Laser Resurfacing – Heres’s the Scoop
After having two Ablative laser resurfacing treatments over the past several years, I opted to try Syneron’s Elos Sublative Rejuvenation Treatment for fine lines, skin tone and texture. Sublative Rejuvenation is the newest, safest laser technology with less downtime than other laser procedures.
According to Syneron’s website, Sublative lasers deliver B-polar Radio Frequency energy deep into the dermal layer to build collagen, treat mild to moderate wrinkles and textual irregularity with minimum down time. The treatment protocol is for 3 treatments 4-6 weeks apart.
LA Dermatologist Dr. Jason Emer invited me to participate in his Sublative treatment study at the Menkes Clinic in Northern California.
I had been treated before by Dr. Emer, so I the utmost trust that my face was in skilled hands.
After numbing for about 45-minute to 1 hour, my 1st Sublative treatment was tolerable. As part of the study, Dr. Emer used an aggressive setting and preformed 5 passes over my entire facial region. During the treatment, I held a cooling hose ( see above) to cool my face as Dr. Emer was preforming the treatment with the tip seen in the photo above. Some areas of my face were more sensitive than others during the first sublative treatment. On a scale of 1-10, the discomfort was about 34. Afterwards my face felt like I had a very bad sunburn. Not too bad, as I knew what to expect from previous treatments. If you are a newbie, be prepared to feel
a strong burning sensation on your face. Total treatment time from prep to post-laser about 1.5-2 hours. Don’t plan to go back to work after sublative rejuvenation treatments, unless the treatment is on a lower settings with less passes. But then what’s the point?
As I was driving home with a greasy face full of Aquafore, I iced my face in the car and then afterwards for the first 24-48 hours. The burning sensation does lessen over the next several hours.
Minimum downtime- no not really. If you have an aggressive treatment be prepared to be red, and slightly swollen for 2-3 days then pink and peely up to 7 days. Peeling time was less than my other ablative laser treatments, Mixto and Pearl and healing time was faster. I could wear make-up by day 3 and face the world on day 4. But I was still crusty and pink in some areas. Underneath my eyes I was slightly puffy for about 10 days.
My second treatment was a little more uncomfortable, especially on my forehead, temple and chin area. There were a few times that it really hurt despite the numbing cream. Post treatment I was given a Skinceutical cooling mask, which I absolutely loved. It felt soothing, cool and fabulous. It made my drive home much more comfortable. I also applied Jan Marini Skin Research, BioShield. I love, love this post laser product. My healing time was shortened by a couple of days. It’s a little tricky to apply, but a must for any post-laser treatments. Worth the price of $130.00.
My third treatment felt the worst. I’m not sure why. I felt a couple of zingers that were extremely painful in the area of my forehead and chin. Had I felt these zingers during treatment #1, I may not have continued. Perhaps my skin was more sensitive in those areas, I’m not sure. Dr. Emer was not sure either what caused this. Afterwards, my skin looked and felt like all the other treatments. My recovery time for treatment #3 seemed shorter than the first two treatments. I was not as swollen as the first time, with the exception my of mouth area which was treated more aggressively for fine lines, as part of the study.