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Three Cheers for SVC™, Viora’s Proprietary Technology!

There are several different fractional technologies in today’s aesthetic world. Applications and technologies range from Fractional Ablative lasers (C02, Er:YAG) indicated for skin resurfacing, with epidermal ablation, Fractional non-ablative lasers (such as diode) indicated for skin rejuvenation with dermal coagulation / necrosis, and Fractional RF indicated for skin rejuvenation and resurfacing, with epidermal ablation and dermal coagulation / necrosis at the same time.

However who wants three separate devices to perform these treatments? With Viora’s SVC™ technology incorporating all of the above, patients and physicians can give a hearty “hip, hip hoorary!”

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What is SVC?

Viora’s SVC technology has the ability to produce three biological responses: only ablation (like ablative lasers), only coagulation / necrosis (like non-ablative lasers) or a combination of both (like other fractional RF systems). In addition, SVC is designed and set apart from other fractional RF systems with three unique features of Switching, Vacuum and Cooling. With Viora’s SVC technology our practitioners can treat patients as if they have three systems in one.

I’ve been working with Viora and SVC™ technology for over 5 months and am continuously impressed by the outcomes I’m able to achieve. Having the ability to customize the penetration depth, per each individual patient is a great benefit and allows me to easily address a range of conditions. In addition, the bipolar radio frequency technology allows me to treat any skin type. My patients are extremely satisfied with the procedures and the results.” – Nicole Hayre, MD, FAAD, Virginia, USA

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Switching allows the practitioner to control the RF depth of penetration according to the symptoms treated in the deep layers of the reticular dermis, papillary dermis and the epidermis. Switching can be understood by recognizing there are two key features, the smart heat and the actual switching process. The Smart Heat feature is the first part of the switching mechanism which creates volumetric heating of the treatment area before releasing the fractional pulse. The tissue conductivity of RF energy correlates to the tissue temperature, an increase in skin temperature lowers skin impedance (or resistance) and consequently the target tissue is selectively heated by the RF current. Pre-heating of the target tissue by “smart heat” increases skin conductivity prior to the fractional pulse and reduces the energy levels needed, thereby reducing patients’ pain levels and post-operative complications or side effects. Switching works by pairing fractional rows at different distances, with the distance between the electrodes directly influencing the depth of penetration of RF energy. Switching also provides comfort for the patient.

Vacuum is incorporated to aid in proper coupling of the skin and comfort. The vacuum therefore contributes in three major aspects: Ensuring proper coupling of electrodes to the skin eliminates “bad coupling” which minimizes the risk of epidermal burns; reduction of pain levels due to the mechanical force applied to the tissue (“Gate Theory”); and the ability to achieve more equal, consistent and symmetrical injury points due to the stretching of the skin.

Cooling is integrated advanced TEC technology (Thermal Electric Cooling) which cools the epidermis and surrounding tissue. Simultaneous epidermal cooling and deep volumetric tissue heating allows sustained delivery of higher energy in a single treatment. If the temperature of the target tissue is higher than that of the surrounding tissue, then the RF current will be selectively focused to increase heating of the target tissue. Hence, the cooling itself drives the electrical current inside the tissue, leading to an increase in penetration depth. The cooling in the spot aids in: protection of the superficial skin layers minimizing the risk of epidermal injuries, while delivering a safer and more tolerated treatment.

 “The Viora V-touch has proven to be the most successful skin resurfacing/rejuvenation device ever utilized in our practice in terms of the right blend of ablation and thermal tightening. After a series of three treatments, patients show remarkable reduction in skin laxity, as well as significant homogenization of color, texture, tone and pore reduction. It is without a doubt one of the cornerstone devices of our cosmetic dermatology practice.” – David B. Vasily M.D, PA, USA

What are the benefits of SVC?

The advantages of Viora’s fractional RF is the treatment is more safe and effective with more comfort for your patients. High energy levels are not needed and lower energy levels are still as effective. With the ability to adjust the depth of penetration (Programs: Shallow, Medium or Deep), you can receive ablative and / or coagulative responses in each skin layer. This means that all body parts, even bony areas can be treated comfortably and effectively.

SVC technology is integrated in V-touch and the V-FR handpiece, available with the V30 & V20 multi-technology platforms. If you want more information on how Viora’s SVC technology can help you, contact us today!

*SVC, V-touch and V-FR not available in the US.

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Viora’s PCR Proprietary Technology – The second generation of light technology is HERE!

Viora is excited about its unique PCR technology and what it has to offer to patients and practitioners – a fully customizable treatment for each individual patient for the most popular light-based aesthetic procedures!

But what does PCR mean?

PCR or PulseConfiguRhythm is Viora’s proprietary technology with advanced light-based technology that incorporates a unique pulse configuration and pulse shape to ensure a safe and effective treatment for all skin types. The pulse shape is designed to treat patients safely and comfortable with a smooth and controlled charge of the IPL flash while the different pulse configurations offer fully customizable treatments per patient, per indication.

So how does PCR really benefit you?

“PCR technology gives us the level of control needed to match the pulse wave and duration as closely as we can with the thermal relaxation time (TRT) of the target. This means more energy is absorbed by the target rather than surrounding tissue, which is the key to successful selective photothermolysis; efficient energy absorption gives us the specificity required to get the most out of delivered energy. Individualized treatment capability leads to improved safety, more rapid healing, enhanced results and a better overall patient experience.” – Steven Shapiro M.D., medical director of Gardens Dermatology in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

PCR was developed to three options in pulse configurations to tailor your treatments to each patient’s comfort level and Fitzpatrick Skin type.

A single pulse, multiple pulse and a rapid pulse allow physicians and operators to target different colors and sizes of lesions, different thickness of hair and colors of hair with the right amount of coagulation and the right amount of safe energy, for each patient. PCR allows the operator to treat all skin types with advanced settings to control the pulse duration and intervals of the total pulse; this allows the epidermis to stay cool while giving the target chromophore enough heat absorption to coagulate the indication that’s being treated.

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And why is an adjustable pulse duration so important? The pulse duration plays an important role in efficacy and safety of the treatment. The shorter the pulse duration the more aggressive the pulse will be. A short pulse will be suitable for “difficult-to-treat symptoms” (such as light hair or lighter pigmented lesions). However, the target size will also influence the chosen duration. Based on the principle of the TRT (Thermal Relaxation Time), larger targets (such as thick hair or blood vessels) will be more effectively treated with a longer pulse duration since there is a need for more coagulation. Additionally, the depth of the indication also influences the pulse duration needed, where shorter pulse durations penetrate more superficially and longer pulse durations penetrate deeper.

“I’ve had treatments with other lasers for my legs because I had problems with shaving.  I hesitated to do the bikini because I wasn’t sure it was worth the pain.  I’m so glad I did it because the results were awesome and the treatment was so much more tolerable with the V30.” – Boston, USA

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We’re convinced that you’ll be as excited about PCR as we are (and those who’ve already used it are!)! PCR is integrated into the V-IPL handpiece, which is available with the V20 and V30 multi-technology platforms. For more information on how you can see PCR in action, contact us today!

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