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Plasma Pen

Plasma Pen is a nitrogen plasma device for non-invasive, skin-lifting, skin-tightening, rejuvenation and resurfacing.





John Q. Cook, M.D.

Chicago 312-751-2112
Winnetka 847-446-7562

The Whole Beauty® Institute offers patients the #1 worldwide nitrogen plasma device, Plasma Pen by Louise Walsh International.

Upper Facial areas of Treatment with Plasma Pen. Click to enlarge.

The Dilemma of Aging Skin

Collagen and elastin are proteins essential to the structure of the skin. Collagen provides firmness to the skin while elastin gives skin the ability to stretch and snap back, also known as elasticity. In youth, skin is thick and full of collagen and elastin. As skin ages, it becomes thinner, producing less of these proteins. The limited collagen and elastin that remain in adulthood are susceptible to damage from outside elements, such as sun exposure and pollution.

The Science Behind Plasma

Plasma Pen Treatment

Plasma is a special type of ionized gas, meaning it is able to conduct electricity. Examples of plasma that you might encounter in everyday life include the gas within fluorescent light bulbs and neon signs. Lightning is plasma, as is the gaseous ball of light we call the sun. Plasma gases have unique qualities that make them both dynamic yet controllable.

Plasma Pen Is a Safe, Effective & Powerful Plasma Tool

Plasma Pen uses a continuous electric current to transform neutral atmospheric gas, such as nitrogen, into an ionized cloud of gas. The electrical arc created by the ionized plasma is then able to target deeper layers of the skin at a specific depth without damaging the surrounding tissues. The hand piece features the world’s finest probes (between .2mm and .4mm) that deliver the arc of energy from a distance of about .5mm to 1mm above the skin.

When the current is turned off or the pen is out of the proper range for delivery, the plasma arc is no longer present. These controllable safety features set Plasma Pen apart from other energy devices used to improve the quality of the skin.

Skin Responds to Plasma Energy by Building Collagen

As the energy travels through the outer layer of the epidermis and into the deeper layer (dermis), “micro-traumas” occur, which result in immediate tightening of the skin. The heat energy delivered by Plasma Pen penetrates through the outer layer, stimulating a wound healing response deep within the fibroblast cells, which are the cells responsible for producing collagen. As the skin heals after treatment, new blood vessels form, growth factors are released and white blood cells are activated, all of which encourage tissue regeneration and repair. The skin thickens as collagen and elastin are produced.

Before and after Plasma Pen examples

Clinical Benefits Following Treatment with Plasma Pen:

A decrease or elimination of superficial and medium-depth wrinkles
Noticeable improvement of deeper wrinkles
Tightening, lifting and rejuvenation of the skin

Benefits of Plasma Pen over other Skin Rejuvenation Treatments

Plasma Pen is able to specifically target layers of the skin, leaving surrounding tissues undamaged. Since there are no open wounds or blood, there is less risk of infection after treatment. In addition, Plasma Pen does not damage the cells of the skin responsible for pigment, and can actually lead to improved pigment post-treatment.

Complementary to Many Plastic Surgery Procedures

If you’re interested in healthier, firmer, younger looking skin, Plasma Pen is a safe, reliable and effective option. Plasma Pen offers many desirable benefits that are complementary to other surgical and non-surgical procedures offered at Whole Beauty Institute. In addition to rejuvenating aging skin, Plasma Pen is also a useful tool for removing skin blemishes or skin tags and can soften or reduce the appearance of scars.

Quick Recovery, Little Discomfort

Depending on which area is treated, patients describe their experience as virtually pain free (in less sensitive areas) or they may experience mild-to-moderate discomfort (especially in thin-skinned areas like the eyelids).

Immediately following treatment with Plasma Pen, patients are able to return to regular daily activities with the exception of intense exercise. The skin will feel tight and dry as tiny crusts form in the treated areas. The initial healing process takes 3 to 7 days, during which time the skin will naturally flake as it heals. Patients are provided a gel to apply several times each day to soothe the skin and aid in healing. Swelling and inflammation is minor in this early recovery period, and patients must be vigilant about protecting their skin from the sun.

In the 12 weeks following treatment with Plasma Pen, the skin undergoes extensive dermal remodeling as new collagen and elastin are produced, new blood vessels form and growth factors are released.