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Sublime Skin Contouring

Sublime Skin Contouring by Syneron was previously known as ReFirme. This treatment will reverse the signs of aging without downtime and will provide an overall more youthful appearance.  The sublime combines laser light energy and radio-frequency energy to stimulate the production of new collagen.  The areas most often treated are the eyes, brow lines, cheeks, jawline and neck.

How do I know if I need Sublime?

If you have loose, sagging and wrinkled skin on your jowls, neck, cheeks, and forehead then Sublime Skin Contouring would be a good tissue tightening option. In addition, lax skin on the eyelids, a heavy brow, or upper eyelid drooping, as well as lax abdominal skin, upper arm skin, or lax buttocks or thighs may benefit from this treatment.

Am I a Candidate?

You should not have Sublime Skin Contouring treatments if you are pregnant or have been on Accutane within the past 6 months. If you have a pacemaker, internal defibrillator, or metal implants you may not have radio-frequency treatments. If you are diabetic, have auto-immune disease, have recently been treated with chemotherapy, or are over 65, you may need more treatments to achieve a desired effect due to possible slow collagen production. Patients with a history of cold sores may have a flare after a treatment and should advise us before the treatment.

How does Sublime Skin Contouring work?

The Sublime Skin Contouring combines infrared light (700-2000nm) with bipolar radio-frequency. The combination of light energy and radio-frequency energy is used to deeply heat layers of the skin while protecting the surface of the skin simultaneously. The controlled heating of the skin activates fibroblasts signaling new collagen to form and existing collagen to tighten. This will cause immediate collagen contraction as well as new collagen production which will occur over a 4-6 month period.

What can I expect?

In most patients a definite but modest to moderate improvement in the area treated is expected. For facial procedures and depending on the areas being treated you can expect decreased sagging at the jawline, a more toned central cheek area, and a firmer, less lax neck. Fine lines and wrinkles will also be improved and this treatment will leave you with a smoother and more uniform complexion. For best results we suggest 3 treatments at monthly intervals and maintenance treatments are generally recommended every 6 months.

What are the risks?

Immediate following the treatment you may notice slight redness that will usually dissipates within hours. Swelling may also occur and could last for a few days to a week. Prior to treatment all potential risks and side effects will be discussed with you by your medical provider and cosmetic coordinator.

How will I look and feel during and after the treatment?

Sublime Skin Contouring treatment is generally well tolerated with no discomfort after treatment. There is a no downtime treatment and you should be able to return to your activities and work the same day. There may be a slight redness after the procedure but makeup and/or sunscreen may be applied immediately. The redness and swelling should dissipate within a few hours and rarely persists longer than that.

To learn more about Sublime Skin Contouring, please call.

Patrick Abuzeni, MD, DDS

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