How does it work? Sublative is a procedure for the reduction of wrinkles, uneven skin tone and texture, acne scarring, stretch marks, and various other skin imperfections, by use of radiofrequency (heat) energy. This is accomplished by placing heat energy in the upper layers of the dermis and inducing skin injury, and therefore manipulating the body’s subtle healing response to gently and gradually restore memory to the skin and its underlying tissue. On average, a typical treatment protocol is 3-5 treatments, 4-6 weeks apart.
Who is not a candidate? Any person:
With a pacemaker or internal defibrillator
With current or history of cancer or pre-malignant moles.
Who is pregnant or who is nursing
With an impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases (such as AIDS and HIV) or a person using immunosuppressive medication
With a history of skin disorders, keloids, abnormal wound healing
With a history of bleeding disorder
Using medications, herbs, food supplements, and vitamins known to induce photosensitivity to light exposure. *Requires spot treatment 24 hours in advance
Treated with accutane in the last 6 months
With facial laser resurfacing and deep chemical peeling within the last three months, if face is treated
Who has received face lift of eyelid surgery within three months prior to treatment
With Botox/collagen/fat injections or other methods of augmentation with injected bio-material within two weeks prior to treatment
With poorly controlled endocrine disorders, such as diabetes
*Persons with history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex, may still be treated following a prophylactic regime
Realistic expectations The degree of improvement and sessions required will vary according to the degree of severity of the skin’s condition and treatment parameters, as well as other factors
Results appear gradually: immediate transient improvement can be noticed after each treatment: however, maximum long-term effect is usually notable 2-4 months after treatment conclusion
What to do before treatment?
Client should discontinue use of any irritant topical agents 48 hours prior to their treatment
The client should arrive for treatment with clean skin; there should be no lotion, make-up, perfume, deodorant, powder or bath/shower oil present on the skin
Avoid skin irritation or skin tanning
*Treatment area should be shaved for prior to procedure
What can I expect after the treatment?
Shortly after the treatment there is moderate skin redness and swelling of the treated area. Both the redness and swelling usually subside within 12-24 hours. During the healing process, small crusts will appear where the electrode pins contacted the skin. Do not touch the scabs (scabs will exfoliate naturally after a few days)
During the first two days following the treatment, care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated site: avoid hot baths, massage, etc. The skin should be kept clean to avoid infection
Moisturizer may be applied several hours after the treatment and then should be applied regularly throughout the course of the healing process
Makeup may be applied 12 hours after the treatment (mineral makeup only)
12 hours after the treatment you may use a gentle cleanser. Do NOT use scrubs or exfoliants until fully healed
Use high factor Sunscreen on the treated areas for at least one month post procedure. Tanning is not allowed during the course of the treatment. Tanning of any sorts may cause hyperpigmentation
Possible side effects after treatment?
Hypo- and hyper-pigmentation
Moderate skin redness (Erythema)
Pin-point crusts (these will exfoliate naturally after a few days)