Introduction to Plasma Skin Tightening

 

 

Plasma Skin Tightening is a beauty enhancement procedure using the Plamere© Plasma Pen device to shrink the skin using a sterile, disposable probe.

 

Fibroblasts are the collagen producing cells in the skin. Fibroblast treatment is performed with a device called a plasma pen, which is used to produce plasma waves. The waves are directed as tiny light spots along the wrinkle lines. The tip of the pen never touches the skin (and the needle-like attachment is a sterile, disposable, one-time use).

 

The pen is held above the skin and a tiny plasma arc connects the tip of the device to the surface of the dermis. Using plasma waves, the old collagen is removed by Sublimation (Evaporation), and fibroblasts are stimulated to produce new collagen. The targeted skin contracts and is essentially eliminated without any cutting, which results in the tightening and shrinking of the targeted skin. This advanced procedure helps to revive natural levels of the Collagen, Hyaluronic Acid and Fibronectin needed for fresh youthful skin. A series of tiny brown spots are strategically placed to attain the desired result.

 

The skin around the dot tightens instantly, pulling the cells closer together. No over-tightening will occur. The evaporated old collagen is seen as tiny brown scabs on the treated area. The tiny "microdot", brown scab or protective crust, or carbon crust on the surface will fall off on their own in approx. 3-7 days. It is very Safe, low-risk, and highly effective.

 

As with most cosmetic treatments, a consultation with your service provider is required prior to service, as well as a strict aftercare routine, which is required to promote proper healing and to help you achieve the maximum results. Prior to starting the treatment, you are required to read through, initial, and complete the consult record, thus giving absolute consent to treatment. Additionally, you agree to fully disclose your full medical history, which will allow us to determine if you are a suitable candidate to receive this treatment.

 

PLASMA PEN AFTERCARE & POST TREATMENT GUIDELINES
Please ensure you read and follow the advice provided. If you have any concerns after your treatment, if you do not understand any area of your aftercare or if you have additional questions then please do not hesitate to contact us at 720-500-3956 or info@revive360medspa.com. Like most skin rejuvenation treatments, there may be some side-effects but the post-treatment downtime and recovery from Plasma Pen - plus the end result - is frequently shown to be far superior to treatment with other devices. However, we are not in control of what you do when you leave, and you must follow these important guidelines carefully if you wish to enjoy optimal results and protect your investment in Plasma Pen treatment.


Before Your Treatment:
• We recommend you avoid sun-tanning, spray-tanning, tanning injections and sunbeds for 4 to 6 weeks before your treatment. Ideally, we recommend using SPF-40 to prep your skin for 2 to 4 weeks before your treatment, especially if you are naturally darker-skinned. You may even wish to consider a Pre-Treatment product using a Tyrosinase Inhibitor as this can help prevent the overproduction of pigment in the skin. Tyrosinase Inhibitors are not just useful for those who suffer from hyperpigmentation but for all clients – even those with healthy, even skin.
• Avoid any other type of procedures for 3-4 weeks on the same area which you intend to have treated with Plasma Pen, such as laser therapy, chemical peels, Botox/fillers, as this may prevent your treatment from being performed.
• Discontinue any use of topical Retin-A products a minimum of 4 days prior to treatment.
• You may not look your absolute best during the initial healing process (usually 5 to 7 days). We recommend NOT exercising straight after treatment because any heat, steam, or sweat could add to the inflammation already
present. Ideally, you want to avoid excessive sweating for 5-7 days during the healing process.
• We recommend you do not wear makeup in the area treated during the 5-7 day healing process because the application and/or removal of makeup could prematurely disrupt the scabs before they are ready to flake off.
• Remove contact lenses and any eyelash extensions prior to treatment.

Pre-treatment checklist:
• We recommend taking a high dose of Vitamin C supplements along with Magnesium Citrate, Zinc, and Copper 1 week before treatment and 12 weeks over the course of the healing process as this will help give your immune system a big boost. In turn, this helps you to repair and helps avoid hyperpigmentation. Emergen-C is a great option.
• Set up an area in your bathroom that is clean to apply products to your skin that were provided. Have some Qtips available if the eye area is treated to clean the eyelashes without getting the area treated wet.
• You may want to use eye drops if the eyes feel irritated. If doing so, tip your face so that the eyedrop comes out by the nose, use a tissue to gently blot in order to avoid getting the area treated wet. Make sure to use a fresh bottle of eye drops or use a single portion of sterile drops.


Immediately Following Your Treatment:
• We recommend applying small amounts of Silver Gel (morning, noon and evening) to soothe inflamed skin and heal. You may apply Stem Cell Serum once per day. It may also provide relief from possible itching and help expedite a scar-free healing process.
• We recommend the only products you use during the 2 weeks post-treatment healing stage are extremely gentle and do not contain any active ingredients. It’s important to use unopened products until the skin is no longer pink. Other acceptable chemical-free sunblock after the first 2 -12 weeks is Coppertone Pure & Simple baby botanicals SPF50 (won’t sting eyes), BION Titanium Dioxide SPF 35 (won’t sting eyes).
• Do NOT wash or get water over the treated areas until the scabs are off. Use the facial sponge with a gentle face wash to clean areas of the face or neck not treated UNTIL the scabs come off. This is considered a “dry heal”. If the area becomes wet while showering, gently blot dry.
• Stay away from heat & steam for the next 2 weeks while the skin may be pink and very sensitive.
• There may be some mild to moderate swelling to the area(s) treated, especially around the eyes and within the periorbital region then moderate to excessive swelling is expected and common.
• Swelling and inflammation for 1 to 5 days post-treatment is normal. If swelling lasts beyond the 5 days, contact your treatment provider.
• Do NOT take any anti-inflammatory medicine, allergy medicine, Advil, or ibuprofen for 2 weeks after your treatment. Tylenol is acceptable if needed.
• Use ONLY fragrance-free detergent and fabric softener on bedding post-treatment. NO dryer sheets of any kind. Please change your pillowcase every day or every other day for 1 week post-treatment. It’s important to keep chemicals away from the area treated while keeping the skin as clean as possible. Keep your hair pulled back to keep off your area while healing.
• We recommend that you do NOT apply cold packs or ice packs during the swelling period. Icing will diminish the outcome and inhibit the inflammation process that we want to happen naturally. Applying cold or ice packs on the skin could interfere with the mechanism of action performed by the device and the skin’s natural heat
and healing process to achieve the desired result. Swelling is a minor inconvenience to achieve the desired outcome.
• You may experience a “stinging” sensation in the treated area(s) immediately after treatment and up to 24 hours after treatment. This is normal and is simply the heat exiting the skin. It generally only lasts for about an hour or so. The hot feeling on the area treated can be felt up to 24 hours post-treatment, this is normal.
• After treating areas of the face, we recommend you sleep on your back with your head elevated to minimize swelling. If you have received treatment to your eye area, then it is important you sleep slightly elevated for up to 7 days as this can greatly reduce swelling.
• It is highly unlikely you will ever get an infection from a Plasma Pen treatment as the wound we cause is not open. However, the first 12 hours post-treatment is of vital importance in protecting you from any kind of potential infection so please avoid any activities where you could expose yourself to contaminants, meaning
going to the gym, public places where you can pick up germs by touching things then touching your skin.

 

In the Following Days After Your Treatment:
• It is normal for the area that has been treated to feel tight and dry. Occasional weeping will settle, tiny crusts will quickly form on the treated area. These may be visible for up to about a week. The crusts/scabs will become darker before they fall off.
• Do NOT pick crusts off as this will delay the healing process and could cause scarring.
• If washing your hair after treating areas on the face, we advise you do NOT stand with your face under a hot shower or direct water from the showerhead for the first 7 days. This could increase swelling. Try to avoid shower gels or hair products running onto your face as this could cause irritation. If water does get on the area treated, blot very gently with a clean cloth or towel.
• Absolutely do NOT use any lotions or creams that have active ingredients for the next 2 weeks.
• ONLY use very gentle products for the next 2 weeks, Cetaphil is an excellent choice. The area must be kept free of oil to help the crusts form and then fall off the skin naturally. Do NOT rub or abrade the area(s) or use exfoliating products.
This could result in scarring and/or pigmentation.
• Shaving in the area treated should be avoided until it is fully healed.
• If you have had treatment around your eyes, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for 72 hours after your treatment.
• When the crusts have fallen off then your skin may be a little pink as it is fresh, new, and rejuvenated baby skin. This pinkness will fade over time in as little as 2 weeks up to a few months. In rare cases, it may take up to 6 months.
• Once the crusts/scabs have all fallen off, use the sterile saline wipes gently over the area treated to clean the area. Continue using the saline wipes for 2 days. Continue to cleanse the areas NOT treated, with a gentle face wash for the next 2 days or until the skin looks as though it’s healing.
• Once the scabs come off, you absolutely MUST now begin to apply SPF 40+ while your skin is in the healing stages (pink in color) and you should continue to do so for at least the next 12 weeks (and ideally longer). The area(s) treated have produced brand new skin and may burn and/or pigment without adequate protection from the sun. Even while indoors - if your home has sunlight coming in the windows and you can not block the light, apply SPF 40+.
• In the morning apply Stem Cell Serum allow to dry for about 5 minutes, then apply your SPF 40+ while indoors at ALL TIMES during the daytime.
• In the evening apply Silver Gel or Stem Cell Serum as often as needed to keep the skin moist, free of germs, and promote healing. It will help heal the skin and protect from hyperpigmentation.
• SPF 50 should be worn before going outside, even with 5 minutes of sun exposure, as well as overcast days.
Indoor lighting can cause risk of pigmentation on new healing skin.
• You absolutely must NOT use saunas or sunbeds during your 12 week healing period and ideally for longer. Avoid the midday sun.
• All other facial treatments on the same area should be avoided while your skin is healing.
• Use of topical Retin A products should be avoided for 4 weeks.

 

Other Important Aftercare Recommendations:
• Avoid smoking and alcohol
• Taking Vitamin C supplements over the course of your healing process can give your immune system a big boost and help you to repair.
• Any additional treatments that may be required must only be performed once the skin is completely healed and has returned to its normal color. This usually takes about 12 weeks.

Plasma Pen treatment is the gift that keeps giving and, on top of the immediate rejuvenation, lifting, and tightening effects you will likely experience, it can take 8 to 12 weeks for the full effects of your treatment to be seen. You may not actually require further treatment once the effects of your original treatment are more
determinable. Please note that if you do require a longer period of time between treatments then the delay will not alter the outcome/results.