Venus Viva Laser Skin Resurfacing
Leading edge skin resurfacing technology that is comfortable, safe, quick and effective for all skin types.
- Safely treats Melasma & Rosacea on all skin types
- Little to no social downtime
- Comfortable treatments
- Diminish fine lines, deep folds, wrinkles, puckering lip lines, frown lines & crows feet
- Tighten the lax skin around the neck, jowls & décolleté
- Improve acne scarring/scar revision
- Reduce visible pores
- Smooth and even out skin tone & texture
Many people desire the effects of full skin resurfacing for fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring, but 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. To fill the need for a machine that gave the effects of these procedures, but without the downtime, pain, and cost, Venus Concepts created the Venus Viva system.
WHAT IS THE VENUS VIVA AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The Venus Viva combines NanoFractional Radio Frequency (RF) and SmartScan technology into a system 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 use of NanoFractional RF delivers energy through the epidermis, to the dermis, to generate heat and initiate skin change, rebuilding collagen and fibroblast stimulation, all resulting in tissue remodelling. Because the system is “color blind” meaning it has no laser or light to it, the Venus Viva allows for all skin types and locations (except eyelids and lips) to be treated. Benefits of this treatment include the reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, scars, acne scars, pores, textural irregularities, tone, and superficial skin lesions. Patients with melasma also find that this treatment helps clear many of their discolorations too.
Due 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. See the illustration below to understand the difference between traditional fractional lasers and the Venus Viva. It shows how the Venus Viva tips’ pins go deeper into the skin and affect the underlying levels, as opposed to removing more surface skin and damaging the top level.
The Venus Viva is unique in that the tips have 1,000 pulses and can be reused in subsequent treatments (by a single patient only) if not all pulses are done with one treatment. This allows the treatment to cost less than other fractional devices that have single-use tips. Venus Viva treatments are most effective when done as a series of treatments, with at least 3 treatments being completed, usually in 4-6 week intervals. Multiple treatments are needed for full effects and you will continue to see your improvements develop, becoming more and more noticeable 2-6 months after your series is completed. This series of treatments can also be combined with other Metropolitan treatments including Pixel, Clear Lift, ThermiSmooth, Photo Rejuvenation, St. James medical peel, to enhance the effects of the Venus Viva, if needed.
WHAT AREAS ARE TREATED WITH VENUS VIVA TREATMENTS?
Most patients elect to have Venus Viva treatments to their face, neck, or chest, some patients also have their hands and arms, and other areas treated. The only areas that are not able to be treated with Venus Viva are the eyelids and lips.
IS THE VENUS VIVA COMFORTABLE?
Before you begin a Venus Viva series, the procedure will be discussed with you, pre and post care instructions are given, and photos are taken. A topical anaesthesia is applied to the area being treated for a comfortable experience. Many offices charge extra for topical anaesthetics but we have always believed that your comfort should come first, so we include this at no charge. The topical is kept on for 30-45 minutes, with the total treatment time taking about 90 minutes from start to finish depending on what areas are treated. A St. James ice mask and St James medical skincare will be applied to calm redness and to help promote the healing process.
WHAT WILL I EXPERIENCE DURING THE TREATMENT?
To perform the treatment, your technician will use the Venus Viva system to treat your specific area with individual pulses of energy. The technician will adjust the settings to treat different areas with different depths of energy for a complete customized treatment for each patient. You will feel warm during the treatment and you might experience what can be compared to a pin prick or rubber band snap. You may experience these sensations more in certain areas. You should let your technician know your comfort level during the treatment so the technician can make the necessary adjustments. The technician will remove your tip and label it for future treatments since each tip has a total of 1,000 individual pulses to be used. Your technician will also apply St James Ultra Calm and give you a post procedure product kit to take home.
WHAT KIND OF RESULTS CAN I EXPECT FROM A VENUS VIVA TREATMENT?
Shortly after the treatment there will be moderate redness and some light swelling of the treated zone in patterns the size of the treatment applicator. The redness should stop after a few hours, and the swelling should go down within 12-24 hours. You should apply the St. James products given to you at your treatment as needed to moisturize the skin. You should not use any aggressive products or a Clarisonic for a few days. This will help 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 needed) and applying the St. James Ultra Calm… 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.
WILL I NEED ADDITIONAL TREATMENTS?
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. Each session will further ablate and resurface the skin, resulting in a reduction of wrinkles, skin laxity, smaller pores, textural irregularities, and scarring. Again some patients with melasma will also notice the breaking up of various pigment. 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.
HOW MUCH DOES A VENUS VIVA TREATMENT COST?
The Metropolitan offers a package that includes a series of three (3) treatments, St James Medical Skincare aftercare products, and a complimentary 90 minute facial for $1800. Individual Venus Viva treatments are $700 per treatment. After your initial series of three treatments are completed, maintenance treatments are offered for lifetime at 50% off the individual price per session to help you maintain healthy skin.
IS THE METROPOLITAN PRICING COMPETITIVE?
Our prices are based upon our technicians’ high level of experience, the care you receive, our value-added benefits, the direct supervision of our clinical director, and the consumable costs for our treatments. While other offices may offer different pricing structures, we are confident that you will not receive the same level of care from any other clinic.
*Individual results may vary.
Suzanne was wonderful! She is knowledgable, comforting, and talented at how she customizes your treatment. I will definitely be going to her from now on, and referring my friends!