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Skin Tightening Frequently Asked Questions
What is Skin Tightening with Venus Freeze?
Skin Tightening is a non-invasive, no downtime device used to treat wrinkles, tighten skin, reduce cellulite and circumference of fat and skin. The procedure uses multi-polar radio frequency and magnetic pulsed fields to the skin to produce a dense and uniform heat matrix. This causes collagen synthesis and contraction by heating the deep layer in the skin, activating the body’s repair response to make and remodel collagen. Over time, this process reduces the appearance of loose, saggy, lax skin. The Skin Tightening treatment is based on the principle of selective photothermolysis and utilizes radio frequency to deeply heat your skin while cooling and protecting the entire treated surface. Skin Tightening can be provided quickly and comfortably with no downtime. The end result is a more youthful appearance. Most patients describe it as “a warm stone massage”.

How does Skin Tightening work?
As our skin ages, its base foundation known as the dermal matrix begins to lose its tight, interwoven structure as some of its elastin and collagen strands become stretched. There is also a decreased production of collagen and elastin. The Skin Tightening procedure utilizes radio frequency energy to deeply heat collagen in the dermis. The heat also initiates the body’s natural healing or repair process, which creates a renewed collagen foundation leading to increased skin firmness. Powerful cooling maintains the outer surface of your skin at a cool temperature before, during, and after each pulse providing the patient a comfortable and safe procedure.

Who should consider Skin Tightening?
The procedure is recommended for those who desire mild to moderate, noticeable skin improvement, without surgery.

What is the treatment like?
The Venus Freeze radio frequency energy is delivered in a sequence of rapid, gentle pulses. Most patients describe it as a warm massage. A series of pulses will be repeated over the treatment area to ensure the best results. While the face and neck can typically be treated within 20 minutes, the actual time will depend on the volume of the area treated. We consider one area to be 9X9 inch area.

How much downtime will there be after treatment?
The treatment is non-invasive so there is no downtime. Patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities and even apply makeup or sunscreen after each session with no visible signs of treatment. You may experience some mild redness in the treated area, but this will fade away within minutes post treatment.

What areas can be treated?
Treatments are safe for all skin colors and can be performed on any area of the body where an improvement in your skin firmness is desired. Popular areas include the face, neck, abdomen, thighs, hands and arms. You should consult with Dr. Erhard regarding the treatment options that are best for you.

How many treatments will I need before I begin to see results?
6 treatment sessions for the face and 8-10 treatment sessions for the body are often recommended to achieve maximum collagen rebuilding and skin firming, but Dr. Erhard can work with you on a personalized treatment plan. Patients may see immediate firming results right after treatment, but the full effect of improvement is achieved with several sessions as collagen continues to rebuild.