I am male, 43 y.o. with very fair skin and a redhead. My overall skin condition is good to excellent as I’ve tried to take care of my skin on a regular basis including the daily use of a high SPF sun block since my 20’s and have pretty much avoided un protected sun exposure. However I did experience some severe sun burns as a child up through the middle teens.
My decision to be treated with eMatrix is for anti aging, reduction of fine lines, skin tightening and pore size reduction. Its also worth mentioning that I will have either 1 or 2 IPL treatments at the end of my eMatrix series to refine color and reduce redness and capillaries. I received the treatment from a plastic surgeon’s office which also specializes in laser treatments. The actual procedure was performed by the office’s RN. It’s worth mentioning that my family and I have received various procedures performed at this office over the last 8 years. So I know the staff and doctor pretty well and have had good experiences there and trust the care we receive. Knowing the quality of care you’re about to receive makes a huge difference in the comfort factor.
I am 2 hours post treatment for my first eMatrix procedure in a series of three that I purchased which includes micro dermabrasions, light therapy and post op skin care product for $1500.00 all inclusive. This price does not include any post IPL treatments.
I arrived at the office and received some topical numbing cream and waited about 20-30 minutes to get numb. The treatment itself took about 25 minutes to complete on my face and neck. The eMatrix machine was set to mid power on level B. For the most part there was no pain while receiving the eMatrix “zaps”. Treatment to sensitive areas around the temples and upper lip received a sensation that I would call “annoying” but not painful. During the procedure air is gently blown over the treated area which has a cooling effect and helps clear the air of the slight odor of your skin be tinged or burned. After the procedure when the fan was turned off I could feel the sensation of heat on the treated areas.
Sun block was applied to the treated areas and I was good to go. My face and neck color was pink to red and looked welted. I could feel the heat sensation increasing in intensity more upon checking out and during the drive home. I’ve heard the heat sensation described like a bad sunburn I would describe it as having cayenne pepper on your face. The good news is the burning, redness and welting has subsided substantially in just a couple of hours post treatment. As I am finishing this writing the burning is barely noticeable.
I was advised to not do the following for the first 3 days post treatment: No exercise, strenuous activities, direct sun exposure, use of any retinols, glycolics or skin care products except what was given to me to use post procedure by the office.
While it’s still too early to tell what kind of results I will ultimately receive by the eMatrix, I can say the process has been exactly how it was described to me. The redness and heat sensation has subsided quicker than I expected as well. Over the next few days I am expecting to start seeing the appearance of the mirco sized scabs in the matrix pattern left by the equipment treatment head.
I will post updates.