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What is Micro-coring (Ellacor)?

The Ellacor is a non-surgical cosmetic micro-coring procedure that removes extremely tiny columns of tissue that heal without any visible scarring. Thousands of micro-cores can be removed in a single treatment session, amassing 3-8% of the skin in a given area. This results in skin tightening in a similar fashion to a face-lift, but without the surgery or risk of general anesthesia. The Ellacor micro-coring system is a completely unique device on the market.

Benefits of Micro-coring Rejuvenation
  • Skin Rejuvenation: Micro-coring effectively improves overall skin quality, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, skin folds, jowls, and skin laxity.
  • Skin Tightening: By physically removing up to 8% of your skin, micro-coring consistently results in skin tightening. As part of the healing process, it also stimulated collagen production and remodeling, further helping improve sagging and laxity.
  • Customizable Treatment: The intensity of the treatment can be adjusted based on the individual’s specific needs and desired outcomes.
The Microcoring Rejuvenation Procedure
  • Consultation: During the initial consultation, Dr. Walter will evaluate your skin concerns, discuss your goals, and determine if Ellacor rejuvenation is suitable for you.
  • Treatment Planning: Dr. Walter will customize a treatment plan based on your skin quality, skin laxity and desired outcomes.
  • Procedure: On the day of your procedure, the treatment area will be numbed with a local anesthetic. During the numbing, you have the option of using a Nitronox nitrous system to improve your comfort. Once your skin is numb, the Ellacor device will be used to create micro-cores in a precise grid pattern. Excess skin will be removed through hollow needles, but the micro-cores are so tiny that they will begin to heal almost immediately.
  • Recovery and Downtime: Following the procedure, you may experience redness, bruising, swelling, and subtle bleeding. You will also be able to see the grid pattern of the micro-cores. Patients need to keep the treatment area hydrated with a thick layer of vaseline or aquaphor during the healing process (at least five to seven days). Downtime can vary but typically lasts around five to seven days, during which you’ll need to follow the post-treatment care instructions provided by our clinic.
Safety Considerations
  • Ellacor is a safe and well-established procedure when performed by a trained and experienced dermatologist.
  • Side Effects: Temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, tightness, tingling, discomfort, dryness, and skin peeling. These effects usually resolve within a few days to weeks. Less frequent side effects include more prolonged erythema, temporary loss of facial hair, infection, scarring.
  • Sun Protection: It is crucial to protect your treated skin from sun exposure and to follow your dermatologist’s recommendations for post-treatment care.
Expected Results and Maintenance
  • Results: Improvements in skin texture, tone, and tightness can be seen gradually over several weeks to months as the skin heals and collagen remodeling occurs. Multiple sessions may be recommended for optimal results.
  • Maintenance: To maintain the desired results, it’s important to follow a skincare regimen recommended by your dermatologist, protect your skin from sun exposure, and consider periodic maintenance treatments.

Ellacor is a powerful and versatile treatment that can effectively tighten your skin and help with skin folds and wrinkles. If you’re considering Ellacor rejuvenation, we recommend scheduling a consultation with Dr. Walter to assess your specific needs, provide personalized treatment recommendations, and guide you through the process.