MATRIX IR FAQ’S
What causes wrinkles?
Wrinkles are caused by the loss of collagen beneath the skin surface. Collagen is a basic building block of the skin and provides the foundation that supports your skin’s structure. Overall, exposure to ultraviolet radiation from sunlight accounts for about 90% of the symptoms of premature skin aging, and most of these effects occur by age 20.
Collagen is also damaged by other factors, including: the natural aging process, cigarette smoking, and air pollution. When this happens, the skin appears thinner and becomes less elastic, resulting in facial lines, wrinkles, texture changes, and visible signs of aging.
What is the treatment like?
Matrix IR™ Fractional Wrinkle Reduction is a safe, comfortable treatment performed in a relaxing environment. Wade Laser Clinic’s highly trained practitioners perform all Matrix IR™ Fractional Wrinkle Reduction treatments.
After making our client comfortable, the client’s skin is deeply cleansed using an appropriate skin cleanser and cleansing brush. Protective coverings are placed over the patient’s eyes, and conductive gel is applied to the treatment area. A series of combined laser and radiofrequency pulses are applied to the skin until reduction in wrinkle appearance is visualized. The pulses are often described as a warm snap to the skin, and most patients find the treatment very comfortable. Upon completion, the gel is removed, and the skin may be cooled to enhance our client’s comfort while reducing any residual redness. The final step is the application of sunscreen for further protection.
How does Matrix IR™ Wrinkle Reduction work?
Laser and radiofrequency energy are used to heat up the deeper layers of the skin while protecting the surface skin. The Matrix IR™ by Syneron™ combines a fractionated 915nm diode laser and bipolar radiofrequency, which precisely heat the connective tissue within the target treatment area, reducing facial wrinkles and scars. This heating stimulates collagen production and produces a firming effect, resulting in reduction of the nasolabial folds, marionette lines, perioral wrinkles, crow’s feet, forehead lines, and scars. Because the energy is fractionated, more intense light energy can be delivered into microscopic zones, leaving untreated skin around these zones that assist in healing and collagen remodeling, allowing for more effective treatments. Mild to moderate wrinkles are reduced, and the texture of your skin becomes smoother and more elastic.
What desired results can be expected?
A series of three to five treatments 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 will be needed over time to maintain the result achieved.
Is Matrix IR Wrinkle Reduction right for me?
ELOS technology enables Matrix IR Wrinkle Reduction to be a safe and effective solution for all skin types. Patients looking to improve wrinkles or scars in a non–ablative manner without injections, are good candidates for these treatments. You should not have treatments with Matrix IR™ if you are pregnant or have been on Accutane within the past 3 months. In addition, patients with pacemakers, internal defibrillators, or metal implants should not have these treatments. Patients who have diabetes, an autoimmune disease, history of cold sores, or have had injectable fillers in the area to be treated should let us know prior to treatment with Matrix IR™.
When can I expect to see results?
Most patients start to notice improvement of wrinkles between 2–3 treatments with Matrix IR skin before & after ssions. Some patients note improvement even after the first treatment. The total number of required treatment sessions depends on your skin’s condition. Schedule a FREE consultation with Dr. Tanne to establish your personalized treatment schedule.
Does it hurt?
Most patients undergo the procedure easily. There is some discomfort felt during the treatment, which is sometimes described as a hot pinch. A built–in cooled treatment tip ensures constant skin surface protection during the treatment. There is no discomfort once the treatment is over. After the treatment, the area may remain pink and have mild swelling for a few hours following the treatment. Makeup can be applied immediately. Most patients return to normal activities immediately after treatment.
Is there another way to get the same effect?
Alternative forms of treatment for wrinkles and scars include BOTOX® Cosmetic, injectable fillers such as Juvederm™ or Radiesse™, laser tissue tightening treatments with ReFirme ST, and topical therapies.
How is this different than other procedures?
The Matrix IR™ is a non–invasive treatment that does not require injections. The laser stimulates the patient’s own collagen to remodel and does not rely on a temporary substance filler.
Can this be combined with other treatments?
The Matrix IR™ may be combined with many other cosmetic treatments in our office such as FotoFacial Skin Rejuvenation, the ReFirme Tissue Tightening Laser, BOTOXÂ® Cosmetic, and injectable fillers. Many patients choose to undergo combination treatments in order to achieve the maximum aesthetic result.
What happens after Matrix IR Laser Wrinkle Reduction?
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. Maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain the results.
What type of equipment do you use?
Wade Laser Clinic uses the Matrix IR™ by Syneron™.
What results can I expect?
A series of three to five treatments 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.
Are there any negatives?
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.
What happens after Matrix IR™ Laser Wrinkle Reduction?
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.
Maintenance treatments may be necessary to maintain the results.