Ematrix is a device aimed at eradicating fine lines and facial scars using fractionated bipolar radio-frequency technology. Translation: Heat energy is delivered beneath your skin’s surface to trigger collagen production without damaging the epidermis (top layer), which means no recovery time necessary. ‘The beauty of eMatrix is that it spares the top layer of skin and deposits 95 percent of the energy into the dermis,” says Chasin. Imagine an inverted ice cream cone, says Nashville dermatologist Michael Gold. The tip of the cone represents the energy on the surface, and the scoop is the remainder, which spreads out underneath the skin. Investment: $750 to $1,200 per treatment.
Ideal candidate: “A patient [age 35 to 45] who has early sign of aging — fine lines, some wrinkles. It’s wonderful for acne scars and surface-texture issues,” explains Chasin. Safe for all skin colors.
Problems targeted: Fine lines, surface irregularities, pigmentation, wrinkles, and scars from acne, trauma, chicken pox, or surgery. Doctors praise this device for its scar-banishing abilities, “and if I can get scars to go away, I can get wrinkles to go away,” Gold says.
Treatable areas: Face, neck, chest, and hands.
Treatments needed: For lines and wrinkles, two to three treatments spaced four weeks apart; for scars, three to four treatments spaced two to three weeks apart.
Treatment length: A 20-30 minute treatment.
Pain: “There is very little discomfort with this machine,” says Gold. Patients feel a prickling or tingling sensation. “Sometimes they don’t even need numbing,” he says. A handheld device (imagine a toy gun) with an electrode tip is placed onto the skin to deliver heat energy below the surface.
Downtime: “Patients are generally red for a day or two max. That’s it,” says Gold.
Results: Look for improvements in skin texture, fine lines and wrinkles, scars, and pore size after week three, with continued benefits (like skin tightening) for up to three or four months.
Risks: Hyperpigmentation and/or scarring is “extremely rare” but possibly with any energy-based system, says Gold.
Maintenance: Lines and wrinkles are continuously affected by the sun, so follow up with a treatment after a year.