by Liz Janowski, VP
We are ridiculously excited to introduce our new VISIA camera to the office. We had been eyeing this state-of-the-art technology for a long time now and were anxiously awaiting the release of the latest version. It allows us to give you the most advanced skin health recommendations. It is a part of our commitment to giving you the most educated, efficacious, and medically-sound skin care and anti-aging recommendations.
The VISIA, which looks like a big space helmet, takes super high-resolution images of your skin. Using a camera that captures not only what is visible on your skin, but what lies beneath the surface, the VISIA gives you the most accurate picture of your overall skin health.
The VISIA gives you a grade on your skin compared to thousands of other people of your same age and gender. You get a score on each of six qualities: Spots, Wrinkles, Texture, Pores, UV Spots, Brown Spots, Red Areas, and Porphyrins (or bacteria on the skin). The VISIA also grades your eyelashes on length and thickness. Finally, the VISIA gives you a TrueSkin age. Your skin age is rated against your real age.
The report is an incredible insight into your skin. It can also be pretty scary. I wasn’t very excited to see that even after years of sunscreen usage, avoiding the sun, and preaching about the importance of sun protection, I still rated low on UV Spots and Brown Spots. (see report included here) Lower scores mean you are in a low percentile … i.e. high scores are good. I was very excited to get the highest rating on my eyelashes. I guess all that regular Latisse usage is paying off!
My worst score was on Red Areas. I am a pink-toned person, but the very low score on red areas encouraged me to up my sunscreen usage and go back in for a series of IPL treatments. IPL can alleviate some of this redness.
My True Skin Age was 29 and I am 36, so I was pretty excited about that. However, the VISIA does have an aging simulator function which can age your skin up to 5 years. I didn’t like what I saw, and am even more committed than ever to avoiding the sun, using great skin care, and getting regular IPL treatments and Botox. I will also be more diligent with sunscreen, Retin-A usage, and getting regular chemical peels. Anything to keep that sun damage in check!
The makers of VISIA recommend you do a photo 2-3 times a year to check on your skin condition. And we are so excited to share this technology with every patient.
When you come in for your VISIA treatment, it is critical that you come make-up and sunscreen free. Makeup and sunscreen diffuse the accuracy of the photos. (We will give you sunscreen to apply when you leave.) The photo takes just a moment and one of our highly trained medical staff, or Dr. Janowski, will review the report with you. This report helps us make your most detailed treatment plan. We will also make skin care recommendations – as 90% of your skin’s health depends on what you are doing at home.
We will also print a report for you and for your files in our office – and we will email you the report so you can play with the software and images at home. As always, we are here to answer your questions.
I can’t wait for you to try the VISIA. I am so excited to share this powerful knowledge and tool with you. And while I wasn’t excited to see how much redness and pigment I have in my skin, I am more motivated than ever to take good care of my face for years to come.
Call us today to schedule your VISIA consultation. It is free (for a limited time) to all current patients.
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*Results may vary from patient to patient