Nowadays, to reduce wrinkles and brown spots in a non-surgical way, you don’t necessarily have to opt for laser resurfacing anymore. There is a relatively new treatment, called plasma skin regeneration, that uses thermal energy to combat the nasty effects of time. It’s not only beneficial, but also safer, and it takes less time to complete. Below are all the facts you need to know about this procedure if you have made up your mind to give it a go.
What Is It About?
Plasma skin regeneration (PSR) is a type of treatment targeted at eliminating the early signs of aging on the face. Technically, it improves the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, plus it can also treat pigmentation. What is different about this technology is that it doesn’t use lasers to deal with the above skin problems. Instead, it counts on plasma generated by inert nitrogen gas.
We know from our biology classes that the skin has three layers. The outermost is called the epidermis and it contains cells that produce the pigment accountable for skin colouring. The middle layer is called the dermis and is composed of collagen and elastin. They make the skin elastic, supple, and strong. The innermost layer is the subcutis consisting of connective tissues and fat.
Now, the skin changes immensely as the body ages. The epidermis thins out, which makes all kinds of blemishes a little bit more obvious. And the dermis starts producing less collagen until it’s eventually lost. This leads to the formation of wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial lines.
It is precisely the collagen part that the new plasma skin resurfacing treatment targets. It delivers super quick pulses of ionised gas (plasma) into the skin to heat it and encourage more collagen to form. The main goal is to restore the previous glow and suppleness of the skin.
A total of four levels of thermal energy can be achieved during the treatment and each of these is designated to address a different problem. Hence, the plasma can meet a person’s individual needs.
What Does Plasma Skin Regeneration Treat?
It has been FDA approved for the treatment or reduction of:
- Acne scars
- Poor skin texture
- Large pores
- Skin laxity
- Early jowling
- Creases around the mouth and nose
- Wrinkles around the mouth and nose
- Hyperpigmentation (skin discolouration) and age spots
- Viral papillomata
- Superficial skin lesions
- Seborrheic keratosis
- Actinic keratosis
- Brown spots
How Is The Treatment Administered?
An hour before the procedure begins, the doctor uses topical anaesthetic cream to numb the targeted site. Then he works one section at a time. Because PSR works best on dry skin, any remaining ointment is wiped off. A handpiece is passed over the treatment area. Small puffs of nitrogen plasma are directed into the dermis where the production of new collagen begins almost immediately.
The duration of the procedure is determined by the level of energy used. The shortest one is 15 minutes. But when the intensity is higher, a single session might take up to 45 minutes.
Is It Painful?
What every patient wants to know is whether the new plasma treatment will cause any discomfort or suffering, and the answer is no. You basically won’t feel a thing save for a sensation of heat. But that’s nothing to be concerned about. Your comfort will be ensured with some local sedation, so leave your worries behind.
Who Makes A Good Candidate?
Plasma resurfacing is a perfect procedure for those looking to improve their skin texture, get rid of spots and mild scars. However, it won’t prove as effective for people with severe scarring and advanced signs of ageing. You need to be aware of the outcome it will bring and have realistic expectations. You should also be willing to follow the doctor’s advice and recommendations.
What Are The Benefits of PSR?
- Plasma energy is designed to freshen up your look. It successfully treats fine lines, wrinkles, and pigmentation caused by sun damage among other things.
- There is virtually no pain.
- It is safer than laser skin resurfacing and it has a shorter recovery period.
- It produces long-lasting results.
- It’s quick. In most cases, it takes no more than half an hour, which makes it a favourite alternative to invasive treatments.
- It’s all natural. No chemicals or synthetic materials are used to renew your tissue. Your body possesses all the necessary ingredients to initiate a skin rejuvenation process.
- It is capable of addressing multiple issues at a time. You don’t have to undergo one session for a specific condition and then go back to the doctor’s to treat another problem.
- Plasma skin regeneration treatments are not surgical.
- You can go back to your daily agenda or work right away if you wish.
Are There Any Risks?
As long as it is being performed by someone who has the know-how, the procedure is absolutely safe to do. No clinical study so far has found any dangers, scarring, or prolonged downtime that are typically associated with similar treatments such as laser resurfacing. What is more, the treatment is easier to control and use than chemical peels. Plus, it comes with no unpleasant reactions. The only secondary effect is localised redness right where the high energy was passed into the skin. That is nothing but okay to happen. Other than that, you are not likely to face any complications.
How Many Sessions Are Required for Optimum Results?
The doctor will be the judge of that. It depends on the number of skin conditions you would like to target, as well as the severity of those. At the very least, a couple of sessions will be necessary to notice improvement in skin. You won’t see immediate results, though. Your dermis will be producing new collagen in the months to come, so arm yourself with patience.
Now, the effects will likely last about 18 months. If you don’t get regular top-ups, your skin will be back to normal. However, if you undergo plasma energy treatments every once in a while, you will be able to achieve a permanent outcome.
What Are Some Post-Treatment Must-Dos?
You should apply generous amounts of sunscreen before going outdoors to protect your skin from the harmful UVA and UVB rays. Also, use a hat and sunglasses to cover your head and eyes. The skin will be sensitive to light after the treatment, so you want to make sure you are doing your best to keep it safe. Don’t forget to put protective clothing on.