Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Coolsculpting vs. SculpSure - Patient Testimonial

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 27, 2016 12:34:03 PM

One of the most frequent questions we get asked about our new Sculpsure Fat Removal treatment is "Is SculpSure any different than Coolsculpting?"  The answer - yes and no.  Sculpsure and Coolsculpting are similar as they are both non-surgical alternative for fat reduction. But other than that they are completely different. As opposed to CoolScupting® that utilizes freezing technology, SculpSure™ treatments uses heat. Plus, unlike CoolScupting® the heat from the Sculpsure treatments encourage collagen production in your treated areas - which promotes tissue growth. 

But one of the biggest difference in the SculpSure treatment is the actual treatment experience. Sculpsure is more comfortable, and takes less time. Watch as a Sculpsure patient in LA share's her experience with Sculpsure after also having Coolsculpting in the past. 

Schedule your free consultation today to receive $100 towards your first Sculpsure treatment!

 

Topics: Weight Loss, SculpSure

Top 100 Sculptra Practice - Thank you!

Posted by Brian Kerr on Jun 23, 2016 2:36:27 PM

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Silk Touch Med Spa has been honored as a Top 100 volume injector for Sculptra® Aesthetic, and your decision to choose us as your Sculptra Aesthetic provider is a direct contribution to this recognition. Thank you everyone for the continued support you have given us at Silk Touch. We are honored that you’ve trusted our experience and expertise with your Sculptra Aesthetic needs and are excited to continue providing you with one of the the top Sculptra Aesthetic experiences available nationwide and especially in our community. 

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How Sculptra® Works

Sculptra® Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging.1-3 Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one-time treatment regimen of up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about three weeks apart.

 

What To Expect

If you want to improve the look of smile lines, marionette lines or chin wrinkles without looking “done” — or worse, “overdone” — then you should talk to our expert injectors about Sculptra Aesthetic.

Sculptra Aesthetic is a facial injectable with proven, noticeable results that appear gradually over the course of a couple months and can last up to two years. 

  

 

How can I prevent bruising from cosmetic fillers?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Jun 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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 Jun 2, 2016 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. 

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Topics: Botox, Dysport

Win a Microdermabrasion Treatment!

Posted by Brian Kerr on May 24, 2016 12:00:00 AM
 
 
WE WOULD LOVE AN ONLINE REVIEW FROM YOU!
 
We are starting a monthly drawing for a FREE Microdermabrasion treatment for taking the time out of your busy day to leave us a review! 
 
To enter to win, just leave us a review on Google or Facebook! Pick whichever one is easiest for you. Our first drawing is coming up on June 1, 2016.
 
Follow this link for Facebook. Facebook Review.
 
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Ankle Liposuction with Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo | Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 9, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Ankle Liposuction- Cankles be gone!

Cankles can be very stubborn areas of the body to treat.  A person can be very fit, having no fat on other parts of their body....they just tend to hold on to fat around their ankles.   This may be due to heredity.  Dr. Kerr treated a client who actually had an amazing body....but just couldn't get rid of her cankles.  She could get her body fat down to 10%, but her cankles still hung around! 

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Dr. Kerr sculpted the ankles so that they would match the rest of her body! Here are her amazing Before and After Photos- Ankle lipo, Boise 


Click here to see more Liposuction BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS: 

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New Beauty Magazine published an article June 13, 2011 on "The Cause and Cure for Ankles".   Here is an excerpt....

What are cankles? Cankles are fatty deposits that appear at the bottom of the where the leg and ankle meet. Instead of the leg tapering into a slim ankle, it continues in diameter, and there’s little distinction between where the leg ends and the ankle starts.

What causes them? When fat cells in the ankle area become engorged, there’s little room for them to expand, causing the ankles to appear swollen and fat, also known as cankles. But fat is not always the cause of them; muscle, edema, or swelling can all contribute. Genetic makeup also plays a role in fat that accumulates toward the lower end of the leg. Other cankle-causing factors include pregnancy (a lot of water is retained in the lower legs, ankles and feet), inflammation of the lymphatic system and kidney problems.

How do you fix them? Cankles can be treated surgically with liposuction in the inner and outer portion of the ankle. Although it’s a rare area to treat, it’s also a tricky one because of the amount of nerves that live at the base of the leg. The recovery is pretty lengthy due to the amount of time it takes for swelling to subside—like the knees, the ankles are far away from the heart, so it takes longer for the blood to recirculate, and the area tends to stay swollen longer.-- End of Article

 

 

 

   

Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Smartlipo Ankles

Kybella Double Chin Injection Results After First Treatment

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 5, 2016 11:34:23 AM

StyleSpyGirl is back at Silk Touch for her second treatment of Kybella! Check out her results from her first treatment below. 

We think her results are amazing... and so does she! We're excited to see her results in a few weeks from her second treatment.

The results below starting from the left: Before, 8 Weeks Out, 10 Weeks Out

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Kybella is the new FDA injectable that dissolves fat under the chin.  It’s the biggest thing to hit the beauty industry since Botox, and with even Millennials experiencing sagging jowls thanks to “tech neck”. 

Before Kybella, the only two options for getting rid of chin fat were to have liposuction, laser liposuction, or a surgical neck lift—all of which do require down time. 

So who is it best for? It works best on people who have a mild to moderate amount of fat under their chin. 

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The #1 Area Your Injector Really Wants to Inject...

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 5, 2016 10:39:12 AM

The #1 area your Injector really wants to Inject…

In the hands of an expert injector, wrinkle fillers can take years off your appearance. But while it’s easy to get caught up in chasing fine lines and wrinkles, there is one area on your face that, when injected properly, makes a major difference and can give you a very natural and youthful appearance……

What is that #1 area?? THE CHEEKS!

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As we age, we lose volume in our mid-face causing our cheeks to look hollow and sag. By restoring the volume with fillers specifically designed for mid-face correction, we can add plumpness to the cheeks while also helping to diminish the appearance of wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

"The cheeks are my favorite area to inject because it looks so natural and makes the biggest difference in restoring youthfullness."  - Autumn Heuman, PA-C

This month only - $100 Instant Rebate On Any Injectable. Claim Your Rebate Here

Why Mid-Face Correction Makes a Huge Difference — The inverted triangle of youth

The reason restoring volume in the cheeks makes such a major difference has to do with the triangle of youth.

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When we are young there is a fullness in the middle and upper part of the face with a slimmer lower face around the smile lines and jawline. With aging, the fullness around the cheekbones begins to sag and descend.  There is also volume loss in these areas.  You lose that brightness and rested look around the eyes and cheeks. And the volume loss in the cheeks can make the bottom of the face look heavier.  The end result is that the youthful triangle flips upside down.

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Fillers can turn back the clock and restore volume to the cheeks while also giving a subtle lift .

Choosing the Right Filler for Mid-Face Correction

For re-volumizing the cheeks you need a  filler that is able to provide that extra lift. There are 3 fillers that are specifically made for mid-face correction:  Juvederm Voluma, Restylane Lyft, and Radiesse

It is a quick and easy treatment that can be done in less than an hour. These fillers are temporary.  Since they are made of substances that are naturally occurring in your body they are slowly reabsorbed over time, but on average last anywhere from 10 – 24 months.

How long the results last will depend on 3 factors:

  • Which filler was used (some last slightly longer than others)
  • How much was used (did you use enough for full correction?)
  • How fast your body metabolizes the filler

During your consultation, you and our expert injectors can review the specific advantages of each filler to determine which is the best for your customized treatment plan.

This month only - $100 Instant Rebate On Any Injectable. Claim Your Rebate Here

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Topics: Wrinkle Fillers

5 Solutions for Sun Damaged Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 28, 2016 11:43:00 AM

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Although you can’t turn back the clock and abstain from the sun in the past, you can erase some of the damage that was done. Professional skin care treatments can help remove the skin’s damaged outer layers to diminish sun spots and encourage the growth of new, healthy collagen to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

1. Chemical peels. 

Chemical peel treatments are a good option for bringing new life to sun-damaged skin. These peels utilize various solutions and strengths for different treatment levels and results. At Silk Touch Med Spa, our medical aestheticians customize the chemical peel treatment for each client, along with planning a structured treatment regimen. Most light-to-medium peels will require at least 3-6 treatments over a three-month period to see the best results.
Chemical peelscan vary in strength, ranging from very minor solutions that require little to no downtime, to stronger peels that may require a few days to heal. Make sure to discuss any upcoming events or work restrictions with your aesthetician. 

 

2. Intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial. 

IPL treatments have become very popular as a tool to erase sun spots and fine lines. An IPL photofacial uses a series of gentle light pulses that target the pigment present in sun spots, as well as other color irregularities. As the light travels through the layers of skin, heat from the light causes damage to the abnormally pigmented areas. This will kick-start the body’s natural healing process. The spot will either become darker and flake off, or it will be naturally absorbed by the body. IPL photofacials also stimulate collagen growth to reduce fine lines.
For the average client, three-to-five IPL photofacial treatments are required for best results, and most clients can be treated as frequently as every three weeks. Throughout the course of the treatment process, you can expect to see improved skin texture and a smoother, more even complexion.

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IPL Before and After. Sunspot Removal.

3. C02 Fractional laser. 

Dot Therapy skin before after1 300x232For a more aggressive treatment for sun damage, there are  C02 fractional laser procedures. A C02 treats sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines with the use of a laser beam that is split (fractionated) into thousands of microscopic beams of light energy. The pixilated light penetrates the dermis and generates enough heat to stimulate natural collagen production and new cell growth. In addition to reducing the appearance of sun damage, fractional lasers can also help treat acne scars, stretch marks and melasma.
Most clients will see results after one to two treatments.
To see if you are a candiate for C02 treatments - schedule a complimentary consultation

4. Pelleve Radiofrequency. 

Treatments that harness the power of radiofrequency waves are also very effective for helping remove sun spots, reduce wrinkles and tighten skin. A Pelleve radiofrequency treatment works by sending heat energy into the dermal layer of the skin to stimulate the production of collagen. Unlike lasers, Pelleve treatments rely on the absorption of radio waves and not light, which makes these services safe for all skin tones.
Pelleve is also great in combonation with IPL's for both skin tightening and sun spot reduction. This month get a free Pelleve Eye Treatment with a purchase of your IPL Series. Click here to learn more about this special offer
 

5. Products Containing Hydroquinone. 

Hydroquinone is a topical treatment used to lighten skin. It works by inhibiting the production of tyrosinase, which is an enzyme that helps to produce melanin.
When used alone, hydroquinone treatments may not show visible results for several weeks. To see faster results and improve the effectiveness of this treatment, you can combine hydroquinone with a regimen of chemical peels and/or light-based procedures.
At Silk Touch we carry a wide range of products that can help improve the appearance of sun damaged Skin. We suggest scheduling a  Complimentary Skin Analysis to determine which customized product regimen will be most effective for you.

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Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging, Sun Damage Treatments

Will Latisse Change My Eye Color?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 13, 2016 12:27:00 PM

Who doesn’t want long, full and dark eyelashes? Most women we know sure desire those lashes that actually make you look younger! Sure, you could put 10 coats of mascara on to try to achieve that length, but ultimately you’ll just end up with a lumpy, clumpy mess. Ask any staff member here at Silk Touch how we get keep our lashes healthy and long and you will get the answer, “With Latisse, of course!”

If you’re not familiar with Latisse, it is a prescription treatment that helps eyelashes grow longer, thicker, and darker by applying a thin line of the product to the upper eyelid, at base of your eyelashes.

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It is important to use Latisse as directed. It is a once-a-day topical medication to be applied directly above the upper lash line. Be sure to use a clean brush each time and don’t allow excess liquid to seep into your eye. With regular, daily use, full results are seen at 16 weeks, but noticeable growth is seen in as little as 8 weeks. When this medication is stopped, expect the appearance of the eyelashes to return to the way they looked before starting treatment.

Will Latisse change the color of my eyes?

 

NO!

The same ingredient in Latisse (bimatoprost ophthalmic solution), is in another Allergan product, Lumigan, used to treat glaucoma. For glaucoma patients, one to two drops of Lumigan are placed directly into the eye four to six times a day. That’s up to 12 times the amount used on the lashes with Latisse. Approximately one percent of glaucoma patients using the drops in their eyes experienced a darkening of the pigment of the iris. That is where the “buzz” about Latisse turning blue eyes brown started.

When the iris changed color in this small percentage of glaucoma patients, it did not magically happen overnight. Instead, the color slowly changed, starting around the edge of the pupil and moving outward.

So in theory, does Latisse have the potential to darken the iris? Theoretically yes, but in all the clinical trials for Latisse, no cases were ever reported.  

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Topics: Latisse

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