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Sublative® Skin Rejuvenation

Sublative® skin rejuvenation is a new kind of safe and effective cosmetic technology that works on virtually all skin tones. It is neither laser- nor light-based. Instead, it harnesses the power of fractionated bi-polar radiofrequency (also known as gentle energy currents) to deeply penetrate the skin and stimulate collagen production beneath the surface while keeping the outer layer of skin intact.

Physicians have long used different types of energy to stimulate collagen and tighten the skin. Although considered non-surgical, Titan, Thermage and Fraxel are aggressive procedures that require weeks of downtime. In essence, they overheat the top layer of skin to the point of complete ablation (removal). This forces new skin to develop, but the process is slow and painful. The number of people whose skin visibly responds to the treatment is much lower, as these treatments are not recommended for all skin types due to possible complications.

Sublative® produces the same kind of results as aggressive procedures without the pain, downtime, side effects or cost. There is no visible injury to the skin’s outer layers. Focused energy currents are applied to the skin in a matrix, bypassing upper layers of the skin and stimulating the natural production of collagen at the source. This “resets” the body’s regenerative process, which is why results continue to improve over time. Gentle heat is delivered at the underlying connective tissue where the skin joins the muscle—the same layer that is tightened during a conventional facelift. This tissue is gently heated, causing it to contract and eventually lift. As a result, formerly loose skin appears subtly tightened.

What to expect?

Sublative® results are immediate and continue to improve over the course of a few months.

  • Improved elasticity
  • Improved radiance
  • More lifted
  • More even tone
  • Smoother, more supple texture
  • Fewer acne scars, discolorations and sun damage

Sublative® sessions are less than one-hour long. For optimum results, three visits are advised 4-6 weeks apart. Each treatment produces incremental improvements to the gradual formation of collagen and, as a result, gradual improvements to your appearance. The total number of sessions depends on your skin’s condition. As energy enters the skin, some patients experience a warm, prickly sensation comparable to a rubber band snap, depending on the areas treated and energy settings. A red or pink flush resembling a mild sunburn is common after treatment. Topical anesthetic ointments and cool gels may be used to reduce temporary discomfort during treatment. Most patients report no serious after-effects like crusting or peeling and go back to work as usual following treatment.

Frequently asked questions

How does Sublative® work?

The ergonomic Sublative® applicator delivers bipolar radio frequency energy via a matrix of 64 electrodes in the disposable applicator tip. The RF energy generates fractional deep dermal heating in the region of the electrode matrix to induce skin injury, thus eliciting a wound healing response. Mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discoloration are reduced, and skin texture becomes more smooth and elastic.

Who should be treated with Sublative®?

Treatment is a safe and effective solution for all skin types.

When can patients expect to see results?

Post treatment, they may notice tone and texture improvements as a result of increased levels of beneficial collagen and new healthy skin cells which are produced. With the treatment's dermal impact, mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discolorations are reduced. Typical treatment protocol is 3 treatments, 4 - 6 weeks apart. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on the skin condition of the patient.

How is the Sublative® treatment tolerated by patients?

During treatment, many patients feel a warm, prickly sensation as energy enters their skin. After treatment a pink or red "sunburn" appearance and feeling is also common. Topical anesthetic ointments and cooling are often used to reduce discomfort during treatment.

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Schedule a complimentary consultation with us to determine whether you are a good candidate for this procedure.

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