What is the Number of eMatrix Sessions Required for Deep Acne Scars?
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EMatrix alone or eMatrix combined with fractional lasers - Williamsville, NY
Thank you for your question.
Typically 3-6 eMatrix treatments are performed for acne scars. Whether or not it eliminates all scars depends on the type of scar and how deep they are.
eMatrix may need to be combined with other modalities like fractional lasers to clear most, if not all, acne scars.
Ematrix treatments for acne scars
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Depends on the type of scar, skin type, and depth of scar
Second question, RF or EMatrix is vastly different from profractional laser. One uses laser energy (Erbium profractional by Scition) and the other uses RF energy to heat up the dermis, sparing the upper layers of skin. This induces collagen formation and scar remodelling.
We have both RF Ematrix and Profractional, as rule, early scars with little downtime= E Matrix
Deep bad scars, longer downtime = Profractional (or CO2 CORE)
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Profractional Laser therapy versus eMatrix for acne scars
EMatrix is not the same as laser but has similar effects on acne scars
We don't have direct experience with profractional laser, but we do with eMatrix. eMatrix is not a laser, so the benefits are that for anyone with ethnic skin - or ethnic genetic mix - you can pretty much bypass the worry of post treatment hyperpigmentation.
There is actually no laser or resurfacing system that will completely clear skin of deep scars. Treatment will help lessen them, but don't expect to have skin that is totally smooth.
eMatrix (and laser) both work by heating the tissue to the point of a controlled injury - this injury forces the production of new collagen.
Sequential treatments help build new collagen layers that lessen the depth of scars. Deep scars (and shallow ones) represent a destruction of tissue, so rebulding tissue takes time.
Typical acne scar treatment programs include 5 to 6 sessions - possibly more if your scars are very deep.
Much will depend on scar "profile" - if it is wide or narrow, surrounded closely by many other scars or not, if mixed with what are referred to as icepick scars. There are a lot of variables that will determine the plan that will deliver the most benefits.
The only true way to get a "number" is to have a one on one consultation with the doctor or nurse who will be providing the treatment.