Sun damage, dark or light spots, visible veins, redness, bumps, and discoloration are common signs of premature aging. But they don’t have to be permanent. Intense pulse light (IPL) photofacial treatments are a simple way to minimize the appearance of these common signs of premature aging without the surgery.
Venus Versa™ photofacial treatments use IPL technology to help patients achieve a noticeably clearer, brighter, and younger-looking complexion. Here are some answers to commonly asked questions about Venus Versa™ photofacial treatments.
The best candidate for Venus Versa™ photofacial treatments is someone with uneven complexion and skin texture concerns, including discolorations, sun spots, café-au-lait spots, port wine stains, rosacea, and visible veins on their skin.
However, it should be noted that for safety reasons, an individual may not be an ideal candidate if they have any of the following:
Each session typically takes just 15–20 minutes, making it easy to fit into a busy schedule or a short lunch break. You may apply makeup and go about your regular activities immediately following treatment. For best results, book each appointment with some space between any treatments or activities that require direct contact with skin in the treatment area for 48 hours following each treatment.
While treatments are often most effective for light to medium skin tones, Venus Versa™ treatments are safe for darker skin tones. However, to determine if an individual may be at risk of discoloration, it’s best to consult directly with a certified treatment technician.
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.
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.
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: