This guide provides information about eMatrix skin resurfacing, how the system works, what its potential and benefits are and how it differs to laser.
- What is eMatrix?
- Is eMatrix safe for dark skin?
- What’s the difference between laser and eMatrix?
- Which conditions can eMatrix treat?
- What’s involved in an eMatrix treatment?
- Are there different types of eMatrix procedures?
- How much does eMatrix cost?
- How to find the best eMatrix doctor?
- eMatrix reviews
- eMatrix locations
What is eMatrix?
This is a skin rejuvenation system which focuses radiofrequency heat on the outer layers of the dermis. Unlike other skin resurfacing methods, eMatrix does not remove the any of the epidermis (the surface layers of the skin). It’s suitable for treating skin blemishes, irregularities and defects as well as general skin rejuvenation.
Is eMatrix Safe for Dark Skin?
Yes. The eMatrix rejuvenation system has been clinically tested on all skin types including pale, white, African-American, Hispanic and Asian skin colors. Other treatments such as laser skin resurfacing pose a risk of discoloration and scarring for darker skin tones. This is not the case with sublative rejuvenation, which has proved to be safe and effective on any skin type.
What’s the Difference between Laser and eMatrix?
Both laser and eMatrix are skin resurfacing treatments. However, the most important difference is that eMatrix does not use laser or light for ablation. Fractional laser resurfacing removes the upper layers of the skin, leaving your skin visibly injured with obvious signs of resurfacing including redness, swelling, bleeding and oozing. On the other hand, eMatrix uses radiofrequency (RF) to place heat energy deeper into the skin, leaving the epidermis (the outer layers of the skin) largely undisturbed. This means, whilst you may have slight redness post treatment, most patients will not experience any of the other nasty side effects associated with laser. Depending on the depth of ablation, recovery time with laser skin resurfacing can take one to two weeks, whereas in most cases there is no downtime with eMatrix.
Which Conditions Can eMatrix Treat?
The sublative RF technology is very versatile and can treat a variety of skin conditions including sun damage, wrinkles, scars, acne scarring, sagging facial skin, texture irregularities, poor skin tone and superficial skin lesions. Whilst these conditions mainly occur on the face, other areas of the body can also be treated. In addition to treating skin defects, eMatrix treatments also provide overall skin rejuvenation benefits including improvements in skin laxity and brightness and reducing lines and wrinkles. Many patients report a visible improvement after just one treatment.
What’s Involved In an eMatrix Treatment?
The aesthetic physician or plastic surgeon applies the applicator tip to the problematic region. At the click of a button, the applicator delivers radiofrequency energy which generates fractional deep dermal heating. This in turn induces injury to the skin and prompts a healing response, stimulating collagen production. Since eMatrix does not work on the surface layers of the skin there’s minimal discomfort and no downtime. Most patients only require 3 treatments spread over a course of 8 to 12 weeks (each treatment being 4-6 weeks apart). Each treatment session only takes around 10 to 20 minutes. There are very little side effects with only slight redness, which can be covered with makeup immediately after the procedure. Some patients may also experience mild irritation and skin crusting.
Are There Different Types of eMatrix Procedures?
eMatrix is one method of providing radiofrequency skin treatment. The system does have three program types. Program A provides the mildest ablation with a shallow impact. Program B is a mid-level impact treatment which provides moderate ablation. Level C provides the deepest impact with intense ablation. The level of treatment is determined by your aesthetic technician or dermatologist based on the severity of your skin problems. For example, if you have deep acne scarring you may require a deeper level of ablation than say for someone with mild rosacea or redness.
How much does eMatrix Cost? Price Information
Price Range: $$ affordable $$$ moderate $$$$ high-priced
Price Indicator: $$$
Cost of eMatrix: $300 - $1,100
Average Cost: $300 - $450 per treatment
Fees Include: dermatologist / plastic surgeon fees, operating room fees
Cost Variables: The prices vary depending on the extent of the condition being treated, the size of the treatment area and the number of treatments required.
Health Insurance: Not covered.
Medicare/Medicaid: No benefits apply.
Hospital Fee: Not applicable.
Facility Fees: Included in quote.
Ask the clinic for the total cost including follow up visits and whether any rebates, specials or discounts apply.
How to Find the Best eMatrix Doctor/Specialist
eMatrix is a cosmetic treatment which should be administered by a qualified plastic surgeon, aesthetic physician or dermatologist specializing in skin resurfacing. Some cosmetic surgeons may allow their nursing staff to carry out the injections. eMatrix must only be administered by a qualified MD. When searching for an EMatrix specialist, make sure you research their qualifications, credentials, training and experience. Being board certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery does not indicate that a doctor is trained and experienced in this treatment.
Be sure to ask your doctor which procedures they specialize in, where they trained and how many treatments they’ve performed. Obtain lots of before and after photos of patients they’ve treated for the same condition using eMatrix.
Even if a doctor has the right credentials, this does not mean they will be good at using eMatrix. Apart from researching their formal qualifications and training, try to find customer reviews to see the overall satisfaction rate of your potential doctor. Independent recommendations are invaluable for assessing the best doctor or surgeon who is most experienced in the treatment. Don’t be tempted to opt for the cheapest cost without considering the above factors. A cheap center may not offer the experience you desire. Also, you may wish to consider whether you feel more comfortable with a female or male physician.
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