What is it?
Over time, our skin’s youthful appearance and texture are affected by the cumulative effects of collagen and moisture loss, as well as sun exposure, and acne. By stimulating collagen production and increasing cell turnover, sublative rejuvenation enables the achievement of a more youthful appearance. This facial rejuvenation technique is a type of fractionated skin resurfacing, which means only a fraction of the skin’s surface is subjected to the treatment. There is less surface disruption with smaller entry wounds as compared with fractional laser treatment. Maximum effect occurs in the deeper layers of the dermis. This technology has been shown to effectively treat mild to moderate wrinkles, red and brown spots, and textural irregularities. This is truly the next generation of safe and effective facial technology. However, skin conditions like eczema may preclude some patients from receiving the treatment. For information on fractional laser treatment click on Skin Rejuvenation to be taken to that fact sheet.
How does it work?
Pulsing radiofrequency energy is precisely directed to the upper dermis of face and neck in an array of tiny matrix spots. As only these spots create tiny wounds, there is just minor surface disruption, and the wounds are already sealed by the completion of treatment. Healthy skin around the spots accelerates the healing process of the affected skin. If there are areas of specific concern, such as the deeper lines around the mouth, or on the lower cheeks, or acne scars, treatment can be focused here. Post treatment, increased levels of beneficial new collagen and new healthy skin cells are produced. Mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial skin discolouration are reduced. The texture of skin becomes smoother and more elastic.
What about side effects?
Sublative rejuvenation with RF treatment is a very safe and effective solution for all skin types. There is some discomfort, patients feel a warm prickly sensation. An anaesthetic cream is used which makes the procedure more tolerable. After treatment, redness and swelling is experienced reminiscent of a sunburn. You can expect a recovery time of two to three days, rarely it may take up to one week. A cold compress or an ice pack placed on the treated area will soothe and help to reduce pain and swelling. A cooling mask, and/or a soothing restorative cream may be applied following the procedure and continued for several days.
A matrix pattern of red squares will be evident that will fade soon, generally within a few days. As the tiny dots begin to heal they will crust over and flake off the skin. This is a normal part of the healing process and may take from 5–10 days. It is important to not pick at the crusting, but, rather let it proceed at its own natural pace.
For the best facial rejuvenation results we recommend having a series of three Triniti treatments at approximately 4–6 week intervals. After each session collagen production will be boosted further and ultimately skin will be smoother. Reduced pigment will be observed. A further session after 6–12 months may be beneficial to maintain the skin’s improved colour, tone and texture. A series of Triniti treatments can be combined with many other cosmetic procedures to give maximum benefits. Muscle relaxing injections will further reduce wrinkles and dermal fillers can assist in reducing lines and lifting sagging skin.
After a series of Triniti treatments the skin is again assessed and post treatment photos taken. There may be further benefits to focusing a little closer on pigment or perhaps on texture, depending on the condition of the skin. It can be further refined with Sublative RF, working on problem areas such as acne scarring. Another option is a plan for facial rejuvenation maintenance. The Triniti treatment, and each of its components, will positively impact not only the appearance of the skin, but also its health and resilience.