Collagen and elastin are two of the most important words in aesthetic dermatology. So, why are collagen and elastin so important? As the human body ages, collagen production significantly decreases as well as the quality of collagen produced. Decreased collagen production and quality results in skin that is less youthful looking with increased fine lines and wrinkles. Elastin’s name takes after its function – elasticity and allows the skin to stretch and come back to its initial state. Elastin is also lost over time. Elastin and collagen are two of the most important aspects of skin to address to turn back the aging process.
STIMULATING COLLAGEN AND ELASTIN
Over the counter products claim to have the ability of affecting collagen and elastin. Product claims are usually very exaggerated and cannot live up to their touted effects. Over the counter products mostly affect the stratum corneum (dead layer) of the skin and the epidermis. This is important because collagen and elastin reside in the dermis (living layer of skin), not the epidermis or stratum corneum. In essence, the over the counter products are wasting consumers time and money.
VIVACE – MUCH MORE THAN JUST MICRONEEDLING
Vivace is one of the most revolutionary devices on the market that can rebuild collagen and elastin. It is a medical device that delivers radiofrequency (heat) waves through the pins. New collagen is formed with the application of radiofrequency waves. The addition of new collagen helps smooth lines, tighten pores, and resurface scars. Radiofrequency is also proven to establish new elastin in the skin. New elastin has a skin lifting and skin tightening effect. New elastin and collagen give the skin a more youthful glow and in effect turns back time on aging. Collagen and elastin production ramps up after Vivace is performed and continues to produce extra amounts until approximately six months after the procedure. Lastly, the radiofrequency evens out skin tone by decreasing melanin production. Melanin is responsible for skin color.
AM I A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR VIVACE?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for Vivace. Unfortunately, there are some absolute contraindications that must be discussed with your Vivace provider including but not limited to: pregnancy, breastfeeding, implanted electronic devices, Accutane use, and seizures triggered by light. It is important to tell your provider all of your current medications and medical concerns to establish if you are a good candidate for Vivace. Vivace can be used wherever you experience loose skin, including your face, neck, chest, abdomen, thighs, and more.