As we age, the collagen in our skin begins to deteriorate, causing wrinkles and sagging skin. The Matrix-IR applicator uses a proprietary synergy of light and conducted Bi-Polar RF to create the deep thermal heating needed to both shrink and generate new collagen while protecting the epidermis.
The Matrix-IR combines a diode (915 nm) laser matrix, bi-polar conducted radio frequency energy and intense epidermal cooling. Use of this combination of modalities results in overlapping light beams penetrating deep into the dermis to a depth of up to 2.5 mm to pre-heat the target tissue, and the RF energy being drawn to the target. This puts the thermal zone where it is effective for wrinkle treatment, while being gentle on the epidermis.
During treatment with elōs fractional, the combination of laser energy and conducted RF energy induces skin injury that is maximized in micro-thermal zones (regions of greatest energy intensity) with an accelerated healing process supported by the tissue surrounding the micro-thermal zones. As a result, there is virtually no downtime with elōs fractional treatments.
The MATRIX-IR can improve textural irregularities in the skin due to loss of collagen in the dermis such as: non-dynamic moderate wrinkles, enlarged pores, superficial acne scarring, rough skin texture, and skin laxity of the face and neck. This is done non-ablatively, which means that this is a non-invasive procedure. Most people leave the treatment office with only slight pinkness or no pinkness at all, they can return to work immediately.
There is some minor discomfort during the treatment described as a hot pinching sensation. This resolves at the end of the treatment and there is no lasting discomfort. Most patients will have mild redness and swelling in the treatment areas for a few hours after the treatment. Makeup can be applied if desired.
It is very uncommon but there is a small risk of a skin wound developing that can result in a permanent scar or depression. Subsequent treatments may be necessary to improve these should they occur.
Most patients have mild redness and swelling for a few hours after the treatment. Results will develop over time and with subsequent treatments. Full results can be appreciated a few months following the last treatment. Matrix-IR™ will reduce wrinkles and scars. This will help to reduce frown and forehead lines, crow's feet, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and wrinkles around the mouth revealing a more relaxed, alert–looking appearance.
Maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain the results.