Many laser resurfacing treatments require long periods of downtime, which is sometimes a deterrent for people who have busy lives. Here at MI Skin Dermatology Center in Washington DC, we offer a solution for those busy people with all skin types. eMatrix Fractional RF is a revolutionary laser that uses RF, or radiofrequency, energy in order to resurface the skin from within. Using this type of laser means that both pain and downtime are usually minimal, although each patient will be different.
What is eMatrix Fractional RF?
eMatrix Fractional RF is a fractional skin rejuvenation device that uses radio frequency energy to create smoother, brighter skin from within. Instead of using laser light to destroy irregularities on the surface of the skin, eMatrix Fractional RF penetrates the deep layers in order to heal from within, stimulating the production of new collagen to even skin tone and smooth irregularities in appropriate candidates.
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Who is a good candidate for eMatrix Fractional RF?
People with all skin types who have acne scars, sun damage, and fine lines may benefit from an eMatrix Fractional RF procedure. Three to five treatments may be needed in order to see full results, but downtime should be minimal following each procedure.
eMatrix Fractional RF could be great for people who don’t have the time for a procedure that requires long downtime. This procedure doesn’t take long to perform, and most patients can be back at work the next day. There will be a sunburn-like redness that may last for up to three days, but this can usually be covered by makeup.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that the sheer variety of laser treatments available can get confusing. To try to help you make an informed decision, we’ve put together some commonly asked questions below.
Q: What is the difference between eMatrix Fractional RF and other types of laser treatments?
A: eMatrix Fractional RF differs from most fractional resurfacing lasers in that it does not use laser light to destroy surface skin irregularities. Using radiofrequency energy, eMatrix Fractional RF penetrates deep below the skin’s surface to heal from within. This procedure stimulates collagen production, allowing the skin to heal itself over time.
Q: Who can use eMatrix Fractional RF?
A: eMatrix RF can be used on most skin types and colors. It can be an ideal procedure for women of color because there is minimal risk of damage or discoloration to the surface and underlying skin tissue. eMatrix RF should not, however, be used on pregnant women or people who have taken Accutane within the past year.
Q: Is eMatrix Fractonal RF painful?
A: eMatrix Fractional RF treatments are generally not painful. A local anesthetic will be applied to the skin before the treatment is started, and the treatment only takes ten to twenty minutes depending on how many areas of skin are to be treated. Some patients liken the pain to a snapping rubber band.
Q: What side effects can I expect?
A: After the treatment, the skin may look sunburned, with large areas of redness. This redness usually fades within a few days, and can be covered with makeup.
Q: How long will it take to see results?
A: Because eMatrix RF works by stimulating collagen production in deep tissue, results may take some time to appear. Three to four sessions are usually required before results start to become visible. However, the collagen production continues well after treatment stops, meaning that results are often long-lasting.
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