Plasma Skin Tightening
Plasma Skin Tightening also known as ‘fibroblast’ treatment is the only true cosmetic treatment used to eliminate excess skin. Low risk, minimal downtime and more affordable than surgery. Plasma skin tightening is known for its success with non surgical eye lifts, scar lifting treatments, tummy tightening, stretch marks and so much more.
The term “soft surgery” is often used to describe the treatment because it delivers results similar to surgery, with no scalpel, stitches or bandages and minimal downtime.
Before & After – Me Beauty Clinic
All images are taken from the Derma Pro Institute where Paula trained
Plasma Skin Tightening FAQs
How does it work?
Plasma Skin Tightening is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry in North America but has been used for a number of years in Europe. The extremely accurate device works by utilizing the voltage in the air between its tip and the skin to form a plasma charge. An electrical arc is created and instantly shrinks the targeted skin. The tissue retraction and tightening gives results that are comparable to invasive surgery.
What it is used to treat?
Plasma Skin Tightening is able to treat a number of imperfections without any actual cutting of the skin. It can be used for:
Eyelid Tightening, including lower eyelids and excessive upper eyelid skin
Removal of Sunspots, Age spots, Skin Tags
Diminishing Stretch Marks
Tightening Loose Tummy Skin after Pregnancy
Lines and Wrinkles around Mouth, Face & Body
Face Lift & Neck Lift
How long does it last?
As Plasma Skin Tightening is more than just a simple tightening treatment, skin is actually removed so the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery. Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects are not entirely permanent as it does not stop further aging. But the positive results should last you years depending on area being treated, but the best results will be seen after 4 weeks. For some, an additional treatment may be required after 6 weeks for maximum results. Additionally there are lifestyle factors that can prevent the result from lasting as long as they can such as smoking, alcohol consumption and prolonged sun exposure. Those planning on treatment should be aware that their race and genetics can also have an effect of length and beneficial effects.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments required will vary according to the condition being treated. Most clients see results instantly and this continues to improve over the course of the following 8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to get better results although it is uncommon to require more than two treatments.
What to expect – side effects and risks
Plasma Skin Tightening has been shown to be a safe treatment due to its non-invasive nature. Still the majority of clients are likely to experience some minor side effects in the 7-10 days following treatment.
There will be some tiny brown marks that have the appearance of minor scabbing, which are carbon crusts, but in 7-10 days these will flake away, revealing new pink skin beneath. Some swelling will be seen (especially in cases of eyelid treatment), but it is likely to only last 3-5 days at most. Swelling in the eye area is to be expected for a few days following an upper eyelid treatment. To avoid any more serious side effects such as hyperpigmentation, follow the aftercare recommendations given to you by your technician.
When is it not recommended?
As with the majority of cosmetic procedures, Plasma Skin Tightening should not be used on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Although some darker skin types are suitable for the soft surgery procedure, it is not advised for those with very dark skin. This is because there is a higher risk of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) following treatment.
Day of treatment
On the treatment day, it is recommended that no make-up is worn on the treatment area. We suggest taking an anti-histamine 60 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take anti-histamines for 2-3 days following your appointment.
A numbing agent is applied and left to take effect for up to 45 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb, the session begins with multiple connections of the plasma tip, spaced closely together. You may feel some heat in the treatment area, which may be uncomfortable and slightly irritating. Treatment time is usually between 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area.
Immediately after treatment the area will be red and mildly swollen with small crustations and discoloration. You may experience a sensation similar to a sunburn which will likely last a few hours. Swelling may intensify over the following few hours and more so when eyes are treated and may last 2-3 days. The crustations/discoloration should resolve within 5 -12 days depending on the individual and area treated. Results are seen instantly after the treatment, although this gradually improves over the course of the following 8 weeks. Essentially there is downtime, but it is considerably less then with surgery.
Following treatment you will be given thorough aftercare instructions to ensure that you see the best results. In the week following treatment (or until the treatment area has fully healed) an exfoliating wash or cleanser should not be used. Instead opt for a pH balanced soap (dove), and avoid rubbing the area.
The majority of people are safe to drive following their Plasma Skin Tightening procedure as swelling does not set in until later that day.
Clients should be in good health at time of appointment, with no preexisting health conditions. If the client displays signs of cold or flu, treatment should be rescheduled.
Clients’ skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to procedure
Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
Clients with a sunburn/ suntan should postpone treatment.
Clients who have a history of hyper hyperpigmentation are not ideal candidates.
Clients must not display any tanning at time of treatment.
Clients must not display Herpes Simplex Virus (Cold sore fever blisters). You will need to reschedule your appointment if you are experiencing an outbreak. If you have experienced Herpes Simplex in the past you must see your medical doctor and obtain a prescription for valtrex and begin taking it 3 days before treatment and 4 days following treatment (this applies for treatments surrounding the lip area only).
Not for clients with pacemakers.
Not for clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Clients with eyelash extensions receiving upper or lower eyelid treatment must have lashes removed prior to treatment and reapplied after 8 weeks.
This treatment is only recommended on light-medium skin tones. Anyone with darker complexions is at risk for hyperpigmentation.
See what our clients are saying about Me Beauty Clinic
“I had the plasma skin tightening treatment done on my tummy. After having two kids I was left with some loose skin. It has only been 4 weeks since I had my treatment and the results are already amazing. I can’t wait to see what my stomach will be like in 4 more weeks as it takes 8 weeks for full effects to take place. I’m delighted with the results, well worth the money.
“The results of the plasma treatment with Paula speak for themselves. Three weeks on my eyes are more youthful than I could have imagined. The procedure is quick with only slight discomfort. Healing takes a little while (up to 7 days) so working from home was a good idea as my eyes were swollen for a couple of days. It was explained that this would happen due to eyelid area being very sensitive and the swelling is part of the healing process. I never wanted to inject botox into my face so plasma offered me a safe alternative with science that made sense.”
– Kathy R.