What is the Number of eMatrix Sessions Required for Deep Acne Scars?

How many eMatrix sessions are required to achieve clear looking skin that is free from deep acne marks and scars? Is the procedure same as profractional laser therapy?

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Depends on the type of scar, skin type, and depth of scar

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Firstly, it all depends on your skin type and scar type. If you are fair skin, you will need less treatments, deep scars may need other forms of treatment for best outcomes, eg.... TCA cross for ice pick scars or punch excision. 

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)

Davin Lim
Laser Dermatologist

EMatrix alone or eMatrix combined with fractional lasers - Williamsville, NY

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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.

Dr. Karamanoukian

Ematrix treatments for acne scars

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Deep acne scars may take time for collagen recovery and deposition. Our office specializes in acne scar treatments and we use a combination of both fractional co2 and ematrix therapy. 

Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Profractional Laser therapy versus eMatrix for acne scars

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Acne scars and clearing them depend on their depth and your skin type.  It is impossible to predict in advance how many treatments are required.  The lighter the skin type, the higher the energy and usually the quicker to improve.  The benefit of eMatrix is a much lower chance of hyper-pigmentation in darker skin types.  As with all things, please find a board certified dermatologist for either procedure with a lot of experience in cosmetic dermatology.

EMatrix is not the same as laser but has similar effects on acne scars

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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.


Rebecca Fitzgerald, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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