What is the Difference Between Sublative and Sublime Matrix Treatments?

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Sublative and Sublime Rejuvenation are treatments that use bipolar radio-frequency and deep infrared heat, both of which are directed into the dermal layer of the skin which stimulates collagen production. During Sublative treatments, bipolar radio-frequency energy is directed into the skin in the form of a dot matrix grid pattern resulting in a “fraction” of the skin being treated. The untreated skin that remains around the dots of the matrix accelerates the healing process of the treated skin. During Sublime treatments, both energies are directed into the entire area of the dermis. Both of these treatments can produce new collagen and healthy skin cells, but the combination of the two treatments yields maximal results.  Seek the guidance of your skin care professional to see if both treatment modes are right for you.  Often we suggest using both modes in synergy for optimal results.

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Sublative RF and Sublime by Candela

Though both of these procedures on the Elos Plus by Candela use bipolar radio-frequency and infrared heat they are quite different.  At our practice we use them together to refine and tighten the skin using each hand piece.  

In addition, the Elos Plus has an IPL hand piece which does photo facials reducing the appearance of brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, fine lines/wrinkles and large pores.  Topping it off with laser hair removal is the new GOLD standard in skin care.

Hope that helps.  Good luck.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Sublative RF treatment with eMatrix for acne scars - Williamsville, NY

Sublative treatment with RF energy has been time tested and works quite well in treating acne scars in all skin types. I have used it successfully to treat boxed scars, rolling scars and some acne scars that have the 'adequate' depth to with ratios.

Dr. Karamanoukian

Differences of Sublime and Sublative

Sublime and Sublative are performed for different purposes. Sublime is mainly performed for skin tightening whereas, Sublative is performed for scarring and wrinkle reduction.

Craig Mezrow, MS, MD, FACS
Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Sublative VS Sublime

Sublime Laser treatment combines laser light energy with radiofrequency energy to stimulate the production of new collagen growth—helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity while smoothing texture and enhancing natural radiance. This treatment requires absolutely no downtime.Sublative Laser is effective on all skin types and tones, Sublative rejuvenation is a deeper treatment that fights fine lines and wrinkles, eradicates acne scars, and improves overall texture. Sublative rejuvenation harnesses the power of energy currents to penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production (while keeping the outer layer of skin intact). Depending on the selected course of treatment, downtime can vary from two to five days—which can be customized to fit your schedule and your needs.

Dennis Gross, MD
New York Dermatologist
4.4 out of 5 stars 5 reviews

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