Sublative and Sublime: What’s the difference?

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 to 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 the downtime afterwards. Unlike other procedures, there is no major discomfort or peeling that can often last days or weeks after the procedure was performed. Patients can almost immediately resume their daily lives.

To fully grasp 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, bipolar radio frequency to reach the deep dermal layers of the skin to stimulate new collagen production. The head of the machine is made 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 in order 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 treatment can work wonders. It is also proven to be effective on spots of uneven color 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 continue to improve over the coming weeks as the cells that 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 and turkey neck, according to Syneron Candela. Sublime treatments work to restore skin elasticity for a more naturally defined face and neck.

Sublime uses bipolar RF energy and deep infrared heat to penetrate through to the dermal layers of skin to stimulate the production of 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 skin — they 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 other energy-based treatments, no other has less downtime with such positive results.

See below for the prices of Sublative and Sublime skin resurfacing and tightening in Vienna, Virginia. If you have questions or want to speak to one of our professionals at Séchoir, please call 703-698-8162.

Sublative Skin Resurfacing Full Face (3 Treatments) // $750
Sublative Skin Resurfacing Neck (3 treatments) // $550

Sublime Skin Firming Full Face // $225
Sublime Skin Firming Full Face (3 Treatments) // $625
Sublime Skin Firming Neck // $195
Sublime Skin Firming Neck (3 Treatments) // $495

Sublime Eye Lifting and Rejuvenation // $155
Sublime Eye Lifting and Rejuvenation (3 Treatments) // $395

Sublative and Sublime Full Face Combo (3 Treatments) // $1250
Sublative and Sublime Neck Combo (3 Treatments ) // $995

Sublative and Sublime Full Face and Neck Combo (3 Treatments) // $2150