Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Transformation Tuesday: Smartlipo Neck

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 9, 2017 1:20:00 PM

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 Every Tuesday we share with you some of our favorite patient stories and transformations. The blogs feature treatments such as dermal fillers and injectables, to Smartlipo cases and even success stories from our skin care patients.

Through this series, we hope to give you a glimpse into the treatments and patients that make our practice unique. It’s our belief that medical aesthetic providers should be evaluated by their experience and treatment results, not by who has the lowest price.  Here you will only find real people, with real results.

*All patients featured in our series have given full consent to use their stories/photos.

Patient: Female – Boise, ID

Treatment: Smartlipo Neck

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This Transformation Tuesday highlights our Smartlipo Neck procedures. In this case, she wanted a tighter, more defined jaw line - a very common concern of both women and men. As we age, gravity takes it toll and the volume we once enjoyed in other areas of our face migrates down to the jowl area.

Smartlipo of the neck is a quick in-office procedure, with minimum downtime.  Brusing is very slight, and most people return to work within days of the treatment.

 

She is thrilled with her results! What do you think?

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

Can You Get Liposuction on Your Knees?

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Jan 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM

If you’ve ever looked down and wished you had thinner knees - we can help! Some people due to genetics have the tendency to hold onto fat around the knee area. Liposuction of the knees can reduce extra fat and sculpt the knees to proportinally match your natural leg shape. Dr. Kerr of Silk Touch is one of only a few Doctors in the world that will work on knees. So if you’re looking for thinner knees- you’ve definitely found the right place with Dr. Kerr and Silk Touch Med Spa.

Who is a candiate? 

Not everyone who thinks their knees are “fatty” is necessarily candidate for liposuction on the knees. As these are a difficult area, we request clients to come in for a consultation or to send photos first for evaluation. See the before and after photo below as an example for a Knee lipo candidate:

What is the procedure like? 

After your intial consultation, you will come in for a pre-op with Dr. Kerr several days before your procedure. We will go over pre/post op insturctions as well as medications and any new questions you might have. The actual procedure is usually done in about three hours. After the procedure, compression socks will have to worn for two weeks. Lower legs can often take longer to heal since they are gravity dependant and the furthest from the heart. Dr. Kerr tells his liposuction patients that they will feel 80% at the end of week one and 90% at the end of week two, add two weeks healing time on to lower legs.

Skin Tightening & Knee Lipo

As with any liposuction procedure you will get some skin tightening and you will in the knee area as well. The body’s injury response due to the removal of fat will kick in and collagen and elastin will be produced to repair the injury. Holding the tissues under compression will tell the body this is the shape we want you to come back to. How much tightening varies from patient to patient and factors such as age and stretch marks can play a role in how well skin retracts back. If skin laxity is an issue there are other procedures that we can incorporate with liposuction such as our new Thermitight or PDO Threads to promote more skin tightening.

The best way to find out if your knees are good candidates for this procedure is to book a complimentary consultation at Silk Touch Med Spa.

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Topics: liposuction, Smartlipo Knees, thermitight

ThermiVa Featured in Elle Magazine!

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jan 6, 2017 3:02:00 PM

Thermiva was featured in Elle Magazine... Check it out!

Everything You Wanted (or Didn't Want) to Know About the $3,500, Kardashian-Endorsed "Vaginal Laser - Elle Magazine

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"It's easy, comfortable, no pain, no downtime, and women feel and see results right away," Lancer says. "It has what I call the 'BFF referral program'–it is definitely the type of treatment that once they have experienced it, women cannot wait to tell their girlfriends all about it. And then the friends come have it done." - Read The Article Here

Interested in learning more about ThermiVA? Schedule your free consultationt today!

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Topics: ThermiVA

Updates To Our CareCredit Policy

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jan 3, 2017 10:02:37 AM

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IMPORTANT

Updates To Our CareCredit Policy

As of January 1, 2017

  • All CareCredit charges must be made in person. No CareCredit purchase can be made over the phone.
  • You must be the account holder or authorized on the account to use the card. If you are using a card that is not in your name, and you are not listed on the account, the cardholder needs to be present at the time of purchase.
  • You must show your ID when using CareCredit & sign the receipt.

No Exceptions To The Above Policies.

Am I a Good Candidate for NeoGraft Hair Transplant?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Dec 18, 2016 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

How To Choose Between Liposuction and Non Invasive Fat Reduction

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Dec 14, 2016 5:31:00 PM

Every week it seems there is something new in the world of aesthetic medicine, and in all honesty it can be hard for people to keep up! There are so many options these days - especially for body procedures! So when it comes to waging the war on fat - what is really the best option? How and who is going to benefit the most from a certain procedure/treatment really depends on the patient and the outcome they are hoping to achieve.

If Your Looking For Body Contouring or Fat Loss

If someone really wants to change the shape and contour of their body liposuction still reigns supreme. In fact in 2015 it was the most requested cosmetic procedure according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This minimally invasive procedure breaks down and removes fat immediately from the body and results are often pretty dramatic. It can make someone look like they lost 10-15 pounds. Downside is that you will have to wear a compression garment for up to two weeks and healing does take time.

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If you have small problem areas or can't those stubborn final few pounds. 

So what kind of patient would benefit from the new non-invasive fat reduction procedures? The best results come from those patients who have small targeted areas of fat accumulation (think those last "5lbs" that wont budge from your tummy or loves), or those who are adamantly opposed to doing anything invasive. Non-invasive options like our Sculpsure device uses radiofrequency energy to destroy fat cells in a multiple quick sessions.  Once destroyed they are carried away through the body’s lymphatic system. You won’t get the immediate WOW results like you will with liposuction; it can take up to 12 weeks for the 25% reduction results to be seen. Upside is that can you have the procedure and go back to work that day. No compression garment is needed.

The best rule of thumb is to decide what you want, what you’re willing to undergo and be honest in what results you want to achieve! Then educate yourself on each procedure by asking the experts who perform these on a daily basis. Knowledge is the power that will allow you to make an informed decision that is right for you.

Curious which body contouring procedure is right for you? Let us help! At Silk Touch, we offer a wide array of body contouring procedures: liposuction, non-invasive, as well as skin tightening. Everybody and every body is different - what worked for a friend isn't always what will work for you!  During your initial consultation we can go over your goals and concerns and can recommend the best treatment for optimal results. 

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Learn More About Liposuction for Body Contouring or Fat Loss

Learn More about our New! Sculpsure Non-invasive Fat Loss Treatment

 

Topics: liposuction, SculpSure, body contouring

How to Get Rid of Dark Eye Circles For Good

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 2, 2016 9:41:00 AM

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Because the skin beneath your eyes is so thin, it's especially prone to sun-induced hyperpigmentation (and skin cancer). But sunscreen can also be especially irritating if it gets in your eyes. Use a nondrippy or stick formula that won't migrate.

CHOOSE THE RIGHT MAKEUP REMOVER

When you rub your skin to pry off your liner, you're causing inflammation and capillary damage—both of which can contribute to dark circles. Cleansing oils, like melt eye makeup with the least amount of rubbing. As a bonus, you'll lose fewer lashes, too.

COOL DOWN

Washing your face with hot water worsens puffiness and can accentuate dark circles. 

 

GET A PROFESSIONAL LASER TREATMENT

To reduce bluish and red discoloration under the eyes, lasers can help by constricting visible blood vessels.

 

CHOOSE THE RIGHT EYE SHADOW

A shimmering nude cream or powder shadow can brighten up your eyes, as long as it's a touch darker than your skin tone. If it's lighter, it looks frosty and dated.

 

USE FILLERS AS A MORE PERMANENT SOLUTION 

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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 Artefill are extremely effective in filling deficient areas under the eyes when it is injected deep into the tissue. Artefill is different from temporary injectable wrinkle fillers. The unique microspheres in Artefill are not absorbed by the body and provide the support your skin needs for natural, long lasting results. 

The patient below came to us with concerns about the hollowness of hers eyes, something that has bothered her for as long as she can remember! Dr. Kerr used Bellafill under the eyes and in the tear trough. The end result? No more looking tired! If you are wary about using a permanent filler, other injectables can be used to get the same result.

Bellafill Under Eyes - Before and After 

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Topics: Anti Aging, Artefill, Eyes

Introducing PDO Threads At Silk Touch Med Spa

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Nov 30, 2016 2:56:37 PM

There's a new treatment available at Silk Touch Med Spa and we could not be more excited about this amazing new technology and the "wow" results we are seeing! What has us and our clients so excited? PDO Threads.

The PDO Threads are hypodermic needles that are pre-loaded with a PDO absorbable suture. These sutures are often used in open heart surgery and are one of the safest to be implanted in the body. The needle is inserted subdermally, parallel to the surface of the skin, then the needle is pulled out and the PDO thread remains. The thread will dissolve over the next 4-6 months while the body is repairing itself with new collagen around the suture. The new skin structure can hold and remain behind for 12- 15 months.

Two Types of Threads:

Smooth Threads:

Smooth threads consists of creating a mesh under the the skin (ie 2 sutures inserted vertically & 3 sutures horizontally). Sort of like a #hashtag, or a net. This mesh will serve as the foundation for our new collagen production. This technique tightens the skin naturally from within. Results appear naturally, without and drastic change.

Barbed Threads:

Barbed threads are used to provide a non-surgical lift. This technique is utilized to produce a more dramatic and immediate result. The PDO sutures have “barbs”, which provide a grip underneath the skin. Sutures are inserted the same way, except they can be pulled in 1 or 2 directions, creating an instant skin repositioning. Just like with the Smooth threads, the skin will then build new collagen which will secure the lift!

In addition to non-surgical face lifts - barbed threads can provide a lift to places such as the knees.

How Do PDO Threads Work?

What is behind a lot of aesthetic procedures such as C02 Laser ResurfacingChemical Peels and Microneedling is something called a “Selective Inflammatory Response”. Since the human body is a master of self repair, these procedures are designed to make the body create new collagen in response to a “controlled injury”. PDO Threads use this natural body response.

Dr. Kerr and PA-C Autumn Heuman are very well versed in the placement and use of PDO Threads to give clients a more youthful appearance. With little to no discomfort a treatment can be done over the lunch hour- no downtime! To see if you’re a good candidate for PDO Threads book a consultation with Silk Touch Med Spa today!

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Knowledge Is Power. 5 Questions You Should Ask At Your Consultation.

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Nov 30, 2016 2:13:55 PM

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Knowledge is power. With it we can make informed decisions that are right for us. Without it we are at the mercy of advertising slogans, Google searches and corporate spin. How can we possibly disseminate and find the nuggets of real information from the fluff designed to wet our appetites?

The answer is in talking to the right people who have the right information to answer the questions that you have. That is why at Silk Touch Med Spa we provide complimentary consultations. The purpose is for clients to come in and discuss procedures, ask questions and most of all determine if what you’re looking at it really the best option.

At Silk Touch we are not salespeople, we are educators who love to share product and procedure knowledge with our customers. We take the extra time to make sure all questions are answered and all avenues thoroughly explored before making recommendations.

While there are no wrong questions to ask at a cosmetic surgery consultation, there are some key questions that you should include on your list when meeting with aesthetic providers.

1. Who will be performing the treatment or procedure?

2. What kind of equipment do you use?

3. What will this treatment realistically do for me? 

4. How many treatments will I need to see results?

5.  What kind of things can I do after the treatment to keep up my results?

Got questions? We have answers at Silk Touch Med Spa!

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CO2 Laser Resurfacing for Acne Scars

Posted by Brian Kerr on Nov 21, 2016 10:04:00 AM

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One of the most effective treatments for patients with acne scars is the CO2 Fractional Laser.  C02 Laser resurfacing uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate areas of damaged skin. Tiny wounds are made and the surrounding healthy skin helps with healing.

When the skin heals, it produces new collagen and the new skin is smoother, tighter and with less irregular pigmentation and scarring.

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Although laser resurfacing can be very dramatic it is important for acne scar patients to realize that severe scarring can require multiple treatments. Many patients are satisfied with a single treatment while others benefit from a series of laser treatments. Recently, our medical assistant Kelly had a CO2 done for her acne scars. Here's what she has to say about her experience:

"I am one of those “lucky” people who suffer from acne scaring since my school days. Anyone that knows me knows how much my scars have affected me and make me feel insecure.  I was a chicken at first about getting the CO2 done but finally decided to go through with it and I wish I would of done this years ago. The first week I was very red and did not want to be seen in public, but it got better every day. By week 2 I was able to start wearing makeup. Now I am at week 3, very happy with my results, and feeling much more confident about the way that I look. I would definitely recommend this treatment to anyone" - Kelly, Boise

Fractional CO2 resurfacing can erase years and dramatically improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles and pigment, but it is not a lunchtime procedure. Downtime can be anywhere from several days to up to 2-weeks. During the healing process, the new skin is red and very dry at first, then pink then heals back to normal.

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Topics: CO2 fractional laser, Acne Scars

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