Plasma, the 4th state of matter
Plasma is an ionized gas consisting of positive ions and free electrons, in proportions that result essentially with no overall electric charge.
Plasma is the fourth state of matter, the other 3 being solid, liquid and gas. It does not exist freely under normal conditions, meaning that it is generated under special circumstances. Depending on the surrounding environmental temperature and density, plasma may be produced in 2 forms – partially ionised or fully ionised.
Lightning storms and neon signs are examples of partially ionised plasma.
Over the years there is growing popularity in harnessing Plasma Energy for cosmetic purposes for e.g. in skin rejuvenation.
What is Plasma
Plasma skin regeneration also known as PSR is an innovative technology that uses plasma energy instead of radiofrequency or light energy to trigger skin rejuvenation. Delivered in millisecond pulses, the plasma is emitted to skin tissue without reliance on skin colour. This means that plasma energy is suitable for all skin tones, unlike lasers which are unsuited for darker skin tones.
Plasma regeneration is indicated for the improvement of fine lines, textural irregularities and pigmentation. It is also recommended for skin tightening.
In general, the protocols for plasma regeneration comes in 3 forms
- A series of low energy treatments
- A single high-energy pass performed in 1 treatment
- 2 high-energy passes performed in 1 treatment
Skin Regeneration a Laser?
Plasma Skin Regeneration is a non-laser treatment, which is why PSR is suitable for those who experience sensitivity to laser treatments such as redness. There is also no downtime and patients can immediately continue with their activities.
Plasma Skin Regeneration is also NOT radio-frequency technology. It generates thermal energy through the conversion of ionized inert gases into plasma energy.
Plasma Skin Regeneration is well tolerated by most patients, especially when the low-energy protocol is applied. There are no major reported side effects at low-levels. At high-energy levels, the following side effects may occur although they are very uncommon:
- Excessive skin peeling
- Redness and swelling up to a week post-treatment
- Temporary hyper-pigmentation