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On the quest for perfect skin? So are we! And today, we're revealing the benefits to a new skin care treatment we recently tested out.

Sublative treatment -- computer screen

New hope for rebellious skin

It's not often that I can credit a single beauty product or treatment for dramatically improving my badly-behaving skin. But after recently giving what's called a Sublative treatment a try at the National Laser Institute Medical Spa in Scottsdale, I can safely say that I'm pleasantly surprised by this treatment and its results.

The 411 on Sublative treatments

What is a Sublative treatment?

So what exactly is a Sublative treatment? Well, for starters, it's the world's first RF applicator and is a non-laser and non-light-based aesthetic device.

What does it do?

And now the important question: What can it do for you? Long story short, think of this little baby as your laser-free skin resurfacing savior. It stimulates new collagen growth in the deep dermis and is used to treat textural irregularities, wrinkles, acne scarring and sun spots. Even though Sublative treatments don't involve lasers, they can totally resurface the skin, simulating the same effects of various similar laser treatments.

And here’s the kicker: Any skin color or skin type, from dry to sensitive to oily and everything in between, is a candidate for this quick 20-minute treatment. Now that's something most skin treatments don't even come close to doing.

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Does it hurt?

It's an important and fair question, and I'll be completely honest: The Sublative treatment isn't entirely painless, but it's certainly bearable. And any gal who's sat through a round of facial extractions can tell you that the temporary discomfort certainly pays off.

The irritation you experience during the procedure feels similar to a dull tingly feeling, and my skin glowed with a slightly irritated pink for about 48 hours. The good news was that makeup could be applied the next morning, so I scheduled an after-work appointment, gave my skin the night off, and then it was business as usual the very next day.

How does it work?

The treatment works its magic by stimulating the collagen in the dermis. Sublative Rejuvenation uses fractional bi-polar radio frequency to break through the skin while keeping its top layer undamaged. This allows more energy to get underneath the exterior of the skin and really make the most of collagen production.

Throughout the course of the treatment, wrinkles, textural abnormalities, sun spots and acne scars are attacked from the inside out. Even after one treatment, there’s a considerable difference even among the deepest of scars, such as ice pick scars. On the flipside, Sublative is also able to treat fine wrinkles and crows feet.

Be sure to check out where you can read testimonials and find a clinic near you.

The bottom line

If you want to improve the appearance of your skin but are looking for a calm substitute to harsh treatments like chemical peels and microdermabrasion, Sublative is your no-nonsense answer. We give it a huge thumbs up!

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The National Laser Institute in Scottsdale, AZ is comprised of a team of industry-leading physicians, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, aesthetic nurses, certified laser technicians, and skincare specialists with extensive experience in the aesthetics business. The institute's Medical Spa offers the latest in non-invasive skin treatments at its flagship location and in Dallas, TX.


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Comments on "Sublative treatments: What are they and do they really work?"

Dixie April 06, 2014 | 9:52 AM

I received one treatment, in secries of three. I'm concerned about receiving the remaining. Me face is still red, swollem, and splotchie after 5 days. The first 4 days I had fairley large pockets of fluid under my eyes. My face feels like sandpaper andif I wasn't in the beauty business, would not felt like being in the public because make-up didn't cover up. I still look like I have esoriasis all over my face. Should I be concerned?

elizabeth bennet December 21, 2013 | 6:34 AM

Rveryone's skin is different -- I had this done, too, and felt it wasn't worth the money. It DID soften fine lines and fade sunspots -- and maybe it would do more if I went back for a second session; but I wouldn't go back. After the first treatment I got three cold sores not on my lips, but face. They is enough to stop me from going back for more treatments. This was not at Scottsdale, by the way! And the doctor didn't do anything wrong - this is a known side-effect for those prone to cold sores.

Lorie October 16, 2012 | 5:43 AM

I've had two treatments and I don't notice anything different. Could she be doing wrong? My pores look the same also the scar on my chin look the same. How many treatments does a person get? I paid for three. I'm very disappointed

Erin C. May 29, 2012 | 1:08 PM

I agree. It's nice to hear that this isn't so invasive as so many others. I've had some really painful treatments that didn't have great results. This sounds like a nie option for getting a more even skin tone.

Emma May 11, 2012 | 11:48 AM

This sounds great for skincare! I don't think I have reached the age or look yet to have any treatments like this, but it is good to know the advances they are making so no laser or light is used. And I like that you can apply make up the next day! The pain doesn't sound unbearable either.

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