e-Matrix™ is Sublative Radio Frequency that directs energy just below the skin in a matrix pattern. The healthy skin around the spots accelerates the healing process. Post treatment, new collagen and healthy skin cells are produced resulting in smoother skin and better tone and texture.
e-Matrix™ is safe for all skin types and is ideal for reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring and stretch marks. Mild discomfort often described as a warm, prickly sensation may be experienced during the treatment. Immediately following the treatment, the skin will appear red like a sunburn which will linger throughout the healing process. As the skin heals over 2-4 days, it will feel rough like sandpaper.
For optimal results, a series of treatments is recommended followed by periodic maintenance treatments.
Fraxel® Re:Store utilizes technology called fractional photothermolysis that creates multiple, microscopic thermal heat zones over 20% of the skin’s surface with each treatment. Collagen is remodeled over time resulting in smoother, healthier, yourger-looking skin. Fraxel re:Store is ideal for improving pigmentation problems and reducing fine to moderate lines and wrinkles.
HOW DOES FRAXEL® RE:STORE WORK?
This procedure uses erbium laser energy to resurface damaged skin and uncover the skin of your youth. Microscopic laser columns penetrate deep into the dermis to create tiny wounds, which trigger your body’s natural response system to heal those wounds. This process expedites your body’s remodeling of collagen and elastin, which results in tighter, fresher, more youthful looking skin. This results in an overall textural improvement with reduction of age spots/sunspots, wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, melasma, and some acne and surgical scars.
WHAT’S THE TREATMENT LIKE?
At the time of your consultation your clinician will prescribe the appropriate home care regimen to prep your skin for the procedure.
The day of your treatment we will apply a topical numbing cream. Your clinician will then cleanse the area to be treated and apply a thin gel to facilitate the glide of the hand piece. Your eyes will be protected with goggles. Depending upon the size of the area being treated, actual treatment times average 60 minutes.
The laser head delivers a prickling sensation as it moves over an area. The numbing cream lessens this to a very tolerable level. Your clinician may suggest taking an oral pain medication prior to the procedure if a deeper treatment is required. However, if sedation is required, you will need to arrange for a driver.
Immediately after the treatment, the skin may be pink or light red and begin to swell. Patients usually return home to ice the area that day to reduce these symptoms. Most return to regular activities in a few days.
HOW OFTEN DO I HAVE TO COME BACK FOR THE TREATMENT?
The recommended course of treatment is 4 sessions, one every 4 – 6 weeks. Follow up treatments can be done at the patient’s discretion. Some opt for periodic maintenance treatments to keep collagen stimulation active and subsequent sun damage in check.
WHEN CAN I SEE VISIBLE RESULTS FROM FRAXEL® RE:STORE?
The majority of patients notice a difference after the first session, but overall results are cumulative and may take longer to be appreciated. Improvement is predicted to be around 80% and best observed 3-6 months after the full course of treatment.
WILL THE RESULTS BE PERMANENT?
The degree of improvement accomplished with your initial series of treatments is considered permanent. However, the effects of the aging process and future environmental exposure will always continue to be present. Appropriate homecare and sun protection are imperative to combat these factors and to maintain your results.
INTENSE PULSED LIGHT – IPL
IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) photo facial is a non-ablative (non-damaging) therapy that focuses on deeper layers of skin to promote new collagen production and small vessels to improve skin tone, smoothness and appearance. The treatment focuses on the following skin issues: rosacea, facial vascular redness, large pores, sun damage and hyperpigmentation. It is also a preventive and maintenance treatment to reduce general signs of aging. A non-laser medical device delivers a series of gentle pulses of visible light onto the surface of your skin. A series of four or more treatments is recommended. Some patients might seek to do chemical peels or DiamondTome treatments in conjunction with IPL treatments to enhance results.
Thermage® is a non-surgical procedure that promotes the growth of new collagen in the face and body, which helps skin appear more youthful. It is a medically tested and proven effective cosmetic procedure that uses radio waves to target deeper layers of tissue under the skin while leaving the top layers of skin unharmed. As a result, there is not down time and patients can resume normal activity immediately. During the following few months after the procedure, collagen begins to rebuild in the patient’s skin and tightening of the treated area occurs.
WHAT IS THERMAGE®?
Thermage® is a device that delivers radiofrequency waves that heat the deep layers of the skin which stimulates the existing collagen and promotes new collagen growth, making the skin smoother, tighter and firmer.
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?
When the energy is applied you will feel a deep, but brief, heating sensation. To protect the surface of the skin, a cooling spray is delivered before, during and after each application. You will be asked for feedback on the level of heat sensation you are feeling (scale of 1 to 10) and this will allow the clinician to balance your comfort with maximum results. Numbing cream is not used as this interferes with the treatment, but oral medication can be ordered. Full face treatments can take two and one-half hours to perform.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
After the treatment the skin may be pink and tender. Makeup may be applied and regular activities can be resumed. Very rarely do blisters or bumps occur.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Some patients see a result right after the procedure, others it can take 3 to 6 months. There is a certain percentage of patients that see no results from the treatment.
CYNOSURE CYNERGY™ VASCULAR LASER
The Cynosure Cynergy™ Vascular Laser is used to treat vascular lesions, including facial veins, leg spider veins, rosacea, reddened scars, stretch marks, brown spots and birthmarks. This laser offers little to no post-treatment bruising or downtime.
HOW DO VBEAM LASER VEIN TREATMENTS WORK?
The laser produces a beam of highly concentrated energy (light) that is absorbed by the hemoglobin in the diluted blood vessel. It causes the blood to coagulate and the unwanted vessel to gradually disappear as the body naturally dissolves the vessel.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE?
Protective eye goggles will be worn to protect your eyes and anesthetic cream may be used depending on the area being treated. Patients describe the sensation as a rubber band being snapped on the skin. Treatments usually take 15-30 minutes.
ARE LASER VEIN TREATMENTS PAINFUL?
Patients do report some minor discomfort as a rubber band snapping against the skin. The machine delivers a cooling spray to help with the discomfort and topical anesthetic cream can be used.
WHAT TO EXPECT IMMEDIATELY AFTER YOUR TREATMENT?
There can be considerable redness, and some swelling. Ice or cold compresses can be applied for comfort and to reduce swelling. Bruising may occur and will typically resolve within a week. We recommend you allow 1-2 days of downtime, but find most people return to work or other normal activities immediately.
WHAT ARE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS (RISKS)?
Mild swelling is expected and can last for 2-3 days. If bruising occurs it may take 1-2 weeks to resolve..
WHEN CAN I EXPECT TO SEE RESULTS?
Results can be seen within three to four weeks after the treatment. A series of treatments is usually necessary for optimal results.
WHEN CAN I DO ANOTHER TREATMENT?
Treatments can be done four to six weeks apart.
HOW LONG WILL THE RESULTS LAST?
Results can vary depending on severity of area being treated and usually require three or more treatments. One treatment can improve area from anywhere between 30-70%. Many factors will affect how long the results last including skin care, sun protection, heredity and it is common to need touch up treatments within a few years.