Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

Seeing Spots? Our New M22 Laser Erases Spots & Dark Pigmentation.

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Sep 24, 2019 7:59:00 PM

Seeing spots? Most likely you can blame you can blame the sun & good ol' aging process for spots on the face, chest & arms. However, irregular pigmentation can be a sign of a few different skin conditions. Pigmentation on the face can be from age & sun spots, but it can also a symptom of Melasma, Rosacea, Birth marks etc.

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If you suffer from pigmentation - our new M22 Laser has 4 different modalities that can help erase dark spots, sun spots, freckles, melasma - on a large variety of skin types. Melasma suffers can now receive this laser treatment without a chance of darkening the patches. The M22 combined with a peel/product regimen is a miracle worker on Melasma, which is one of the hardest conditions to treat.

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Read more about the M22 Here.

What To Expect 

To get started, we first need to determine what type of pigmentation you have - so we can diagnose a proper treatment. We offer free consultations & digital skin analysis with our medical aestheticians. During your free consultation we can prescribe treatments, go over options, budget & financing plans, as well as discuss any questions you have about your skin & our treatments. Think of us as your new beauty BFF. 

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Topics: skin treatments

Why Everyone's Talking About PRP

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Sep 16, 2019 9:26:00 AM

 

PRP is the latest buzzworthy beauty treatment - and it's all over social media. The Kardashian's love it, Angelina Jolie can't stop talking about it and bloggers everywhere are singing its praises. So what's the big deal?

PRP stands for Platelet Rich Plasma, and when it comes to anti-aging benefits, you can think of it as liquid gold. Like many aesthetic treatments - PRP was first used in the medical community. It is found in our blood, and the healing properties originated from research in wound healing and orthopedic research.

The treatment involves a technician drawing about 10mL of blood, centrifuging it to concentrate the blood plasma (the pale-yellow liquid component of blood that normally holds the blood cells in suspension) into a gel-like substance, then using it in an aesthetic treatment. The PRP jumpstarts your body’s healing mechanisms to stimulate skin recovery. There’s virtually no chance that your body will reject or react negatively to the injection, because it immediately recognizes the substance as its own cells.

PRP can be used in several ways:

  • PRP Injections: stand-alone treatments for the face. It helps stimulates new collagen, enhances microcirculation and regrowth of new healthy skin. The growth factors start working immediately, and the injected platelets are activated and release additional growth factors that accelerates the desired effects. It can take a few weeks to months to start seeing results, but they are extremely natural looking.
  • PRP with Injectable Fillers: This is one of the most popular methods, combining the volume replacement of injectable fillers with the skin-enhancing qualities of PRP. By directly injecting the PRP with the fillers, the full benefit of the PRP is delivered directly where it produces the maximal benefits.
  • PRP + Microneedling: also known as collagen induction therapy, or a Vampire facial, microneedling is a minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedure using a device that contains fine needles. The SkinPen is programmable to puncture the skin thousands of times per minute in a highly controlled fashion – each puncture creates a micro channel that triggers the body to produce collagen and elastin to fill the channels.
  • PRP + Hair Restoration - PRP can also be injected into the scalp to help thicken the hair and repair the hair's natural growth process. It is also used during our NeoGraft Hair Restoration surgery cases. 

Scientific studies dating back three decades have documented that PRP stimulates new collagen growth and can soften or even eliminate the visible effects of sun damage and aging in your skin. Wrinkles are diminished, scarring minimized, hollows plumped and skin texture smoothed. Most patients see an immediate improvement in their complexion and skin condition. But because the full, natural healing process takes time, results will appear gradually and progressively over a four to six week period.

Are you ready to see if PRP is the right treatment for you? Schedule a free consultation today!

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Topics: microneedling, prp

Safety of Vaginal Rejuvenation Treatments

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Aug 21, 2019 7:55:00 PM

FDA Advisory
Within recent weeks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement saying vaginal rejuvenation treatments have been cleared for destroying abnormal or precancerous cervical or vaginal tissue, as well as condylomas (genital warts) and other serious genitourinary (GU) conditions—but not for disorders and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence or sexual function. Furthermore, the Administration claims these treatments “have serious risks and don’t have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes.”

FDA commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb says he is aware of “numerous” reports of vaginal burns, scarring, pain during sexual intercourse and recurring or chronic pain following these procedures and as a result, is asking the manufacturers of the devices in question to address their concerns and reevaluate the marketing of their products.

In light of this statement, we wanted to share with you what we and other industry experts think about the warnig.

Firstly, women seek these treatments for many health and aesthetic reasons both. Vaginal dryness, inability to climax, loss of sensitivity, urinary incontinence - and the list goes on! And we know it works because our clients have shared with us and we celebrated in the success of the results they see. Lasers and Radiofrequency devices have been used for these type of treatments for years, and have a large body of evidence showing unequivocal benefit to women's health. There have been very few and rare reports of burns and complications, and none so far at Silk Touch.

Secondly, this statement lumps all vaginal rejuvenation treatments into one category. Both lasers and Radiofrequency (RF) - which are very different technologies. We offer ThermiVa, a RF device which has less complications and downtime than laser treatments.

The reason these warning letters have been sent out is these devices are not supposed to be marketed for indications they are not FDA-cleared for until they receive approval, and this is where some companies have gone awry, leading to warning letters. Just because something doesn't have FDA-clearing, doesn't mean its unsafe. It's a costly and lengthy process to get something FDA-cleared, which is why its so common to get off label treatments. (Example, Botox in crows-feet, even though its FDA cleared for forehead.)

Here's an excerpt from NewBeauty magazine where Dr. Alexiades & Dr. Canter ( industry leaders in Vaginal Rejuvenation) shares her opinion.

"....these devices do work for many people and it’s important that the FDA is finally discussing women’s health issues after all these years. “The important take home messages are that women need treatments for conditions such as pain with intercourse, urinary leakage and infections, which can result in a poor quality of life,” says Dr. Alexiades. “Approximately 50 percent of postmenopausal women suffer from these conditions, and this new generation of devices offers significant efficacy and excellent safety profiles.”

Reston, VA urogynecologist Maria Canter, MD agrees. “Although I agree with the FDA that the safety and effectiveness of a device should be established prior to it being marketed a certain way, some patients have failed multiple ‘approved’ treatment options and have had significant improvement with energy-based devices. For example, a radio-frequency device I work with, Viveve System, has studies demonstrating safety and efficacy when used to treat vaginal laxity that can lead to decreased sensation during intercourse and urinary incontinence. There is also a prospective randomized controlled trial that was blinded and demonstrated significant improvement in symptoms. This device also currently has 2 FDA IDE trials. To date, there have been no serious adverse events and the benefits have outweighed any risk.”

To wrap it up...

While any FDA warning sounds scary - this one really is more of a warning to the companies to hold off on marketing certain benefits UNTIL they get FDA approval. We stand behind our vaginal rejuvenation treatment ThermiVa, in both the safety of the device and health benefits.

ThermiVa has truly been one of the most gratifying treatments to be able to offer to our clients. It has changed the life of countless women, and even improved marriages. We can't say enough good things about this treatment!

If you would like to learn more about ThermiVa or to see if you are a candidate- visit our website here.

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Topics: ThermiVA

How Much Do Lip Fillers Cost? | Silk Touch Boise, Idaho

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jul 18, 2019 11:20:52 PM

Move over Diamonds, lip fillers are a girl's new best friend. Whatever your lip goals are - we can help! From subtle and hydrated, to a luscious pillowy pout - every lip filler treatment at Silk Touch is customized to the patient.


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How much does lip filler cost?

Because each treatment is customized to the patient, the cost varies. It depends on how much filler you need (1/2 - 2 syringes are typical for lips) and what type of filler you choose to go with. The average cost for a lip filler syringe at Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center is $550-$700.

How To Save Money on Lip Fillers

There are several ways that you can save on lip fillers! There are points programs for products like Juvederm and Restylane that give you points to use towards each appointment.

We often run monthly specials on filler. Check them out here. July special $100 off lip filler.

We also have a referral program. $20 for every friend you send our way. No limit on how many points you can save up to use!

How to get started

You can schedule a consultation with any of our expert injectors, if you would like to be injected the same day, just let us know when scheduling. During your appointment, the injector will discuss what your goals are and let you know what they recommend to best compliment your facial features.

Request an appointment here or call us at 208-939-3110

Topics: Fillers

Is it Harder for Older Moms To Get Their Pre-Baby Body Back?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 8, 2019 9:26:29 AM

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Why Older Moms Have A Harder Time Getting Their Pre-Baby Body Back and How To Combat This.

It’s no secret that as we age, it becomes more difficult to maintain our dream body. Add a pregnancy on top of aging, and it can feel like it’s nearly impossible to get your pre-baby body back. This got me wondering, why is it harder for older woman to regain their body post-pregnancy?

As discussed in a recent article on NewBeauty.com, the main thing for older patients is that the elasticity of the tissues is not as good. Because of this, the skin on the breasts and abdomen that has stretched may not snap back asynchronous as it would in a younger patient. This makes sense considering the loss of skin elasticity is what causes wrinkles and sagging skin. But elasticity isn’t the only culprit. Another effect of later pregnancies is that our metabolisms are a bit slower and muscle mass a bit less so dropping the baby weight is much tougher to accomplish.

Most people agree that “having good genes” is the best way to bounce back. But don’t lose hope, there are several ways you can give your post-baby body a fighting chance.

Apart from genetics, the next best thing is to be in the best shape you can be before your pregnancy. The more energetic, fit and vital a woman is before pregnancy, the faster she will recover and regain all that she can of her pre-pregnancy body.  After you have the okay from your doctor to start working out again after giving birth, the key is to be consistent with your workouts. Workouts that will help your body bounce back quicker include core strength, cardiovascular training and overall full body strength training.

As for your skin, try to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun because it breaks down elasticity. Additionally, practicing good skin care on your body and face can boost your elasticity.

However, even with proper exercise and healthy eating habits, it’s still pretty tough to get your body back to where you want it to be. And usually the last thing you want to after a pregnancy is to go through anything invasive and surgical. That’s where non-surgical post-pregnancy procedures like CoolsculptingVenus Freeze Skin TighteningAffirm for stretch-mark reduction, and Acne/Skin Treatments, come in handy.

Each of these treatments are non-invasive, and get you back to your pre-baby body in no time, with ZERO downtime! Want to learn more about these procedures? Ask us a question or Schedule A Free Consultation.

What's your post-pregnancy experience? Would you have a mommy makeover?

Sources:

NewBeauty.Com

Topics: skin tightening, Weight Loss, post-pregnancy

Transformation Tuesday: Smartlipo Male Chest and Abdomen

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jun 25, 2019 9:27:00 AM

This patient came to use wanting help in getting rid of the unwanted fat on his chest and abdomen. As men age and testosterone naturally decreases, it is increasingly harder to lose weight in the midsection.

The treatment:

Dr. Kerr used a combination of Smartlipo and Vaser liposuction to remove unwanted fat and sculpt the chest and abdomen to look proportionate to his physique.

Dr. Kerr was able to reduce fat the appearance of gynecomastia (the appearance of enlarged breast on men) using Smartlipo and Vaser.

This patient felt stuck at there current weight. This procedure left him with a more sculpted, well-defined manly physique. This male chest lipo procedure reduces fat and tightens skin leaving a more defined look. By helping this patient get to his goal weight, he is now able to continue to workout and tone his new body! Downtime was about 2 days and the patient was back to work. 

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Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday

Ankle Liposuction with Smart Lipo and Vaser Lipo | Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 24, 2019 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: 

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

Transformation Tuesday: Smartlipo Neck

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 13, 2019 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

5 Laser Hair Removal Myths

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 9, 2019 12:48:00 PM

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Laser Hair Removal (LHR) has now become a common every day word.  20 years ago, back in 1999 when Silk Touch first introduced Laser Hair Removal, we were met with skepticism and disbelief.  "You mean you can really get rid of hair permanently?"

The answer to that question is a resounding YES.  Laser Hair Removal works. Thousands of clients have had the satisfaction of never having to shave again.
With that being said, there are some things we need to clear up.  Here are 5 Myths about Laser Hair Removal:  

Myth #1:  Laser Hair Removal is completely permanent, FOREVER.

Answer:  Yes and No.  The FDA prohibits the advertisement of FDA-approved laser treatments to be described as a method of “permanent hair removal”. Hence, use of the term “permanent hair reduction” is used to describe the procedure.  In reality, many clients never have to shave again in certain areas of the body.  I had LHR 12 years ago on my legs, bikini line and underarms.  I DO not have to shave my underarms or bikini line, but there are finer blond leg left over from treatment years ago that I have to shave every few months.  

Myth #2: All Hair types can be treated.

Answer:  No, not as effectively as dark haired individuals.  Today, most lasers target Melanin. Melanin gives colour to both hair and skin. Since the dark matter in hair follicles are the target, this procedure is best suited for dark haired individuals. 

Myth #3:  Laser Hair Removal is painless.

Answer:  We all wish that were the case, but the fact is....even with lasers that add coolant or gel, it can be a little uncomfortable.  Look for a doctor who provides a topical anesthetic in additon to the coolant that the laser provides.  A machine called a Zimmer can help to cool the area and make this treatment much more comfortable.

We offer both numbing cream, and the Zimmer machine to make your treatment as comfortable as possible. Our most common comment from out patients “I was so surprised how much that DIDN’T hurt. You guys were fast!”

Myth #4:  Once gone, my hair will never grow back. 

Answer:  For many, the hair never grows back.  Hair on the face (especially for women) can grow back or be difficult to get rid of in the first place.  Hormones, heredity and other factors can play a role in the permanent reduction of hair.  Hair treated with the laser will often grow back lighter, finer, and more sparse.  LHR treatments can delay growth.  Many clients need maintenance treatments on their face every year or two to keep hair at bay.  This can still be a much better option than the cost of waxing every few weeks.

Touch-ups if needed, are always offered at a much lower price. 

Myth #5:  Laser Hair Removal is expensive.

Answer:  Compared to what?  Shaving everyday?  Buying new razors & shaving cream every month? Waxing?  Over time, Laser Hair Removal is much more cost effective than other procedures.  Your time alone is worth something.  If you shaved 10 min. a day (that's pretty conservative) for 10 years you will have spent 304 hours shaving!  And that doesn't count the cost of razors, shaving cream or the price of waxing. Treatments can start at $50 an area to several hundred for larger areas. 

Just take a look at the infographic below to see how much you could save in a lifetime.

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Right now save 50% on any Bikini or Underarm Laser Hair Package - Click for details!


  

Topics: Laser Hair Removal

How To Tell If You Are A Kybella Candidate

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Apr 2, 2019 2:31:00 PM

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

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 a few years now and we can't get enough of this product! Not only can you use Kybella under your chin and in your jawline - but you can also use it on other areas of the body such as bra fat and banana rolls. 

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