February 13, 2020 Dr. Carolyn Mai

The Science Behind Skin Aging and How Venus Freeze Treatments Can Help

Despite our best efforts, skin aging happens to all of us. Some people may experience it sooner or more aggressively than others, and this can lead to problems with self-confidence and overall happiness.

Skin aging may be due to both internal and external factors. It involves the loss of elasticity, wrinkling, and a rough texture due to decreasing levels of collagen, elastin, and fibrin.

Venus Freeze treatments have been shown to safely and effectively improve skin aging without damaging the skin. It can also be used to shrink fat cells with no pain or downtime.

Read on to learn more about the science behind skin aging and how Venus Freeze treatments can help.

How Does Skin Aging Occur?

Skin aging is an inevitable process that affects everyone. Research shows that your skin can age due to both internal and external factors.

Internally, all of our organs age. However, the skin is one of the most noticeable due to its large surface area. This can lead to fine wrinkles, thin and dry skin, and gradual dermal atrophy.

Internal factors are due to what our genes dictate and to three factors that inevitably occur as we age: our body’s decreased ability to repair damage cells effectively, our decreased production of hormones, and the accumulation of free radicals.

External factors are characterized by exposure to harmful environmental factors, such as smoking, poor nutrition, air pollution, and sun exposure. This results in loss of elasticity, coarse wrinkles, and skin that feels rough to the touch. Perhaps the most damaging form of external skin aging is overexposure to solar ultraviolet rays. This type of skin damage is known as photoaging (1).

Research shows that these internal and external factors cause skin damage by causing changes to skin cells. These internal and external factors cause functional and structural changes to components that are needed to hydrate the skin, keep it elastic, and provide strength, such as elastin, collagens, and proteoglycans.

Loss of collagen is responsible for many skin aging symptoms, such as sagging skin. Research shows that your body naturally decreases its collagen production as you get older at a rate of 1% per year (6).

Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) are also reduced when you age, which can cause the skin to look dry and textured. These compounds are responsible for helping skin stay hydrated, and are greatly affected by oxidative stress and sun damage.

Here are some other factors that can lead to skin damage:

  • Oxidative stress: this occurs when reactive oxygen species (ROS) cause harmful free radicals in this body, which can lead to internal damage to the skin. Oxidative stress can also lead to increased photoaging due to its ability to decrease collagen levels.
  • DNA damage: persistent, overexposure to UV radiation leads to DNA mutations and damage that cause skin damage and even carcinogenesis (2). It occurs when DNA absorbs photons from UV-B rays and causes nucleotides to rearrange. Research shows that using sunscreen can help prevent this DNA damage.
  • Inflammaging: one of the most common reasons why skin aging occurs is due to chronic, low-grade inflammation. This is also referred to as “inflammaging” due to its role in age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and skin aging (3)(4). According to one study, inflammaging occurs when UV radiation causes oxidative stress in skin cells. This leads to damaged cells that are damaged with oxidized lipids. These oxidized lipids cause inflammation and cause long-term damage to the epidermis (1).
  • Telomere shortening: telomeres are nucleotide sequences that prevent chromosomes from becoming damaged. Ultimately, they become shorter with each cell division, which can reduce the number of new cells that are produced. Telomerase is an enzyme that prevents telomere sequences from getting shorter. Research shows that telomerase-deficiency may cause defective tissue regeneration and can lead to the appearance of skin aging (1).

What Are Venus Freeze Treatments?

Many skin aging treatments are available. However, many do not work, and some can even cause further damage to your skin.

Venus Freeze Treatment

Dr. Mai performing venus freeze facial.

Venus Freeze treatments are a non-invasive, skin-tightening method with no downtime or pain. Plus, any area of the body can be treated. According to one study, radiofrequency devices have been used for many years in place of surgical procedures. Venus Freeze treatments can be used for temporary cellulite, circumference reduction, and wrinkles.

Venus Freeze treatments involve the use of radiofrequency technology and pulsed magnetic fields to warm up the skin and stimulate the production of collagen. The treatment is designed to target the deep layers of your skin so that it produces more elastin, collagen, and fibrin. It can also be used to shrink fat cells.

The following is a list of body areas that you can have treated:

  • Legs and thighs
  • Hips and belly
  • Jowl and chin
  • Face and neck
  • Eyes
  • Back
  • Butt
  • Bra area
  • Love handles
  • Underarm area

Venus Freeze treatments cause a thermal effect to “heat up” the skin, and thereby induce collagen production without thermal damage to the various layers of the skin (5). Collagen helps fight aging by keeping skin hydrated, elastic, and wrinkle-free.

The procedure is a popular way to treat skin aging because it does not require surgery or needles.

Most people state that the treatment feels warm and relaxing.

Venus Freeze treatments are safe for all skin types.

For more information about venus treatments and how they work, please visit our venus treatment page here.

Conclusion

Skin damage is a natural part of aging. It occurs when both internal and external factors cause damage to skin cells and components that keep skin “youthful.”

With so many treatment options available, it can be hard to choose the right one. Additionally, many treatments can lead to further skin damage.

Venus treatments “heat up” the skin to produce the stimulation of collagen, which reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dry, textured skin.

Venus Freeze is a non-invasive, skin-tightening and fat shrinking procedure with no downtime or pain. You can treat any area of the body (not just the face), including sagging stomach, bra fat, and back areas.

Interested in a Venus Freeze Treatment?

Dr. Mai has the only Venus Freeze machine on island and is one of her personal favorite treatments.

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