What do the treatments feel like?
Patients describe Venus Versa™ photofacial treatments as feeling like a light snap or flick on the skin. The sensation is very brief, as the applicator moves around the treatment area. The applicator’s built-in cooling feature prevents hot spots, making Venus Versa™ treatments more comfortable than other treatment options, particularly in sensitive areas like the upper lip.
How many sessions are needed to see results? Are they permanent?
Most patients see the best results after four or five treatments, each spaced three weeks apart. However, the exact number of treatments depends on the individual and the treatment area. A certified treatment provider will be able to outline the best treatment plan based on each patient’s individual needs. How long results are maintained also varies from patient to patient and is dependent on how the skin reacts to the treatment and the level of skin care post-procedure. For example, results will last longer if skin is protected from the sun daily. In most cases, one touch-up session is recommended approximately every three to six months, depending on the skin’s response to the treatment.
Is there any specific pre- or post-procedure care required?
Ensure the treatment area is clean prior to each appointment. Do not apply lotions, creams, powders, or makeup before each treatment session, and stop using any products that might irritate skin two to three days prior to treatment. Avoid tanning, including with self-tanners, two weeks before and two weeks after treatment, and use sunscreen and sun protection (like layers and hats) whenever going outdoors—even in cloudy weather. If possible, patients should have their complete medical history available in case it is required by the treatment provider.
Following treatments, skin may feel warm, like a sunburn, and may remain red for up to 24 hours. Makeup may be applied to neutralize redness immediately following treatment, though it is recommended to apply sunscreen first. Hot baths, massages, or other activities requiring direct skin contact should be avoided for the first two days post-treatment. Be sure to follow instructions for before and after each treatment as outlined by the treatment provider.
To learn more about Venus Versa™ photofacial treatments, or to receive a customized treatment plan, start by locating a certified treatment provider near you.