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Plasma Pen Treatment

What treatments are available?

Plasma fibroblast treatment with plasma pen uses a special form of energy to deliver a highly controlled, precise and predictable micro-trauma to the skin which cause contraction without scarring.  Skin laxity or excessive skin can be treated to create tightening and reduction of the excessive skin.  Most areas of the face, neck and body can be treated to lift and tighten the skin.  In particular, treatment of excessive skin on the upper and lower eye lids (non-surgical blepharoplasty) is a very effective alternative to a surgical treatment.  Other skin conditions can be treated with Plasma Pen including benign skin lesion removal, scar revision including acne scarring and stretch marks, facial thread veins or broken capillaries as well as rejuvenating plasma skin peels to resurface and improve the quality for the skin.

Is the treatment suitable for everybody?

Assessment of your skin type is very important in determining whether plasma treatment is suitable for you.  Darker skin tones may not be suitable for treatment due to the risk of post treatment changes in pigmentation.  If you have been in the sun recently and have any tan whatsoever, treatment would need to be delayed until this has faded.  In some cases, pre-treatment with a topical tyrosinase inhibitor (to stop pigment overproduction in the skin) for 2-4 weeks prior to treatment

Are there any side effects or risks to the treatment?

Most treatments are carried out with the use of topical anaesthetic which is applied for at least 30 mins to minimize any discomfort caused by the treatment.  The treatment can feel like little stings but this will ease off quickly.  There will be multiple brown dots/carbon crusts all over the treated area which must be allowed to heal and fall off spontaneously.  Swelling and redness will occur and this may be extensive for a few days especially when treating certain areas, for example the eyelids.  The carbon crusts on the surface of the skin may itch and feel tight after treatment and should be left alone and not picked or scratched.  In very rare circumstances the pink atrophic spots can occur where the treatment was applied.  This can last for 8-12 weeks and very occasionally up to 6 months.  Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a rare side effect that can occur is more common in darker skin types.  It is most commonly as a result of exposure to UV radiation during the healing process hence the need to stringently follow post treatment advice on SFP 50 use.  An incredibly rare side effect is the formation of dermal pits which are white depressions that are left when the carbon crusts flake off. 

Is there any downtime for the treatment?

You are advised to ensure that you schedule your treatment to account for 7 days of social downtime.  It takes 3-7 days for the carbon crusts to flake off and the swelling to settle, occasionally it can take up to 2 weeks. You must not cover these crusts or use any creams (other than advised by Dr Alwitry).  As soon as the crusts flake off you must use SPF 50 at all times for at least 8 weeks following treatment.  After each treatment some swelling or redness is expected and can worsen for the first few days after treatment.  In particular, when treating the eye lids, swelling can be very marked. The full effect of the treatment can take 12 weeks to be apparent.