Is there a need for maintenance treatments?
If there was no change in weight, and no new striae, there is no need for maintenance treatments.
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. Typical treatment protocol is 3 - 5 treatments, 4 - 6 weeks apart. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on the skin condition of the patient.
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. Striae and acne scars as well as 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.
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.
What are the cleaning guidelines for the disposable treatment tips?
The treatment tip will need to be cleaned every 25 pulses. The system will stop pulsing and ask that you clean the treatment tip. The tip should not be removed but rather wiped down with a gauze pad moistened with 70% alcohol.
What are Striae Distensae?
Striae or stretch marks are areas of skin that look like bands, stripes, or lines. They first appear as reddish or purple lines, but tend to gradually fade to a lighter range. Striae are always initiated by stretch whether the stretch is excessive or minimal; spontaneous striae do not occur. Striae may result from a number of causes, including, but not limited to, rapid changes in weight, adolescent growth spurts, corticosteroid use or Cushing Syndrome, and generally appear on the buttocks, thighs, knees, calves or lumbosacral areas. In addition, approximately 90% of all pregnant women develop stretch marks either on their breasts and/or abdomen by the third trimester.
How does Sublative™ treat Striae?
Sublative technology is neither laser nor light based. Instead, this one-of-a-kind technology uses fractionated bi-polar radiofrequency directed to the skin in the form of a matrix. This fractional delivery of RF energy causes micro-epidermal ablative injuries with wider spread dermal coagulation. This initiates a strong wound healing response in the dermal matrix while also minimizing the damage to the epidermis. Less affected tissue surrounding the matrix points may be stimulated by heat which helps accelerate the healing process, leading to a smoother, more elastic appearance of the skin. Striae are reduced and less pronounced, and discoloration is reduced.
Is the treatment safe?
The treatment has been shown to be very safe, with no significant side effects in all skin types.
Is there any downtime following treatment?
The patients may continue with their daily routine immediately after treatment; however the area will show small red dots that will gradually fade in 2-4 weeks. The patient should use a high-factor sunscreen (at least 30 SPF) and protect the treated area from sunlight during the entire course of treatment and for at least one month after.
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