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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

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

Tone Your Arms For Summer with LipoSculpture

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Feb 15, 2019 2:43:00 PM

Many people try for months or even years to get more toned and contoured arms - but still the fat won't budge. Even people who are working out and doing everything possible to shape the arms can sometimes fail to get the results they want. Blame stubborn fat or even bad genetics - sometimes working out just won't get you the desired results you want. Unfortunately, some fat is just diet and exercise resistant.

Fortunately, Arm LipoSculpture or Arm Liposuction can help you get that toned, contoured look of well-shaped arms. It can remove the fat that is not responding to other methods. Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center has performed hundreds of arm liposuction procedures with amazing results. 

Arm Liposuction can:

- Get rid of fat under the arms

- Shape the upper or lower arms to look more toned and defined

- Help with excess skin and fat

- Get rid of arm fat behind the armpits and bra area

- Get rid of fat deposits located on the chest "bra fat"

Arm Liposuction is a one-day procedure that takes less than a few hours. Most patients are back to work in just a few days, and garments are worn for a limited amount of time to help with the healing process and further toning the arms. If loose skin is also an issue, arm liposuction can be paired with skin tightening treatments such as ThermiTight (which can be done on the same day) or a series of Non-Surgical Venus Freeze Skin Tightening Treatments post-procedure. 

Who is a Good Candidate for Arm Liposuction?

If you have fat you can pinch on your arms or bra area - then most likely you are a candidate. While arm liposuction is permanent, fat can return if you continue gaining weight. 

Are you a candidate? Schedule Your Free Consultation at Silk Touch Med Spa. During this free consultation we can go over your goals, give you an exact price for how much your treatment will cost, financing options and any other questions  you may have about the procedure. 

SEE OUR CURRENT LIPOSUCTION SPECIALS HERE. 

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Topics: liposuction, Smartlipo Arms

Transformation Tuesday: Thigh Liposuction

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Feb 5, 2019 2:18:00 PM

Thighs can be one of the toughest areas to slim down, especially after losing a substantial amount of weight. Like many lipo cases, this patient came to us wanting to slim her inner and outer thighs.  She was tired of the rubbing in between the inner thighs – and was ready for her pants to fit perfectly on both her waist and thighs.  Living with a pear shape since a young age, she was ready for a change.

Treatment: Smartlipo + Vaser Liposuction for Thighs

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Dr. Kerr used liposculpture to reshape the inner and outer thighs. This unique approach smooths out legs by removing fat – giving an over all shapelier, firmer and younger looking legs. This non-invasive liposuction can also help diminish the appearance of cellulite. When both inner and outer thighs are treated, Dr. Kerr can address the fullness under the buttocks to create not only attractive legs, but also improving the look of the buttocks. 

 

Liposuction for the inner or outer thighs is a quick in-office procedure, with minimal downtime.  Most patients return to normal activity within 3 days.

The end result? Less jiggle, better-fitting clothes, and firmer thighs.

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Topics: smartlipo, Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday

New Uses For PDO Threads

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jan 31, 2019 9:45:46 PM


We love PDO threads in the face. They can provide a subtle lift to the lower face to reduce jowls and smile lines. They provide lift to the cheeks, reduce wrinkles above the brows and even add more definition to your lips.

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As PDO thread technology advances, we are learning even more exciting ways to use these collagen stimulating threads. Popular areas include the area under
st popular below-the-face requests include the area under the chin, which can be tightened with the suture technology, and the neck, which can be lifted.

Injectors and Doctors are also starting to use threads to subtle lift lax breasts as well as skin above the knees and on the upper arms. Because these threads increase collagen production, it can be a great alternative for tightening on the arms and knees (for the right patient).

Not everyone's skin or beauty goals make them the right candidate for this treatment. It is important to go to a Doctor experienced in thread lifts, as this is an advanced treatment which potential side effects when inserted improperly.

Want to learn more about PDO threads? Visit our website page here.

Ready to get started? Request a complimentary consultation today.

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Topics: pdo threads

Will Botox Make My Wrinkles Worse?

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jan 22, 2019 2:16:00 PM

Wrinkle relaxers like Botox, Dysport and Xeomin are the most popular treatment choices for those looking to reduce wrinkles and keep a smooth forehead. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths about this product. One concern or questions patients may have is - Will Botox make my wrinkles worse if I choose to stop treatments?

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Will Botox Make My Wrinkles Worse?

Botox or any neurotoxin will not make your wrinkle worse should you choose to stop treatments. Your features will return to exactly how they were before starting Botox treatments, and the natural aging process will continue from there. Movement will also return to normal.

Botox treatments need to be repeated ever 3 months to maintain optimal results. Is your wrinkle relaxer not lasting like it used to? Talk to your provider about what your proper dosage is for maintaing results as long as possible. 

Ready to get started with Botox? Our expert injectors are among the top providers of Botox in the northwest, injecting more fillers & neurotoxins than anyone in the state of Idaho! In the hands of experts, you'll never leave looking phony or fake.

Schedule your free consultation today! 

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Topics: Botox, BotoxBoiseidaho

The Best Treatment for Skin Tightening on Your Arms

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jan 2, 2019 8:02:00 PM

Are you noticing wrinkly or loose skin under your arms or near your elbows? Why does it seem like the underside of our arms gets saggier/creepier skin than the rest of our skin? For women, one reason why it’s so apparent on the undersides of the arms is because of the hormonal changes after menopause. A drop in estrogen leads to less collagen production - which then thins the skin. Also if you have lost weight in your arms recently, thin skin becomes more noticeable in addition to laxity. 

At Silk Touch, we have a few skin tightening treatments from lasers to surgical. However our favorite treatment for the area under the arms is ThermiTight. Thermight helps tighten the skin and incite new collagen growth. ThermiTight is an injectable RF treatment. During a minimally invasive procedure (often paired with arm lipo) radio frequency energy is delivered under the skin through tiny probes (you're numbed so you don't feel anything). 

The treatment takes a few months to see full results as it has to jump start your collagen production first. Only one treatment is needed for optimal results. 

Thermitight pairs great with liposuction as it can be done during the same procedure without adding a lot of time to your procedure, and no additional recovery time.

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Ready to get started with your transformation? To schedule a complimentary consultation click "schedule" below or call us at 208-939-3110. 

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Our promise: Unmatched results & experience you can trust. Dr. Brian Kerr is Idaho's liposuction expert. With clients from around the world, Dr. Kerr has performed hundreds of liposuction procedures in his 19 years of practicing aesthetic 

 

Topics: liposuction, thermitight