Blog Archive

Neuromodulators: Botox, Jeuveau (Newtox), Dysport & Xeomin Sep 9th, 2020

Neuromodulators are not all created equal! Here at Mountain West Medical in Meridian, Idaho we have been getting a lot of questions about Neuromodulators such as Botox, Jeuveau (Newtox), Dysport, and Xeomin. Neuromodulators block the release of acetylcholine in the nerve endings which signal the muscles to relax. In layman's...

Laser Hair Removal FAQ Aug 24th, 2020

Have you heard the news? We got a new laser here at Mountain West Medical in Meridian, Idaho. Our laser, the Lumenis Splendor X, is specifically designed for quick and easy laser hair removal. We know you have a lot of questions about our laser, laser hair removal, and how...

How to Slow the Appearance of Fine Lines & Wrinkles Aug 10th, 2020

Wrinkles are as natural as the skin that welcomes them, but that does not mean we have to embrace every wrinkle that comes our way. With a little love you can reduce wrinkles and even help slow the aging process. The first signs of aging can pop up around 25...

Hair Restoration or Hair Transplantation? Jul 29th, 2020

Hair Restoration or Hair Transplantation?   Chances are you have heard of the term hair transplant, hair restoration, or hair plugs, and do not quite understand the difference between them and need clarification. It can be quite confusing for many people looking into treatment options for hair restoration. We are...

Male Pattern Balding and Finasteride Jul 1st, 2020

Male Pattern Balding and Finasteride      What is male pattern balding?  Androgenetic Alopecia or Male Pattern Baldness (MPHL) is when a male has permanent hair loss resulting in baldness over time. Males with this condition typically see hair loss on the crown (vertex) of their scalp and front of...

Derma Rolling and Microneedling for Hair Restoration Jun 23rd, 2020

What is Derma Rolling? Derma Rolling (Some may be more familiar with the term microneedling)  is where you use a device called a Derma Roller or “Microneedle” to roll across the skin. This device uses little needles that, when rolled across the skin, actually puncture pinpoint holes in it. We...

My experience trying Sculptra Aesthetic for the first time May 27th, 2020

My experience trying Sculptra Aesthetic for the first time.   What is Sculptra Aesthetic?  Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA approved injectable (notice I didn’t say FILLER) that is used to treat wrinkles and folds of the facial skin. These include deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), the...

Preparing for Your Weight Loss Visit With Your Doctor May 13th, 2020

How Do I Talk to My Doctor About Weight Loss?  The first step in your weight loss journey is to make an appointment with your physician. This appointment can be in person or a virtual visit. Make sure you schedule a weight loss specific visit so you have enough time....

When Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy is the Best Solution for Menopausal Symptoms Apr 13th, 2020

When menopause arrives, you may be pleased not to be dealing with your “monthly visitor” anymore. However, you may find that some of the side effects of your natural drop in ovarian estrogen production cause a derailment of your normal daily routines.   Fortunately, there is a solution. At Mountain West...

How to Restore Lost Facial Volume and Look Years Younger Mar 6th, 2020

Are you ready for a return to a younger-looking, fresher-feeling you? Cosmetic injectables can take years off of your appearance, delivering long-lasting, effective results and providing you with a ton of self confidence. At Mountain West Medical Services in Meridian, Idaho, John McRae, DNP, MPH offers a range of minimally...

Plump up Thin Lips with Juvéderm® Feb 10th, 2020

Thin lips can make your face look serious or expressionless, even when you smile or laugh. Fortunately, thin lips can be addressed with Juvéderm®, a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. With Juvéderm, you get fast results and fuller lips, and it’s all accomplished with an ingredient your body makes, so it’s...

Learn About Our Multimodal Approach to Reverse Thinning Hair Jan 14th, 2020

The average adult has about 100,000 hair follicles on their scalp. At any given time, roughly 90% of these follicles are nourishing growing shafts of hair, and the remaining 10% are either resting or shedding old shafts of hair.  Hair loss occurs when genetic predisposition, hormonal changes, immune system dysfunction,...

Why You Shouldn’t Let Just Anyone Administer Your Botox Dec 30th, 2019

When it comes to smoothing fine lines, diminishing deep wrinkles, and turning back the hands of time in no time at all, nothing beats Botox®.  As the world’s leading anti-aging solution, Botox injections have temporarily erased millions upon millions of unwanted facial lines, wrinkles, and creases across the globe. In...

There is a “Newtox” in town, and its name is Jeuveau! Jun 25th, 2019

For a review, Jeuveau (which people are referring to as Newtox) is the latest FDA approved neurotoxin designed to reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the face. In a market with stiff competition with brands such as Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin; Newtox has a tough hill to climb to not...

Jeuveau, The Next Botox? Jun 6th, 2019

In May of 2019, patients got a new option when it comes to smoothing out the lines and wrinkles in the face. Jeuveau (pronounced jew-voe) is the latest neurotoxin to gain FDA approval for decreasing frown lines. In a market dominated by Allergan’s Botox, could Jeuveau be the next contender...

Hair Loss Part 3: Treatment Options May 19th, 2019

When treating hair loss, there are a variety of options that range from the simple to complicated procedures. Regardless of the treatment, we often have to undergo a journey to get from where we are (hair loss) to where we want to be (healthy hair). If we were planning a...

Hair Loss Part 2: Causes of Hair loss Apr 24th, 2019

There are many types of hair loss, but we can categorize them generally into three types of categories: hormonal causes, genetic causes, and disease processes. Hormonal Causes of Hair Loss: Without a doubt, hormonal causes of hair loss is the number one reason why people loose their hair. This applies...

Hair Loss Part 1: The Basics Apr 2nd, 2019

Hair loss is an unfortunate part of life for many individuals as they age. According to the American Hair Loss Association, approximately two-thirds of men will begin to see some form of hair loss or recession, and by the age of 50, approximately 85% of men will have experienced a...

Breaking Down Barriers to Botox® Mar 21st, 2019

What can Botox® do for you? Botox® is the perfect wrinkle reducer. By blocking neurostimulation of muscles, the muscles relax, and by relaxing the skin does not move and stays smooth. Smooth skin equals no wrinkles! It can be injected into areas to reduce theses wrinkles such as crows-feet around...

The MACRO-benefits of Microneedling Sep 6th, 2018

"After two microneedlingsessions with PRP therapy" I constantly have patients seeking out the new and best way of improving the skin. There are numerous options ranging from lotions and creams all the way to cosmetic surgery. Some are relatively cheap, and others can cost thousands of dollars. But if I had...

Fasting and the Fasting Mimicking Diet Aug 14th, 2018

In my practice, I often will help individuals who are overweight overcome obstacles that they might have regarding weight loss.  If you Google weight loss, you will get thousands of opinions from thousands of experts on the best strategy to achieve weight loss goal. Some of these options and opinions...

Direct Healthcare in Cosmetics Jul 3rd, 2018

There is an emerging business model in the delivery of healthcare called direct healthcare or direct care. Although many different forms of this model exist, the premise of this model is to deliver unlimited access to medical care with a monthly subscription. So, a patient and a provider meet, agree...

Kybella: Non-surgical double chin removal Jun 13th, 2018

What is Kybella?Kybella is synthetic deoxycholic acid. Deoxycholic acid is a natural substance found in your intestines that emulsifies fat; which is a fancy way of saying that it breaks down fat from big molecules into little tiny droplets. Our bodies use this acid as a way of digesting fats....