Most of us are familiar with fractional resurfacing treatments that utilize carbon dioxide to treat lines, wrinkles, skin texture irregularities, hyperpigmentation and acne scaring. The premise of C02 treatments is to ablate and burn through the skin to stimulate collagen. The downtime associated with CO2 treatments is between 7-10 days and extreme redness can persist for weeks after treatment.
With that said the aesthetic world is always advancing their technology to improve the results and experience for patients. The e-matrix is a perfect example of these recent innovations. The technology for e-matrix employs the use of radio frequency energy to treat mild to moderate wrinkles, red and brown spots and skin texture abnormalities. Not only does e-matrix achieve fractional laser type results it is done without substantial downtime.
What is e-matrix and what are the benefits?
This unique aesthetic treatment delivers fractionated bi-polar radio frequency energy, to the skin. The type of energy in this treatment allows the top layer of the skin to stay whole and produces most of the heat below the skin which stimulates collagen production. The healthy skin, around the fractionated area where the energy is delivered, accelerates the healing process, smoothing out imperfections in the skin. In fact, recent studies at the 2011 American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery meeting found that this unique technology may be among the safest to treat darker skin types.
What aesthetic problems can e-matrix treat?
- Acne Scarring
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Sun damage
- Textural irregularities
- Stretch marks
What is the downtime?
You can expect the skin to be red immediately following the treatment and many describe the feeling as a mild sunburn. Luckily, you can wear make-up 12 hours after and the redness will diminish on day 2 or 3. It is pivotal to use a broad spectrum sun protection of at least 30 SPF to and keep the area protected. We recommend applying a breathable foundation called Oxygentix to conceal and protect the area treated.
When can I expect to see results?
Typical treatment protocols include 3 or more treatment sessions, 4-6 weeks apart to see optimal results. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on your skin’s condition and your aesthetic goals. Two weeks after one session, you will see improvement in texture, tone and clarity. Collagen takes more time to grow and you will see a significant improvement over the next several weeks as collagen begins to build.
Why this is a WOW factor?
This is a WOW factor for a few reasons!
- The traditional resurfacing treatments burn the top layer of skin as well as the healthy skin to the point of complete ablation. This forces new skin to develop, but the process is very slow and painful. The downtime is significant and over the course of several weeks. E-Matrix works under all these to target the collagen production at the source. There is pain, there is downtime, but very minimal (almost none if you’ve undergone the traditional ones) as compared to laser and light resurfacing.
- E-matrix is that its focused energy currents are applied to the skin in a matrix, bypassing upper layers of the skin which results in stimulation of the natural production of collagen at the source. In turn, this kind of “resets” the body’s regenerative process producing results that continue to improve over time.
- This treatment can be safely performed on all skin tones and skin types.
- The results and benefits being delivered to your skin are the same as fractional treatments with less downtime, injury to the skin and money.