Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Blog- Boise

How To Shrink Your Pores

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 11, 2014 3:10:00 PM

pores on faceMinimize The Look Of Pores

While pore size is not always the biggest area of concern when it comes to skin care, we have seen an increase in patients who want to “make my pores look smaller.” 

What makes pores look bigger?

Genetics determine pore size, as do skin type and age. If your skin is oily, and that oil gets trapped inside the pores, it oxidizes and turns dark. Overtime, especially if you’ve had a lot of sun exposure in the past – you start to lose the collagen and elastin that support the pores. They begin to stretch and sag around the edges, which can make them look bigger.

While you can’t shrink our pores with any permanency, the right skin-care products and treatments can help keep the skin clear and tight – making them less noticeable. 

Ways to make pores look smaller

Before cleansing the skin, make sure to exfoliate.  Exfoliation is key to a clear and vibrant complexion. 

If you have tried over-the-counter products and still aren’t seeing any results – it may be time for a visit to your aesthetician. When a patient’s pores are very clogged with blackheads and whiteheads – they can make the pores a lot more apparent.


Prescription retinoid creams exfoliate pores and flush them of oil and build-up, which makes pores appear smaller. Retinol is FDA approved to protect against signs of photoaging, which contributes to the dilation of pores over time – it’s like killing two birds with one stone.


A round of treatments is often the answer for those whose pores are so severely clogged that even prescriptions don’t help. For some, lasers and peels are most effective at minimizing pores.

IPL (Intense pulse light therapy) can make pores look smaller. The lights reach deep into the skin and stimulates collagen production.  With IPL they are able to penetrate deep enough into the layers of the skin without harming the surface layers. IPL takes about 30 minutes and there is little to no downtime involved.

Chemical Peels. Another great way to minimize pores is with peels. Peels are one the best ways to exfoliate the skin, and you’ll see your pores shrink right away in addition to many other benefits. Depending on the type of peel your aesthetician recommends – peels can help with acne, complexion and texture issues as well as overall anti-aging affects.

Can you get rid of pores completely?

Pores are a vital part of the skin, and getting rid of them completely is impossible.  However, with the right skin care routine, you can minimize the appearance of pores dramatically.

In need of a new skin care routine? Come visit us for a complimentary Visia Skin Analysis. Our aestheticians can meet with you to develop a customized skin care plan that’s right for you and your wallet!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Chemical Peels, IPL

The #1 Way You Are Aging Your Skin

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jul 2, 2014 2:06:00 PM

silk touchWhile no one can stop aging, we can slow down the aging process by taking care of our skin through maintenance and preventative measures. One particular preventative measure is the most important, but also the most neglected..

The No. 1 way you’re aging your skin? You may have guessed it already…. Not wearing enough sunscreen daily.

The sun is the primary cause of skin aging. The sun can reach you on cloudy, rainy, or snowy days as well. Skin-damaging UV rays can penetrate through glass, so you need to apply sun protection even indoors.

We are passionate about getting every single person who walks through our door to add sunscreen to their daily routine. Which is why we carry a ton of various types of Sunscreen, for every skin type and individual concern.


Jane Iredale Powder Me SPF

I love this sunscreen. Don’t want to add another lotion underneath all of your products? This SPF comes in powder form (tan, golden & translucent) and is great for putting on underneath your makeup, in your hairline, and other areas where you rather skip adding lotion. 

Revision Intellishade - Tinted SPF 45

This is one of our top selling products here at Silk Touch, and is my must-have summer obsession.  Do you love a quick skin care routine in the summer? So do I!

Revision Skincare Intellishade Tinted Moisturizer SPF 45 is a 4-in-1 product for all skin types. Along with broad spectrum protection against UV rays, this item also works as your moisturizer, anti-aging product and foundation makeup. The medium-coverage formula of this sunscreen moisturizer hides the appearance of discoloration, redness and dark spots for a more even tone. This product also contains anti-aging ingredients that minimize fine lines and wrinkles for a smooth texture and youthful look. 

I use this beauty tool to create a flawless complexion in a flash.

Epionce Sunscreen 

This sunscreen is great for body and face and comes in SPF 30+ and SPF 50+. This is a light, quick absorbing broad-spectrum sheer lotion, that effectively protects the skin from damaging UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) radiation. This potent lotion prevents inflammation, reduces signs of aging, and minimizes the risk of skin cancer. Yet, it's free of irritants and sensitizers so you can use it everyday as your final phase in maintaining skin health.

Skin Medica TNS Moisturizing SPF

Do you love your other TNS products? Get it in your sunscreen too! This daily moisturizer offers the ultimate combination of hydration and anti-aging protection. enriched with the patented growth factor blend TNS®, and antioxidants, this formula guards against the destructive effects of free radical damage while also providing full-spectrum protection from uva/uvb rays.

Silk Touch Rx SPF 30 with Antioxidants

This is a great antioxidant sunscreen, that contains Vitamin C & E. This is our heavy hitter of sunscreens, and is great for those who have sun-sensitive skin conditions such as Melasma. This product is fragrance free and preservative free. This sunscreen feels very glossy, and works as a primer under your foundation.


Topics: Anti Aging, sunscreen

Botox: Everything You've Always Wanted To Know

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 29, 2014 1:04:00 PM

botox boiseEverything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Botox

What is Botox®?

“Botulium Toxin” or BOTOX® is a nerve impulse blocker. It is used to cosmetically freeze the muscles that cause unwanted wrinkles in your face giving you a younger more relaxed appearance. Deep frown lines can disappear, as well as crows feet, and forehead wrinkles. More than just smoothing out frown lines and wrinkles, BOTOX® Cosmetic injections can create a lifting effect by relaxing the muscles that pull down on the eyebrow. 

Will I look “frozen”?

When treated by an experienced injector, Botox can look very natural. However, if Botox is injected incorrectly, too much is used, or the wrong area is injected – it can leave a person looking unnatural and frozen.

That's why it's important to be treated by an experienced doctor who can properly judge the strength and size of your facial muscles and how much Botox you will need.

Does it hurt?

Like most injections, Botox can be slightly painful. Some areas are more tender than others; Especially for the treatment of medical conditions such as excessive sweating, where a larger amount of injections may be necessary. A skilled injector can help lessen the pain from Botox injections. Most patients find that Botox is a quick, easy treatment with minimal discomfort.

How long does it last?

Botox is FDA approved to last 3 months. For some it lasts a little longer, some a little less.

Does Botox have side effects?

Every drug has side effects, and Botox is no exception. Luckily, they tend to be minor and short-lived. In 1% of cases, there can be mild droopiness of the eyelid or eyebrow, which usually goes away within two weeks, and some patients experience slight bruising where the needles penetrates the skin. 

Tip: Avoid blood-thinners such as Asprin a few days prior to your treatment. This lessens the likelihood of bruising.

How much does it cost? 

Botox cost depends on the amount of units you will need to treat your desired area (forehead, frown lines, crows-feet). The typical amount of units per area is 20 units.  New to Botox and curious about how much your treatment will cost? You can request a complimentary Botox consultation prior to your treatment here.

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

What age should I start Botox?

 You don't necessarily need it before you have wrinkles that need to be relaxed. Unless you have other medical issues you are trying to treat (Botox can help with chronic migraines, TMJ, hyperhidrosis, and more) Other than that, a patient can have Botox safely whenever they are bothered by their wrinkles. Botox is one of the best tools used today to prevent aging. Many studies show Botox alone can aid greatly in preventing deep wrinkles from ever forming. There is no issue with long-term use. We have many patients in there early 20s’ that are enjoying the benefits of Botox! 

Will my friends know I’ve had Botox?

This is a question we get from a lot from people who are new to Botox. A good result will leave you looking fresher, more cheerful and even younger looking. As one of the top 1% Botox providers in the Nation, we perform over 1,000 Botox treatments a year and pride ourselves on giving our patients a natural and refreshed look. 

Topics: Botox, Anti Aging

Is Your Neck Aging You? Secrets To A Youthful Neck

Posted by Sara Barrett on Apr 11, 2014 2:40:00 PM

neck lipo boise, neck lipo before and afteerSometimes we get so caught up focusing on the wrinkles on our face, that we forget that the signs of aging might be showing on our neck and décolleté area, too. Luckily there are ways to maintain a youthful looking neck – through prevention and damage reversal treatments.

Here are the proven ways to treat or get rid of discoloration, texture problems, weight gain, loose skin and wrinkles that evolve into the much dreaded “turkey neck”.


Neck Firming Creams

Nectifirm BoiseCreams and serums can provide an anti-aging arsenal that can help prevent signs on aging, and sometimes can help in reversing wrinkles and skin laxity. While there are a lot of products out there that claim to tighten and tone the neck, our favorite product is by Revision – Nectifirm. Nectifirm is the best product for the neck. Patients notice an immediate difference in tone, texture and firmness. It’s one of our best sellers and I wouldn’t go a day without it! 

Skin Tightening

While creams can help with the signs and prevention of aging, sometimes in-office alternatives may be necessary. When it comes to skin tightening, you don’t have to go under the knife to see results. New technology such as the non-invasive VENUS FREEZE SKIN TIGHTENING can provide dramatic results with zero downtime. Venus Freeze uses radio frequency technology to firm the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

venus freeze neck


If you are looking to improve the texture on your neck and décolleté area,  you will see the best results from fractional laser treatments such as the CO2 Dot Therapy. Laser Skin Resurfacing re-texturizes the skin, leaving a new and improved appearance. It also helps with skin laxity, sun-damage and fine lines and wrinkles. This treatment is one of the most popular anti-aging treatments here at Silk Touch. While the downtime can last from 1-2 weeks, the results are phenomenal and you can see major results in just one treatment.

Non-invasive Slimming

Extra, unwanted fat on our jawline and neck can add years to our appearance. If you are looking to slim your neck – there is no better treatment then Smartlipo. This quick in-office procedure is minimally invasive with a short amount of downtime. Most people are back to work within a day or two. Smartlipo is the only way to take away fat in just 1 office visit.  Dr. Kerr specializes in Smartlipo for necks. Below is a recent patient of ours.

NeckLipo BeforeandAfter Boise Smartlipo

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Creams and serums can help ward of signs of anti-aging. It’s important not to forget our neck in our daily skin care routines.  Don’t forget to protect your neck from the sun too, especially when you driving or going to be outside for long periods of time.

Exercise can help keep the neck youthful as well. Incorporate yoga stretches that tone the muscle and tighten skin.  

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Topics: smartlipo, Anti Aging, skin tightening, CO2 fractional laser

5 Ways to Get Rid of Wrinkles - Silk Touch, Boise

Posted by Sara Barrett on Dec 31, 2013 9:38:00 AM

1. Pesky Forehead and Frown Lines

Best treatment: Botox or Dysport

These ever annoying can asily be corrected with muscle-inhibiting neurotoxins like Botox or Dysport..By limiting ovement of the muscles that cause these lines, the lines and wrinkles are softened and made less noticeable.

They key to getting the best results is to go to an injector who has a lot of experience and can give a natural look. No one wants to LOOK like they have Botox, it’s important to not get over-injected.

 2. Get Rid of Lines Around the Mouth

Co2 boiseBest Treatments: Juvederm and C02 Fractional Laser

Pursing your lips, sun exposure and smoking among others, causes tiny, yet hard-to erase lines around our lips. This area can show harsh life-style choices, and make a person look a lot older than they really are. Fillers like Juvederm can help minimize these lines, and C02 Fractional Lasers can resurface damage skin to reveal new, fresh skin. A combination of both these treatments can be extremely effective for those who have deep, etched in lip lines.




3. Protect Damage from Happening

epionce sunsceenBest Treatment: Sunscreen

Reduce the incidence of more wrinkles forming with our go-to product that everyone should be applying everyday – sunscreen. Make sure you wear SPF with with a SPF of at least 35 on a daily basis. Don’t just do this in the summer, it’s important all year round. A good SPF will block both UVA and UVB rays.


4. Reduce Heavy Folds

juvederm volumaBest Treatment: Fillers

As we age, we lose volume in our face, which can cause a deep shadowing around the mouth. It can also cause sunken eye, and jowls as the fat migrate downwards. Fillers added to the cheeks and tear troughs can make nasolabial folds less prominent by volumizing and re-inflating the skin envelope.

5. Prevent Wrinkles

Best Treatment: Retinoids

The healthier your skin is, the less apparent your fine lines and wrinkles are. Retinoids work the strengthen skin and boost in the production of collagen. The more collagen there is, the less wrinkles and lines there will be. Prescription-strength retinoids are a must-have for your daily beauty routine.



Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging

Anti-Aging Tips: 5 Ways To Look Younger

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 7, 2013 11:10:00 PM

1. Fillers and Injectables

Once you notice one wrinkle, it seems like all you can notice are wrinkles! They are one the first signs of aging, and by far the most requested aging mark to “make disappear”. To treat deep smile lines, forehead wrinkles and crowsfeet, there is nothing that makes more of an immediate difference than fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Artefill

Botox is still number one in treating forehead lines and crowsfeet. Eliminating crowsfeet can take years off your appearance!

botox crows feet 

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2. Restore Volume

As we age, our collagen production slows down significantly making our faces appear thinner, and more gaunt (on the plus side, collagen depletion shows off great bone structure). We also lose fat as we age, making us look even more gaunt. For those of us with fat that migrates downwards,  we can end up looking like we have a square face or “jowls.”

Artefill, the only long lasting filler, is the best choice on the market for replacing lost volume. Laser Skin Resurfacing treatments, using CO2 Fractional Laser, can help boost the production of collagen as well. In addition, CO2 Fractional Lasers can help improve the skin’s texture – helping to remove fine lines, tighten skin and improve complexion. 

3. Lips

Lips thin as we age. And if you smoke, your lips will age you even more through the appearance of “smokers lines” around the mouth.  Both of these problems can be easily fixed with Juvederm.

Naturally restoring the volume of lips can not only help you look younger, but can also add more symmetry to the face.

4. Chemical Peels

Ever notice how your foundation looks when it's applied to scaly, dry skin? You look older and ashier. The celebrities sheer a few years off their faces in under an hour with a professional chemical peel. Chemical peels work by removing the damaged top layers of skin.

There are different strengths of chemical peels, and which one your aesthetician reccomends will depend on the results you are trying to achieve, or the problem you are trying to fix. Chemical peels to brighten complexion are less aggressive, and typically have little to no peeling. Those are reffered to as "Glow Peels." More aggressive peels that target acne problems and texture issues are typically more aggressive, with peeling that can last for 2-3 days.

The before and after below is using one of our favorite peels of staff and clients here Silk Touch, the SkinMedica Revitalize Peel.

skin medica peel

5.  Products

A customized skin care routine is absolutely necessary for anti-aging. You should consult a professional to see what types of products should be used for your individual skin conditions, and how often they should be used. Using the wrong type of products on your skin can cause even more damage if you aren’t careful.

To keep fine lines from becoming wrinkles, many people turn to retinol creams. This miracle ingredient can help keep wrinkles from forming, clear up acne, and can make the skin appear tighter and brighter.

Request a Free Visia Skin Analyis for a customized skin care regimen.

Topics: Anti Aging

What is the Madonna Eye Treatment or "Madonna Lift"?

Posted by Sara Barrett on May 1, 2013 9:31:00 AM

What is the Madonna Eye Treatment?  

The Madonna Eye is a new type of laser resurfacing. It utilizes a fractional CO2 laser using a light setting which creates tiny microscopic channels in the tissue so that new collagen can grow in to rejuvenate the skin. The Madonna Lift improves drooping skin, wrinkles and those telltale signs of aging around the eyes. This fractional CO2 laser technology has been used to perform a host of functions, including skin resurfacing and the treatment of acne scars. Now it can give men and women a younger look by rejuvenating the skin around your eyes including the eyelids.

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What does the Madonna Eye Treatment do?  

It reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles while tightening eyelid skin.

It works by utilizing a new fractional CO2 laser technology. Laser beam-like columns are created in the skin while leaving surrounding tissue intact. These beams eradicate damaged collagen and elastic fibers so that fresh skin with renewed elasticity can grow back in its place. Because only a "fraction" of the skin is affected, healing is very quick with minimal discomfort.

How do I know if I’m a candidate?  

If you have wrinkles around the eyes, loose eyelid skin, crow’s feet, or dark circles, you are a candidate. 

Will the laser work on darker skin?  

In most cases, it works very well on darker skin. However, to be on the safe side, we do a test spot in the eyelid area first to be sure there is no change in pigmentation. 

Do I have to stay out of the sun prior to laser treatment?  

No. But one should wear a sunscreen after the Madonna Lift as is the case after any laser treatment.

How many treatments are needed?  

The number of sessions depends on the individual changes present. On average, most people need between 3-5 sessions. 

How long in between each treatment?

We usually space treatments at 2-4 week intervals 

How many days of downtime?  

Most people are a little red and puffy for 3-4 days. However, one can apply make-up right after the treatment to hide redness. 

How long will the results last?

As new collagen is produced, we expect the results to last for at least several years. But as the technology is so new, it is difficult to be sure at this point.

Are there any other treatments and/or injectables I should be using to prolong my results (such as Botox)?

Botox can be injected after the Madonna Lift to help prolong the results. Long lasting fillers like Artefill are also a great addtion to the Madonna Lift. Artefill restores volumes while the Madonna lift opens the eyes, making the entire face more rejuvinated and younger looking.

During May, buy an Artefill Kit and get the Madonna Eye Lift at no additional charge.

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Topics: Anti Aging, CO2 fractional laser

The Secret to Amazing, Flawless Skin

Posted by Susan Kerr on Feb 18, 2013 9:00:00 AM

You want amazing skin right?  So do we!  That's why a few years ago one of our aestheticians and myself flew all the way to Denver to attend a two-day conference where we were instructed by an industrial chemist who specializes in dermatology products.     

We were on a mission!  We wanted to know what the best ingredients were, why they worked and in what combination.  At Silk Touch Med Spa we have always tried to provide the very highest grade skin care products available;   Epionce, Jan Marini, Revision, etc.

But now, we wanted the best of the best, and to show our confidence in the products we've chosen, we have put our own Silk Touch name on them.   Thus, Silk Touch Rx Medicated Skin Care was born. 

Our heavy hitter is our Vitamin A product line.  Why?  Because we mix the Vitamin A right into the moisturizer at our Med Spa, thus giving you the highest potency and efficacy available.  You have to see the difference to believe it!  

The above photos are of Mariah, our medical aesthetician who started using the Silk Touch Rx Vitamin A product because of sun damage and texture issues.  Before and after photos were taken using our Visia Digital Photo Analysis.  

Another heavy hitter, is our  Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening Peel.  Melasma is very difficult to treat, but look at the photos below and see the amazing results!   

This is one of our clients who was terribly sunburned as a young girl and developed melasma.  She had done many procedures including MicrodermabrasionChemical Peels, and IPLtreatments with no success.  When we found the formulation for our skin lightening peel we called her up and said, "Let's do this for you free of charge!"  She had a few days of down time and had to use an at-home skin care system, but just a month later, Shazaam!  Look at her now!!!!!   Aren't her results amazing??? 

Click here more information on the Silk Touch Rx Skin Lightening Peel.

We offer free a VISIA SKIN Analysis ($100 value) to new patients. Call us today to schedule a free consultation. Alternatively, you can schedule online below.

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Topics: Skin Care, Anti Aging

CO2 Laser Resurfacing - Boise, ID

Posted by Sara Barrett on Jan 4, 2013 1:39:00 PM

Renew your skin in less than an hour in with Boise CO2 Laser Resurfacing. Dr. Brian Kerr of Silk Touch Med Spa wast the first to bring the Fractional CO2 Laser SmartXide DOT therapy to Idaho and we are thrilled to be ranked #1 in the service year after year.

Boise CO2 Laser Resurfacing helps reverse the appearance of aged and sun damaged skin. It also helps to:

  • Improve texture and firmness
  • Smooth wrinkles and lines
  • Reduce the appearance of acne and other scars
  • Renew your skin
  • Downtime is adjustable (Dr. Kerr or one of of certified staff members can work with you on how much laser resurfacing is needed)

At Silk Touch Med Sp and Laser Center, we use  SmartXide DOT C02 laser for our fractional laser treatments. This laser has been the #1 skin resurfacing tool for the past decade over peeling and other laser techniques, mainly due to the fact that it tighten the skin naturally, while stimulating increased collagen production. The result? Think of it like a mini face-lift without any incisions.

How Idaho Fractional Laser Resurfacing Works

With Idaho fractional laser resurfacing the laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many tiny micro beams  (DOTs!) which are separated so that when they strike the skin surface, small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser and left intact. These small areas of untreated skin promote a much more rapid recovery and healing with less risk of complications. The small areas treated by the fractional micro beams, called micro treatment zones, cause sufficient laser injury to promote new collagen production and resultant facial skin rejuvenation.

The results are phenomenal across the board. Take a look!

Idaho Laser Resurfacing

Laser Resurfacing Boise

CO2 Boise

What is a Boise CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment like?

Each CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatment begins with understanding the patient’s desires and needs. Every new patient will sit down for a free consultation with our patient care coordinator. The laser settings Dr. Kerr chooses are determined by the problem the patient wishes to emphasize. While most treatments will improve both skin color and provide skin tightening or scar improvement, Dr. Kerr has the ability to emphasize one area over another. Superficial problems like pigment disorders or mild wrinkles are treated with close DOTs. Deeper problems such as scars or deep skin creases are treated with more distance between DOTs and fewer overall DOTs, greater depth and longer times with dwell times.

Patients whose primary concern is overall skin laxity and general wrinkling are treated between the two extremes. Treatments off the face generally use similar distance between the DOTs and depth settings as the face, but dwell times approximately one half the settings of facial treatments. Upper eyelids can be done with laser eye shields in place. The area is first covered with a topical anesthetic. The topical anesthetic is allowed to stay in place for about an hour. Using the topical anesthetic allows the SmartXide DOT treatment to be done with little discomfort. Immediately after having the procedure, the area we treated will feel hot. Therefore, we cool the area down with ice and a special cooler for about 30 minutes. Altogether, you should plan on about 2 hours for your Idaho C02 Resurfacing - SmartXide DOT treatment.

Silk Touch Testimonials for Boise CO2 Laser Resurfacing

“There is not a cosmetic treatment I could find that has made me this happy! The Dot Therapy not only erased my brown spots, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles, it also significantly improved the tightness and texture of my skin. The treatment took years off my face, allowing me to go without makeup and look more youthful with an even skin tone. I have seen even more improvement as the months go by. I love it when my friends and associates comment on how great I look. I would recommend this treatment over and over again…Thank you Dr. Kerr for the wonderful treatment!”

Stephanie, Boise

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Topics: Anti Aging, skin tightening, CO2 fractional laser

Are you a candidate for Microdermabrasion?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Nov 29, 2012 11:02:00 AM

is a popular treatment and a favorite of our clients here at Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center. But even with so many people raving about their latest micro session, not everyone knows exactly what a microdermabrasion is, how it works, or the numerous ways that micros can improve your skin.

How does Microdermabrasion work?

One of the questions we receive most often is, how exactly does microdermabrasion work?

Microdermabrasion works in two ways. It works by gently exfoliating or removing the outside layers (stratum corneum) of the skin. The abrasive action of the wand gently removes the outer surface layers, allowing smoother, fresher skin to be apparent. The second way is that the vacuum action helps to stimulate microcirculation and lymphatic flow, increasing the blood supply that provides nutrients needed for skin regeneration. This helps accelerate the skins repair process and stimulates the formation of new collagen and elastin thereby improving skin texture and elasticity.

Minute aluminum oxide crystals are delivered in a controlled fashion to the top layer of the skin. The crystals are then vacuumed off, taking away dead skin cells. Some studies report that there is an increased production of collagen in the skin that helps the skin look youthful again. As well helping the face look plump and youthful.

The principle behind Microdermabrasion is the idea that if you remove the stratum corneum, the body interprets this as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This process has many beneficial effects. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin's surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin's visible imperfections, like sun damage, blemishes and fine lines, are removed. Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, treatment creams and serums are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin.

How do I know if I’m a good candidate for Microdermabrasion?

You are a good candidate for microdermabrasion if you are a healthy adult who has relatively minor skin conditions or imperfections like: superficial acne scars, brown sun spots, sun damage, large pores, and fine wrinkles, and realistic expectations about what microdermabrasion can and cannot do

Microdermabrasion is not recommended for people who have, deep scars, active keloids, undiagnosed lesions, warts on the face, active acne, an autoimmune system disorder or unstable diabetes.  Pregnant women should not undergo microdermabrasion.


medical microdermabrasion before after silk touch med spa 

Microdermabrasion works great for those who want to improve: 

  • Clogged pores including blackheads & whiteheads.

  • Large Pores

  • Rough skin texture

  • Production and growth of healthy new cells

  • Collagen

  • Uneven skin color

  • Sun & Age spots

  • Dull or dry patches.

  • Acne and Acne Scarring

  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles

What can I expect during a microdermabrasion treatment?

At Silk Touch Med Spa and Laser Center of Boise, Microdermabrasion begins with an application of cleansing gel to your skin. Next, we use a hand-held device to sandblast the aluminum oxide onto your skin. The device also sucks up the dead skin cells at the same time. The wand is waved across your entire face so the skin's texture and color will remain consistent. Finally, a trained staff member will apply a sun blocking cream to your face. This allows you to resume your daily routine right after the treatment.

Most people who undergo microdermabrasion experience little to no discomfort with the treatment. In fact, it can be extremely relaxing!

What can I expect after my treatment?

Expect a little pinkness of the face for a few hours after treatment. This tends to fade quickly.

  • Use moisturizer for 4-6 days after microdermabrasion to avoid excessive peeling.
  • Don't forget to use sunscreen every time you go out (even if it's an overcast day) because microdermabrasion increases photosensitivity.
  • Avoid heavy makeup for a day.

Our clients have had nothing but positive remarks to say about their experience with microdermabrasion

“I enjoy having this treatment done, it leaves my skin feeling smooth with a more even tone, I tend to do microdermabrasions every two weeks to maintain and help treat my skin. We all know as we age our skin starts to look more dull and tired, I feel that with the help of a microderm and my at home products my skin is much more healthy and vibrant. To me this treatment with a light peel is a necessity to my fight against aging.”

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With all the holiday parties coming up, what better way to make an entrance then with beautiful rejuvenated, younger looking skin?  Or show a little love to that special someone and give him or her the gift of younger looking skin. Call us at 208-939-3110 or request an appointment online. We can’t wait to have you in!

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Topics: Anti Aging, Microdermabrasion, Beauty