their faces and necks look younger, but ignore their hands. Daily sun exposure, constant movement and even just letting hands become dry and exacerbate crepiness, dark spots and prominent veins.

By starting to pay a little attention to your hands, you can prevent and even start to reverse some of the damage.

Exfoliate & Moisturize

Gently buff the backs of your hands 2-3 times a month. This will help remove dry, dead skin so that moisturizers can better penetrate the skin. Then be sure to regularly slather on the hand lotion. 

Prevent Sun Damage

Hands are exposed to the sun practically 365 days a year. And even the people who consistently protect their faces with SPF typically neglect their hands. Overtime, sunlight breaks down skin’s collagen and elastin, causing wrinkles a crepey texture and a yellow or brown spots.

Make sure to apply a SPF 30 to your face and hands DAILY. Check out our top 5 sunscreens here. 

Build Collagen 

Simply applying a retinol cream on the backs of the hands every night will help to boost collagen.  Increase collagen not only reduces wrinkles, it can also camouflage prominent veins cause by a loss of the hands natural fat. Retinol can be drying, so make sure to add your regular moisturizer or hand cream on top.

Consider a Professional Treatment Route

If you want fast, more dramatic results, put your hands in the hands of experts.  Laser treatments, such as IPL (intense pulsed light), can help reduce age/sun spots and can improve the overall complexion of your hands.

Fillers and fat transfer can be also be used for overall hand rejuvenation.  The increase in volume helps with wrinkles and the appearance of veins and tendons.  For particularly large veins, sclerotherapy treatments can be very effective.

What treatment route is right for you? Request a complimentary consultation. 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Hand Rejuvenation, Age Spots

Healthy Advice: How Do I Get Rid of Stretch Marks?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 15, 2015 5:24:00 PM

Healthy Advice with Dr. Brian Kerr

imagesQuestion: Is there anything I can do to get rid of stretch marks?

Answer: Stretch marks are areas of the skin that have lost collagen, elastin and have been damaged. Creams containing peptides can help fade the marks slightly.

Prescription retinol will work, but only on new marks that are still red or pink.

The most effective method is to use a fractional laser, such as an Affirm or CO2 laser, which fades both new and old marks.  The C02 creates a laser pattern of tiny holes in the skin, which causes a significant boost in collagen production and fills in the damaged areas.

Newer treatments, such as Microneedling, are also used in scar revision.  Microneedling can be used by people with all skin types and unlike lasers can be used throughout the year.

Which treatment route is right for you? Schedule a complimentary consultation.

Check out our Healthy Advice column every other Thursday in the Idaho Statesman Lifestyle section.

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Topics: Stretch Marks, Affirm, microneedling

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