Energy-based treatments have been all the rage lately and for very good reason – they resurface, rejuvenate, and restore the skin without surgery and without extensive downtime. In particular, laser skin resurfacing can be an ideal treatment to repair skin damage for all skin tones and skin types. At Restore Center for Aesthetics in Munster, IN, we know that Venus Viva is an ideal treatment for most people.
Venus Viva is a non-surgical fractional radiofrequency treatment that is used to resurface and restore the appearance of the skin. This laser treatment is different than other laser skin resurfacing treatments because of the inclusion of radiofrequency energy, which is used to penetrate the deeper sub-dermal layers of your skin to safely repair and rejuvenate skin damage. With the ability to customize the energy settings for each patient, this system is an effective solution for many aesthetic concerns.
How Long Does It Take for Venus Viva To Work?
So, how long will it take to see the results from this treatment? Most people will need an initial round of three to four treatment sessions to resurface the skin and stimulate collagen production. Your treatment appointments will be spaced about four weeks apart to allow for adequate skin healing between your sessions. You may need more treatments if your aesthetic concerns are moderate to severe.
Many people will begin to see early results about four to six weeks after their first appointment. With each treatment, your results will gradually improve as collagen production and cellular turnover accelerates. You will likely see the final results of your treatment about a month or so after your last rejuvenation session. Your results may continue to improve for several weeks afterward until collagen production hits a peak.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are the Results of This Treatment Permanent?
No, the results of this treatment are not permanent. The results of this treatment may last for about six to 12 months based on your skin condition, your age, and how well you can maintain your results. Because the results of this treatment are temporary, it’s a good idea to schedule annual treatment sessions once or twice a year to encourage high collagen production in your skin so your results can be seamless.
2. How Can You Maintain Results?
By far the best way to maintain your results is to use skincare products that support collagen production and encourage better skin volume. Anti-aging skincare products are usually the most reliable to enhance and maintain your results between treatments. Products containing collagen, hyaluronic acid, ferulic acid, and other ingredients to support youthful-looking skin should be part of your daily skincare routine.
Another key for maintaining your results is to protect your skin from the sun. UVA and UVB rays in sunlight can negatively impact the function of your skin cells, which can lead to visible signs of premature aging like skin laxity and dark spots. You should always wear SPF 40 or higher when you plan to be outside during the daytime, especially during outdoor activities.
3. What Is Recovery Like?
Your recovery period will take much less time than the recovery period for a cosmetic procedure. Your biggest restrictions for activities will be during the first 24 hours, which is when you should avoid chemical exfoliants, hot water, steam, and other skin-irritating activities such as swimming pools or intense sunlight. After the first 24 hours, you should continue to treat your skin gently during recovery, paying special attention to sun protection and moisturization to encourage faster healing.
Most people will return to work and other daily activities within five to seven days or sooner depending on how well their skin responds to the treatment. It’s very important to continue wearing sunscreen outside even after your formal recovery period is over, as this will help you avoid hyperpigmentation concerns if you have additional treatments in the following weeks.
4. How Should You Prepare for Treatment?
The biggest rule to follow when you are preparing for an energy-based treatment is to avoid unprotected exposure to sunlight. Your skin cells are sensitive to the UVA and UVB rays in sunlight, which can trigger melanin production that will darken the pigment of your skin. If you follow unprotected sunlight exposure up with an intense laser treatment, you will be at higher risk of hyperpigmentation after your treatment. Please wear sunscreen daily for at least two weeks before your treatment to minimize hyperpigmentation risks.
In addition to avoiding the sun, you should avoid activities that darken the skin pigment, including tanning beds and self-tanning products. You may also need to prepare for your treatment by altering your skincare routine. This may mean temporarily discontinuing chemical exfoliants like glycolic acid and salicylic acid, as well as temporarily avoiding products like retinol that exfoliate the skin.
5. What Does Venus Viva Treat?
This fractional RF treatment can be used to treat a variety of age-related concerns. For example, this treatment is commonly used to correct signs of sun damage like dark spots and other blemishes. This laser treatment can address both pigmentation and textural concerns, including superficial concerns such as:
- Skin laxity
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scarring
- Other scars
- Stretch marks
- Enlarged pores
- Uneven skin texture and tone
This treatment is most appropriate for people who have moderate cosmetic concerns that have not responded to other aesthetic treatments, as well as people who have complex skin concerns. Those who have acne scarring or other scarring on the face can benefit greatly from this treatment, which will remodel collagen and elastin to reduce the appearance of scars.
6. What Should You Expect On Your Treatment Day?
On the day of your appointment, please arrive with clean skin free of make-up, lotion, serums, perfumes, or other skincare products. It’s important that your skin is not exposed to any potential irritants before your treatment, so please be sure to follow all preparation instructions. You should also remove any jewelry on the face, ears, and neck before your appointment. Your treatment appointment will only take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
7. Will You Need a Consultation?
Yes, you will need to attend a consultation appointment before any treatment sessions can be scheduled for you. The consultation appointment is an essential step that will allow our aesthetic experts to assess whether or not this treatment is appropriate for your skin tone, type, and concerns.
During your consultation, we will need to gather information about your medical background, including information about medications and supplements you regularly take. Some medications may cause photosensitivity and may need to be discontinued before your treatment. We may also ask questions about your lifestyle habits, your skincare products, and previous cosmetic treatments you have tried in the past.
8. Can You Combine This Treatment?
Yes, Venus Viva is actually compatible with many other aesthetic treatments. It’s common to bundle treatments into the same treatment plan to address other concerns that can’t be corrected with this energy-based treatment. For example, some people like to use chemical peels and facials to address general skin health, such as acne or dry skin.
It’s also common to use injectable treatments to enhance your results or achieve specific aesthetic goals. Dermal fillers can be placed in soft tissues to contour areas such as the lips, nose, and jawline, as well as fill in hollow areas of the face like the tear troughs and the hollows of the cheeks. Neurotoxin injectables can also treat dynamic wrinkles on the upper face that may not otherwise respond to this energy-based treatment.
9. Who Are Good Candidates?
Because this treatment can be customized to meet your skin needs, most people are good candidates. There are only a few restrictions for candidates. For example, you may not be a good candidate if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have an immune disorder, undergoing treatment for cancer, have an active electrical implant on the body, or you have a history of certain skin disorders.
Unveil Perfect Skin With Venus Viva
Energy-based treatments are popular options for people who have moderate to severe aesthetic concerns, particularly for those who do not want to undergo cosmetic procedures. Venus Viva is a dual-pronged treatment that encourages collagen and elastin production deep within the sub-dermal tissues of the skin to improve various aesthetic concerns at one time. Contact us at Restore Center for Aesthetics in Munster, IN to schedule your consultation appointment today.