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Plasmage Treatment

Plasmage causes micro wounds on the skin surface through the delivery of plasma energy, generated by the ionisation of gas in the air. As this plasma energy hits the skin’s surface, it sublimates or shrinks that tissue to result in tightening around that micro wound. Multiple micro wounds are made and the accumulation of the shrinkage results in a tightening or lifting of the skin and reduction in lines and wrinkles. Think placing a plastic bag near a flame, the bag shrinks.

At Ministry of Skin our doctors and nurse specialists are highly trained and skilled at performing Plasmage. The commonest area treated are the upper and lower eyelids but most do not know it can also be used to remove skin lesions and help with scars.

What is Plasmage and how does it work?

Plasmage is a machine that uses the fourth matter, plasmage (ionized gas) to destroy tissue. This ability can be used for micro surgical procedures, such as the removal of lumps and bumps and scars, aid acne treatment, the removal of xanthelasma, wrinkles or, cosmetically, to shrink skin resulting in tightening, a lifting effect and reduction of lines.

What are the benefits of Plasmage?

Plasmage is a great device for treating areas that are often difficult to treat by other modalities, such as the eyelids. It is great for wrinkle reduction where volumisation isn’t required or the wrinkles are deep in the skin’s surface. It is also ideal to remove lesions and xanthelasma.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

The procedure can be done on anyone with the indications for its use. It is a great treatment to start working on mild skin laxity of the eyelids or on those wishing to not have surgery. It is better on white skin as there is a higher risk of scarring on darker skin types. If used on darker skin types, the skin really has to be prepared before and after treatment to prevent pigmentation and scarring.

Where is Plasmage treatment performed on the body?

The commonest area MOS uses PLASMAGE ® is in the safe treatment of delicate areas such as the upper and lower eyelids. It is well known for the non-surgical Blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) and as such is the only tool to perform Blepharoplasma®. This is where the skin area of the upper and lower lids is tightened via the micro wounds, resulting collagen stimulation.

Although known for its ability to improve the eye area, PLASMAGE ® can be used to treat a number of different facial areas and lesions of concerns including:

– Wrinkles, e.g.upper lip lines, frown lines
– Neck, face, belly button tightening
– Xanthelasma (Cholesterol lesions around the eyes)
– Acne
– Lentigo
– Scars or Stria
– Fibromas or unwanted benign skin lesions.

All of our Plasmage treatments will require an initial consultation with our Doctor or Nurse to plan the treatment, discuss downtime and expected results and ensure it is the best treatment for you.

Plasmage recovery

Aftercare is extremely important and must be followed if you undergo the procedure for wrinkle reduction.

Ice packs/cold cloths may be used on skin for comfort.

If an antiviral was prescribed, continue to take as directed.

Days 1-2

  • Use your hands to gently wash the skin with a cetaphil wash or Medik8 Calmwise cleanser.
  • Finish by patting the skin dry with a soft cloth. Be careful not to rub the treated area.
  • Apply Calecim serum. This may sting.
  • Come to the clinic for an LED treatment which will have been booked in for you.
  • At night repeat steps 1 and 2 and then apply Calecim Recovery night complex
  • Sleeping slightly elevated can help reduce swelling.

Days 3

  • The swelling will start to reduce and the micro wounds will start to crust up
  • Follow steps 1-5 above
  • Come in for LED treatments on Day 2, 3 and 5 or as otherwise instructed.
  • Start to apply vinegar soaks 1-2x a day if necessary. Use if skin is feeling very dry and tight.
  • Always make sure hands have been washed before touching your skin
  • Apply Cetaphil moisturiser during the day or bepanthen cream when required to keep skin soft.
  • Do not let the skin dry out. Apply after washing the hands.
  • Once peeling starts (usually around day 5) do not pick at your skin or try to exfoliate, let it happen naturally.

What treatments work well with this to ensure I look natural?

To optimise the treatment results, a home skincare regime will be recommended. LED treatments and facials can help the skin recover better. Dermal filler can be used for facial shape changes that occur with ageing and anti-wrinkle injections can be used to help reduce visible upper facial lines.

Frequently Asked Questions about Plasmage treatment:

What preparation do I need before having Plasmage?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams, fake eyelashes and no makeup on.
Please ensure you have not had any active tanning in the last 2 weeks.
If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.
Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.
Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.
Do not have any other facial laser, IPL or RF treatments on the skin for 2 weeks before your treatment on the area being treated.
If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.
You can continue your normal skin care regime up to the day of your appointment.

How is the treatment performed?

Before the procedure the area being treated will be numbed with either a numbing cream or local anesthetic injections. The treatment will involve the Plasmage machine, creating multiple micro wounds over the full treatment area in a systematic way to achieve the results discussed with you.

Is Plasmage painful?

The procedure is comfortable due to the numbing treatment used. However, if the area is numbed via injection of local anesthetic this can be uncomfortable, but this temporary discomfort can ensure a more comfortable treatment.

How long does the procedure take?

The length of the procedure varies depending on the concern being treated. Treatment of the upper and lower eyelids takes about 1 hour. Treatment of a lesion may only take 5-10 minutes.

Is there any downtime?

After the treatment, the area treated will be instantly red with visible tender micro wounds, or a crusted area and if the treatment is for the reduction of wrinkles, skin retraction will be visible.

The area will be cooled and aftercare products will be applied. You may then have an LED treatment, where you can relax under a light for 10-20 minutes.

For the treatment of wrinkles or eyelids, recovery is usually 2 weeks, with the first week being the most demanding with significant swelling, some tenderness and visible micro wounds. For lesions, most take 10-14 days to fully heal, similar to a graze after a fall.

How many Plasmage treatments are required?

Most require 1-2 treatments to reach their desired effects, however this does depend on your starting point and desired results. Most lesions only require one treatment to get full resolution.

How many Plasmage treatments are required?

Results can continue to improve over the first 12 months due to collagen induction. However, with ageing being a continuum, this will continue and skin laxity will recur. Individual ageing and desired results will influence when a repeat treatment is required.
Most lesions will not return and removal is permanent.

Are there any side effects?

All cosmetic treatments come with side effects and at MOS we do everything we can to minimize these. For Plasmage, these include but are not limited to:

Swelling and crusting will occur for up to 2 weeks.
Local bleeding, bruising, pain, tenderness, redness, inflammation, herpes.
Scarring, keloid scars.
Pigmentation (increased or decreased) or redness: temporary or permanent.
Increase of visible vessels.
Infection.
Under correction or over correction or no results.
Facial asymmetry (one side looks different than the other).
Reactions related to local anaesthetics.

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