What is Plasma?
It is an innovative treatment with results which you would normally only expect after surgery but there are no scalpels and no suturing involved. The treated area is sublimated (converted directly to vapour) using the plasma beam without damage to the deep skin or muscle. The energy produced can reduce excess skin; the result being that the skin area concentrated on is clearly tightened. The small plasma flash, in addition to its evaporation effect, simultaneously exerts a curative and tissue-tightening effect. This ensures rapid and scar-less healing. The elasticity of the skin is improved and a distinctive tightening is made possible.
What does Plasma treat?
*Wrinkles - eyelids, crows feet, frown lines, forehead lines, smokers lines
What is involved in the treatment?
You will have a local anaesthetic cream applied to help with any discomfort. Then during the treatment various grid points will be placed on the skin using a tiny sterile plasma probe which will tighten the skin.
Does is hurt?
Local anaesthetic cream minimises pain but there may be some discomfort especially on sensitive areas. The treatment may feel hot in places and there may be a tingling or burning sensation afterwards. Plasma technology has been used worldwide for several years. There have been occasional reports of temporary post-treatment hyper pigmentation (darkening of skin) but no other adverse events have been reported. However, with any procedure involving the skin there is always the possibility of scars.
What will it look like immediately after?
Immediately after the treatment, tiny dark brown/black spots will appear where the Plasma beam was paced. Redness will occur but goes down quite quickly. Swelling is common and often lasts several days and can be quite significant around the eyes. The area will often be warm immediately after the procedure and can be quite tender for a few days. Clients may experience a tingling or burning sensation.
What should I expect after the first few days?
Crusting or a scab will develop and it is important to keep this clean, dry and protected from intense sunlight and other sources of UV light to prevent uneven pigmentation as the treated area recovers. The dark spots flake off over the following couple of weeks and the skin will heal within similar periods. It is VERY important to allow any scabs to fall off on their own. Pulling them off prematurely may result in scarring and/or infection.
What will the results look like?
Final results after Plasma depend on severity of skin laxity or size of lesion, the desired result, the general condition of the skin and any pre-existing skin or medical problems. Reduction in skin folds and creases appear immediately but will look best once fully healed. As the treated skin is sublimated, the results often last years or permanently.
How many treatments will I need?
In some cases more than one treatment is required 12 weeks apart. This is normally because the area is large or the wrinkles/lines are very deep.
What is the after-care?
If it is particularly uncomfortable or persists for a long period, then an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can be taken. Swelling is common. This can be significant around the eyes and can last for several days and may lead to interference with vision in the initial period. Anti-inflammatory medication and/or anti-histamine may help alleviate the swelling. You must keep the area away from excessive moisture and protect using a broad spectrum sunscreen. Avoid exposing the area to extremes of heat or cold until it has healed.