What is the Purpose of Getting Microdermabrasion After EMatrix Treatments?

After doing 4 eMatrix treatments, 4 Microdermabrasion sessions were recommended. What benefit will the Microdermabrasion give that the eMatrix alone will not?

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Combining microdermabrasion with eMatrix treatments

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EMatrix affects a different level of the skin than microdermabrasion so the results of these two very different treatments are simply "complementary". EMatrix uses fractionated bipolar radiofrequency energy which is called sublative rejuvenation. Unlike fractional ablative laser treatments where most of the effect is in the superficial layers of the skin (epidermis), the eMatrix affects only 5% of the epidermis and most of the effect is in the deeper tissue (dermis). Sublative rejuvenation with the eMatrix is a very effective procedure to tighten and rejuvenate photoaged skin. It also improves mild to moderate wrinkles and acne scars. Microdermabrasion improves dull or rough skin, age spots, fine lines, and sun damage. Microdermabrasion will leave your skin feeling softer with a healthier glow to your complexion.

South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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Ematrix and microdermabrasion

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Some offices will provide microdermabrasion treatments to help exfoliate the small speckles that are caused by the Ematrix treatment on the skin. They are not absolutely necessary. 

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Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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EMatrix and microdermabrasion

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I would use these treatments as merely complimentary procedures. eMatrix is sublative rejuvenation, meaning it affects the surface slightly, but more lower depths of the skin. Microdermabrasion is a surface only treatment and even with the addition of a peel or other topicals applied, very superficially treats the skin. My assumption is that your physician recommended the eMatrix treatments to resurface the skin, and the microdermabrasion treatments to brighten the surface area.

Microdermabrasion with eMatrix

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Thank you for your queation.

eMatrix will work wonders as an epidermis sparing procedure, if used appropriately.

micrdermabrasion will not add much to this procedure.

Better to save your money and get a real chemical peel instead of the microdermabrasions.

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