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VISIA® Skin Analysis

Our VISIA® Skin Analysis system provides clients with a quantitative analysis and visual assessment of what’s happening beneath the surface of their skin. Cross-polarized and UV lighting are used to record and measure surface and subsurface skin conditions. UV photography provides the most complete data set available for sun damage assessment and analysis, including UV fluorescence imaging to reveal porphyrins. VISIA®’s unique imaging technology separates the unique color signatures of red and brown skin components for unequaled visualization of conditions that result in color concentration, such as spider veins, hyperpigmentation, inflammation and other conditions.

The VISIA® Skin Analysis gives you a grade on your skin compared to thousands of other people of the 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.

When you come in for your VISIA® skin analysis, 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, will review the report with you. This report helps us make your most detailed treatment plan. We will also make skincare 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. As always, we are here to answer your questions.


The above skin analysis features the following:

Spots: Spots are typically brown or red skin lesions including freckles, acne scars, hyper-pigmentation and vascular lesions. Spots are distinguishable by their distinct color and contrast from the background skin tone. Spots vary in size and generally have a circular shape.

Pores: Pores are the circular surface openings of sweat gland ducts. Due to shadowing, pores appear darker than the surrounding skin tone and are identified by their darker color and circular shape. The VISIA® system distinguishes pores from spots based on size; by definition, the area of a pore is much smaller than a spot.

Wrinkles: Wrinkles are furrows, folds or creases in the skin, which increase in occurrence as a result of sun exposure, and are associated with decreasing skin elasticity. This skin feature has the greatest variability from image to image as it is highly dependent upon the facial expression of the client. Wrinkles are identified by their characteristic long, narrow shape.

Texture: Texture is primarily an analysis of skin smoothness. Texture measures skin color and smoothness by identifying gradations in color from the surrounding skin tone, as well as peaks (shown in yellow) and valleys (shown in blue) on the skin surface that indicate variations in the surface texture.

Porphyrins: Porphyrins are bacterial excretions that can become lodged in pores and lead to acne. Porphyrins fluoresce in UV light and exhibit circular white spot characteristics.

UV Spots: UV spots occur when melanin coagulates below the skin surface as a result of sun damage. UV spots are generally invisible under normal lighting conditions. The selective absorption of the UV light by the epidermal melanin enhances its display and detection by VISIA®.

Red Areas: Red Areas represent a potential variety of conditions, such as acne, inflammation, Rosacea or spider veins. Blood vessels and hemoglobin contained in the papillary dermis, a sub-layer of skin, give these structures their red color, which is detected by the RBX Technology in VISIA®. Acne spots and inflammation vary in size but are generally round in shape. Rosacea is usually larger and diffuse compared to acne, and spider veins usually are short, thin and can be interconnected in a dense network.

Brown spots: Brown Spots are lesions on the skin such as hyper-pigmentation, freckles, lentigines, and melasma. Brown Spots occur from an excess of Melanin. Melanin is produced by melanocytes in the bottom layer of the epidermis. Brown Spots produce an uneven appearance to the skin, and are detected in VISIA® by RBX.

Recommended Frequency

Before and after a full series of treatments.

Who Should Get This

Everyone, for all skin types and conditions, especially those concerned with results and how quantifying how the skin is progressing.

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