Sublative technology is the most commonly used to effectively treat mild to moderate wrinkles, acne scarring and pitting, and other skin irregularities with minimal discomfort and downtime. The treatment involves the delivery of radiofrequency heat using small nodules to penetrate the epidermal layer of the skin. Collagen and elastin are stimulated, and the result is the creation of new healthy skin cells and a more even, softer skin appearance.
What does the treatment involve?
The skin is entirely thoroughly cleansed and dried before the treatment. The settings are adjusted depending on the level of heat desired and depth of penetration. Topical numbing cream is available for comfort; however, the treatment goes more smoothly when the skin is completely dry without any barrier. The entire area is covered with a square-shaped head, and with slight pressure, the heat is delivered. The patient will experience a mild warming or “prickly” sensation during the treatment but is resolved immediately.
What is the downtime?
Immediately following the procedure, the skin will be red and slightly puffy. Redness will diminish on day 2 or 3. Skin will feel like a mild sunburn for the first 12 hours directly following the treatment. We recommend applying a breathable foundation called Oxygentix to conceal and protect the area treated. The product is available in various shades.
What conditions does the Sublative treat?
- Acne scarring or pitting
- Uneven skin tone and texture
- Fine lines
- Mild pigmentation
- Stretch marks
Where can the eMatrix Sublative be used?
The face is the most common area treated, but other areas of the body can also be addressed, such as the chest, hands, neck, etc.
Who is a candidate?
Sublative technology can be used on any skin type, Fitzpatrick I-IV.
What is a typical treatment protocol?
A typical treatment protocol is three treatments with 4 to 6 weeks in between. Each treatment takes about 30-40 minutes for a full face.
- Discontinue use of harsh exfoliating products 2 days prior.
- Refrain from waxing 48 hours pre and post.
- Avoid sun exposure 48 hours pre and post.
- Treatments such as fillers and wrinkle relaxers may be given AFTER your Hydrafacial.
- Best not to apply makeup immediately after treatment. We want all of the serums to soak in and do their job.
- Apply SPF daily.
Pre Treatment Protocol
- Avoid all alpha-hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, retinol, Tazorac and Differin 7 days prior
- Avoid prolonged sun exposure to any areas that will be treated 7 days prior
- Treatment will not be administered on sunburned skin
- Avoid sunless tanning products on any areas that will be treated 7 days prior to treatment
- If an active or extreme breakout occurs on the area to be treated, please call our office. You may need to reschedule
- No chemical peels, laser hair removal, or skin resurfacing treatments on any area that will be treated for a minimum of 2 weeks or until complete healing has occurred.
- If you have any suspicious lesions, moles, or unusual spots, you must be cleared by a medical practitioner before treatment
- If you are prone to cold sores, we encourage taking an anti-viral medication prior to treatments. Clients with active cold sores may not be treated
- Patients who have had any facial injections should wait 2 weeks before having eMatrix
- No use of Accutane, or similar products for 6 months prior
- No pacemakers, internal defibrillators or other electric implants
Post Treatment Protocol
- Apply a calming, hydrating moisturizer and SPF
- Use a clear cleanser to wash area, no exfoliants for at least 7 days
- After treatment, you will notice square imprints, with small matrix dot formations of scabs that may remain for a week. NO picking or peeling scabs, they will naturally fall off
- Skin may be red, tight and dry for the first 1 to 3 days
- No makeup for 6 to 12 hours
- Use a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen everyday