Fine lines and creping of the skin start to appear as we age, particularly from sun damage over the years. Luckily, there is a skin treatment developed by Syneron to help. The Polaris WR (also called the Matrix IR) is a non-ablative technology that is gentle on the epidermis, while targeting and treating fine lines, creping, and wrinkles. Most often this treatment is incorporated with other procedures, such as the Skin Tightening Refirme and/or the FotoFacial. It is also often done in conjunction with dermal fillers.
What is Polaris WR and what does it do?
The Polaris WR is a deep Radio Frequency (RF) and diode laser treatment that produces dermal heating to treat fine lines and subtle wrinkles without damaging the overlying skin. Unlike treatments like Thermage or Titan, this treatment is not painful, does not remove any layers of skin, and does not require anesthesia or downtime. For more on the science behind Syneron's advanced technology and a gallery of before and after photos, please visit www.syneron.com.
The deep thermal heating from the synergy of the diode laser and the Radio Frequency stimulate your cells to produce new collagen. The ultimate result is the filling in of the targeted lines and wrinkles, but with your own body's collagen rather than a dermal filler or product.
Polaris WR treatments need to be done as a series, usually of four treatments. Your initial treatments will be done every 3-4 weeks. After that, maintenance treatments are recommended every 3-6 months to maintain the effects. These maintenance treatments will be offered at reduced rates.
What areas are treated with Polaris WR?
Although the full face, neck, and chest can be treated with Polaris, it is most often done in selected, targeted areas like under or at the outside of the eyes for fine lines, across the cheeks or jawline for crepiness, or between the breasts. Deeper wrinkles can be treated with Polaris, but its effects will be minimal and most often a dermal filler is suggested in those areas, like the nasolabial folds.
What is a Polaris WR treatment like?
Before you begin Polaris WR treatments, you will discuss the procedure with Dr. Rueckl or one of the certified technicians, sign a consent, and if desired, take pre-treatment photos. Prior to your treatment a topical numbing cream will be applied to the area being treated to reduce any associated discomfort. Many offices charge extra for topical anesthetics but we have always believed that your comfort should come first, so we include this at no charge for any procedures in our offices. The topical cream is kept on for about 15-20 minutes.
To perform the treatment, your technician will use the Syneron system and WR treatment applicator. A cold conductive gel will be applied and the area will be pre-treated with a cold air chiller. Not only will this make the treatment less painful, but cooling the top layers of skin allows the RF and diode laser to penetrate deeper into the skin, further heating the underlying areas. Some offices do not do this step of the treatment, but the clinical papers show that it does yield more effective treatments. The treatment tip will be dragged through the cold gel and pulses will be targeted into the appropriate areas. Multiple passes will be done to each area for the best results. There should not be a significant amount of pain, but some areas of the body may be more sensitive than others. At worst, each pulse should have what can be compared to a rubberband snap in the most sensitive areas. Never should you feel so much pain that the procedure is intolerable. Polaris WR treatments usually take between 15-30 minutes depending upon which areas are being treated, plus pre-treatment numbing time.
When the area has been fully treated, your technician will apply hydrocortisone to any needed sites. Also, sunscreen will be applied to any exposed areas.
What kind of results can I expect from a Polaris WR treatment?
Your skin may appear slightly red or warm for a few hours after the treatment, similar to a light sunburn. Rash-like mild edema or erythmia may be present. You can apply hydrocortisone to these sites. Makeup can be applied immediately after a treatment and you can resume any normal activities. There is no downtime with this procedure.
You should have realistic expectations and remember that multiple treatments are needed. Over the course of your treatments you should notice less wrinkles, better skin texture, and fewer fine lines and creping.
How much does Polaris WR cost?
The best way to determine your price would be to visit us for a free consulation. Prices begin at $100 per treatment around the eyes and increase accordingly based upon the amount of time each treatment will take. Please remember that multiple treatments are necessary and after your initial series of treatments is completed, you can do maintenance treatments at a reduced cost.
Our prices are based upon our technicians' high level of experience, the care you receive, our value-added benefits, the direct supervision of a Board-certified dermatologist, and the consumable costs for our treatments. While other offices may offer different pricing structures, we are confident that you will not receive the same level of care from any other facility.