What is skin tightening?
A non-surgical solution to sagging skin sounds like a dream come true. The Viora skin tightening (or V-ST) technology that we use is incredibly effective, and most people begin to see a difference after one treatment. The V-ST can improve fine lines and wrinkles, loose and sagging skin, scaring, textural issues and stretch marks. It is also used to reduce the hanging fatty tissue that occurs at the jaw line with weight gain or aging. The technology provides an excellent and effective alternative to surgical face-lifts, tummy tucks and more.
Who can be treated with skin tightening?
This is a very safe technology, and most anyone can be treated. It is not safe to undergo this treatment if you have active cancer, open wounds in the treatment area, recent surgery, metal medical implants in the treatment area or trauma to the area that needs addressing.
What are treatments like?
Once you are comfortably relaxing in our private treatment room, ultrasound gel will be applied to the treatment area. The aesthetician will then begin making passes with the V-ST handpiece in a grid like fashion. At first you are unlikely to feel any heat or energy, but as she continues to make passes you may begin to feel a sensation of energy on the skin. While the goal is to use as much energy as you are comfortable with, the patient should never experience any discomfort over their rating of 3 on a scale of 1-10. Depending on the size of the area being treated it could take anywhere from 10-30 minutes for the procedure to be finished.
How many treatments will I need?
It depends on the issue being treated. Fine lines around the eyes and forehead may be treated in as few as three visits. Whereas someone with deep scaring or stretch marks may require as many as 6-8 treatments.
How do I find out if this would work for me?
Consultations at Old City MedSpa are free. You can schedule one online or by giving us a call. Our aesthetician will sit down with you to discuss your concerns, and to go over the treatment protocol that is right for you.
I noticed your motto is “affordable anti-aging”. What do you mean by that?
We know that everyone has a desire to look and feel their best. It is our mission to make anti-aging treatment affordable for regular people. Not just the wealthy. We offer memberships to give you deep discounts on our already affordable services, so that you can pay for your treatments as you go. Don’t hesitate to come in and see us to learn more. There is never any sales pressure. We want you to have all the information you need to make the decision that is right for you.
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How does this work?
Treatment results are accomplished using Viora’s patented Multi-CORE technology which delivers radiofrequency (rf) energy to different layers of tissue depending on the concern of the patient.
Radiofrequency energy is a form of electromagnetic energy. When applied to tissue it produces electromagnetic fields, and causes molecules in the tissue to vibrate. The result of this is the generation of heat. This energy is effective for its intended results, but it is not dangerous because the energy is too low to affect the structure of atoms it contacts.
The way this works is by heating fat cells. The heat generated by the vibrating tissues causes the fat cells to shrink by increasing circulation to the area. Cells respond by expelling triglycerides and increasing their absorption of oxygen and nutrients. This in turn improves the metabolism of the cell. Additionally, within the tissue, collagen begins to remodel due to heat and mechanical stretching. Old collagen is broken down and new production is initiated. Basically, fat cells shrink and begin to behave more healthily, and new collagen is produced to provide better structure against bulging fat cells. The result is the smoothing and tightening of the skin.
Older technologies using radiofrequency were delivered to the tissue using a single electrode. This allowed the rf energy to pass through the patient to a large grounding electrode/pad on the the other side of the body, and usually created a very uncomfortable experience. Our Viora Multi-CORE technology uses two electrodes allowing the rf energy to pass through a very small area allowing for a more localized therapy and a much more comfortable experience.
In addition to being more comfortable for the patient, the Multi-CORE technology allows for faster heating. This results in shorter treatment time, even heating, better clinical outcomes, and lower chances for side effects (including much less bruising).
This same technology is used in our V-Form protocols (such as the ReFit protocol) to reduce sagging skin on the body, such as occurs with post pregnancy, post liposuction, or after loosing a great deal of weight. It is also used to reduce cellulite and fat volume on the buttocks, thighs, back, abdomen, arms and more. We will go into greater detail on these types of treatments in another post.