First, don’t let the name mislead you. There is no actual freezing involved in a Venus Freeze treatment. The name comes from the treatment’s effect, which is to ‘freeze’ the effects of time, weather and age on your skin. It does this with no chemicals, needles or pain!
Our skin wrinkles and sags as we age. We also lose volume which can lead to sunken areas on our face, especially our cheeks and under our eyes. This happens because our body produces less collagen and elastin. These two molecules together are responsible for keeping our skin firm and elastic. Wrinkles result where fissures form in our collagen lattice. These fissures are created over time by facial expressions, which can break down the collagen structure. Eventually, these wrinkles that used to only be there when we were smiling, laughing, crying or frowning become permanent as our body fails to replenish the lost collagen.
A similar loss of elastin is responsible for our skin sagging. Elastin is what gives our skin the youthful ability to spring back into shape when at rest. Once again, as we age, the network of elastin fibers breaks down in the areas of our face that see the most movement. This leads to our skin sagging in these areas.
While we do provide a number of injectable treatments that can correct these problems, such as Botox or Dysport to relax wrinkle-prone areas such as our forehead or the bunny lines between our brows, and volume-adding injectables such as Revanesse, Juvederm and Restylane to fill in lines and wrinkles, we are also proud to offer the increasingly popular Venus Freeze treatment.
How Does Venus Freeze Work?
By using a combination of Magnetic Pulse Therapy and Multi-Polar Radio Frequency, the Venus Freeze stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the subdermal layers. It does this by penetrating under the top layer of skin and causing microscopic heat damage to the underlying layers, where collagen and elastin are found. Our body then naturally works to heal this damage by creating new collagen and elastin. It is very much like turning back the clock and restoring your levels of these essential molecules to what they were years previously. The result is firmer, smoother skin with fewer lines and wrinkles and greater elasticity.
It’s All In the FibroBlasts
What the heck is a fibroblast, and why should you care? We can’t tell you if you should care or not, but these cells are vitally important. They produce collagen, elastin and a few other things that are essential for our skin to maintain a youthful appearance.
Collagen is a tough, strong fiber that provides the superstructure for our skin cells. If you could remove everything but the collagen from a cell, you would leave behind a collagen framework or skeleton in the exact shape of the cell. Without collagen, our skin would sag like the jowls on a bulldog. Yikes! Collagen is also essential for wound healing. When we get a cut or scrape, our body immediately begins to create a superstructure around the wound from fibrous proteins called fibrin. After sealing the wound with platelets, the fibroblasts go to work creating a framework of collagen over which new skin cells can grow.
Our fibroblasts produce twelve different varieties of collagen and know exactly which type to make for any situation.
Think of elastin as a network of rubber bands that weave in and around our cells. This provides our skin with its amazing elasticity – the ability to stretch as we make facial expressions and snap back into shape when our facial muscles are at rest.
How Venus Freeze Turns Back the Clock
Now that you know how our skin heals itself, you can understand exactly how and why Venus Freeze treatments work. Remember the Magnetic Pulse Therapy and Multi-Polar Radio Frequency we mentioned above? To demystify this, these two technologies work almost like microwave radiation does, except that they are precisely calibrated to affect only the very shallow subdermal layer, without touching the surrounding tissues. The heat created by a Venus Freeze treatment, which you won’t be able to feel – the treatments are painless – damages the fibroblasts and breaks down the collagen and elastin. While this might sound like the opposite of what we want to achieve, it actually stimulates your body to create new, and therefore younger, fibroblasts which in turn create new (and more) collagen and elastin.
Safe for All Skin Tones
If you have very dark or very light skin, some other treatments might not be recommended for you. Venus Freeze treatments are effective for all skin tones.
How Long Does a Session Take?
While treatment times vary from one patient to another, a typical treatment lasts less than 30 minutes.
How Many Treatments Will I Need to See Results?
Expect to need from 6 to 8 treatments before seeing results. This is because each treatment only does a small amount of damage to the subdermal layer. It has to be done this way to prevent the possibility of scarring of the underlying tissues. Treatments can be done one week apart though, so it won’t take months for the results to appear!
What Does a Treatment Feel Like?
A Venus Freeze Treatment is so comfortable that many patients compare it to a hot stone massage. Some people even fall asleep during a treatment. While you will feel a sensation of heat, there shouldn’t be any pain at all. If the heat level becomes uncomfortable let us know and we can adjust the setting.
How Long Does the Effect Last?
After you’ve had the recommended 6 to 8 treatments, your skin will continue to improve for up to 4 months afterward. Of course, your skin continues to age, so you’ll need maintenance treatments every 1 to 4 months. The period will vary depending upon the individual.
Is There Any Downtime After A Treatment?
While your skin may be a little red and warm immediately following treatment, this should go away within a couple of hours at most. There is absolutely no downtime and you can apply lotions or makeup immediately following your treatment.
Do Treatments Work for Men Too?
Absolutely. There is almost no difference between men’s and women’s skin. Men’s skin tends to be a little thicker and tougher than women’s skin, but the dermal layers and cellular makeup are exactly the same. Any of our age-defying treatments at MagnifaSkin will be just as effective for men as they are for women.
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