eMatrix for Acne Scars
If you have acne scars, you may feel more depressed and less outgoing than you did before your scars appeared. If so, you're a good candidate for treatments to minimize those acne scars, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, or AAD. eMatrix, a treatment system used by dermatologists to minimize fine lines and wrinkles, is also one option for you to consider.
Your genetics and the severity of your acne largely determine whether you'll get acne scars, according to the AAD. If one or both of your parents developed acne scars, the odds are greater that you will get them, too. In addition, more severe acne tends to lead to more scarring, with severe forms of the disease such as cystic acne the most likely to cause permanent marks.
eMatrix works in a similar way as laser treatments. Instead of laser energy, though, it uses bipolar radio frequency energy to penetrate the skin, according to manufacturer Syneron Medical Inc. This form of energy penetrates the skin to stimulate new collagen growth without injuring the top layer of skin. When new collagen forms, depressed acne scars appear less deep. Aggressive laser treatment, meanwhile, completely removes the top layer of skin and leaves visible wounds in order to stimulate collagen growth.
eMatrix treatments for acne scars involve minimal downtime and patients don't need to limit their activities following a treatment, according to Syneron Medical. A full-face treatment takes about 20 minutes, during which you may feel some heat or a prickly sensation. Most patients need three treatments, each spaced about a month or six weeks apart, according to Syneron. You should begin to see results after the first treatment, and your face will continue to show improvements for up to one year after your last treatment.
Little research has been done involving treatment of acne scars with the eMatrix system. However, studies on wrinkle correction and facial rejuvenation using the system show it can effectively stimulate collagen growth, which will improve acne scars. In one study, published in 2009 in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, researchers used eMatrix to treat 35 subjects and concluded the system reduced wrinkles by at least 40 percent in half of those treated. The patients treated also experienced minimal pain and downtime with no permanent side effects.
Because eMatrix does not injure the top layer of skin, Syneron says it's safe for people with darker skin tones to have the procedure--unlike laser treatments, which should not be used on people with dark skin because of the risk of additional scarring. Treatments can be expensive. Dr. Jawbat Abbout, a dermatologist in Palos Hills, Ill., a Chicago suburb, said a series of three eMatrix treatments costs $2,500.
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