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5 Tips to Minimize Post-op Scarring

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Dec 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Minimizing Scars Blog

A big concern for many patients when getting surgery is scarring. More specifically, how noticeable the scarring will be. It’s inevitable that with incisions there will be scars. Doctors can be strategic with the placement, size, and type of incisions made to help hide potential scarring, but how your scars heal is mainly determined by how you care for them. Good post-op care is crucial to achieve thin, flat and faded scars. While we can’t promise your scars won’t be visible, we can give you our 5 tips that can help minimize the appearance of scarring after surgery. 

  1. Avoid exposure to sunlight: Exposure to the sun's UV rays has the potential to cause hyperpigmentation on your scar, which can alter your scar’s appearance. To avoid this, always apply sunscreen, especially when direct sunlight to your scar can’t be avoided.
  2. Avoid smoking and alcohol: Nicotine reduces blood flow which in return delays or prolongs healing. Alcohol dehydrates the body, which can affect your overall health. Both affect the health of your body, and when your body isn’t healthy the healing process can lengthen.
  3. Massage your scar: A few weeks after your surgery begin massaging your incisions and the surrounding area to reduce inflammation, and even out any lumps or bumps under the skin that may cause poor scar healing.
  4. Apply Silicone: Silicone gel or sheets applied to scars has been found to increase hydration, normalize collagen production, and reduce hypertrophic scarring (thick pink scars). 
  5. Avoid Tension: Moving, lifting, or stretching in ways that put added tension and stress on your healing scars can widen and thicken the appearance of the scar, and in some instances can prolong healing. 

Along with these tips, following the wound care instructions provided by your doctor will help ensure proper healing. Once the incisions have healed it can take months to years for the scars to fade. They won't be completely gone, but they can be less noticeable.

For some patients, genetics can play a part in how your scars heal. Be sure to address any concerns you may have with your doctor. If you are interested in one of our cosmetic surgery procedures, take the first step and schedule a consultation by calling us at 208-939-3110 or visiting us online.

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Topics: cosmetic surgery, Scar Treatment

5 Tips for Keeping Your Skin Healthy This Winter

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Nov 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Winter Skincare

The winter months can do a number on your skin. That’s why it’s so important to give your skin the proper care it needs to keep it hydrated, glowing, and looking its best. Below are our 5 top tips for preparing your skin for the winter:

  1. Stay hydrated. Hydration is key in the colder months so making sure you drink lots of water is important. Hydrating your body from the inside allows your skin on the outside to stay hydrated as well. Our aestheticians also suggest doing a hydrating mask once a week, like the Epionce Enriched Firming Mask, to help keep dry skin away.
  2. Wear sunscreen. Though the sun may not be out as much as the summer months, you are still at risk of sun damage. Not only is the ozone layer thinner in the winter, but snow and ice reflect sunlight, intensifying the sun's UV rays and damaging your skin. Wearing sunscreen year round, and especially during the winter, can help protect your skin.
  3. Moisturize. The cold, dry air can make your skin extra sensitive during colder months. Investing in a good moisturizer can help prevent red, itchy, or dry skin. Along with a good face moisturizer, applying lotion to the rest of your body (especially your hands) and wearing chapstick can help prevent dry, cracked skin in other areas too. 
  4. Nourish your body. Eating the right foods helps provide your body with essential vitamins and nutrients to help you achieve supple, clear, glowing skin. Healthy fats, antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, and maintaining an overall healthy diet can help prepare your skin for the harsh winter months.
  5. Try out a new treatment. Sometimes our skin needs a little help and that’s okay! We offer a wide variety of treatments that can help you achieve your skin goals. Wondering which treatments are best for the winter? Try a laser treatment or a hydrating oxygeneo.

For personalized skin care advice to help you take care of your skin this winter, click here to schedule VISIA Skin Analysis with one of our medical aestheticians or give us a call at 208-939-3110.

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Revamp Your Skin With ResurFX

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Nov 4, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Do acne scars continue to bother you? Is your skin looking dull and discoloration a problem? ResurFX might be the solution for you. ResurFX is a non-ablative fractional laser that stimulates collagen production, tightens and retextures the skin.

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This state-of-the-art skin resurfacing treatment uses non-ablative technology which means it does not destroy or ablate the skin cells. The use of a fractional laser makes it so that only a small percentage of the skin is affected. Over time, each ResurFX laser treatment works gently to make natural improvements to the skin. In comparison to the CO2 laser treatment, ResurFX has little downtime, is more gentle, and takes just one pass of the laser.

ResurFX treats:

  • Skin Discoloration
  • Improves Texture/Tone
  • Increases Collagen
  • Reduces Stretch Marks
  • Improves Acne Scars
  • Improves the Appearance of Wrinkles

The ResurFX laser works by targeting the deep layers of the dermis with heat—stimulating collagen production. Treatments take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Some patients experience mild discomfort so a topical cream is used for numbing the treated area. For most patients, 3 to 5 treatments are required to achieve desired results. It’s important to continue to avoid direct sunlight and to continue to wear sunscreen to protect your skin following your treatment. The results? Brighter, more youthful looking skin.

Want to know how ResurFX can transform your skin? Book a consultation and VISIA Skin Analysis with one of our skilled aestheticians today to see if ResurFX is right for you!

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Do Breast Implants Need To Be Replaced?

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Oct 21, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Breast augmentation can be a great way for women who are small-chested, or who have previously breastfed, to improve the shape, fullness, size and appearance of their breasts. With different implant sizes and materials, there is bound to be an option for everyone. The big question for many patients when deciding to get implants is “How long do they last?” If this is something you’ve wondered then you are in the right place.

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In the past, implants had to be replaced every ten years due to things like typical wear, rupture, or leaking. With advancements in the quality of implants, they now last forever! Breast augmentation is now a one and done treatment, as long as no issues arise with your implants indicating that reoperation is necessary.

Dr. Nealy recommends routine annual mammograms and frequent self-checks to ensure the implants are still intact. In addition, he recommends patients who have received a breast augmentation get an MRI every three years to evaluate the implant for signs of rupture. Because of the improved quality of current implants, it is nearly impossible to tell if they have ruptured in a physical exam alone.

If you have received breast implants in the past, and are unsure if your implants will need to be replaced, it’s important to check with your provider. Older implants often are replaced every ten years. At Silk Touch, we offer implant removal and replacement for patients who previously received implants.

For those of you who are interested in breast augmentation surgery or are wanting more information on the procedure, be sure to give us a call at 208-939-3110 to schedule a consultation!

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This Treatment Will Help Restore Your Hair After Hair Loss

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Oct 7, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Hair loss in men and women is more common than you think. Millions of people struggle with hair loss at some point in their life, whether it be due to aging or other factors. We understand that for some, a full head of hair can help them feel confident and attractive. That’s why NeoGraft hair transplant can be such a great option!

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NeoGraft is a gentle hair transplant treatment that is known to be one of the least invasive of the hair transplant treatments. The best part about it is you get natural-looking results! At Silk Touch we use the FUE method of hair transplant which uses the NeoGraft automated hair transplantation device to remove individual follicles of hair from the scalp and place them in areas where balding is occurring.

Within the first 2-3 weeks you can expect all of the transplanted hair to fall out, but this doesn’t mean the procedure wasn’t successful. This is simply the follicles’ reaction to the trauma of being transplanted. About 80% of the transferred follicles will survive after the NeoGraft procedure. The hair follicles then settle in and return to the anagen (growth) phase in 3-4 months, producing new hair and returning fullness to the transplanted area. 

For those of you who struggle with hair loss, look no further than NeoGraft at Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa. We will happily meet with you for a consultation to discuss your questions and concerns and see if NeoGraft is a fit for you. Give us a call at 208-939-3110 to get scheduled.

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The Double Chin Debate: Liposuction or Kybella?

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Sep 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Exercise and a healthy diet can do wonders for the body, but sometimes certain areas of stubborn fat are hard to get rid of. One area, in particular, being the submental fat under the chin, often referred to as the “double-chin.” At Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa we offer two different procedures to help target the unwanted fat in this area to help you look and feel your best. These two procedures are Liposuction and Kybella.

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Neck Liposuction

At Silk Touch, we use Power-Assisted Liposuction (PAL) for our neck liposuction procedure. This is done by using a cannula with a vibrating tip that is able to break down fat into smaller pieces, making it easier and more convenient to remove with suction. The key to our success is the use of a small cannula to facilitate sculpting and diminish the potential for tunneling and contour irregularities. In individuals who have laxity, we also do ThermiTight, which uses radio frequency energy to stimulate skin tightening and thickening. Neck lipo can be performed within a couple of hours and only requires a local anesthetic. Recovery time can take a few weeks, but patients may return to normal activities within a few days. Many patients see results almost immediately, though final results may take 3 to 6 months to be seen. 

Kybella

Kybella is the only FDA approved injectable to get rid of fat and improve the appearance of submental fullness. Since this treatment is non-surgical, there is minimal to no downtime. Kybella is a formulation of deoxycholic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body. This substance helps break down and absorb dietary fat when synthesized. The treatment itself is relatively fast—between 15 to 20 minutes—but multiple treatments can be required. Slight swelling can last anywhere between 4 to 7 days after each Kybella injection.

Which Treatment is Right For You?

Both Neck Lipo and Kybella can be great options for individuals looking to treat that stubborn neck fat. When deciding which treatment is best for you, it comes down to personal preference and what the doctor suggests. We require all patients to schedule a complimentary consultation. This consultation allows us to decide what the best treatment plan is for you.

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Topics: liposuction boise, liposuction, Kybella

Am I a Candidate For a Tummy Tuck?

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Sep 2, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Have you heard that we are now offering tummy tucks with Dr. Nealy? You may be interested in tummy tuck surgery, but are nervous if you should do it. We get it. Tummy tucks are invasive surgeries, and you want to be sure it’s right for you before committing.

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A tummy tuck, or abdominoplasty, is a cosmetic surgery that helps to improve the appearance of the abdomen. Not only does this procedure help get rid of unwanted fat, but it also removes excess skin, and strengthens weak or separated abdominal muscles as well.

Who is a Candidate for a Tummy Tuck

Patients who are the best candidates for a tummy tuck are those who are looking to get rid of excess abdominal skin after pregnancy or weight loss. Dr. Nealy is able to combine tummy tuck techniques to erase fat that is resistant to exercise and dieting. This procedure is also best suited for patients who:

  • Are done being pregnant
  • Have realistic expectations for results
  • Are in good health and don’t smoke
  • Are committed to living a healthy lifestyle
  • Have realistic expectations for recovery

Tummy Tucks at Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery & Medspa

Dr. Nealy’s advanced training and unmatched artistry help him to deliver the best aesthetic results to his patients. He prefers to use a technique called lipoabdominoplasty which combines liposuction with tummy tuck surgery on the abdomen. This technique provides improved contour and impressive results, with less downtime.

To find out if you are a candidate for tummy tuck surgery, call us at 208-939-3110 or visit us online to schedule your complimentary consultation

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How to Prepare For Your Breast Augmentation Consultation

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Aug 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Are you wanting to get a breast augmentation? The first step is scheduling your consultation. Your consultation is important to be able to help you and the doctor get on the same page with your goals as well as discuss the options you have with the surgery. Below are some things you can do prior to your consultation to help you come more prepared.

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Learn about the different implant options

Everyone has different goals for their breast size and appearance which makes it important to offer different options for breast implants. Implants differ in size, shape, texture and material. Though we do not offer textured implants, we do use smooth implants that are either silicone or saline.

Know your goal breast size

Before coming in for your consultation you should have a general idea of what breast size you are wanting. Finding pictures of what you want as reference may be beneficial to you. Standard breast sizing in retail goes by cup size (a, b, c, d, etc.) however, implant size is measured in cubic centimeters, or cc’s. It is important that you wear/bring a sports bra and light colored shirt to your consultation. In order to determine the right breast size for you, you will need to try on breast sizers. A regular bra is not ideal to try on the sizers and a light shirt makes them easier to see when testing them out.

Make a list of questions you may have for the doctor

Having a list of questions prepared ahead of time can help you make sure you get all of the information you need to make a decision. For ideas on what to ask, check out our blog “10 Questions to ask during your cosmetic surgery consultation.”

Do your research on the procedure

During your consultation an explanation of the procedure will be given, but it is important to have a general knowledge before your consultation. Different things the doctor will consider include types of implants, if a breast lift is needed with the augmentation, if a breast reduction is needed, nipple placement, incision site and more. An information packet is given to the patient to take home after the consultation that reiterates what was previously discussed, as well as gives some details on pre- and post-op care.

Other things to note

When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Nealy you can expect him to perform a full breast assessment for measurements and to ensure the health of the tissue inside the breast. This is done with a female assistant present in the room to ensure safety of both the patient and the doctor.

After your assessment you can be given quotes for the different options discussed in the consultation. If a patient is interested in talking about scheduling or payment options at the time of the consultation, that can be done. However, patients are always allowed their time to think things over and decide at a later date. Quotes are generally good for one year as long as the health history of the patient has not changed.

If you are ready to start your breast transformation call us at 208-939-3110 or visit our website to book your complimentary consultation.

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Why the Buzz About Dermaplaning?

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Aug 5, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Whether you heard about it through social media or a friend, dermaplaning has taken the beauty world by storm. But why is it so great, and why are so many people talking about it? The buzz is for good reason and we are here to tell you why.

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Dermaplaning is a cosmetic treatment done with an exfoliating blade to remove peach fuzz and dead skin cells. It leaves the skin soft, smooth and better for makeup application. It is safe for most skin types and the treatment isn’t painful. Because the dermaplaning treatment is non-invasive and has no downtime, it is very popular! 

How does Dermaplaning work?

How the treatment works is a medical grade surgical blade is used at a 45 degree angle in small strokes to remove the top layer of skin and any facial hair. The results are smoother and brighter skin that allows products to penetrate deeper and makeup to look flawless. Along with that, dermaplaning also helps reduce the appearance of acne scars. Who doesn’t want that?

At Silk Touch, our signature dermaplaning treatment comes with a chemical peel application immediately following your treatment for additional rejuvenation. 

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Are you ready to try dermaplaning for yourself? Request an appointment with one of our skilled aestheticians today!

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4 Reasons Why You Should Be Wearing Sunscreen Daily

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Jul 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM

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We’re sure you’ve heard it hundreds of times, but wearing sunscreen every day is so important for the health of your skin. Have you ever stopped and wondered why? We are here to give you the inside scoop. Below are 4 reasons why sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine.

  • Protects Against UV Rays

The sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays can be extremely damaging to your skin. Increased exposure to both UVA and UVB rays is what damages skin cells. Sunscreen, when reapplied throughout the day, acts as a barrier against those harmful rays.

  • Reduces the Risk of Skin Cancer

A common cause of skin cancer is exposure to UV rays. It is recommended that you wear a minimum of SPF 15 daily, apply about 30 minutes before going outside, and reapply every two hours during exposure to the sun.

  • Keeps Skin Looking Youthful

Exposure to the UV rays can also cause wrinkles, sun spots, and leathery skin. These signs of sun damage can give the appearance of premature aging. Those who consistently wear sunscreen can prevent this and help maintain more youthful looking skin.

  • Helps Maintain a More Even Skin Tone

UV rays can cause hyperpigmentation, discoloration, and a change in skin texture. By using sunscreen you are preventing this and maintaining a more even skin tone.

You may think that sunscreen is only for the warmer months, but UV radiation still reaches the Earth on cloudy or colder days. With this in mind, it is important to wear sunscreen year round for the best protection.

Start giving your skin the love and care it needs by booking a complementary VISIA Skin Analysis with one of our medical aestheticians. They will be able to help provide recommendations to skincare treatments and products, including sunscreen, that will best help you accomplish your skin goals. Call us at 208-939-3110 to book yours today!

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