Sublative Rejuvenation laser is a procedure that uses radio frequency. It is similar to the Fraxel treatment, but instead uses electrical energy. Those that are looking for a way to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce scarring and have better skin laxity may wish to consider this procedure. This treatment can also treat red and brown spots on the skin, and make the skin smoother. Sublative rejuvenation laser provides the same kind of results as aggressive procedures that will not only cost more money, but have more downtime and that can be painful. It was the world's first radio frequency only non laser procedure that the FDA has cleared. It is up to 30% more powerful than treatments that used the old matrix RF.
This non-invasive treatment should not be done on anyone that is pregnant. If one has diabetes, a history of cold sores, or have autoimmune disease the procedure should be avoided. If one has had injectable fillers placed where sublative rejuvenation will take place, one month should be placed between when the filler was last injected. Clients with pacemakers will need to avoid sublative rejuvenation, as will anyone with metal implants in the area that will be treated. If Accutane is used, one should wait 6 months.
Sublative rejuvenation has three varying intensities. Mild ablation and skin resurfacing with a shallow impact, moderate ablation and skin resurfacing with a mid-level impact, and intense ablation and skin resurfacing with a deep impact. This allows one to customize the sublative rejuvenation to make it perfect for their skin.
While most patients see results in 3 to 6 months, some will experience results immediately. For others, a time span of 1 to 2 weeks is needed. The time is needed for new collagen to regrow. The laser will stimulate the collagen in the face to help it restructure the face.
Topical anesthetics are applied to the face about 30 minutes prior to the treatment. The procedure is not the most comfortable but the anesthetics do help greatly in controlling the pain. Many state they feel little to no pain. Fractional bi-polar radio frequencies are used to break through skin layers, keeping the top layer intact. Heat is penetrated into the skin down to the underlying connective tissue where the skin joins the muscle. While the tissue is heated, it will contract and lift. Loose skin will then be tightened. Sublative rejuvenation can also be combined with other skin procedure to deliver maximum results.
Side effects of Sublative rejuvenation include redness to the treatment area and swelling. Should swelling occur, apply ice packs or cold compresses to the treatment area for 10 minutes at a time. Sleeping elevated the first night will also help to reduce swelling. Swelling usually only last for a few days but in some cases can last for a week or more. Should redness bother you, you may apply makeup to camouflage this. Rarely an infection will take place or a scar will be formed. Lightening or darkening of the skin is also possible. Raw skin might form, but can easily be relieved with the use of a moisturizing cream such as Aquaphor.
Costs for sublative rejuvenation vary, depending on where the treatment is done and who is performing the procedure. Expect the cost to be anywhere from $525 to $1200 per treatment. Three to five treatments are usually needed. The downtime is minimal for this procedure and the treatments last about 10 to 20 minutes. The treatments should be scheduled 4 to 6 weeks apart. This treatment is safe for all skin types.