The Ellacor system with micro-coring technology is indicated for the treatment of moderate and severe wrinkles in the mid and lower face. This is a unique first in its class treatment, and Klein Dermatology & Associates can get your treatment done soon.
Call us or text us at (503) 445-2200 to schedule a consultation about this exciting new treatment. There is a fee $250 for cosmetic consults, which can be applied towards Ellacor or if decide against, could be used for hydrafacial or Botox too.
The patient feels minimal sensation during the treatment because a local anesthetic using lidocaine, similar to the dentist, is done first. Most patients rated it a 2 on a pain scale from 1 -10.
Ellacor uses small hollow needles go into the skin all the way to fat creating the very tiny cores of skin, up to approximately 12,000 times, taking away 5-8% of the skin's area. It is a mathematical method of skin reduction. Then the ellacor vacuums the little micro-cores out, leaving full thickness holes.
Within minutes to hours the holes close together and heal. Most of the healing happens in the first 3 days afterwards, and takes about a week, similar to microneedling. No sutures, just basic wound care afterwards.
I'm so excited about Ellacor and here is why:
#1 : Thermal Energy is bad for the skin. (Ellacor is not thermal energy)
Thermal energy (heat from any source such as fire, the sun, radiofrequency and ultrasound) treatments are bad for the skin, especially when used repetitively.
#2 Fractionated lasers were an improvement over ablative lasers in terms of safety. The original CO2 ablative lasers worked well at removing the appearance of sun damage on the surface of the skin, but occasionally led to unacceptable scarring. The fractional lasers helped to stimulate collagen, but could not actually remove skin, like Ellacor can.
#3 Hyper-diluted lidocaine local anesthetic solution is good. I performed tumescent liposuction and facial fat grafting for years. I only stopped because I feel Sculptra is better. In that process, I learned about diluting lidocaine to safely anesthetize large surface areas, but decreasing the dose of lidocaine, making it safer for the patient.
#4 Sculptra is a collagen stimulating agent, but it doesn't work on everyone. About 85% patients are satisfied with Sculptra, and the others we call "non-responders". We needed something that can remove excess skin without leaving scars for those patients who do not want or could not afford a facelift surgery.
#5 Microneedling is great, but again because it requires the patient's body to respond to the treatment to make new collagen, it doesn't work on everyone.
#6 Tiny punch biopsies don't scar. As a dermatologist, I have performed thousands of punch biopsies. I noticed that the very small punch biopsies (1.5 mm) were not leaving scars behind on most people. The Ellacor machine uses hollow needles to remove even smaller (0.5 mm) cores of skin.
Since the start of 2023, we have been treating patients with Ellacor. The downtime after a treatment is about 1 week, and all patients have described as "easy" so far.
Dr. Omar Ibrahimi is a Harvard trained, board certified dermatologist. Dr Ibrahimi is a nationally known expert in Mohs surgery, lasers, devices and non-invasive cosmetic procedures. He is located in Connecticut.
Ellacor typically heals in a few days without sutures and no need for a general anesthetic, only local anesthesia. Can be easily repeated one week later. Each treatment can remove up to 8% of the skin in the treated area.
This treatment is generating a lot of excitement.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Marla Klein MD is offering ellacor right now to the Pacific Northwest region.