Laser Skin Treatments - Sublative Skin Resurfacing™
Sublative Skin Resurfacing Overview
Do you want a treatment that can safely and effectively reverse multiple signs of aging? Do you want to safely and effectively restore your skin’s youthful appearance with minimal downtime? Do you want to improve your skin’s tone and texture while reducing the appearance of wrinkles? Do you want a treatment that is safe and effective for all skin types? If so, Sublative rejuvenation may be the solution to your skin rejuvenation needs!
Over time, the cumulative effects of sun exposure, collagen loss and more affect our skin’s youthful appearance. Sublative rejuvenation is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles, skin laxity, textural imperfections caused by excessive sun exposure and acne scars.
Sublative rejuvenation is a ground-breaking new treatment in the field of cosmetics that is offering patients of all skin types a safe and effective solution in reversing multiple signs of aging, restoring your skin’s natural beauty. Unlike other treatments that work from the outside-in, sublative rejuvenation works from the inside-out- stimulating collagen production required to restore your skin’s natural beauty.
Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic is proud to offer this exciting and revolutionary technology. Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic is one of the first clinics in the GTA. Please contact Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic at (416) 363-5433 for more information.
Sublative Skin Resurfacing is quickly gaining popularity. Known as RF fractional resurfacing or sublative rejuvenation, and powered by elōs Technology, this procedure uses fractionated bipolar radio frequency technology to penetrate the outer layers of the dermis and treat (deliver heat) to the lower layers of skin (dermis) for better results and less downtime. Significant dermal impact can be produced with minimal epidermal disruption. One of the leading brands of this type of procedure is the eMax skin rejuvenation system by Syneron, which uses RF-only fractional technology that offers a wide range of benefits to patients.
Sublative RF skin resurfacing is very different from other types of skin resurfacing techniques in that most treatments work at the surface of the skin, removing the outer skin layers to reveal smoother, softer skin underneath. Unfortunately, the process also involves a significant amount of discomfort and downtime before the dramatic results are revealed after the skin heals completely. With radio frequency treatments, the energy waves penetrate the surface of the skin with minimal disruption to the surface of the skin, treating (delivering heat) the dermal layer below. The body’s natural healing response is activated, and collagen production is stimulated, resulting in skin that is smoother, softer and younger looking. Because there is minimal disruption to the outer skin layer, downtime is minimal. Side effects are typically limited to redness, irritation and skin crusting that typically accompanies other skin rejuvenation treatments. Like other types of skin rejuvenation treatments, eMax skin rejuvenation can be customized to a patient's unique needs and skin type.
One of the most attractive features of the eMax Sublative Skin Resurfacing procedure is that it can be used on just about any skin type. In the past, darker skin tones did not see the kind of results in skin rejuvenation that lighter-skinned patients enjoyed. However, eMax by Syneron uses colorblind technology that works equally effectively on just about any skin tone and color.
The benefits of eMaxtrix Sublative Skin Rejuvenation by Syneron over other types of skin rejuvenation techniques are:
- Works on all skin types.
- Treats deeper in to the skin layer (dermis) with minimal disruption to the outer layers of skin (epidermis). As the RF energy penetrates deeper into the dermis, the results are more dramatic. And since there is less disruption to the outer layer of skin, healing time is faster; downtime is minimal, with fewer side effects.
- Little or no discomfort during the procedure.
- With the eMax Sublative Skin Resurfacing system by Syneron, the treatment is directed to the appropriate skin layer for positive results.
- Treatment sessions are short, with a full-face treatment completed in twenty minutes or so.
- Patients typically require fewer, shorter sessions to achieve the desired results.
Prior to your Sublative skin resurfacing treatment beginning, a free consultation will be scheduled to review your medical history (including medication use), discuss the risks and benefits of what Sublative resurfacing can and cannot do for you and outline a treatment plan and costs. Be sure to inform the Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic Medical Practitioner performing the consultation if you have a tendency to scar, have ever had a raised scar (keloid), a history of cold sores or genital herpes, any blood-clotting problems, an infectious disease such as HIV or hepatitis, unusual or prolonged wound healing, taken isotrtinoin (a medication used to treat severe acne), or any cosmetic procedures you’ve had done, especially dermal fillers, a surgical facelift or eyelid lift.
During the consultation, your Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic Medical Practitioner will closely examine your skin. Between the consultation and your treatments, it is important to protect your skin from the sun and avoid tanning. Sublative skin resurfacing cannot be performed on tan or sunburned skin, or anyone who has had fillers in the 6 months prior to your first treatment. If the Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic Medical Practitioner feels that your skin is too tanned or sunburned to proceed, your treatment will be rescheduled.
Prior to treatment:
- Avoid skin irritation or tanning prior to treatment. Always use sunscreen when outdoors during daylight.
- Discontinue any irritant topical agent for 2-3 days prior to treatment.
- Arrive treatment with clean skin – no lotion, make up, perfume, powder, bath oil, etc.
- Advice medical practitioner if there are any dental crowns, caps, braces, or other metal dental implants. These areas may be sensitive and the medical practitioner would take the appropriate steps to make the treatment comfortable.
You may notice some redness and swelling for the first few hours after your sublative skin resurfacing procedure, but skin resurfacing generally does not require downtime, and you will not have a visible wound. The treated skin will likely be red and swollen for a few hours. A stinging sensation may linger for a day or two. But you can return to normal activities as long as the activities do not require any physical exertion for 24 hours.
The Medical Practitioner at Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic will give you post-treatment instructions.
- Protect area with SPF 30 or higher sunblock.
- Avoid tanning for several days following treatment.
- Some redness and swelling may occur. In those cases cold compresses may be used to reduce the symptoms.
- Wash area gently and avoid harsh and/or abrasive products for three days.
- Do not expose the area to excess heat for three days
Sublative Skin Resurfacing (Beyond Fraxel!) Treatment Process
When you arrive at Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic Medical Practitioner your sublative skin resurfacing treatment, before each treatment, you will be asked several short questions about your sun exposure, health status, medication changes, previous treatments (particularly any adverse reactions) and upcoming events. Although this may seem repetitive, it is necessary to make sure nothing has changed that would cause an unsafe or ineffective treatment. Arrive to the treatment with clean skin – no lotion; make up, perfume, powder, bath oil, etc.
A topical anesthetic may be applied to your skin to reduce any discomfort during treatment, especially if the area being treated is very sensitive or large. You will be fitted with special goggles to protect your eyes from the laser beam. Laser treatment to a test site within the area will be applied to screen for any adverse reactions.
During the procedure the Nulife Laser & Wellness Clinic Medical Practitioner will press the FDA approved Syneron eMax hand-held applicator to your skin. By using RF sublation, fractionated bipolar radiofrequency technology delivers heat deep into the dermis. This heat injures the skin, which causes the body to begin healing the injured skin. The intense heat from the laser beam damages the collagen, prompting the body to respond by creating new collagen. Each pulse of the applicator an area approximately the size a quarter.
How long this procedure lasts depends on the size of the treated area. Treating a small area such as the face may take only a few minutes. Treating a larger area, such as the back, may take an hour or more.
Before and After
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Evolution of Sublative Rejuvenation New Treatment introduced Summer 2009! For decades laser and light based procedures have been the recommended solution in correcting all kinds of skin imperfections such as wrinkles, scars, discolorations, sun damage etc. Cosmetic treatments became more socially accepted when skin rejuvenation, a low-level light therapy to non-aggressively treat superficial skin conditions, was introduced in 2001. This treatment required multiple treatment sessions, and results were gradual--but there was little to no downtime per treatment. Then in 2004 the plastic surgery movement began and people began to demand faster and more comprehensive results, like the kind you get with face lifts. At this point, fractionated laser therapies were introduced, and although considered non-surgical, these were aggressive treatments that still required weeks of downtime. More importantly, these treatments were not recommended for all skin types due to possible complications. Today to fill the void between non-aggressive and aggressive while providing a safe and effective treatment for ALL skin types a brand new treatment called Sublative Rejuvenation is introduced in the Summer of 2009.
FDA-cleared Sublative Rejuvenation using eMatrix is truly a unique procedure because it's the first to combine the results you can get with aggressive treatments--with no downtime. The secret to Sublative Rejuvenation is the energy used and how the energy is delivered through the skin.
To achieve the best possible results, the energy, whether laser or light, must be delivered below the skin without overheating the top layer of the skin. This has been the challenge with other more aggressive treatments because they work by overheating the top layer of the skin to the point of complete ablation (removal), forcing new skin to develop. Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin--sending more energy beneath the surface of the skin to really maximize collagen production--while keeping the top layer of the skin intact. This is an important factor in why it's safe for all skin types.
FotoFacial RF™ treatments are beneficial in the treatment of the following cosmetic skin concerns on the face and body:
- Sublative Rejuvenation is clinically proven to treat fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars and stretch marks, textural irregularities caused by excessive sun exposure, and skin tightening.
- Little to no downtime post-treatment - patients can return to regular activities following treatment.
- Sublative Rejuvenation is the "all-natural" approach to enhancing your youthfulness. Unlike other non-aggressive cosmetic treatments such as Botox, fillers, or chemical peels, Sublative Rejuvenation works from the inside out by stimulating cell re-growth. Thus results with Sublative Rejuvenation last longer and can be further enhanced with yearly maintenance treatments.
- A full-face treatment session takes less than 20 minutes.
- Proven safe and effective on ALL skin types and degrees of pigmentation.
Patients today desire face-lift-type results, yet do not want the weeks--to even months--of downtime associated with those treatments. Aggressive treatments also come with limitations on the range of skin types that can be treated, due to the high risk of skin discoloration. Although classified as an aggressive treatment, Sublative Rejuvenation is unique because it delivers optimal efficiency with minimal downtime at an affordable price point--and it's safe for ALL skin types.
To achieve the best possible results when addressing any skin imperfection, the energy, whether it be laser or light, must be delivered below the skin without overheating the top layer of the skin. This has been the challenge with current more aggressive treatments, because they work by overheating the top layer of the skin to the point of complete ablation (removal), forcing new skin to develop. Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractional bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate through the skin--to allow more energy beneath the surface of the skin, to really maximize collagen production--while keeping the top layer of the skin intact. Post treatment, you may notice increased levels of beneficial collagen as new healthy skin cells are produced. Mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discolorations are reduced, and the texture of your skin becomes smoother and more elastic.
Each patient's treatment protocol will vary based on individual needs and results desired. Most patients will receive three treatments, each spaced four to six weeks apart
Patients will begin to see results after the first treatment and results will continue to improve up to one year post treatment. Because this treatment works to rebuild collagen, there are no limitations on how long the results last. Maintenance treatments are recommended post one year to maintain and further enhance current results.
Unlike other aggressive fractional treatments, Sublative Rejuvenation with eMatrix is very tolerable. During treatment, many patients feel a warm, prickly sensation. After treatment, a pink or red “sunburn” appearance and feeling is common. Topical anesthetic ointments and cooling can be used to reduce unpleasant sensations during treatment.
No clinical side effects have been reported to date. The beauty about Sublative Rejuvenation is its capability to offer significant results to ALL skin types with little to no downtime.
Sublative Rejuvenation is the only fractional treatment that can be used on all skin types. Some skin conditions (such as eczema) may prohibit patients from receiving the treatment. Consult your skin care specialist to determine if Sublative Rejuvenation is right for you.