A lot of us want the effects of full skin resurfacing for fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring. However the downtime of most associated procedures and the possible risks keep many people from enduring the pricey procedures of CO2 or erbium lasers, Fraxel, and others. The Venus Viva system was created to fill the need for a machine that gave the effects of these procedures without the downtime, pain, and cost.
What is the secret?
The Venus Viva combines Nanofractional Radio Frequency (RF) and SmartScan technology into a system that delivers proven results through a skin heating process that offers minimal discomfort to the patient. Venus Viva designed for use in dermatological procedures for ablation (removal) of soft tissue and resurfacing of the skin. The unique system allows the technician to manually control ablation and coagulation for enhanced treatment efficiency and patient comfort. The system is “color blind” (meaning it has no laser or light to it), that is why the Venus Viva allows for all skin types and locations (except eyelids and lips) to be treated.
The advantages of this treatment are:
- reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, scars, acne scars, pores, textural irregularities, tone, and superficial skin lesions.
- the absence of the discolorations after the procedures.
According to the unique nature of the treatment head and the RF delivery, the majority of the ablation from the procedure occurs under the skin, as sublative rejuvenation, allowing for less downtime for the patient, less surface skin removal, and better results than treatments done with traditional fractional lasers.
What is a Venus Viva treatment like?
After that a topical anesthetic will be applied to the area being treated to reduce any associated discomfort. The topical cream is kept on for about 15-20 minutes. The Venus Viva needs to be done on dry skin to allow the applicator to have full contact with the skin. So no gels or lotions will be applied. The treated area will be fully cleansed with alcohol prior to treatment. To compare with other procedures, the Venus Viva does not use an air chilling system to pre-cool the area, though one may be applied post-procedure or post-treated site to cool the skin and calm redness. Your technician will use the Venus Viva system with the applicator to treat your specific area with individual shots of energy. During the treatment the technician may control the settings to treat all areas with various depths of energy. After the area is fully treated, your technician may have you sit with the cold air chiller for a few minutes to calm redness or any heat you feel. Your treatment will take approximately 45-60 min for the face, and longer or shorter for other areas treated.
What kind of results can I expect from a Venus Viva treatment?
After the treatment there will be moderate redness on the treated zone in patterns the size of the treatment applicator, but it won’t take a long period of time. A few hours later the redness should stop. Don’t forget about moisturizing the skin by the products given to you at your treatment and you should not use any aggressive products or a Clarisonic for a few days, because they can slow down the healing process. As the sites continue to heal you may experience itchiness, which can be halted with a simple over-the-counter allergy pill if you desire or by applying hydrocortisone. Do not scratch, itch, or pick at the sites. After about 24-72 hours, you will notice small pin-point crusts in each ablated spot where the electrode pins of the treatment head contacted the skin. These will naturally exfoliate and can easily be covered with makeup. You should have realistic expectations and remember that multiple sessions will be necessary. Venus Viva results will continue to develop over the coming months, as new collagen is created. Follow-up treatments will be needed in the future to maintain results and are offered at a discounted rate after the initial treatment package is completed. Most often people elect to have maintenance procedures done every 6-12 months.