Sublative rejuvenation is a skin tightening technique developed by Syneron Medical, an aesthetic technology company based in Israel. The parent company develops various devices that use radio frequency and light energy to selectively damage skin layers to address everything from ageing skin to hyperpigmentation issues. In addition to Sublative rejuvenation technology, the company’s product array includes devices like LipoLite, a machine for sculpting of fatty tissues; GentleMax Pro, for hair removal; and VelaShape, another contour sculpting technology. Syneron has also recently merged with several companies in the aesthetics technology industry, further expanding its product offering to physician offices worldwide. It is important to note that although Sublative rejuvenation was originally thought of as a milder alternative to traditional laser resurfacing, the treatments can still feel uncomfortable for patients, and serious side effects can occur in those individuals with sensitive skin. Therefore, ensure that your physician thoroughly understands your medical history and health sensitivities before agreeing to this treatment.
The Science behind Sublative Rejuvenation
The Sublative rejuvenation system is a device specifically designed to stimulate collagen production to eliminate unsightly bumps and sagging skin. During this procedure, the device shoots a fractionated radio frequency into the skin, causing the dermis to heat up in the process. Because lasers are not used in this technology, the epidermis is not heavily damaged as is the case during laser treatments. For example, as opposed to the radiofrequency treatment in the Sublative rejuvenation technique, laser treatments often focus more on destroying the outermost layers of skin cells so as to allow new, softer skin to emerge. The intensity of such treatments can lead to swelling, inflammation and some patients have even described moderate to severe pain because of the micro damage. The Sublative rejuvenation treatment, on the other hand, aims to avoid this problem by having less effect on the epidermis and focusing mostly on skin tightening through collagen stimulation.
Another way in which the Sublative rejuvenation procedure is believed to work is by causing connective tissues in the body to contract and lift. This contraction underneath the skin, near the muscles, is thought to further augment the skin tightening effect. Consequently, Sublative rejuvenation is most commonly used to address mild pigmentation issues, wrinkles, and rough skin texture.
Sublative Rejuvenation Procedure
Although Syneron claims that Sublative radiofrequency treatment is superior to laser treatments, patients still experience some discomfort during the procedure. In many cases, an anesthetic cream may be necessary because sensations of burning and stinging are not an uncommon occurrence. During the actual Sublative rejuvenation procedure, your physician will use a specialized hand device that she will gently move across your face to gradually heat up collagen fibers and the connective tissues beneath.
For those individuals desiring instant results, Sublative rejuvenation may be somewhat of a disappointment because changes in skin texture will take time. Syneron advises patients to undergo approximately three treatments, spaced about a month and a half apart for optimal results. Because of this delay, Sublative rejuvenation should only be considered as part of a long term beauty regimen, and not as a quick fix solution.
Although Sublative rejuvenation uses radio frequency to heat up skin layers, it can induce problems similar to those of fractional laser treatments. Patients often describe redness and inflammation on the treatment area for several days after the procedure. In most cases, it is possible for the patient to return to daily activities right after treatment. However, in certain situation more uncomfortable side effects like peeling of the skin may occur, and in some cases the skin may develop temporary crusting around the area. This makes it highly important to start off Sublative rejuvenation treatments slowly, in order to see how your skin reacts so as not to inadvertently cause excessive skin.