“Venus Viva™, the latest fractional radio frequency device, has demonstrated great results in improvements to photo damaged skin, lines and wrinkles, as well as reduced acne and traumatic scars. This enhanced technology with its large footprint and SmartScan™ feature elevates the playing field in fractional treatments.
How it works
Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing treatments works with tiny pins that safely deliver heat (via Nano Fractional Radio Frequency) through the skins surface. This creates tiny micro-dermal wounds, which the body naturally heals on its own. This process repairs signs of skin damage visible on the surface of the skin and improves the appearance of scars. Since the wounds are so small, the treatment is much more comfortable than traditional CO2 lasers, while still producing incredible visible results.
What to Expect
You will feel tiny pins on your skin followed by a little zap. Your face will then feel warm, like a sunburn. Venus Viva™ skin resurfacing treatments may be slightly uncomfortable, but not painful.
Your face will feel warm to hot, similar to the feeling of sunburn, and your face will look pink/red right after the treatment. For stronger treatments, you may get a topical numbing cream to reduce any discomfort.
Your skin may remain pink for 4 to 12 hours, you will not be allowed to apply or rub anything on your skin for the first 12 hours, including water and it is important not to do any exercise that will make you perspire. After 12 hours, you may resume your regular skin care routine and wear makeup. You should apply sunscreen (at least SPF 30), everyday under your makeup and avoid rigorous exercise and hot baths or massages on the treatment area for the first 2 days after your session. Make sure to keep your skin clean and protected from the sun. It is also best to avoid tanning your skin as it heals.
Low to No Downtime
You can return to your daily skin care routine and apply makeup 12 hours after all skin resurfacing treatments.
Your skin will be pink/red and feel warm after your treatment like a sunburn for up to 6 hours. You can ease this by fanning or exposing the area to cool air or cool but dry compresses. Don’t put anything on your skin, not even tap water, for 12 hours. The warm feeling should go away within 4 to 24 hours.
A week after each treatment your skin will start showing signs of noticeable improvement in texture, wrinkle and fine line reduction and feel more hydrated and scars will be lighter and less visable. It takes 3 months for your skins Collagen and Elastin to rebuild so your skin will continue to improve and look more youthful month after month. After your final treatment (3-6)depending on the severity of skin damage or scar , your results will continue to improve. However, one touch- up session may be needed approximately every 6 months, depending on how your skin responds.
How Many Treatments are Necessary?
The ideal candidate is anyone who shows signs of skin damage, including deep wrinkles, scars, visible pores, stretch marks, and/or anything else that affects the skin’s texture. Most patients receive 3-4 treatments per area. The exact number depends on each individual and what they wish to achieve. Acne and surgical scarring, for example can take up to 6 treatments, one per month for 6 months. All treatments are done 4 weeks apart.
Our bodies are wrapped in skin which is our largest organ. Our skin plays a number of vital roles, including fending off microorganisms to regulating body temperature. Unfortunately, our skin is flawed because severely damaged skin can heal, but it can’t regenerate. Instead, it forms scars. Although scars appear to be thicker than normal skin, the tissue is actually weaker.
Scarring seems to be an inevitable part of being human.
Cut the skin and it will bleed. And then it will heal. Initially, a clot forms to staunch blood flow, which kicks off a massive inflammatory response. Immune cells flood the region to clear bacteria and debris, while cells called keratinocytes in skin’s outer layer divide rapidly in a race to close the wound and prevent infection. Next, the wound begins to fill. Spindle-shaped cells known as fibroblasts migrate to the damaged area and churn out collagen and other proteins that provide tissue with structure. Within three weeks of the injury occurring, the wound has healed.
But such speedy healing has a major downside. These quick repairs often result in scars, particularly when the wound is deep. In healthy skin, collagen fibres form a lattice. But during wound healing, fibroblasts lay down collagen fibres parallel to each other, which creates tissue that is stiff and weak. That’s because evolution has selected speed over perfection
When such repairs to skin are small, they don’t pose much of a problem. But large scars can be life-changing. Scar tissue doesn’t have the stretch and the mobility and the range of motion that normal skin does, But scarring might not be inevitable. Fetal skin begins to scar only late in gestation, which suggests that human skin possesses at least some regenerative capabilities. All researchers have to do is to work out how to unlock them.
Where do Scars form?
Scars form when the dermis (deep, thick layer of skin) is damaged. The body forms new collagen fibers (a naturally occurring protein in the body) to mend the damage, resulting in a scar. The new scar tissue will have a different texture and quality than the surrounding tissue. Scars form after a wound is completely healed.
There are different kinds of scars. Most scars are flat and pale. However, in cases when the body produces too much collagen, scars can be raised. Raised scars are called hypertrophic scars or keloid scars. Both of these kinds of scars are more common in younger and dark-skinned people.
Some scars can have a sunken or pitted appearance. This kind of scarring occurs when underlying structures supporting the skin (for example, fat or muscle) are lost. Some surgical scars have this appearance, as do some scars from acne
Scars also can appear as stretched skin. Such scars result when the skin stretches rapidly (for example, as in growth spurts or during pregnancy). In addition, this type of scar can occur when the skin is under tension (near a joint, for example) during the healing process.
Healthy skin, healthy scars
The best way to improve your chances of a good outcome is to start with healthy skin. Vitamin C, E, zinc and B are all very good for the skin and I have seen particularly good results with the use of vitamin A – not just in creams but in your diet (WARNING: don’t use vitamin A if you are pregnant).
Make sure you get plenty of these vitamins while healing, and keep your scar out of the sun, which can cause pigmentation issues, including melanoma.
How Can Scars Be Treated?
Although scars cannot be completely removed, their appearance can be improved to some extent. Methods for improving the appearance of scars include:
- Topical treatments, such as vitamin E, cocoa butter cream, and several commercial skin care products like Vaseline and Aquaphor that are sold over the counter may be somewhat effective in helping to heal scars.
- Surgery. Although it will not remove a scar, surgery can be used to alter a scar’s shape or make it less noticeable. Surgery is not recommended in cases of hypertrophic or keloid scarring (raised scars) because there is a risk of recurring scars as well as more severe scarring that results from the treatment.
- Steroid injections. A course of steroid injections into a scar may help flatten it. Injections may help to soften the appearance of keloid or hypertrophic scars. 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) or bleomycin can be injected into scars to reduce the size of the scar and ease itchiness and pain.
- Radiotherapy. Low-dose, superficial radiotherapy is used to prevent recurrence of severe keloid and hypertrophic scarring. This treatment is used only in extreme cases because of potential long-term side effects.
- Laser resurfacing – Venus Viva. This procedure, similar to dermabrasion, removes the surface layers of the skin using different types of lasers. Newer types of lasers may achieve more subtle results by working on the collagen in the dermis without removing the upper layers of skin. This advancement results in little down time as opposed to traditional laser resurfacing and dermabrasion, which requires a longer recovery.
- Filler injections. These treatments can be used to raise sunken scars to the level of surrounding skin. The effects of these injections are only temporary, however, and the procedures may need to be regularly repeated. Newer forms of injectable fillers are now on the market and may be an option for some people.
Types of Scars
Discoloration or surface irregularities and other more subtle scars can be cosmetically improved by surgery or other treatments recommended by your plastic surgeon. These types of scars do not impair function or cause physical discomfort and include acne scars as well as scars resulting from minor injury and prior surgical incisions.
Hypertropic scars are thick clusters of scar tissue that develop directly at a wound site. They are often raised, red and/or uncomfortable and may become wider over time. They can be hyperpigmented (darker in color) or hypopigmented (lighter in color).
Keloids are larger than hypertropic scars. They can be painful or itchy, and may also pucker. They extend beyond the edges of an original wound or incision. Keloids can occur anywhere on your body, but they develop more commonly where there is little underlying fatty tissue, such as on the face, neck, ears, chest or shoulders.