As if acne itself wasn’t bad enough, sometimes the after-effects can linger in the form of acne scars. Scarring is a common residual problem of cystic acne (the most severe and chronic type of acne), and without treatment, acne scarring won’t be going anywhere on its own. The good news is that today there are options for treatment that do not involve weeks of downtime, painful procedures, and high risk of complications. One of these modern treatments is a safe and effective technique known as eMatrix™.
What Is eMatrix™?
EMatrix™ is a sublative rejuvenation process that uses fractionated radiofrequency energy to heat deep layers of skin and improve many types of skin issues. Laser treatments also heat layers of skin, but the radiofrequency energy of eMatrix™ works a little differently, promoting collagen production rather than resurfacing the skin.
The Treatment Process
EMatrix™ treatments take only 20 minutes to perform in an office setting. The handpiece delivers bi-polar radiofrequency waves deep into the skin in a matrix format, which cues the body to create more collagen to repair the skin. Over time, the collagen will help heal and even out poor texture, skin tone, and acne scars. The acne treatment is only minimally uncomfortable, and improvement can usually be seen between the first and second treatment. It is generally recommended that patients undergo a series of treatments, usually three to four sessions spacedfour to six weeks apart for best results.
Acne Scar Treatment
Collagen is what gives the skin its volume and vitality, but the body often cannot produce enough collagen on its own to repair the damage caused by acne. By choosing a series of collagen-producing treatments, the body has enough time to respond after each session and help fill in and repair scarring. While it is usually not possible to resolve all scarring in this way, significant improvement is usually possible.
Safe for All Skin Types
Laser treatments are often a risky choice for darker skin types, and may cause problems like hyperpigmentation. EMatrix™ on the other hand, does not affect the top layer of skin, and does not cause the same kinds of pigmentation problems often caused by laser resurfacing. While eMatrix™ may not be the appropriate treatment for all patients, it is generally safe and effective for all skin types. As with any treatment, only a qualified dermatologist can assess individual candidacy.
Gentle and Non-Invasive
While many skin treatments require significant downtime, eMatrix™ is different. It is a minimally-invasive technique that involves only mild discomfort after each treatment. Skin is usually sensitive after eMatrix™, and may look pink and sunburned for a short time. There is minimal downtime, however, which allows even people with busy schedules to tackle acne scars.
EMatrix™ does more than Acne Treatment, and patients may enjoy other rejuvenating aspects of the treatment, including:
- Reduction in lines and wrinkles that may be present
- Smoothing of texture irregularities
- Improvement in under-eye circles
- Repair of sun damage and unwanted pigment
- Reduction of enlarged pores
Choosing a Provider
If you’re interested in benefitting from eMatrix™ treatments, then you’ll want to choose a knowledgeable provider who has your best interests at heart. No matter which facial procedure you are considering, your dermatologist will be an extremely important factor in the success of your treatment, so choose wisely.
Dr. Diane Walder is a renowned cosmetic dermatologist who has the knowledge and expertise to help patients resolve acne scarring issues with gentle, effective treatments like eMatrix™. Dr. Walder along with her colleague Dr. Chimento offerpatients customized treatment plans to tackle acne scars safely and effectively. If you’d like to learn more about which treatments are best for your skin, call Dr. Walder’s Miami office at 305-866-2177 to set up an appointment today.