Aging is an inevitable part of life, but the cosmetic signs of aging can be distressing when they begin to appear. Youthful skin is abundant in collagen and elastin, essential proteins in the body that give skin its firm, supple texture and youthful glow. Unfortunately, collagen and elastin production start to slow down significantly as we age.
Though there are ways to slow down this process by living a healthy lifestyle, we all start seeing volume loss, wrinkles, folds, and sagging skin at some point, which can be emotionally difficult to deal with. Even young people can deal with skin issues like acne scarring or large pores that can cause low self-esteem, confidence issues, and difficulty in social or professional situations. While these skin issues are not dangerous to those who suffer from them, they can have negative impacts on quality of life.
If you are struggling with skin problems or signs of aging, there’s good news: modern aesthetic treatments are less invasive and more effective than ever before. VoluDerm is one of the non-surgical skin treatments you can explore at American Self in Richmond, VA.
What is VoluDerm?
VoluDerm combines two popular skin rejuvenation techniques for cutting-edge dermal technology: micro-needling and radiofrequency energy. Using fine micropins to penetrate the skin and activate the underlying dermal layer, radiofrequency energy is delivered deep into the tissues, causing the body to start producing new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid. Working together, these three substances help to restore the skin’s natural beauty, firmness, and vibrancy. The treatment also visibly smooths the skin to improve overall skin tone and correct cosmetic imperfections.
Benefits of VoluDerm
VoluDerm can treat several different skin concerns for patients young and old. Benefits of the treatment can include:
- Fewer wrinkles and fine lines
- Smoother, more even skin tone
- Firmer skin with improved volume
- Reduced acne scarring
- Smaller pore size
VoluDerm for stretch marks is also a common request from patients—and the treatment can help to reduce their appearance. VoluDerm reviews indicate that patients often find they gain renewed confidence and self-esteem once their skin starts looking more youthful and rejuvenated.
Who is a Candidate for VoluDerm?
Because VoluDerm skin tightening is gentle and non-invasive, it is appropriate for a wide range of patients with many different skin types. Both men and women can benefit from the treatment, and good candidates for VoluDerm are people who are concerned with signs of aging in the face or poor texture and skin irregularities caused by acne scars or large pores. It is also a great option for people with sensitive skin, as the procedure is both gentle and effective. Though VoluDerm can produce impressive, long-lasting results, patients should have realistic expectations for the procedure and understand the limitations of a non-invasive treatment for anti-aging. Patients with moderate to severe facial aging might want to consider a more in-depth treatment or cosmetic surgery to see satisfactory improvement. Taking a look at VoluDerm before and after pictures can help you see what typical results are, and can assist you in determining whether or not your expectations for the procedure are realistic.
Your Skin Consultation
Before you undergo cosmetic skin treatments at American Self, you’ll need to schedule a consultation at our offices. During your consultation, Dr. Hillelson will assess your skin and discuss your goals with you to ensure that the VoluDerm procedure is right for you. With her wealth of knowledge, Dr. Hillelson can recommend a treatment plan that suits your skin type and goals, which may include a combination of procedures. The consultation is the perfect setting to get to know Dr. Hillelson and ask any questions you have about skin rejuvenation.
The VoluDerm Procedure
VoluDerm is performed in the office setting, since it is a non-invasive procedure requiring no anesthesia. Our staff ensures patient comfort before the VoluDerm treatment commences. A handheld device is then used to apply micro-needles to the skin, which are so small that patients do not experience any pain from the process. Radiofrequency energy is delivered to the skin through the needles, which stimulate the body’s production of skin-rejuvenating substances. Once the area has been treated, patients can safely head home or back to other normal activities.
The VoluDerm Recovery
VoluDerm does not require any downtime or special recovery instructions. Patients can resume all normal activities right away, including work, school, and exercise. Though the procedure involves micro-needling, there will be no bleeding or bruising following treatment, because VoluDerm addresses the deeper layers of skin. Many patients notice that their skin feels tighter and smoother immediately following the treatment, but more extensive rejuvenation will occur during the following months, as the skin produces its own agents and repairs itself. As with other cosmetic skin treatments, patients should take care to protect the skin from the sun to preserve the results of the treatment and avoid brown spots.
How many VoluDerm sessions will I need?
Because VoluDerm is a gentle treatment, patients will see more improvement after several sessions, typically spaced several weeks apart to allow the body to produce collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acids. Optimal results generally require at least three treatments, and may require as many as eight. It all depends on your goals and the condition of your skin.
Is VoluDerm safe for dark skin?
Since radiofrequency energy does not interact with the pigment of the skin, VoluDerm is safe for all skin types. Laser treatments often prompt unwanted reactions in darker skin, such as changes in pigmentation, but Voluderm uses collagen-boosting radiofrequency energy that should not cause any ill effects in skin pigment.
What areas can be treated with VoluDerm?
While many patients are solely interested in facial VoluDerm treatments, the procedure is actually quite versatile and safe for other areas of the body. Many patients have benefitted from VoluDerm treatments to address skin problems and aging on the hands, neck, upper chest, and other areas. Multiple areas can be treated for comprehensive rejuvenation, if need be.
How long will it take to see results from VoluDerm?
Voluderm for scars, wrinkles, and other skin problems works gradually and steadily. Patients will see very little change in the skin immediately following treatment. This is normal, and should not be a cause for alarm. Skin quality and tightness will improve over the weeks and months following treatment. The results are long-lasting, and improve when multiple treatments are performed over several months.
Are there any risks to VoluDerm treatments?
While many treatments have associated side effects, VoluDerm is so mild that patients rarely even notice the redness and swelling common with other skin treatments. It’s a perfect solution for people who want to look younger and get great results, but are worried about complications from cosmetic treatments.
Can the procedure be combined with other treatments?
VoluDerm addresses many different skin concerns, but some patients might benefit from combining the procedure with other treatments. Dr. Hillelson can provide guidance in choosing the procedures that will help you reach your goals.
How long do VoluDerm treatments take?
Each treatment is brief, and typically takes no more than an hour to complete. There is no skin preparation required and no aftercare, so patients can leave right after the procedure.
Is the procedure painful?
Most patients find the procedure quite painless. The micro-needles used in treatment are almost unnoticeable, as they do not affect the top layer of skin. No anesthesia is needed for the treatment.
The Right Procedure for Your Skin
VoluDerm is an exciting, cutting-edge procedure for our patients at American Self. If you’d like to learn more about this procedure and schedule a consultation with Dr. Hillelson, call our offices in Richmond, VA, at 804.290.0060 today to find out what treatment is right for you.