Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

How To Get Rid of a Double Chin

Posted by Brian Kerr on Aug 24, 2015 3:08:40 PM

 

Question: I have a “double-chin” no matter how much I workout. What’s a safe way to get rid of this? 

There are minimally-invasive options such as Laser Assisted Liposuction “Smartlipo”.  This type of liposuction involves fewer complications and scars, and it avoids the dangers of general anesthesia. A miniscule cannula is inserted through a small incision in the skin. The laser’s high energy liquefies the fat cells, which are suctioned out of the area.  

The power of the laser also stimulates the skin and promotes new collagen growth for firmer skin. SmartLipo results in minimal recovery time and less pain and bruising, allowing you to put a fresh face forward with your amazing results!

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See more before and after pictures.

Skin Tightening

 If your problem is more skin elasticity (loose skin on the neck) than it is fat, In addition to Smartlipo, Venus Freeze treatments help tighten the skin and tone the neck. Venus Freeze is a non-invasive painless skin tightening treatment.

Excercise

It’s still important to eat healthy and take care of the neck even after liposuction. Here is a quick workout you can do to help sculpt the neck even more.

This question was featured in our bi-weekly segment in the Idaho Statesman "Healthy Advice". Look for it every other Thursday in the lifestyle section.

Topics: smartlipo, Healthy Advice

Transformation Tuesday: Traveling Overseas for Smartlipo

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 18, 2015 12:15:00 PM

This Transformation Tuesday features a client, Fanny, who visited us all the way from Denmark! She visited our facility for ankle/calf liposuction, a popular procedure for many of our out-of-state and international clients.

Fanny wrote a blog for us, so we want to share her Transformation in her owns words! Enjoy!

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BEFORE

My Experience:

I have now successfully gone from heavy, chubby ankles and calves to average/slim ones. I have wanted to do this for at least 8 years, since having cankles have made me way too self-conscious about my looks. I was always embarrassed about showing my legs, which you cannot avoid during the summer period. You are pretty far out, if you hate an entire (otherwise lovely) season just because of some misplaced body fat, which I literally did. I have always been told by my mom to love my self just the way I am, and TRUST me; I have really tried to accept my cankles and be self-confident about showing my legs. But I just could not stop feeling embarrassed about them, avoiding a lot of clothes and specific positions. Therefore, even though the healing is tough, I am now absolutely thrilled to be rid of them!!

Overall I would say, girls, if you are in doubt about having this procedure done, really try to work on your mind before doing this. We can always find minor flaws about ourselves, and cosmetic procedures can easily become a slippery slope towards obsession with unrealistic perfection. With that said, if you are 100% sure that you cannot accept your cankles, I am so glad to tell you that you can now actually have them removed!! :D 

I am from Denmark and there I have found no doctors who had experience with lipo on the lower legs. I could not find a good doctor to do this in other European countries either, except for the UK, but he was both rude and impatient with me and the cost of the procedure alone was the same as all my expenses in the US. I googled before and after pictures of liposuction on the lower legs and found amazing pictures done at Silk Touch Med Spa, Idaho, and would be glad just to get half of that result. So I wrote to their patient coordinator Donna, who answered all my many questions and arranged for me to come there, booking the hotel, ordering my meds and stockings and was really cool about the payment process.

I took the big step and went on the long trip from Denmark to the states, and Dr. Kerr, his wife Susie and their sweet family have just been absolutely wonderful to me!! They were so caring, including and loving that I felt like I was being taken care of by my own family! This was absolutely vital for me, as I initially felt confused, alone and scared. If you want this procedure done and you are up for the trip, go to Dr. Kerr. He has made my lower legs look slim, even and beautifully shaped and the care was more than first class.

MY AFTER PICTURES

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See More Calf and Ankle Before & After Photos

 

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Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday, Smartlipo Ankles

Fix Under Eye Circles with BellaFill®

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 11, 2015 2:35:53 PM

It seems easy to find tricks and tips for combating under-eye puffiness, but we know that some of you suffer from another issue: eyes that look sunken and hollow, especially for those who have more slender faces. However, there is help for those who may be genetically predisposed to hollow eyes or have lost soft tissue and bone density, which can make the eyes appear sunken. 

Fix it with BellaFill:

At the first signs of hollowing, using a filler such as hyaluronic acid or fat can help to fill in the spots that appear in the tear troughs. Fillers like Bellafill (previously named ArteFill)  are extremely effective in filling deficient areas under the eyes when it is injected deep into the tissue. BellaFill is different from temporary injectable wrinkle fillers. The unique microspheres in BellaFill are not absorbed by the body and provide the support your skin needs for natural, long lasting results. 

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View More Before And After Pictures 

With BellaFill injections:

  • treatments improve over the course of several months and stand the test of time.
  • has an excellent safety profile.
  • provides immediate results for wrinkle correction allowing you to return to your normal daily activities

BellaFill permanency requires precision skill in placement to assure patients get the results they want that look and feel completely natural. Dr.Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise has achieved the Diamond Elite status as providers of BellaFill. Diamond Elite signifies top providers in the nation. Only experienced injectors are invited to use BellaFill as it is significantly longer lasting than other fillers on the market, some results have lasted more than 5 years! 

You deserve to look as young as you feel. If you are ready to fix your dark under eye problems for good, give us a call at 208-939-3110 to schedule a FREE consultation.  

Claim Your $100 Instant Rebate On ANY Injectable >

Dr. Kerr and Silk Touch have been named a National Training Facility by Suneva, the makers of BellaFill.  If you are a physician or nurse interested in learning advanced injectable techniques, please contact our office.  Training available 5 days a week.  208-939-3110. 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Before and After Photos, BellaFill

Microneedling with PRP Treatment

Posted by Sara Barrett on Aug 4, 2015 2:01:00 PM

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The Ultimate Facial Rejuvenation: Microneedling with PRP

Now more than ever, people are looking for ways to completely rejuvenate their skin without having to go under the knife. Popularly known as the Vampire Facelift, PRP treatments have become recognized for their ability to completely rejuvenate the face - resulting in tighter, refreshed and younger looking skin.

The combination of two cutting-edge new treatments,  is getting incredible results and is even being used by many celebrities.

What is PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma)?

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy involves the use of blood plasma, enriched through a special process to increase the concentration of platelets. PRP treatments are performed by collecting blood from the patient and spinning it in a centrifuge to separate the platelets from the blood. This “platelet-rich plasma” is drawn out and can then be used via injection or micro-needling back into the patient.

While this may seem different, PRP has amazing skin care benefits.

The platelet-rich plasma is full of growth factors which can aid in the repair process of tissue, including the skin. It helps promote cell growth, tissue repair and the production of new collagen - which can decrease healing time.

What is Microneedling?

Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, is performed with a small hand held device that makes tiny controlled micro-injuries or channels to the skin. This triggers body to produce new collagen and elastin within the dermis, as well as in new capillaries for improved blood supply. The results are improved skin texture and a reduced appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, texture/tone, stretch marks, and acne scars.

The Ultimate Duo – Microneedling + PRP

aging2-300x280Combining these two treatments can take years off of the appearance of your skin! Clients are seeing some fantastic results with the topical application of PRP. During this treatment we utilize Microneedling to “stamp” the skin creating tiny channels along the surface. Then PRP is applied topically to the skin, allowing the full penetration of PRP deep down into the dermis and epidermis layers of the skin.

Since this procedure does not break down the epidermis the downtime is minimal. Your skin may appear slightly red (similar to a light sunburn) with some mild discomfort for a day or two after the procedure. This treatment can also be done on almost any part of the body including the face, neck & hands.

Interested in learning more? We invite you to request a FREE consultation to see if this treatment is right for you!

  $200 Off Microneedling w/ PRP

 

 

Topics: microneedling

Top 3 Summer Treatments

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 17, 2015 8:00:00 AM

TOP 3 TREATMENTS FOR SUMMER

To help your summer skin glow and to get beach-body ready we recommend any of these popular treatments. These are our most -requested treatments this summer and why we (and clients) love them!


 

1. Botox and Dysport

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If you’ve never had a Botox or Dysport treatment before, chances are you know at least one person who has. They are both neurotoxins that quickly treat fine lines and wrinkles.

Popular areas include: forehead, crowsfeet, and the 11’s (frown lines between eyebrows).

This is one of our most-requested treatments and clients are thrilled with results they get with Dr.Kerr and Autumn our PA. In fact, we perform more Botox treatments than any one in the Treasure Valley and were recently awarded the Black Diamond Provider Recognition. This recognition is given only to the top 1% of Botox providers in the nation.

View Dysport/Botox specials > 

2. Microneedling Treatments

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Microneedling is a great way to rejuvenate your skin in the summer because it doesn’t use any lasers, works on tan skin and the downtime is completely adjustable by the technician.  Microneedling using multiple microscopic needles to penetrate the surface layers of the skin, which tightens lifts and rejuvenates by naturally stimulating collagen production.

 

Microneedling Helps Treat:

  • Fine lines and moderate wrinkles
  • Uneven texture, tone & color
  • Stretch Marks
  • Acne Scars
  • Traumatic and surgical scars
  • Photo aging
  • Mild to moderate skin laxity

No laser heat is introduced. So unlike fractional laser treatments, IPL, and laser resurfacing, there is minimal downtime, minimal discomfort, and an almost immediate outcome.

Check out our current Microneedling special offers >

3. Venus Freeze Skin Tightening

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Venus Freeze is the ULTIMATE SUMMER TREATMENT! Seriously, we can’t get enough of this treatment and either can our clients! Venus Freeze is a skin tightening treatment that uses radio frequency technology to tighten the skin anywhere on the body or face. It can even help with cellulite!

Venus treatments are 20-40 minutes depending on the area. Venus Freeze treatments have absolutely no downtime and quick results. It’s a painless treatment that many patients compare to a hot stone massage. You can head to the Boise River or up to Lucky Peak to show off right after your treatment.

This treatment is so popular at our spa, we had to buy a second machine just to keep up! 

Ready to try it for yourself? Get your first treatment for just $99 here >



 

These are just a few of our most popular summer treatments. We hope you enjoyed! For more information on treatments visit our full-website here.

Let us know what you think or ask us a question in the comment section below.



 

Am I a Good Candidate for NeoGraft Hair Transplant?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Jul 16, 2015 12:47:00 PM

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Am I a Good Candidate for Neograft Hair Transplant?

If you are looking for a solution to hair loss, a receding hair line, hair thinning or male or female patterned baldness - then NeoGraft is your answer.

NeoGraft is the latest technology in hair transplantation. We are the first to bring this exciting new procedure to Idaho, allowing more men and women to take advantage of the benefits of no-scalpel/no-stitch FUE hair transplants

NeoGraft’s advanced technology allows patients to achieve natural looking results with no linear scar, minimal downtime and a shorter recovery period to achieve a discrete solution to hair loss.  

NeoGraft is a game changer when it comes to hair restoration technology. But, not everyone is a candidate.  

Who is a good candidate for NeoGraft?

Candidates for NeoGraft hair transplant are those individuals in good health with moderate hair loss and sufficient donor hair on the back of the scalp to transplant into the balding areas. Those with more donor hair, greater hair thickness and fullness can typically expect fuller results. It is also important that you have realistic cosmetic goals. Hair transplantation can achieve very good, natural results but cannot restore your hair to the density you had as a teenager. During your consultation, our NeoGraft coordinator Stephanie and Dr.Kerr will assess the amount of coverage needed to give you the appearance you desire.

NeoGraft patients must have a sufficient amount of hair left in the donor site to be considered candidates.

Example of a sufficient donor area (good candidate):

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This is a great example of a sufficient donor site. There is enough hair in the back to take and transplant to balding areas, without impacting the cosmetic appearance of the back of the head. The hair is thick, which would make him an ideal candidate. The thicker the hair, the less hair grafts it takes to cover the balding areas. A patient does not have to have thick hair to qualify as a candidate, however those with thin hair will require more transplanted grafts to to achieve optimal results.

Example of an insufficient donor area (NOT A CANDIDATE):

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This is an example of someone who is not a candidate for Neograft. There is not enough hair left in the donor site to transplant to the balding areas. The hair is also very thin, which would require a higher number of hair grafts to be transplanted to fully cover each area.

 

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Topics: Hair Transplant - NeoGraft

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!

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. 

   Free Area of Dysport with Filler Purchase  Learn More >

Topics: Botox, Dysport

Is Laser Hair Removal Right For Me?

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

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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. 

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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?

 

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Topics: Sun Damage Treatments, sunscreen

Easy Skin Care Tips for Men

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

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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.

Learn about more laser hair removal treatments for men >>

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.  

Treatments for Men

Topics: Skin Care, For Men

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