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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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3. C02 Fractional laser. 

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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

Transformation Tuesday: Goodbye Cankles

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 12, 2016 2:41:00 PM

 

When the calf meets the ankle and there is no distinction between the two leg parts, you have what’s known as “cankles.”   The worst part about this area, is that almost no amount of exercise or diet can contour this area of the body. Thicker ankles tend to be genetic.

 

Patient Background:

25 yr. old female. Concerned about “cankles.”

This patient had tried everything to contour her ankles, and was tired of hiding them.

The solution:

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Ankle before and after lipo

Dr. Kerr used Lipo to help sculpt the ankles, giving the patient much more definition.  The end result? Beautiful ankles that the patient was thrilled to show off! 

Dr. Kerr specializes in ankle, knee and calf liposuction. This area is difficult to treat and many providers do not offer lipo on these areas. It takes a unique liposuction approach and a lot of experience and training to get desirable results.

Want to see more? Visit our Before and After Gallery

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Best Way To Get Rid of Age Spots

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 6, 2016 9:52:00 AM

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Why They Are Happening:

As we age, the skin can't repair itself as well as it once did. Damage can live under the skin for years before it starts to surface.When brown spots and age spots start popping up, they are nothing more than the effects of past sun exposure showing on the surface.

A digital Visia Skin Analysis can detect sun damage and age spots deep into the layers of the skin, before they surface. A proactive skin care regimen can help keep them from surfacing. If it's been over 6 months since you last Visia, or you've never had one, it's time! Claim a free one here

Prevention Tips

The number one way to prevent sun damage is daily use of sunscreen, even in the winter. Age/sun spots surface on the decollete and hands, too - so don't forget to lather those up as well.  Use a hat when you can and reapply sunscreen on hands and face every 90-minutes. We reccommend using a powder sunscreen for reapplying on top of makeup. Jane Iredale has a great powder SPF (available at Silk Touch).

Research shows that diet is also linked to age spots. Foods that can help prevent sun damaged skin include a high intake of olive oil, legumes, fish, vegetables and dried fruits.  The worst nutritional offenders in terms of premature aging are cakes and pastries, cordials, full fat milk, potatoes, red meat and soft drinks—which are all good foods to avoid in age spot treatment. 

The Best Ways To Get Rid of Age Spots:

Top treatments: Products, IPL Photofacials, C02 Laser, Chemical Peels

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Product containing Retin-A and antioxidants can help. Byt light and laser treatments like fractional CO2 can really clean up sundamaged skin. making it more even in tone and smoother in texture. Fractional CO2 is one of the most effective laser skin resurfacing treatments in aesthetics. This heavy hitter has big results in just one treatment, though healing can be a little longer. (1-2 weeks)

When spots are brown and dark, IPL photofacials work extremely well because it destroys discoloration without causing any damage to the skin.

 Which treatment is right for you? Schedule a Free consultation today for a Visia Skin analysis and treatment plan.

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Topics: IPL, CO2 fractional laser, Age Spots

Win a Microdermabrasion Treatment!

Posted by Brian Kerr on Mar 29, 2016 10:09:24 AM
 
 
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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 April 4.
 
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What is Rosacea?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 11, 2016 1:47:07 PM


Rosacea is a fairly common condition estimated to affect over 45 million people worldwide. This condition causes redness and flushing in the central face as well as across the cheeks, nose and forehead in people with light complexion. 
  

Rosacea causes a range of symptoms that may include:

  • Redness,
  • Uncontrollable blushing
  • Swelling
  • Visible blood vessels
  • Bumps or pimple-like blemishes
  • Skin thickening and enlargement of the nose (mostly in men) 

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People who have Rosacea usually experience periods of flare-ups and periods of remission (the decrease or disappearance of symptoms). There is often a “butterfly” pattern that is detectable on the face. Although Rosacea is not life threatening, even mild symptoms can have a negative effect on quality of life. In recent surveys by the National Rosacea Society, nearly 70% of Rosacea patients said this condition had lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem, and 41% said it had caused them to avoid public contact or cancel social engagements.

Treating Rosacea

There is no cure, but medical care is available to treat this inflammatory disorder, and help you get your life back to normal. More difficult Acne Rosacea may be treated through PhotoDynamic Therapy.

There are multitudes of Rosacea “triggers”. From food to stress, it is integral to your treatment success to learn your triggers and do what you can to avoid them.

Treatment combinations may include oral and topical medications, IPL Photo Rejuvenation treatments and Isolaz Acne Therapy treatment. Most Rosacea patients need combination therapies for the most effective results. Rosacea which is left untreated can cause irreversible skin thickening and disfigurement.

Any of the previous symptoms listed in the beginning of this article are a signal to make an appointment for a consultation with a Silk Touch aesthetician. Our aestheticians can make sure you are taking advantage of all of the procedures and products available to help your skin and insure that you aren’t doing anything to worsen the condition.

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Topics: Skin Care, IPL

4 Botox Myths BUSTED!

Posted by Sara Barrett on Mar 5, 2016 6:27:14 PM

Botox is still one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. However, there are still some pretty big misconceptions and myths about Botox out there. 

We're here to spread some truth on some of these 4 common myths.

Myth 1: If you stop getting Botox, your wrinkles will get worse.

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Nope - they won't get worse but they will return to the state they were originally.  If you choose to stop Botox treatments completely, the regular development of wrinkles will continue. But no, Botox will not make your wrinkles worse. 

Myth 2: Botox is only used to treat wrinkles

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This is probably the biggest misconception about Botox. Botox is FDA approved for many medical conditions including: pain relief for Migraines, TMJ and to stop excessive sweating. 

See more suprising Botox uses here.

Myth 3: You can get Botox at any age

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While there are no age limits for Botox (we even treat patients 65+), you can be too young to get Botox. While the minimum age is 18 and many patients like to start treatments before they even have wrinkles for preventative reasons, we suggest that patients wait till they are in their early 20s to start preventative treatments. Waiting a few years won't cause any irreversable damage.

Read more about preventative Botox treatments.

Myth 4: Botox is only for Women

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Absolutely not! They don't call it "Bro-Tox" for nothing! Studies show that men are getting cosmetic treatments like Botox and fillers more and more each year. We see all ages of men for Botox treatments. Wrinkles can sometimes make men appear angry, in addtion to looking older. Getting Botox can soften up a persons look to just give them a more approachable appearance - which can help men personally and proffessionaly. 

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Topics: Botox

Kybella Double Chin Injectable - Post-Treatment Before & After

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 28, 2016 2:21:01 PM

Kybella Injections - After Photos Day 1-3

StyleSpyGirl shared some follow up photos with us! Here is a picture days out from her firs Kybella injectable treatment. (Day 1, 2, 3)  With Kybella, you have some immediate swelling for the first few days, but as you can see it can start to come down quickly!

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I"It didn't hurt as much as I expected, and went so fast I didn't have time to stress about it. So glad I took a couple days to rest and let the swelling go down! Can't wait to see the final results!! - StyleSpyGirl

What is Kybella?

Kybella is the first FDA approved injectable non-surgical treatment that reduces under the chin fat (sublemenal fat). Kybella is done in a series of 2-4 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart. Treatments are 15 minutes each, and downtime is minimal. Patients will experience swelling for the first few days after the treatment, and some mild pain is to be expected. 

Kybella has been shown in studies to melt fat and indirectly tighten skin. It can be used to rid the neck/chin of unwanted genetic fat pockets and also to contour the jawline and tighten the neck skin. Silk Touch Med Spa was chosen as one of the first in Boise, Idaho to have this newly approved medication for unwanted chin fat.

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Kybella Injection for Double Chin - StyleSpyGirl

Posted by Sara Barrett on Feb 28, 2016 1:53:42 PM

StyleSpyGirl is back at SIlk Touch Med Spa for her next episode of our investigative beauty series. She tried the new FDA approved injectable treatment for doubel chins - Kybella! Kybella is the first treatment of it's kind - melting away fat without out any surgery or downtime. Treatments take only 15 minutes and only 2-3 treatments are needed for optimal results.

 

IIn this video, learn what to expect before and during your first Kybella treatment.  Watch Autumn Heuman PA, our injection specialist at Silk Touch Med Spa perform Kybella injections on Fashion and Lifestyle blogger - StyleSpyGirl. What did she think about the treatment? Watch and see! To follow her results - make sure you subscribe to our blog. Or follow us on Facebook.

Make sure to head on over to StyleSpyGirl's blog -->>> http://stylespygirl.com/

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Topics: Before and After Photos, StyleSpyGirl, Double Chin, Kybella

Is ThermiTight Worth It?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Feb 23, 2016 7:21:13 AM

Screen_Shot_2016-02-18_at_10.47.23_AM.pngThe people have spoken...Is ThermiTight worth it? YES! ThermiTight has a 91% satisfaction rating on RealSelf.com.

A 91% worth it rating is amazing - as even the most popular aesthetic treatments can fall in the 80%-90% range.

What is ThermiTight?

ThermiTight™ is a non-surgical, minimally invasive alternative for skin tightening. It uses radio frequency to stimulate collagen production beneath the skin, which improves sagging and smooths out texture.

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ThermiTight™ is formally described as “thermistor-controlled subdermal skin tightening,”* which basically means that regulated heat is targeted at the collagen layer of the skin. To get under the skin, the ThermiRF™ system is used along with a tiny probe, called the SmartTip™ thermistor probe, which is inserted just below the surface. (Don’t worry —before any of this happens, the treated area will be injected with a small amount of anesthetic solution.)

Dr. Kerr then delivers radio frequency energy into the area through gentle movements, which heats the subdermal tissue to a specific internal temperature. The doctor uses the Thermal Image Guidance™ to monitor external temperatures and ensure the safety of the skin. Most procedures last last less than an hour, and are followed up with a gentle wrap. As for downtime post-ThermiTight treatment, you should be able to resume normal activities as early as the next day.

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