Thursday, October 15, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
My experience: I have used Jan Marini and Revitalash, both good products....but Latisse outdoes them all. My lashes are longer, thicker, and darker than ever before. Don't tell anyone....but I only have to use this product about every 3 days or my lashes get too long. This product is more concentrated and very safe to use. I get so many clients asking me about my long lashes. I made the horrible mistake when I was a teen of plucking my eyebrows too much. I have tried everything from other eyelash products to Minoxidil to try to get them to grow back. This is the first product that has helped me to do that. I am so excited.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Light-based Acne Treatments (LED blue or red light)
Today’s most popular light-based acne treatments harness the power of blue light to safely and painlessly treat inflammatory acne without the harmful side affects. One of the ways blue light improves acne is by creating heat that causes the bacteria to produce ‘suicide’ proteins, so they essentially kill themselves. Red light may be used in conjunction with blue light to help treat the inflammation associated with acne.
HOW IT WORKS The wavelength associated with blue light is able to zero in on P. acnes bacteria and kill them without affecting other components of the skin.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS Generally Isolaz or blue light therapy for eight sessions over a four-week period, and each session lasts from 15-30 minutes. Isolaz
RESULTS SEEN Within the first four weeks, but most patiens see improvement after the first treatments.
Tiffany is a Medical Aesthetician at Silk Touch Medspa and Laser Center. She started on the Take Shape for Life program using the Medifast meal replacement program. She lost 20 lbs. in six weeks. Doesn't she look fantastic? We are so proud of her! Click here to find out more about the Take Shape For Life program.
Friday, July 17, 2009
KEEPING A JOURNAL FOR WEIGHT LOSS CAN BE POWERFUL!
A recently released study that tracked 1685 middle-aged men and women for six month compared those who kept a food diary to those who didn't. Those who wrote down what they ate every day lost twice as much weight as those who didn't . The mere act of tracking food intake can be extremely powerful.
Day-Timer has a Weight Management System for about $50. You can go to www. daytimer.com
I wanted to see if I could find something else that might be even better. So of course I went to Amazon.com and found The DietMinder Personal Food & Fitness Journal for about $10.00. I just ordered one and I'll let you know how I like it.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
At Silk Touch Medspa and Laser Center we are focusing on helping our clients lose the weight and keep it off. We have several programs to help our clients achieve their goals:
1. Take Shape For Life meal supplement program. Our clients have lost up to 60 lbs so far and are keeping it off.
2. NEW! We are offering the 1st Zerona slimming laser in Idaho. As seen on The Doctors TV show --this laser is helping our clients lose from 3-5 inches in 2 weeks without dieting! Some clients have lost up to 12 inches! This treatment is for those who just aren't ready for liposuction.
3. Smartlipo Laser-Assisted liposuction. Dr. Kerr uses his skills as a board-certified physician and artist to sculpt away unwanted fat. Having trouble getting rid of those extra love handles even after you've dieted and exercised? This treatment is for you. Starting from $2500 depending on the area and how much is treated. Visit Dr. Kerr's blog for more before and after pictures:
The Associated Press has an article that tells more about this obesity Dilemma entitled,
"Not a single state shows signs of slimming; Mississippi remains No. 1 for obesity."
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Silk Touch Medspa & Laser Center in Boise/Eagle, Idaho introduces the new Zerona Body Slimming laser
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Another great article. You can find it in Vogue April 2009. Silk Touch offers treatments using the Smartxide DOT Therapy and we also offer Affirm skin tightening treatments.
Easy Does It
In the past, laser resurfacing has been epically harsh or barely noticeable.
Catherine Piercy reports on the breakthrough that’s finally getting it right.
It’s a bright winter morning when I arrive at dermatologist Deborah Sarnoff, M.D.’s
So imagine my surprise when Sarnoff swings open the door to a pristine white treatment room and reveals…an eggplant, perched in a reclining chair atop its own paper surgical gown.
“I know, I know, “she says with a laugh. “But you’ve got to see this.”
And then, like the Jetsons—esque hostess of some far-out futuristic culinary show, she aims a nearby laser head at that dark, ripe flesh, and fires, searing a square grid of tiny, tightly packed pink dots onto its surface (and filling the air with the scent of cooked eggplant).
What Sarnoff has just demonstrated is fractional carbon dioxide resurfacing, and it may be the biggest breakthrough in laser skin care in nearly a decade. The spot eradicating, line-smoothing results, swears Sarnoff, are good enough “to turn a prune-face” back into a taut, juicy plum, and they has the most conservative dermatologists feeling giddy with excitement.
If the new class of fractional carbon dioxide lasers sounds vaguely familiar, that’s because their name, like the technology behind them, merges the best of two well-established lasers—the mighty CO2 and its gentler cousin, fractionalized therapy—into a single power tool.
Searing through the uppermost layers of the skin in a single uniform sheet—delivering in effect, a second-degree burn to the face—the original CO2 lasers, with their 10,600-nanometer beams, seemed a godsend when they debuted in the early nineties. Dermatologists hailed their ability to diminish severe sun damage and dramatically tighten skin in just one treatment, but they now acknowledge that their reputation is a “blowtorches” was no coincidence. “Do you have three weeks to hide from your friends, family, co-workers?” asks David Goldberg, M.D., a clinical professor of dermatology at
The kinder fractional procedures of recent years—lasers like Fraxel and Affirm—delivered their weaker 1,550 nm of erbium energy in a series of micropixels (rather than a single beam), projected on the skin as a checkerboard grid. By poking selective holes in the skin’s surface, they left what Sarnoff calls “a tiny island of healthy skin behind” for every dot they vaporized. The result: pinkish skin that healed in up to two days and a noticeable improvement in fine lines and sun spots (after three to five $1500 treatments). The concentration of Fraxel was genius, that it redefined the way doctors ______about deliver____ laser light, “says
But for women with deeper wrinkles, severe sun damage, and limited reserves of time and patience, “the results were mediocre at best.”
Combine the principles of each—a friendlier, fractionalized delivery system with all the strength, depth, and reach of the original CO2—and you’ve got the new fractional CO2. While the chief function of any laser is to temporarily wound the skin, triggering the production of fresh new collagen fibers as it vaporizes old, damaged tissue, none of these new hired guns which go by the brand names of Fractioanl Re:pair (from Reliant Technologies, UltraPulse ActiveFX (Lumenis) and SmartXide DOT Therapy (Deka)—inflict anything close to the harrowing collateral damage of their prehistoric predecessors. “In most cases, we’re talking about four to seven days of what looks like a very bad sunburn,” says Goldberg. “And don’t forget, it’s usually a one-shot deal.”
The NEW FRONTIER
The innovations don’t stop there. Like the keypad on your gym’s elliptical machine, the fractional CO2 allows derms to tailor the intensity of its pitch pattern—the distance between each little dot as well as its depth—with the push of a button. Sarnoff might set the device “closer together for a more aggressive treatment around the mouth or crow’s fee,” farther part “on sensitive areas like the jawline.”
When I drop by dermatologist Frederric Brandt, M.D.’s
To combat the first signs of aging, dermatologists like Manhattan’s Patricia Wexler, M.D., are sticking with gentler resurfacers, like the original Fraxel (now called Fraxel Re:store). However, there are instances where Wexler feels the potency of fractional carbon dioxide is appropriate for younger skin—for example, to treat acne scars in patients as young as their 20s.
Roy Geronemus, M.D., a dermatologist in
In some cases—lip and forehead lines, cracks at the corner of the mouth—Wexler is using fractional CO2 in place of fillers like Cosmoderm. As she points out, “you don’t have to come back every eight weeks to have it touched up.” The new CO2’s effects last, by most estimates, between five and eight years.
Like ay emerging technology, the first generation of fractional CO2s are works in progress. Lasers, says Goldberg, “are like laptops—your new model is constantly being updated.” If the old CO2 was the truck-size monitor on your first Macintosh, the fractional CO2 is your new MacBook Air: fabulous but soon to be tweaked in exciting new ways.
Though they remain unsuitable for darker skins, which may be prone to heat-related scarring, the new CO2s have slightly more range than their predecessors, extending from fair to light-olive and, in some cases, light Hispanic and Asian skin tones. As for hypopigmentation (small, permanently colorless patches of skin that appeared in patients up to a year after the old CO2 procedures were performed), “fractional technology seems to have virtually eliminated the risk,” says Alexiades, who is currently conducting the FDA trials for Deka’s DOT Therapy device. “But it’s still early, and there may be limits to how close together each little dot can be placed without causing a similar effect.”
Not unlike the feeling one might experience while looking at Sunday Afternoon on the
I spotted this article and wanted to share it with our clients. Our Affirm laser helps with cellulite, stimulating collagen production within the skin. Fat transfer can also be done by Dr. Kerr.
A Possible Cure for Unsightly Cellulite?
Findings from a new study published in the November/December 2008 issue of Aesthetic Surgery Journal suggest that a combination treatment using laser energy and fat transplantation shows promise in significantly improving cellulite. Cellulite is a common condition that gives the appearance of lumpiness and dimpling across the skin and is most prevalent in the thigh, hip, and buttock areas. Currently some treatments may provide temporary improvement in the dimpled appearance of cellulite, but to date there is no proven, permanent “cure” for cellulite. “Cellulite is caused by bands of fibrous tissue that connect the muscle to the skin,” says Alan Gold, MD, President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). “If these bands are tight and the fat between the muscle and the skin bulges out between them, there will be dimpling over each of those bands. There is nothing otherwise special or unique about the fat itself in those areas.” Almost all women (and some men) have cellulite, stemming from genetic predisposition, hormonal changes and weight gain.
The treatment presented in the ASJ study first uses 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser energy conducted underneath the skin to stimulate collagen formation, skin tightening and, on a deeper level, to reduce fatty tissue. Laser treatment is followed by injections of the patient’s own fat to fill in the depressed areas. Along with visible improvement, there are very few adverse effects, most of which are mild and temporary.
“The search for the cause of cellulite and effective treatments is ongoing, however, the combination of a minimally-invasive pulsed laser treatment and autologous fat transplantation represents a viable option for women who have severe cases of cellulite,” says Robert Gotkin, MD, a plastic surgeon in
The doctors treated 52 women between the ages of 18-47 with severe cases of cellulite who had not undergone previous surgical treatments such as lipoplasty or subcision (cutting scar tissue just below the surface of the skin). After the laser tightening and fat injections, patients received a massage to evenly distribute the fat and returned the next day for physiotherapeutic postoperative treatments. The follow-up period ranged from a year to almost 3 years, and nearly 85% of the patients rated their results as “good” or “excellent”.
Various methods of treating cellulite have been proposed including:
- Fat Injections
- Lower Body Lift
- Injection lipolysis
- Herbal and dietary supplements
- Creams and lotions
While some of these procedures, such as fat injections and lower body lift, have been shown to be beneficial in appropriately selected patients, others such as injection lipolysis and lotions do not have any scientific data supporting their efficacy. Liposuction, while highly effective in reducing fat deposits and improving contour, sometimes makes cellulite appear worse.
Nd:YAG laser lipolysis and autologous fat transplantation are proven procedures for various aesthetic conditions, and, the use of these same modalities for cellulite treatment, may offer both a safe and effective new alternative. “Although there is currently no ‘cure’ for cellulite, this study provides hope for people who have the most severe cases,” says Foad Nahai, MD, Editor in Chief of ASJ.
Aesthetic Surgery Journal, owned by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and published by Elsevier Science, is a peer-reviewed international journal focusing on clinical and scientific developments in cosmetic surgery and cosmetic medicine. The Journal has subscribers in more than 80 countries. Besides its affiliation with ASAPS, the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons who specialize in aesthetic surgery, ASJ is also the official English-language journal of plastic surgery societies in Brazil, Israel, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Costa Rica, Colombia, India and The Netherlands, and it is the official journal of the Rhinoplasty Society. ASJ’s Editorial Board includes plastic surgeons and Interspecialty Editors representing anesthesiology, dermatology, ophthalmology, otolaryngology and clinical psychology. For information on the Journal, as well as subscriber and pay-per-view access to the Journal’s full text and graphics, go to www.aestheticsurgeryjournal.com.
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the leading organization of board-certified plastic surgeons specializing in cosmetic plastic surgery, includes Active-Member plastic surgeons certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, as well as International Active Members who hold equivalent credentials in their own countries. For information, visit www.surgery.org.
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Monday, March 30, 2009
"Not surprisingly, doctors advise against all-liquid diets because they provide so few calories and nutrients, you run the risk of everything from fainting spells to dehydration. As for claims that such lans flush out your system? 'Ridiculous,' says weight-loss doctor Jana Klauer, M.D. 'Our liver and kidneys take care of that just fine." Moreover, by cutting protein from your diet you lose muscle mass, which may lead to short-term weight loss but also ends up slowing your metabolism. Your best bet if you simply must have quick results; a detox plan that includes some real foods, like fruits, veggies and whole grains. "--People magazine March 09
I have researched plenty of weight loss programs and at Silk Touch we recommend the Take Shape For Life program. You can lose weight quickly with meal replacements but get all the vitamins and nutrients you need without risking loss of muscle tone. Dr. Kerr and I do not recommend detox diets of any kind. The body needs fuel to work properly.
Wow! We are seeing great results from our Take Shape For Life Weight Loss Program.
Tiffany, our aesthetician lost 18 lbs. in less than a month.
Three of our clients have lost 5 lbs, 8 lbs, and 12 lbs. in one week!
We are having a Take Shape For Life informational and support group meeting this April 9th at 7pm at Silk Touch Medspa.
We would love to tell you more about the program!
Click here for more info: Take Shape For Life
Monday, March 16, 2009
Women in the Workforce Link Cosmetic Surgery to Success
February 11, 2009
Faced with news of increasing layoffs, straining economic times, and a belief that hiring is based on looks, millions of American women are looking at cosmetic medical procedures to give them a competitive edge in the workplace. In a new telephone survey* compiled by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) of 756 women between the ages of 18 and 64, many reveal cosmetic plastic surgery procedures now appear to be an important rung on the success ladder.
- 13 percent (more than 1 out of 10 of the 115-million working-age women) say they would consider having a cosmetic medical procedure specifically to make them more confident and more competitive in the job market.
- An astounding 3 percent (nearly 3.5-million working women) say they’ve already had a cosmetic procedure to increase their perceived value in the workplace.
- 73 percent (almost three out of four or, 84-million working women) believe, particularly in these challenging economic times, appearance and youthful looks play a part in getting hired, getting a promotion, or getting new clients.
- 80 percent (four out of five or 92-million working women) think having cosmetic medical procedures can boost a person’s confidence.
Insurance Broker Janice Axelrod, a baby-boomer, recently had a chemical peel and fat transfers from her abdomen to her face. “Time has given me the professional knowledge. But time can take away the youthful sparkle of my appearance if I let it. When you look good, you feel confident. That gives me a competitive edge and something my clients have come to expect from me,” says Axelrod.
ASPS Member Surgeon Loren Schechter, MD performed Axelrod’s cosmetic procedures at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Illinois. He says “Not only do the women believe youthful looks help in the workplace…they’re acting on that belief.”
John Canady, MD, president of ASPS, says, “Consumers need to remember that while cosmetic procedures might help them in the job market, they’re still medical procedures.” Canady says women still need to proceed with caution. “Patient safety is ASPS’ number one concern. Women need to do their homework. Go to the ASPS website at www.plasticsurgery.org to find an ASPS Member Surgeon in your area.”
*Survey conducted by Opinion Research Corporation. Results have a +_3% error range.
Monday, February 9, 2009
CliniqueMedical offers ultra healing and soothing formulations for use before and after cosmetic procedures.
Each formula is filled in a pharmaceutical environment for enhanced purity, ensuring irritation-free use. With products to prep and products to heal, CliniqueMedical covers all the needs of cosmetic procedure patients.
Improve the absorption of your procedures to optimize results and let your skin heal in comfort with CliniqueMedical's superior formulations. Recommended for use with IPL, skin tightening lasers such as Affirm, and CO2 skin resurfacing.
Products are also sold separately.
So, I decided to put CliniqueMedical to the test. About three weeks ago I had a SmartXide DOT CO2 skin resurfacing procedure. I decided to compare CliniqueMedical with the DOT SkinCare products that are included with the DOT CO2 laser treatment just to see if they were more effective and whether they offered a faster healing time.
Day 1 & 2: I used DOT system only. I used the Soothing Balm as often as I felt I needed it (about every 3 hours).
Day 3: Here is where I started my double blind study. I continued to use the DOT SkinCare system on the left side of my face. On the right side, I began to use the Clinique Medical System.
Day 4: I noticed that the CliniqueMedical side felt a lot more moist and I didn't need to reapply the products as much. I also started to flake and peel faster on the right side then the left.
Day 5: The Clinique Medical side looked a lot less dry and felt less irritated.
I could now put makeup on my face and most of our clients couldn't tell that I'd had anything done. My face was clearly more healed and looked more moisturized on the right side than the left!
Conclusion: Doing this simple split study comparing the DOT SkinCare system and the CliniqueMedical system, I concluded that my face felt much more hydrated, healed faster, and appeared smoother. If it is important to get a faster healing time and moist, hydrated skin, I'd splurge a little and purchase the Clinique Medical System. The DOT therapy products just give a bit slower results and I wasn't as happy with the feel of my skin. What if I had started using Clinique Medical from the beginning? And what if I had used it pre-treatment as suggested.....I may have gotten even faster results.
DOT SkinCare system (Anti-Redness Foaming Cleanser, Anti-Redness Soothing Balm, Peptide Restorative Gel, Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF30)
CliniqueMedical Optimizing Regimen ( Probiotic cleanser, Skin Conditioning Treatment, Recovery Week Complex, Optimizing Treatment Cream, and the Daily SPF 30)
Available only by prescription through a physician's office.
Coming February 1st. Get yours now! $120 this month only. Regularly $140
More info about Latisse
I thought you may want to know what others are saying about the SmarXide DOT CO2 Fractional Laser Therapy treatment.
The following is a link to www.realself.com where real people talk about their experience with cosmetic procedures.
Click here: testimonial about the DOT CO2
Thursday, January 1, 2009
The Benefits and Results
The DOT laser offers the ultimate in skin rejuvenation in just under an hour for most treatments. DOT Therapy is ideal for the treatment of sun damage, brown spots, fine lines, wrinkles, skin laxity/texture and acne scars. Not only does the DOT offer amazing results, but it does so safely and quickly with little downtime. The secret is out and the benefits of DOT Therapy speak for themselves:
- Minimal downtime 3-7 days
- Rapid healing
- Quick procedure
- Low risk
- Accurate results
- Customized treatment
- Minimally invasive
- Renewed skin
- Treatment of multiple issues at once
- Little or no anesthesia