In the world of facial treatments, two popular procedures are often grouped together: Sublative and Sublime.

Because of their similar names and the fact that they are often used together, they can be easy to confuse. In an effort to alleviate any questions you may have, here’s everything you need to know about Sublime and Sublative treatments so you can walk into your appointment with informed confidence.

It’s most important to understand that although Sublative and Sublime treatments are similar in many ways,, they are also vastly different. Yes, both work to rejuvenate the skin from the inside out. And yes, both offer smoother, younger looking skin with non-invasive tools. However, different vehicles of energy are used achieve these end results, making them effective on their own but best when used together.

Why Sublative and Sublime?

What sets Sublative and Sublime apart from other popular facial rejuvenation treatments is their innate ability to leave the epidermis, or the outer layer of the skin, undisrupted. This is invaluable for those with busy lives, who want effective facial rejuvenation but can’t afford to the downtime in their busy schedules. Unlike other procedures, there is no major discomfort or peeling that can often last for days or weeks after the procedure was performed. Patients can almost immediately resume to their daily lives.   

To fully grasp on what Sublative and Sublime can do for your skin, we first need to understand what they can do on their own.

Sublative Skin Resurfacing

A Sublative treatment works to resurface the skin from the inside out. Unlike other practices that use lasers or lights to penetrate the skin, it uses only the power of fractionated bi-polar radio frequency to reach the deep dermal layers of the skin to stimulate new collagen production. The head of the machine is made up by an array of multi-electrode pins that deliver the radio-frequency (RF) energy into the skin. These pins create a grid like pattern on the skin, which means each time the machine is administered only a “fraction” of that area of skin is actually being treated. The untreated skin surrounding these pin dots is what creates the new collagen, to “heal” the areas punctured by the RF energy.

Sublative treatments are perfect for anyone looking to rejuvenate the texture of their skin. Whether the skin concern is acne scars, brown spots, wrinkles, fine lines, large pores or stretch marks, this can work wonders. It is also proven to be effective on spots of uneven colour like hyperpigmentation, sun spots or age spots. It gives the skin baby-like softness and smoothness that lasts. Results start to appear as soon as the first treatment is over and improve over the coming weeks, as the cells the RF energy reached in the dermis will move up to become the top layer of the skin. As the weeks go by, your skin becomes more and more rejuvenated as surface imperfections and uneven texture fade.

Sublime Skin Tightening

A Sublime treatment also works to restore and promote new collagen from the inside out, however, its main purpose is to tighten the skin and give it a more contoured look. Over time, skin naturally loses its elasticity and becomes lax, which, combined with the effects of gravity, can make areas of the face sag resulting in wrinkles, folds, droopy eyelids, jowls and loose skin on the neck. If these are concerns of yours, you aren’t alone — 30 million women are concerned about double chin, sagging jawline & turkey neck, according to Syneron Candela. Sublime treatments work to restore skin elasticity for a more naturally defined face and neck.

Sublime uses bi-polar RF energy and deep infrared heat to penetrate through to the dermal layers of skin, to stimulate the production new collagen and elastin. By heating tissue deep in the dermis, it is basically tricking the skin into healing itself. This makes the procedure completely non-invasive and gives the most natural looking end results. Skin laxity is dramatically reduced and treated areas are firmer, tighter and smoother. Similar to Sublative treatments, you will be able to see a difference after just one Sublime session, but the best results will start to show in the coming weeks. With all this extra collagen produced, the skin starts to act, and therefore look, younger.


Better Together

Although these technologies accomplish the same task, both stimulate collagen and healthy new cells deep within the skinthey do it for different reasons. Sublative is best for those looking to plump up the skin and have less noticeable texture. Sublime is for those who want to tighten and shrink skin that has drooped. These skin concerns often go hand in hand. Combining the treatments consistently yields maximum results. They are proven to be safe and effective for all skin types and skin tones. Compared to bother energy-based treatments, none has less downtime with such positive results.

At Enlighten Laser and Skin Care Clinics, both our Sublative and Sublime treatments are performed with Syneron Candela’s Elos Plus, the ultimate multi-application platform. You can be in and out of the office in under an hour, and since there is little downtime or uncomfort directly after, many patients are able to return to work right away. Our licensed technicians are happy to answer any questions and walk each patient through the process before it begins.

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