Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Hello Mirror...Why Liposuction is the Best thing I've Ever Done For Myself

Posted by Brian Kerr on Nov 30, 2017 10:52:00 AM

Testimonial - Stephanie, Boise.

It’s so hard to look in the mirror and see all your one dimensional imperfections, but the world looks at you in 3D and says “what are you talking about”?

I had always had an issue with my stomach area- I come from good Eastern European stock- we hold onto our fat around the middle for those long cold days working the fields!  Thanks great grandma – NOT.

My husband always said I was beautiful and that he married me and loved me just the way that I am. But the problem was I couldn’t love me that way.  I was always looking at ways to reduce that problem area.  The latest fad diet, piece of exercise equipment- you name it I probably tried it, but I will be honest-exercise is not my favorite word. It not that I am not active- I like to ski, ride bikes and in the summer you’ll find me on the golf course every chance I get.  But no matter what I did or how many salads I ate- my middle was not going anywhere.

Liposuction with Dr. Kerr was my answer.  I finally; after years of thinking about it pulled the trigger and went for it. Needless to say I have never looked back.  Everyone who knows me will tell you I have that extra spring in my step- that boost of confidence, and they all tell me how great I look- and they don’t even know what I did.  And you know what I feel great too!  My husband just recently told me that he really didn’t understand my “tummy issue” not really understood until it wasn’t there anymore.  He was so amazed at how happy I am.  He says that my confidence and “swagger” now shine.  And sweet man that he is told me that he was so sorry- sorry that he didn’t pay for it ten years ago!  I think he really loves his wife’s new outlook and the funny thing is- I didn’t do it for him- I did it for me.

Thank you Dr. Kerr for uncovering my inner swagger!  

and....

Hello Mirror- meet the new and improved ME!!

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Topics: liposuction

Is it safe? Black Market Aesthetics On The Rise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 20, 2017 2:43:00 PM

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Recently many advertisers have been offering steep discounts on Botox and Dermal Filler prices. Some people have even seen Botox advertised on Craigslist (SCARY!!).  While everyone enjoys a good deal, when it comes to Botox and Fillers, you should be extremely careful. If you come across pricing that is extremely low, you could be buying illegally imported “Botox” or Fillers from Canada, Europe or even China. These products are not safe to use.

Liquid facelifts rank among the most popular non-surgical cosmetic procedures, but the growing demand for toxins and fillers has triggered a rise in illegal injectable products that has become a worldwide epidemic. The availability and use of fake products has emerged as a mounting problem for the aesthetic market as a whole, as doctors report that they are being inundated with offers from offshore vendors pitching cheap toxins and fillers not approved for sale in the EU or the US.

Don’t risk your beauty by being injected with un-safe product from sources unknown.

When it comes to your beauty treatments, injector experience and reputation is crucial. At Silk Touch, we guarentee that we only use verified products from reputible vendors.

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Topics: Botox, Anti Aging

Transformation Tuesday: Male Breast Reduction

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 7, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Gynecomastia is a condition of over-developed or enlarged breasts in men that can occur at any age. The condition can be the result of hormonal changes, heredity, obesity, or the use of certain drugs. Gynecomastia can cause emotional discomfort and impair your self confidence. Some men may even avoid certain physical activities and intimacy simply to hide their condition.

Gynecomastia is characterized by:

  • Excess localized fat
  • Excess glandular tissue development
  • Sometimes excess breast skin
  • Presence unilaterally (one breast) or bilaterally (both breasts) 

The treatment:

This patient had avoided any sort of activity that involved taking his shirt off, and developed gynecomastia at a very young age. 

Dr. Kerr was able to reduce the appearance of his enlarged breast (gynecomastia) by using a combination of Smartlipo and PAL. 

male breast reduction before and after

This patient was extremely pleased with his results and the minimal amount of downtime after his procedure. He was ready to hit the beach in no time!

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday, Male Breast Reduction

One Size Doesn't Fit All...

Posted by Stephanie Cook (Patient Care Coordinator) on Oct 25, 2017 8:18:43 PM

Why does Silk Touch Med Spa offer free consultations?  Because one size doesn’t fit all.  What may work for one patient- may not work or be the best fit for another.  This is why consultations are so important.  It allows us to work together in building the right roadmap for your individual situation.  During your consultation we will ask important questions about what you would like to see change, your time frame, expectations and of course budget.  We get a lot of phone calls about people asking what something costs- the price, but the price will not matter if the procedure is not the best fit for you.

Consultations are a win/win for everyone.  It gives us a chance to get to know you a little better and you to know us.  We learn together by exchanging knowledge and information and at the end of it we will have a clearer view of where we can go-together!

We'd love to meet you - consultations are free, including our state-of-the-art VISIA digital skin analysis. Give us a call at 208-939-3110 or click below to request your free consulation online.

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Topics: Silk Touch Med Spa

Is ThermiTight Worth It?

Posted by Brian Kerr on Sep 29, 2017 7:21:00 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.

Thermi-Tight-Before-After-Neck-Closeup.jpgHow DoesThermiTight Work?
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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How To Tell If You Are A Kybella Candidate

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Sep 12, 2017 2:31:00 PM

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Lately there has been a lot of buzz around one of the latest injectable treatments from the makers of Botox, Kybella. And it's easy to see why. It's an amazing new treatment that gets some pretty wow worthy results.

Kybella is the first and only FDA approved injectable treatment that gets rid of under-the-chin fat permanently with out surgery! The treatment takes about 15 minutes and while there is some slight tenderness and swelling, the downtime is very minimal. We have been using Kybella in our practice for over a year now.. and we can't get enough of this product. Not only can you use Kybella under your chin and in your jowls - but you can also use it on other areas of the body such as bra fat. 

Are you a candidate for a Kybella double chin treatment? While we want to evaluate you in person first before we can say 100%... you can use this easy test to get a good idea!

Kybella Candidate Test:

1. Pinch the skin under your chin, then pinch the skin on your wrist - if it feels the same, then you a probably not a candidate.

3.Pinch the skin under your chin, then pinch the skin on your flanks (love handles). If it feels the same, then you are probably a candidate!

Check out some of our favorite Kybella before and after pictures below.

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Topics: injectable, Double Chin, Kybella

Lip Enhancement Before and After - Melissa Hawker RN

Posted by Sara Barrett on Sep 1, 2017 4:00:00 PM

Melissa Hawker is our Registered Nurse Injector at Silk Touch. She has a passion for  cosmetic injectable treatments and delivering natural looking results. Her specialties include all areas of anti wrinkle injections, hyperhidrosis, lip augmentation, facial volumization, and medical skincare. In addition to injectable treatments, Melissa also is our ThermiVa female rejuvenation provider. 

Melissa is extremely talented at lip enhancement and is quite the perfectionist as you will see in her work! She has a eye for symeterry.  Her skilled and gentle approach will leave you with the results YOU want - whether the look is natural and subtle, or you're going for a pillowy pout. 

Here are some of her more recent transformations. 

To schedule with Melissa - click here or call 208-939-3110. Follow her on Instagram for behind the scenes updates! @Melissa.Hawker.RN

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Lip Enhancement

What can I do about my excessive sweating?

Posted by Susan Kerr on Jul 12, 2017 5:26:00 AM

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The other day my friend came to me for advice. “ I have an embarrassing problem”, she said. She then explained to me that lately, she could not control how much she sweats. It had gotten to the point where to she was afraid to wear anything but black, in fear that she would raise her arms and show giant sweat stains. “Please, tell me that I’m not alone in this and there is something I can do.”

I told her that she may be suffering from something called hyperhidrosis, and that she may be surprised to hear that BOTOX® can actually help deal with the sweating. 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.

Our staff is more than willing to meet with you , for free, to discuss the best treatment plan for you. Please give us a call at 208-939-3110. Or click below to schedule your free consultation. 

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Topics: Botox, Excessive Sweating

6 Things You Need to Know About Sunscreen

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 6, 2017 7:01:00 AM

silk touch med spa, sunscreenOne in five Americans will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime, and over the past 31 years more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that we wear sunscreen every single day - even in the winter. 

Here is a guide for you to reference when ever you have a question about sunscreen. From how much you should use and when to tips for telling when your sunscreen is past it's shelf life. 

What sunscreen should I use?

  • The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:

  • Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays).

  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or greater. Water resistant.

A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. However, sunscreen alone cannot fully protect you. Dermatologists also recommend that you seek shade when your shadow is shorter than you are and protect your skin by wearing long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses whenever possible.

When should I use sunscreen?

  • Every day. The sun emits harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year round. 

  • Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.

  • Snow and sand increase the need for sunscreen.

  • On a cloudy day, up to 80 percent of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds.

  • Snow reflects 80 percent of the sun’s rays, and sand reflects 25 percent of the sun’s rays.

How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it?

Use enough sunscreen to generously coat all skin that will be not be covered by clothing. Ask yourself, “Will my face, ears, arms, or hands be covered by clothing?” If not, apply sunscreen.

To be sure you use enough, follow this guideline:

  • One ounce, enough to fill a shot glass, is considered the amount needed to cover the exposed areas of the body. Adjust the amount of sunscreen applied depending on your body size.

  • Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen.3

  • Apply the sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes BEFORE going outdoors.

  • Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.

  • Re-apply sunscreen approximately every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily according to the directions on the bottle.

The FDA released sunscreen guidelines. How will these affect my sunscreen?

By the end of summer, you’ll begin to see several changes to sunscreen labels. These changes, which are required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will provide you with more information about what type of UV protection a sunscreen offers, and what a sunscreen can do.

On the label, you’ll see whether the sunscreen:

Protects against UVB and/or UVA rays.

  • Reduces the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging in addition to helping prevent sunburn, or just protects against sunburn alone.

  • In order to reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging, the sunscreen must offer two things: broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays) and an SPF of 15 or higher. Without both, the sunscreen only helps prevent sunburn.

  • Is water-resistant up to 40 or 80 minutes

  • Sunscreen manufacturers will no longer claim that a sunscreen  is “waterproof” or “sweat proof.” This is not possible because all sunscreen eventually washes off.

Can I use the sunscreen I bought last summer, or do I need to purchase a new bottle each year? Does it lose its strength?

Dermatologists recommend using sunscreen every day, not just during the summer. If you are using sunscreen every day and in the correct amount, a bottle should not last long. If you find a bottle of sunscreen that you have not used for some time, here are some guidelines you can follow:

  • The FDA requires that all sunscreens retain their original strength for at least three years.

  • Some sunscreens include an expiration date. If the expiration date has passed, throw out the sunscreen.

  • You also can look for visible signs that the sunscreen may no longer be good.  Any obvious changes in the color or consistency of the product mean it’s time to purchase a new bottle.  

Topics: Skin Care, sunscreen

Neck Lipo with ThermiTight for Skin Tightening

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jun 11, 2017 5:01:00 PM

When people come to us for Neck Rejuvenation - they are usually looking to remove fat from under the chin, tighten loose skin under the neck - or both. 

Now using a combination of ThermiTight and Liposuction Dr. Brian Kerr can achieve amazing neck fat removal and skin tightening in just one treatment. 

The combination of both treatments can provide immediate results that improve overtime. ThermiTight is radio frequency skin tightening that is delivered through a tiny probe under the skin after the liposuction procedure.

The total treatment time is about 2-3 hours and most patients return to work within a few days. Compression garments are worn for the first few days to help with healing and skin tightening. 

Here is one of Dr. Kerr's most recent ThermiTight and Neck Lipo before and after results.

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Topics: laser liposuction, thermitight