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How To Prevent and Treat Lip Lines

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on Jun 2, 2022 12:00:00 AM

Sometimes the smallest problems can contribute a great deal to an aging look. Lip lines, also called smokers’ lines, are those little vertical fissures above your upper lip. Most women get them as the years pass, whether they smoke or not. The process is the same as it is for all facial aging: the skin loses tone and elasticity on the surface while the volume under the skin diminishes. The result is a wrinkled, sunken look.


What causes lip lines?

1. Sun Exposure

Are you surprised with this one? It seems those UV rays always take the blame for aging. Even on the coldest day, we still get UV exposure. The only way to help with the aging affects of sun exposure? You guessed it - stay out of the sun and lather up on sunscreen every single day!

2. Smoking

In addition to all the other scary health issues that come with smoking - the repeated motion of puckering up causes the tiny grooves in the skin above your lips to form more quickly, and to become more pronounced.

3. Straws

Though this has not been scientifically proven - many medical sources say that the frequent use of straws can cause lip lines to form sooner. The same is said about kissing - but you may want to weigh the benefits on that one.

4. Aging

The one thing none of us can do anything about? Aging. Sort of. There are plenty of lifestyle changes that can help prevent of slow down the appearance of lines around the upper lip. Moisturize, drink plenty of water, use a Retinol, get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet.

How to Treat Lip Lines

If your genetic code or past-sun exposure or smoking has resulted in lines to your upper-lip, there are many steps you can take to minimize and even completely erase their appearance.

Our Top 3 Treatments for Lip Lines

1. Injectable Wrinkle Fillers 

2. Laser Skin Resurfacing

3. Chemical Peels 


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Topics: Lip Enhancement, Fillers, Wrinkle Fillers

Neck Liposuction Roundup

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on May 5, 2022 12:00:00 AM

We love a good neck liposuction before and after and we know you do too! Neck liposuction can be a great option for individuals who struggle with fullness below the chin, often referred to as the double chin. With minimal downtime, minimal pain, and minimal scarring, neck liposuction has become a patient favorite. Below are some of our most recent before and afters performed by Dr. Kerr and Dr. Nealy.

8B2F2F27-74B6-4B09-8A58-5768F35B06D2 copyThis patient is 2 months post-op from liposuction done by Dr. Nealy.

IMG_1439This patient had lipo 2 months ago.

IMG_4770This patient is 2 months post-op on her neck liposuction.

IMG_2471Neck Liposuction done with ThermiTight on this 42-year-old patient by Dr. Nealy. She is 2 months post-op.

IMG_2785She received neck lipo from Dr. Kerr to sculpt the neck, lip filler from Travis to add volume, and filler in her jaw from Dr. Nealy to really shape and define her jawline.

IMG_3350This patient received neck liposuction done by Dr. Nealy. She is 2 months post-op.

If you are interested in learning more about liposuction at Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery, Liposuction and Medspa, or if you want to see if you are a candidate, call us at 208-939-3110 to schedule a consultation. Follow us on Instagram @silktouchboise to keep up with all our recent liposuction transformations!

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Topics: Lip Enhancement, Fillers

5 Lip Filler Myths

Posted by Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery on May 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM

Lip filler is a popular cosmetic treatment that enhances the size and shape of the lips, giving a plumper and fuller appearance. For some, the idea of lip filler might be intimidating because of common misconceptions about the treatment. If you are one of these people, let us clear things up by sharing these 5 lip filler myths that simply aren’t true.

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  1. Lip filler is permanent.
    The effects of lip filler last about 12 months depending on the filler. Over that time, the filler is metabolized and absorbed into the body. Once the filler is gone, you can either leave your lips as they are or get them redone to maintain the look.

  2. Lip filler won't look natural or feel normal.
    When done correctly, lip filler can both look natural and feel normal. Our goal at Silk Touch is to help you achieve the lips you want when coming in for lip filler. Our skilled injectors have just the touch to give you the perfect pout without making them look too big or fake.

  3. Once you start, you can’t stop due to lip stretching.
    There is no evidence to prove this to be true unless continually plumping the lips as large as they can go. Once your filler fades or is absorbed into the body, you do not need to continue treatments unless you are wanting to. Your lips will return to their normal size with no stretching or sagging.

  4. Lip Filler is painful.
    Getting lip filler is relatively non-invasive and rates low on the pain scale. At Silk Touch we have two different approaches to lip filler injections. The first one requires us to do a local anesthetic block that numbs the lips. We then do a series of multiple small injections that give the lips a more pronounced, full appearance.

    The second approach produces a more subtle appearance. We use a small amount of local anesthetic along with ice and a cannula. The cannula is like a needle, but instead of having a sharp point, it has a rounded tip. This tool tends to cause less trama, less pain, less swelling, and a lower chance of bruising. Our patients are often surprised at how well tolerated this approach is compared with treatments they may have received elsewhere. Any bruising, swelling, or tenderness you may experience will subside after a few days.

  5. All fillers work anywhere.
    There are many different dermal fillers on the market that address different areas of the face. Often they can be used in multiple locations, but that does not mean they can be used anywhere. At Silk Touch we like to stick with Restylane, Restylane Kysse, and Juvederm as our lip filler options, with Juvederm being the most popular.

Don’t let misconceptions about the treatment hold you back. A little filler can make a big difference. If you are interested, but still have concerns, schedule a consultation and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Our injectors are here to make your goals a reality.


Topics: Lip Enhancement

Best Fillers For Lip Injections

Posted by Silk Touch Medical Aesthetics on Jul 11, 2018 12:34:40 PM


You're ready to take the next step in getting that perfect, but natural looking pout. (Or maybe you're wanting a big, full Kardashian pout that causes some serious #instaenvy, we totally love that look that too. ) Regardless of the end look you're going for - it's important to visit an experience and licensed injector that uses the correct amount and type of filler on your lips.

What fillers are used for lip injections? Check out the best lip injection fillers below.

Juvederm XC & Restylane

When it comes to lip injection fillers, Juvederm & Restylane are the top choices of our clients and injectors. They both can be used to create full or subtle pouts and have enough structure they can be used to lift & reshape the lips. Restylane and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid-based fillers. The main differences between the products have to do with how they are used to achieve specific benefits for the lips. Traditional Restylane has a higher G prime than Juvederm. What this means is that Restylane has a higher level of stiffness to the gel that is injected. This tends to cause theproduct to hold form and stay in place slightly better, while imparting a greater capacity to lift the area. Juvederm in comparison, has a lower G prime, which means that it tends to be softer and spread more than Restylane when injected into the body. Our expert injectors will choose the product that is right for your goals and lips.

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Restylane Silk

Restylane Silk is amazing for lip injections! Especially those looking for a defined, more subtle look. Restylane Silk is FDA indicated for lips and is a very natural, soft feeling injection great for reshaping the lips and adding volume.


Volbella is one of the newest fillers from Allergan, makers of Botox and Juvederm. Vollbella is one of the best fillers on the market for making the lips fuller while also diminishing the fine lines and wrinkles on and around the lips.

Lip Injections at Silk Touch - Boise

At Silk Touch, our expert injectors offer complimentary lip injection consultations. During your consultation they will go over your goals (its ok to bring a picture of the look your going for), will discuss your budget, as well as do a complete facial analysis to make sure they tailor their injection technique and placement to make sure your lips are symmetrical and complimentary to your face shape.

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Topics: Lip Enhancement

Lip Enhancement Before and After - Melissa Hawker RN

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

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

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

Here are some of her more recent transformations. 

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




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Topics: Before and After Photos, Lip Enhancement

Transformation Tuesday: Lip Enhancement

Posted by Sara Barrett on Sep 4, 2014 1:25:00 PM

Transformation Tuesday: Lip Enhancement

Research suggests that full lips may have as much to do with a woman's perceived age as the appearance of wrinkles.

While lips do thin as we age, sometimes people naturally have thin or un-proportioned lips. This patient came to us wanting a fuller pout, and wanted to increase the volume in her upper lip. Before picture is shown below.

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She was nervous, as most first time patients are, about what her lips were going to look like after the treatment.  She stressed that she wanted her lips to look natural, not something people would look at and immediately know she had work done. At Silk Touch, we are all about natural, subtle, realistic results! Especially when it comes to lips!

The treatment:

Dr. Kerr used the filler Juvederm XC to inject both the bottom and upper lip.  The lips are now not only proportionate to her face shape, but they are proportionate to one another – the bottom lip should always be fuller than the top.  This treatment takes less than 30 minutes,  and most people have little to no bruising that fades with in a matter of days.

Lip Ehancement Before and After Boise

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Injection Tip: Avoid Asprin and other blood thinners at least 3 days prior to your injectable appointment. This decreases the chances of bruising!

The patient was thrilled with her results! What do you think? Please share questions and comments below!

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Transformation Tuesday, Juvederm, Lip Enhancement

Are you a candidate for lip enhancement?

Posted by Sara Barrett on Oct 24, 2013 11:36:00 AM

lipenhancementboiseAs new fillers and techniques for plumping and reshaping your lips are introduced to the market, it can become more and more difficult to find the right option for you.

When it comes to getting the most natural enhancement, lip injections using hyaluronic fillers like Juvederm, is still the best choice.  Juvederm and Restylane are both soft fillers, and when injected by an expert, do not leave any nodules or bumps. 

Technique and skill of the injector is also an important factor in getting natural looking results. You want to go to somebody who not only has experience, but that also has a strong technique.

Dr. Kerr and Expert Injector, Autumn Heauman PA-C have done thousands of lip enhancements here in the Treasure Valley.

“ When it comes to lips, all of my patients say the same thing “I don’t want to look like I’ve had my lips done.”  Nobody wants to leave looking like a bad Pamela Anderson photo or worse, Daffiny Duck.  I am cautious with my injections, and always aim for a subtle enhancement that reshapes the lips to look 100% proportionate to the other features on a clients face. “

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Candidates for Lip Enhancement:

Lip Enhancement is great for those who are looking to:

  • Increase Volume. Lips thin as we age.
  • Create a Subtle Pout
  • Reshape
  • Increase bottom or top lip volume to make them more proportionate Your bottom lip should stick out a tad more than your top.
  • Define the cupids bow.
  • Diminish the appreance of smoker’s lines.
  • Reduce “Gummy” Smiles.
  • Reduce fine lines and wrinkles.




Topics: Juvederm, Lip Enhancement

Read my Lips - Juvederm the Ultimate Lip Plumper!

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Sep 11, 2012 11:38:00 AM


$399 for syringe of Juvederm this week only with nurse injector Heather! This week only!

How many times have you thought about getting your lips enhanced, but hesitated due to the dreaded “duck lip” look? Good news is, thanks to the innovative art and science of lip augmentation, duck lips are no longer a problem! Especially when you choose a credible place to get it done. By using hyaluronic acid fillers to plump the lips and reduce fine lines around the mouth, you can now achieve sexy, pouty lips that look natural, not swollen or “duckish.” 

For fuller lips, we use one of the best fillers on the market, Juvederm. Used off-label for year, hyalurnoic acid fillers was given FDA-approval in October and now doctors everywhere are singing its praises. Juvederm is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in the body – which helps add volume and hydration ot the skin.

Juvederm is the #1 injectable for plump lips.

Juvederm can also erase wrinkles and smooth away the telltale lines that make you look older than you feel. Facial wrinkles and creases are part of the aging process and begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down. While this breakdown is part of the natural aging process, it can also result from excessive squinting, frowning or smiling.
Results sound too good to be true? Take a look at our before and after pictures: 

Before & After Photos Silk Touch Med Spa Boise

At Silk Touch, we are conservative with the amount of filler used in injection.  We want patients to leave our office ecstatic about their natural looking results. It’s important to remember that patients with very thin lips will not get dramatic improvement in the fullness of their lips from lip augmentation. As the lips need to be proportionate to other facial features. Also, we approach patients who have a large space between the nostrils and the red part of the lips cautiously, as fuller lips could create and unflattering appearance similar to a duck’s bill.

The treatment time for Juvederm injections is 30-60 minutes and the recovery time is just as fast. Some swelling and redness at the treatment site may occur, but this generally fades in a matter of hours. Get a treatment in the morning and still have time to hit the town later that night! Everyone will notice your plump, pouty lips – but the best thing is no one will know you had any work done, the look is that natural!

We are so convinced that you will love Juvederm, we want you to try it for a discounted price!

For this week only, pay just $399 for a syringe of Juvederm with our nurse injector, Heather.

To schedule your appointment, just give us a call at 208-939-3110. Don’t wait, this special is going on for this week only!

For testimonials from clients who absolutely LOVE Juvederm, visit this link.

For more specials on Juvederm and other service like Pelleve and Smartlipo just click the link below! 

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Topics: Juvederm, Lip Enhancement

Plump Those Lips: Pelleve, Juvederm and Permanent Implants. Oh my!

Posted by Shannon Morgan on Dec 20, 2011 1:59:00 PM

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There are many options available to those wanting fuller, plumper lips. Laser treatments, derma fillers (injectables) and permanent implants are three non-surgical procedures that can help you achieve your desired appearance. 

Which one is right for you? It depends on your desired results.

Pelleve treatments can be used to tighten the skin around the lips for a reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In addition, the contraction of the skin can also help reveal more of the red part of the lips. Our patients often love to get the treatment before a big event because the plumping can cause a temporary smoothness of the skin.

Don’t expect Radiofrequency treatments to give you the same plump lips that you get after filler injections. The results are much more subtle and don’t have the immediate wow factor that injectables have. Often times people shy away from filler in the lips due to fear of unnatural results.  Although there are cases where lips have been augmented to have an unnatural shape and size, that is not the approach taken at Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center in Boise.  With a skilled injector and a conservative approach, a filler can turn back time rather than create a look that is not "you". There are also options for lip fullness that are more aggressive than dermal fillers such as lip implants or the injection of permanent silicon.  Permanent implants have a higher risk of complications including infection, extrusion and deformity.  Permanent silicon filler cannot be modified and will not change with time. 

Juvederm, an FDA approved smooth injectable gel is a commonly used safe alternative to such invasive procedures.  Juvederm is able to be modified if necessary and has given hundreds of clients a more satisfying result than expected. Below is a before (left) and after (right) picture of a woman who received this treatment.

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For the month of December, purchase 1 juvederm syringe and recieve a IPL treatment for FREE

Sometimes, lack of knowledge about a product can make us hesitant to explore the options it provides.  When given the right information from trained professionals, it is easy to find an effective treatment that no longer seems scary and will provide the safe, effective results we desire. 

Dr. Brian Kerr and our staff at Silk Touch Med Spa can guide you into deciding which treatment is right for you. Schedule your FREE consulation today.

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Topics: Juvederm, Lip Enhancement

Juvederm for Perfect, Plump, Full lips!

Posted by Susan Kerr on May 16, 2011 3:58:00 PM

juvederm lip  before photo by Dr. Brian Kerr  Juvederm lip AFTER by Dr. Brian Kerr

Recently an email was sent to Dr. Kerr at Silk Touch Med Spa, Laser & Lipo Center, telling him how much she loved his work. She was excited about the above photo where Juvederm was used to enhance the lips.  She happened to live in Europe and since she couldn't get to Dr. Kerr in Boise, Idaho, she wondered if he would be willing to share his technique with her own doctor. Dr. Kerr was happy to share his knowledge & expertise.  And here is more of their correspondence.

"Good evening doctor!

I am writing from Europe and I know you do not have to answer my question, but I would be really happy for a short information.

I have seen a photo of a great job you did on lip augmentation with juvederm at your blog. As I live in Europe, unfortunately I can't go to the US just to get lip augmentation done by you, but if I could I certainly would :).

Nevertheless I'd like to ask my surgeon here, to get the same effect that is visible in your photos as I have exactly same lips as the patient photographed. Therefore I kindly ask for an information on how much of the filler was injected to gain such an effect." -Megan from Europe

Dr. Kerr's answer:

"These lips were treated with Juvederm Ultra. As you can tell from the "before" picture this patient already had a very nice bottom lip, however she was very self conscious about her upper lip.

Generally I use about 0.4-0.5 ml in the upper lip and 0.3-0.4 in the lower lip primarily along the vermilion border starting about 2-3 mm from the corner of the mouth and let the Juvederm track medially under slow steady pressure. Often it will track along the vermilion border all the way to the mid line or across to the other side. Occasionally it will stop tracking and I will advance to the point where it has been impeded and begin injecting from that point. In this particular patient I used the entire unit (0.8ml) in the upper lip with about 0.5-0.6mls along the vermilion border and the balance into medial body of the lip to enhance the volume.

This patient continues to return to my Medspa about once a year for touch up of her lips."

Thanks for your inquiry,

Brian Kerr MD

And then a follow up email to Susie, Dr. Kerr's wife.

As I have my sister living in the U.S. maybe I could visit your medical center, while visiting her someday :) It would be great to get some lip treatment by Dr. Kerr as me and my friends find his work extremely well done- the effect is very natural and the amount of the filler is well- balanced. I hope I get a similar effect from my doctor using Dr. Kerr's advice and knowledge!

Thank you for your kind interest and support,

Megan M

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Topics: Before and After Photos, Juvederm, Lip Enhancement

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