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Beauty Tech Review: Fractional Resurfacing Devices - eMatrix


Syneron's eMatrix rejuvenates skin without the risk of other light based devices.

While many patients and physicians talk about laser skin resurfacing, Syneron has developed the eMatrix which provides great results while avoiding the concerns over hypo- and hyperpigmentation associated with light based devices. New York dermatologist Dr. Lori Brightman uses the eMatrix and she took some time to sit down with American Health & Beauty Editor Keith Veseleny at the recent meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology to talk about eMatrix and sublative rejuvenation.

"There's a lot of fractional devices on the market," says Dr. Brightman. "What's unique about sublative rejuvenation is this is bipolar radio frequency. The other fractional devices on the market are actually lasers so they have a certain wavelength and they target certain things in the skin.... Sublative rejuvenation is using your body's natural impedance to generate heat, and so that heat helps rejuvenate the collagen and elastin."

Dr. Brightman says that with the eMatrix, you are, "setting the clock back on the photodamage, the collagen that's become more lax over time, so you improve the tone, texture, luminosity of the skin, and get some tightening as well."

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Actual eMatrix results, 6 weeks after treatment

Traditional laser devices for skin resurfacing require more downtime. "A CO2 laser, when you're fully ablating the skin, has quite a significant recovery. You're taking off the entire top layers of your skin so that's a downtime of at least a week or two.... With the fractional CO2 you still also have wounds in the skin that you need time to recover from. [eMatrix] is a less aggressive form of rejuvenating the skin." Because it's so gentle, sublative rejuvenation can be used in combination with other procedures. Dr. Brightman says, "It's perfectly safe to use over someone who's had a filler or Botox." She has used it with injectables as a part of a full facial rejuvenation procedure.

Unlike the more aggressive light-based treatments, eMatrix can be used on patients of all skin color. According to Dr. Brightman, sublative rejuvenation is unique "because it's radio-frequency, it's not going to target the pigment."

Patients generally require about 2-4 treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. Treatment can be done anywhere and Dr. Brightman has even seen success treating stretch marks, birthmarks, and port wine stains.

How much does eMatrix cost? Most patients are looking at anywhere from $800-$1000 per treatment and per area.

View the entire interview here:

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Dr. Lori Brightman
Dr. Lori Brightman, a Board Certified Dermatologist, completed her residency training at Boston University /Tufts New England Medical Center combined program. She continued her training in Skin Oncology at Boston University as well as Mohs micrographic surgery and procedural dermatology at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York. Dr. Brightman is a member of the American Academy of Dermatology, American Society for Lasers in Medicine & Surgery, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American Medical Association. Her current research involves the use of laser and light devices in the treatment of medical and cosmetic conditions.

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American Health and Beauty, in an effort to provide the most up-to-date information to our readers, presents the Beauty Tech Review. Our first installment in this ongoing series discusses Fractional Resurfacing technology. Join American Health and Beauty editor, Keith Veseleny, as he speaks with leading physicians who share their knowledge on each laser platform.

The Beauty Tech Review: Fractional Resurfacing - will include: Dr. Heidi Waldorf on {!Fraxel Re:store Dual | Fraxel} Dr. Etai Funk on Matrix IR Dr. Michael Kaminer on ProFractional Dr. Janee Steinberg on Sandstone Matrix, Dr. Lori Brightman on eMatrix Dr. Deborah Sarnoff on SmartSkin Dr. Christopher Zachary on {!Fraxel Re:pair | Fraxel} and Dr. Bill Johnson on SmartXide DOT Therapy