NEW ‘COLOR BLIND’ SKIN TREATMENT FOR FINE LINES, WRINKLES, and ACNE SCARS
Frankly, we’re a bit mystified by all the new lasers and non-laser gadgets, pumped up creams and potions, and little or no downtime treatments aimed at rejuvenating lax skin, toning out spotted pigmentation, polishing off fine lines, smoothing out acne scars etc…
But the array of dermatological weapons against the march of time keeps growing…geared at combating all of the aforementioned…AND…available for all ethnic groups.
One of the newest non-laser, non-light based treatments that uses “RF sublation—fractionated bipolar radio frequency technology—to place the heat energy effectively into the dermis where it can produce significant dermal impact with minimal epidermal disruption.” (Syneron’s Sublative Rejuvanation™)----was introduced this past summer (2009): eMatrix™
HOW IT WORKS:
Quoting straight off the website:
“The eMatrix system’s ergonomic applicator delivers bipolar radio frequency energy via a matrix of 64 electrodes in the disposable applicator tip. The RF energy generates fractional deep dermal heating in the region of the electrode matrix to induce skin injury, thus eliciting a wound healing response. Less affected tissue surrounding the matrix points may be stimulated by heat which helps accelerate the healing process, leading to tighter, rejuvenated appearance of the skin.
After treatment with the eMatrix system for Sublative Rejuvenation, most patients showed improvement in facial parameters such as skin brightness (83%) and skin smoothness/wrinkle reduction (90%)1.”
1 Journal of Drugs & Dermatology, March 2009
Basically, the heat is delivered sub dermal ---deep beneath the top layer of the skin…to maximize collagen stimulation without damaging the upper layers---the real downside of older/other (ablative) skin lasers that require(d) long recovery time and served up that beet red hue (yech) that can last for months.
We tried the eMatrix™…and actually had an enthused Syneron™ rep at our first session by Dr. Yan Trokel (of the popular Y-Lift).
After washing our skin and having rubbing alcohol swabbed on/off…we lied down comfortably…eyes shut NO GOGGLES NEEDED (like with light base laser treatments)…while Dr. Trokel wielded a wand like device from a small machine--- that emitted the frequency on and into our facial skin. It felt like tiny rubber bands being snapped across it. Annoying but not painful IMHO. Dr. Trokel moved along quickly …with tiny spaces between each clicking zap.
MORE INFO: The intensity and depth is customizable up or down, depending on the area being treated (some areas of the face are more sensitive than others)… and desired results.
Afterwards, our treated fair tone skin (the lower part of our face only---and not on our nose or directly under our eyes though those areas could have been zapped)- was a mild sunburn red…and within twenty fours, it felt dry too. On close up inspection in one of those mirrors that blow up every little pore…we saw that our treated skin actually had tiny little red pricks…miniscule scabs in a grid system---where the e Matrix™ hit. Kinda like our tiny kitty cat danced in a linear grid fashion across our cheeks.
NOTE: We would not call this a ‘back to work’ lunchtime treatment…as Dr. Trokel said no makeup for twenty-four hours. But the next day, our regular foundation went on just fine…with no irritation either.
PLUS: No one noticed anything the next day- and we work with people who have no edit function. It all cleared up in three days.
The first time we had the treatment we itched a tad, and slapped on some over the counter cortisone crèam that worked just fine.
A series of three treatments, spaced four to six weeks apart is the usual recommendation. Costs by the few physicians who actually have the eMatrix™ seem to range from $1500 to $3000 for the series depending on where the treatments are performed--- and what part of the face is actually treated.
And it’s quick…our lower face took maybe seven minutes to do.
A month after our last treatment (we had three)…there is an improvement in our skin tone…and we know this because we use way less spackle (foundation) to even out our skin…cause we don’t need it.
Apparently we can expect our skin to improve in tone and texture for another year…as collagen rebuilds. How long it lasts---we shall see ---although on a Rachel Ray Show…a Doctor who demo-ed it…claims it should last a few years.
Interesting for us…as we have an older gal pal who actually had a pricey and recovery intensive, lower face lift that seemed to last just a few years. Yes, she has very, very different skin from us---but we’re thinking…that nowadays…more options will give individuals more alternatives that cost less with the same, if not better, results.
FYI: Syneron™ is the company behind the popular VelaShape™ the cellulite and circumferential reduction device.
WE WISH: More before and after shots on the Syneron™’s website cause seeing is believing.
But there are assorted YouTubes up (another one) though we find these somewhat obnoxious at times.
INFO: MATRIX SKIN
Yan Center for Corrective and Cosmetic Surgery: 212 861-7787