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Botox vs. Dysport: Which one is better?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 30, 2015 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!

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Topics: Botox, Dysport

Is Laser Hair Removal Right For Me?

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 26, 2015 11:10:39 AM


How many times have you thought to yourself, “OH NO! I forgot to shave!” Or gone to get a wax only to walk out wincing in pain?

If you are like many of us out there you continue to shave or wax because you don’t think there is any other option.You have heard of Laser Hair Removal but never considered it an option for you. With summer fast on it’s way, why not consider Laser Hair Removal?

Cost of Laser Hair Removal

The cost of Laser Hair Removal (LHR) is worth it in the end! After 4 years of buying razors you would have paid for LHR for that area. After only 2 years of waxing you would have paid for LHR for that area. 


Commonly treated areas include: upper lip, chin, beard, back of neck, underarms, areola, bikini, legs, arms, back and abdomen. At Silk Touch, our laser systems allow us to treat the full body. 

What does Laser Hair Removal Feel Like?

Some patients briefly experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation, similar to a quick, warm rubber band snap. The feeling is transient and there is not residual pain. If you are someone with an extremely low pain tolerance, or are worried about if it is going to hurt in a sensitive area, talk to your skin care professional about the possibility of using a topical anesthetic (numbing cream).

How Long Do Treatments Take?

Laser Hair Removal typically requires 6-8 treatments to get excellent long-term results. However, the exact number of treatments varies from person to person and touch up treatments may be needed as time goes on. LHR is a quick procedure that will fit into any hectic schedule. A small area such as facial hair and underarms can take as little as 5-15 minutes. More detailed areas such as the bikini take about 30 minutes and large areas, such as back or legs can take 45 minutes or more depending on size. 

Why Silk Touch?

At Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center, we utilize a number of the industry’s most advanced lasers. No one laser is a “jack of all trades”. We have several types of laser systems available in order for us to customize treatments to your individual needs. This is important because we do not provide the same treatment to everybody. The laser’s intensity is adjusted to your individual type of skin and hair. In addition to our proven technology, all treatments are approved and overseen by Dr. Kerr and our certified Physician's Assistant

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Topics: Laser Hair Removal

Important Skin Cancer Facts (InfoGraphic)

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 21, 2015 5:37:50 PM

With the hot summer months ahead, there is alot to know about how to protect yourself from getting skin damage or worse skin cancer.

The skin care infographic below talks about skin cancer topics such as:

  • Skin cancer facts
  • Melanoma facts
  • Indoor tanning health concerns
  • People with the highest risk of getting skin cancer
  • Tips to prevent skin damage and skin cancer

The infographic also answers questions such as:

  • What is skin cancer?
  • What US states have the highest occurrence of melanomas of the skin?



Topics: Sun Damage Treatments, sunscreen

Easy Skin Care Tips for Men

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 30, 2015 4:00:00 PM


As you may have noticed, a man’s skin is very different from a woman’s. Their skin is thicker and most men shave daily.  Since men are less likely to prioritize good skin care than women, many appreciate simple but effective skin care for men tips. 

Here are a few skin care tips for men:

Say NO to Bar Soap

Bar soap tends to strip the water and natural oils out of the skin, causing the surface of the skin to dehydrate.  Instead of soap try using a moisturizing cleansing gel that will give a deep pore cleaning, but won’t leave the skin feeling tight and dry.

Prevent Ingrown Hairs

The key to preventing ingrown hairs is by using the right shaving products and great razor. Choose a moisturizing shaving gel instead of cream that will instantly lubricate the skin, and soften the hair to be shaved, lessening irritation.

If you are prone to ingrown hairs – you may want to consider Laser Hair Removal Treatments. Treatments can be done on the beard, neck, sideburns and even eyebrows.

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Wear moisturizer with sunscreen.

Moisturizer and sunscreen are the two most important skin care habits you can develop. Save a step by buying a moisturizer with sunscreen in it! The top cause of skin aging is exposure to the sun.  For this reason, year-round sun protection is essential.   

Wondering which skin care products work best for men?  Request a free skin analysis.

Avoid using alcohol-based aftershave.

While many men like the clean and tight feeling associated with using alcohol-based aftershaves, these aftershaves can lead to dead skin cell buildup, keeping hair trapped in the skin, leading to more ingrown hairs and sensitivity.  Try a oil-free moisturizer to soothe the skin after a shave.  

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Topics: Skin Care, For Men

What To Expect After A Chemical Peel

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 30, 2015 11:36:06 AM



Chemical peels are quick in-office treatments that can help with a wide variety of skin concerns. They have remained a favorite because they can resurface and refresh the skin by diminishing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, sun damage, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and acne scars. 

Peels range from light, to medium or deep. Lighter peels are generally recommended in a series of at least six, while a deeper peel may be a one-time treatment. You may be able to return to your regular activities immediately after a light peel, deeper peels may require more downtime. 

What to Expect

While some patients never actually peel, others can expect several days to weeks of noticeable skin peeling, depending on the type and strength of peel and your skin type.  After a peel you will look fresh and radiant. With more aggressive peels, you may look pink to red, but that is temporary and goes away within a few days to weeks. Skin should appear tighter, fresher and more even toned.

Most people can start to wear makeup the next day.


The amount of downtime involved with a peel depends on the type of peel. Lighter peels can have very little to no downtime at all – with only light flaking, if any. Medium to Deep peels can have from 2-3 days, to 2-weeks downtime, depending on the peel and your skin type.

Post-Care Tips

Before your peel, an aesthetician will use VISIA skin analysis to develop a custom skin care plan based on your results. The VISIA will help determine the correct chemical peel treatment and post-care regimen.

Immediately following your peel avoid direct sun exposure as much as possible. After a chemical peel it is important apply a moisturizer with sunscreen every morning with at least an SPF of 30 – although you should be doing this every day regardless!


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Topics: Chemical Peels

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.


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

StyleSpyGirl Investigative Beauty Series: Vein Solutions (Ep.3)

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 7, 2015 4:20:00 PM


We are happy to bring you our third episode in the our StyleSpyGirl investigative beauty series. This episode StyleSpyGirl talks to Dr. Kerr about the best treatments for getting rid of veins.

With summer on it's way, many women feel the need to cover up their legs due to unsightly veins. Although not dangerous, spider veins and their larger counterparts, varicose veins may cause embarrassment and shame in women, leading them to cover their legs even in the full heat of summer. A common occurrence, nearly 25% of all women suffer from unsightly veins but there are several treatment options.



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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.

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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.

 botox brow lift


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

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