CO2 ablative laser resurfacing hit the media years ago for its frequent side effect of hypopigmentation. Side effects were common due to the lasers being slower and hotter than they are today. The technology has improved over the years, however the results from laser resurfacing come at a cost. In addition to hypopigmentation, you can expect pain, significant downtime with redness and swelling lasting from weeks to months along with a high risk of infection and scarring. The traditional (and outdated) view was that the more aggressive the resurfacing, the better the results, however revolutionary radio frequency technology is turning this assumption on its head.
SublativeTM treatment for acne scars uses radio frequency rather than laser and penetrates deep into the dermis whilst leaving the epidermis largely unharmed. This means minimal downtime with maximum effect on the scarred tissue.
WHY IS SUBLATIVETMSUPERIOR TO CO2 ABLATIVE LASERS?
Due to the expectations of today’s society and patients’ own personal preferences, many people opt for a less aggressive acne scar treatment that avoids significant recovery and downtime. SublativeTM acne scar treatment offers patients no downtime (you can go back to your normal routine 24 hours after treatment) and a significantly more comfortable treatment compared to laser resurfacing.
Although there have been improvements in CO2 ablative lasers with the move from ‘continuous’ to ‘fractionated’ leading to somewhat less intense treatments, they still destroy 70-80% of the epidermis, meaning bleeding and crusting as well as redness and swelling that can last for weeks to months. Hypopigmentation is a risk as well as a ‘line’ where the treatment area ends. Avoiding sun exposure is vitally important.
SublativeTM works differently to traditional lasers, allowing more of the scar to be remodelled.
The table below compares the benefits of Sublative treatment versus Fraxel RePair.
SUBLATIVETM IS THE GOLD STANDARD FOR ACNE SCAR TREATMENT
SublativeTM treatment for acne scarring is the gold standard in acne scar repair due to the radio frequency energy’s ability to flow around irregular acne scars.
Laser energy travels in a straight line therefore limiting its ability to impact all of the scar tissue. Radio frequency energy has the ability to repair more of the scar tissue due to it being able to flow around the irregular scar surface.
SublativeTM resurfacing works by using fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to penetrate deep into the dermis in a cone shape. As you can see from the image below, in comparison to other fractional laser treatments, SublativeTM projects minimal energy on the epidermis with maximum impact further down in the skin where it can maximise collagen production. SublativeTM radio frequency resurfacing offers superior results with less downtime vs other laser treatments.
If you would like to know more about how we use SublativeTM technology for the safe and effective treatment of acne scars, come in to Eden Laser Clinics for a complimentary consultation. We will analyse your skin condition and scarring and you will a receive personalised treatment plan.