Sponsored by Lasering USA
For several decades there has been an ever-increasing desire for, and migration to, non- and/ or minimally invasive cosmetic procedures and treatments. Hence, many products and devices have been marketed to the medical and spa communities to fill this void. A good number of these devices are laser systems of various wavelengths designed to deliver mild aesthetic treatments with little to no post-operative downtime.
The CO2 laser has long been considered the gold standard for skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. Now, with the addition of the non-ablative Venezia Lift® procedure, this is taken to a whole new level. The Venezia Lift is a new upgrade to the MiXto Pro fractional CO2 laser from Lasering USA (San Ramon, Calif.) that includes a software update and a special scanning handpiece for non-ablative fractional skin treatment.
Rather than having to choose between purchasing an ablative or non-ablative device, the MiXto Pro delivers both modalities in one device via two patented technologies. The new Venezia Lift (unavailable on other CO2 laser platforms) offers a short 15-minute procedure for the periocular area to lessen the appearance of crow’s feet and tighten loose, saggy skin around the eyes, but can also be performed anywhere on or off the face.
As more than just a non-ablative procedure, the Venezia Lift is designed to deliver laser energy into the dermis, generating the necessary heat to rejuvenate tissue through new collagen production, thus smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles by tightening the skin. It creates thousands of small microcolumns of coagulated tissue via the special scanning handpiece, producing results similar to other non-ablative devices.
The protocol calls for a series of three treatments, delivered approximately three weeks apart with the ultimate results being realized several months after the third treatment.
Post-operatively, the tissue is slightly pink for a day or two, quickly resolving back to normal skin color. If desired, a patient can return immediately to work without major swelling, broken skin or the four to five days of bronzing/peeling associated with traditional ablative fractional CO2 laser treatments.
There is no risk or downtime of any kind. There are no consumables and application of topical anesthetic is all that is required for the procedure. Although not required, it is recommended to keep the skin moist (via application of a topical moisturizer) for a couple of weeks after treatment. Since this procedure is non-ablative it can often be done by any trained medical personnel, subject to state laser regulations.
With the MiXto Pro CO2 laser, medical practitioners can perform aggressive ablative, medium ablative or mild, minimally ablative (aka, Lunch Time Peel or Buff & Shine) procedures. And now, with the addition of Venezia Lift, they can offer their patients a no downtime non-ablative treatment, all in one device.