Facial Rejuvenation and Skin Tightening

Fractional Radiofrequency Treatment With the eMatrix

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The eMatrix utilizes a new form of fractionated radiofrequency technology to improve the appearance of your skin without the damage and downtime associated with more aggressive techniques. After only a few treatments, research studies show significant improvement in deeper wrinkles as well as an overall smoothing effect to the skin. Most patients report the texture of their skin is smoother and softer to touch.

How it Works

The principle behind radiofrequency treatment is delivering uniform heat at a controlled depth to the deeper levels of the skin. This leads to direct collagen contraction and immediate skin tightening. Over several months there is remodeling and reorganization of existing collagen as well as the formation of new collagen.

The 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). This is because the eMatrix applies the energy in a “pyramid” shape as can be seen in the diagram below. Because of this, the healing is rapid and the downtime is minimal. Because radiofrequency is not light-based technology, the treatment is appropriate for all skin types and is an effective alternative for patients with darker skin who may be at risk for hyperpigmentation from laser treatments.

What it Does

Sublative rejuvenation with the eMatrix is a very effective procedure to tighten and rejuvenate photoaged skin. It is used for patients with mild to moderate wrinkles and acne scars. It is also effective for the delicate skin around the eyes and on the neck. The standard treatment course is 3 to 4 sessions spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart but is customized based on the severity of the skin condition and your objectives. An effective treatment protocol for moderate to severe wrinkles or acne scars involves five to six monthly treatments. Each treatment can typically be completed in 15-20 minutes. A touch-up session, as indicated, is generally every 6 months.

Advantages and Side Effects

A key advantage to this treatment is the minimal downtime. Several studies have shown that the eMatrix did not cause any of the complications that can be seen with the more aggressive resurfacing procedures such as increased pigmentation, acne flares, infection, prolonged inflammation, or scarring. It has been proven safe to use for all skin types.

Radiofrequency facial rejuvenation appears to be relatively risk-free. Treatment can cause mild discomfort which can be minimized by applying a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure. Redness or swelling can occur within several hours. Patients may experience some roughness as tiny scabs develop that mirror the electrode pattern of the treatment device. Red dots on the skin last for a day or two. Pure mineral makeup can be immediately applied. No special post-procedure care is required.


Radiofrequency Facial Rejuvenation: Evidence-Based Effect. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology; March, 2011.
Sublative Rejuvenation: Experience With a New Fractional Radiofrequency System for Skin Rejuvenation and Repair. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology; November, 2009.