The Matrix RF delivers radiofrequency energy in tiny spots in a grid pattern deep within the skin which increases levels of beneficial collagen and new healthy skin cells. The intact skin around the “spots” initiates a rapid healing process. This treatment may be used for smoothing fine lines, promoting textural changes within the skin, reducing the appearance of sun damage and acne scarring. Results appear gradually and may require a number of treatments.
After a consultation with the doctor, the treatment protocol will be prescribed for you to suit your requirements. You may then book in with the registered nurse to proceed. The number of treatments required will vary with the condition to be treated but is typically 3 or more.
Most patients do not require any anaesthesia but will use a chilled air blower through the procedure.
After the procedure, there will be some redness and a feeling of roughness within the treated area as the pixels of dead skin are shed. Swelling will be apparent for the first few days especially if the treated area is around the eyes. There is usually no need for special skincare in subsequent days.
“Traditional” non-fractionated resurfacing is less-frequently performed these days since the advent of fractionated lasers and radiofrequency devices. It is still used for localised areas such as for leveling suitable raised skin lesions and for treating xanthelasmata (cholesterol deposits in eyelids).
This laser vapourises layers of the skin to produce a more level surface in the case of raised lesions, or a fresh new surface in the case of damaged skin (for instance badly sun-damaged lips). This raw area then needs to heal over.
For localised areas, local anaesthetic injections may be used prior to lasering. Vaseline along with a dressing, for suitable areas, is applied after the treatment. This may be changed as required.
By the end of a week, the skin is usually pink but healed. Some areas, such as lips, may take longer.