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Ellacor Los Angeles

Ellacor is a minimally invasive skin revitalization procedure used to treat moderate-to-severe wrinkles in the mid and lower face. It uses innovative Micro-Coring Technology to stimulate the skin’s natural healing process, diminish visible signs of aging, and restore the skin’s structural integrity.

The Ellacor device is a one-of-a-kind anti-aging remedy that provides natural-looking results without extensive downtime or surgical intervention. Treatments take less than 30 minutes, with a mere three-day recovery period for beautiful, youthful, natural-looking results that last.

What is Ellacor?

The Ellacor system is a state-of-the-art technology for non-surgical wrinkle reduction. It employs Micro-Coring™ technology from Cytrellis to address moderate-to-severe wrinkles in the mid to lower face. The breakthrough device features uniquely designed hollow needles that remove micro-cores of skin to stimulate the body’s natural healing response.

The procedure is quick, taking 20 to 45 minutes to complete — the device can treat 10 mm of tissue in less than 3 seconds. The Ellacor device removes 6,000-12,000 microcores of dermal and epidermal tissue during this brief time. An integrated suction system removes the excised tissue from the hollow Ellacor needles after each penetration into the skin.

The skin heals rapidly and realigns the skin to close the cores and improve skin architecture without thermal damage or more invasive techniques.

The percentage of skin removal and treatment depth is entirely customizable based on the severity of wrinkles and skin thickness. Ellacor’s distinctive design promotes rapid healing to restore a youthful appearance without lengthy downtime or risk of scarring.

Ellacor Benefits

The Ellacor treatment is already making waves in the field of medical aesthetics. Over 86% of patients report high satisfaction, and more than 90% showed viable improvement on the Global Aesthetic Improvement scale following treatment with Ellacor. It is a highly efficient non-surgical option for those that want to eliminate signs of aging without a more invasive surgical procedure.

What Results to Expect:

  • Diminishes the Appearance of Wrinkles & Fine lines
  • Removes Excess & Lax Skin
  • No Scarring or Incisions
  • Reduces Jowls
  • Reduces Appearance of “Marionette Lines”
  • Minimal Recovery Time
  • Quick Procedure
  • No Thermal Injury To the Skin
  • Natural, Visible, & Long-Lasting Results
  • In-Office Treatment
  • It Does Not Require General Anesthesia


How Long Will Results Last?

A typical Ellacor treatment plan consists of 2-3 sessions. Most patients display visible improvements in skin laxity within several weeks after treatment, with optimal results appearing a few months after the final session. Results are long-lasting and can be maintained with a good skincare routine and sun protection.

Ellacor data points | glenn vallecillos, md, facs

Ellacor Micro Coring Cost & Pricing Structure

The pricing of Ellacor varies for several reasons — the health professional’s expertise, the geographical location, the severity of the treatment area, and the number of treatments required.

  • US National Average: $1500 – $3000 per area 
  • Our Price: $2500 – 7500 depending on the area size and number of treatments required for optimal results. 
  • Additional Costs: These would include ancillary procedures to enhance the results including PRP, SVF treatments, and energy based treatments such as Morpheus8.  Call the office for details. 
  • Insurance: Insurance companies do not typically cover cosmetic procedures. We offer a variety of payment options for your convenience.

Ellacor Micro Coring Before & After Images

Review the gallery below to observe the results of real Ellacor patients.

Ellacor patient achieving successful results with before and after images of day 90 post treatment.
Ellacor patient achieving successful results with before and after images of day 150 post treatment.
Ellacor patient 2 achieving successful results with before and after images of day 90 post treatment.
Ellacor procedure results day by day visual illustration

Get the look of a facelift without the invasiveness with Ellacor.

How the Procedure Works

Ellacor is an in-office procedure that takes 20-45 minutes to complete depending on the size and severity of the treatment area. Ellacor does not require extensive preparation guidelines.

Ellacor is a safe and highly effective skin revitalization treatment that bypasses the risks associated with surgical alternatives. It is a one-of-a-kind non-surgical solution to reverse visible signs of aging and eliminate excess, sagging skin.

Before & Preparation

You will consult with Dr. Vallecillos or one of his experienced practitioners for a complete evaluation of the treatment area. During this preliminary consultation, you will discuss your goals, expectations, and candidacy for treatment.

Ellacor does not require significant preparation. However, there are actions you can take to decrease the risk of bleeding and bruising, such as:

  • Avoid anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen at least one week before the procedure.
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes 24 hours before the procedure.

During the Procedure

  • Duration: 20-45 minutes
  • Target Area: Mid and Lower Face ( on label ) and several off-label areas ( see below)
  • Device: Handheld Ellacor applicator with hollow stainless steel microneedles
  • Pain: With local anesthetic, pain is usually between 1-2 on a scale of 10.

Step-by-step guide

    • Our clinical expert will cleanse the treatment area.
    • Next, local anesthesia is applied and allowed time for the numbing agent to take effect – typically about 8 to 10 minutes.
    • Next, the clinical expert will move the mechanical handpiece systematically across the treatment area, creating a grid-like pattern of the microcores.
    • The cores begin closing immediately after tissue removal.
    • Pressure is applied to stop pinpoint bleeding after the procedure.
    • Results include improved skin architecture and the reduction of wrinkles and sagging skin.
Ellacor technology in action showing the process of how it improves patient outcomes
Ellacor treatment method explained through step-by-step visual illustration

Aftercare & Recovery

  • Downtime: 3-7 days
  • Common Side Effects: Redness and Swelling
  • Duration of Side Effects: 2-3 days
  • Skincare Recommendations:
    • Manage the treatment area with GVMD post-procedure package for 1-2 days
    • Avoid using makeup for one week.
    • Avoid harsh skin care products for one week.
    • Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight & use proper protection if exposure is unavoidable.

Ellacor Treatment Areas

Ellacor is FDA-approved for the following areas of the mid-lower face:

  • Perioral Areas
  • Upper and Lower Cheeks
  • The Submental Region

Off-Label Treatment Areas

Ellacor can be performed safely performed on several “ off-face “ areas. These include:

  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Elbows
  • Forehead
  • Knees
  • Neck
  • Stretch marks 
  • Long Upper lip

Get the look of a facelift without the invasiveness with Ellacor.

Am I a Good Candidate for Ellacor?

Individuals with visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, deep marionette lines, and an ill-defined jawline, can benefit from the Ellacor treatment. It is entirely customizable, allowing effective treatment for most individuals with varying levels of wrinkling and skin laxity. Ellacor is an excellent option for patients who are not willing or unable to undergo a surgical procedure.

The ideal candidate for this procedure meets the following criteria:

  • Age: ≥ 22 years
  • BMI: ≤ 30
  • Lifestyle: Active
  • Skin Type: I-IV

Ellacor may not be ideal for patients who have one or more of the following contraindications:

  • Dermatosis (skin tumors, keloids, warts, birthmarks, solar keratosis) or synthetic implants in the treatment area
  • Pregnant or nursing mothers
  • Open wounds, sores, or irritation in the treatment area
  • Allergies to stainless steel or topical, injected, or oral medications that are necessary for treatment.
  • History of bleeding, dermatological, or autoimmune disorders (rosacea, melasma, active acne, keratosis, collagen disorders, lupus, etc.) 
  • Systemic or acute local skin infections (Hepatitis disorders, high doses of anticoagulants or blood thinners, HIV, etc.)
  • Chemotherapy or radiation in the treatment area
  • Use of high-dose corticosteroids
  • Facial plastic surgery within the past 12 months
  • Minimally-invasive cosmetic procedures within the past 6 months (dermal filler, fat, or neurotoxin injections)

Similar & Related Procedures

  • Facelift: a surgical procedure to improve the appearance and reduce signs of aging and skin laxity on the face and neck area. 
  • Ultherapy®: a non-invasive procedure that tightens the skin and stimulates collagen production using highly-focused ultrasound technology.
  • Morpheus8: combines microneedling with radiofrequency(RF) waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing response to reduce signs of aging and tighten the skin.

Ellacor vs. Facelift vs. Morpheus8

Average Recovery:
3 - 7 days
Dermal & Epidermal tissues
Stimulates Collagen Production:
Removes Excess Tissue:
Penetration Depth:
≤ 5 mm
$2,500 - $7,500
Anesthesia type:
Average Recovery:
2 - 4 weeks
Dermal & Epidermal tissues, Fat, Muscles
Stimulates Collagen Production:
Removes Excess Tissue:
Penetration Depth:
$10,000 - $90,000
Anesthesia type:
Average Recovery:
2 - 3 days
Dermal, Epidermal, & Subcutaneous tissues
Stimulates Collagen Production:
Removes Excess Tissue:
Penetration Depth:
0.25 mm - 8 mm
$750 - $3500
Anesthesia type:

Side Effects & Risks

Common side effects may include:

  • Swelling
  • Bruising
  • Redness
  • Burning
  • Tightness
  • Roughness
  • Pain
  • Bleeding

Less common side effects may include:

  • Hematoma
  • Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Skin Necrosis
  • Local Anesthesic risks

Ellacor Reviews

“I loved my ellacor results. I was looking to ger a little something more from a treatment , but wasn’t ready for surgery and ellacor delivered exactly what I had in mind.

I noticed a change in my skin after just one treatment and after my third session I felt like my skin was just so refreshed and brought back to life.

Ellacor really gave me a newfound confidence in myself.”

Andrea, Ellacor Patient

Get the look of a facelift without the invasiveness with Ellacor.

Ellacor FAQs

What is Ellacor treatment?

Ellacor is a novel skin rejuvenation treatment to eliminate signs of aging and excess skin in the mid and lower face. It uses hollow microneedles to remove skin cores and stimulate the body’s natural healing response. It creates a subtle enhancement similar to the effects of its surgical alternative, the facelift.

Is Microneedling the same as micro-coring?

No. Microneedling uses tiny needles to induce controlled injuries to the skin at a depth of 0.25-2.5mm. Micro-coring uses hollow needles to remove small skin cores at a depth of up to 4mm. Micro-coring produces more effective rejuvenation results than microneedling.

What is the recovery time for Ellacor treatment?

Patients can expect some redness and swelling in the treatment area immediately after the procedure. These effects typically subside within 3-7 days. Most patients report being comfortable going out in public after three days. Complete recovery time varies for each individual, with an average range of 3-14 days.

How much is the Ellacor treatment?

Ellacor treatment typically costs $2,500 – $7,500 per treatment. Patients usually require 2-3 sessions to achieve optimal effects. Total costs can range from ‌$6,000 – $12,000. Prices vary according to your health professional’s expertise and geographical location.

How many procedures of Ellacor will I need?

Most patients require 2-3 treatments over a 90-120 day period for the best results. Improvements are noticeable after a single session, but completing a treatment plan will produce optimal effects.

Does Micro-coring work?

Yes. Micro-coring has excellent reviews and is becoming a trusted method to remove wrinkles and improve skin architecture without surgical intervention. Micro-coring is often referred to as a more subtle variation of a facelift.

What percentage of skin is removed during an Ellacor procedure?

In a study performed which was comprised of 51 patients, following 2-3 treatments, an average of 7%-8% of skin removal was seen, substantially more than the amount of skin removed with a conventional facelift!

Can Ellacor be performed in other areas besides the face?

Yes. Ellacor can be successfully performed in any area that has saggy, lax skin, or wrinkles and fine lines. Common areas treated by the Ellacor include the abdomen, arms, eye wrinkles (crows feet), forehead, knees, neck, and stretch marks, upper lip, and more.

Get the look of a facelift without the invasiveness with Ellacor.