Plasma Pen is a nitrogen plasma device for skin-lifting, skin-tightening, rejuvenation, and resurfacing.
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Read below to learn more about the full benefits of Plasma Pen for your skin.
Target Deep Layers for Rejuvenation in Chicago and Winnetka
Collagen and elastin are proteins essential to the structure of the skin. Collagen provides firmness, while elastin gives skin the ability to stretch and snap back. In a person’s youth, the skin is thick and full of collagen and elastin. As skin ages, it becomes thinner, producing less of these proteins. Damage from outside elements, such as sun exposure and pollution, also work to destroy the beneficial molecules. This leads to laxity and lines—both of which can be addressed with Plasma Pen at Chicago and Winnetka’s Whole Beauty® Institute.
Specifically, Plasma Pen can be use to decrease or smooth away superficial and medium-depth wrinkles, to noticeably improve deeper wrinkles, and to tighten, lift, and rejuvenate the skin.
Who Can Benefit from Plasma Pen?
Anyone interested in healthier, firmer, younger-looking skin can benefit from a Plasma Pen session. It is also a useful nonsurgical tool for removing skin blemishes or skin tags and can soften or reduce the appearance of scars. In addition, the treatment offers many desirable benefits that are complementary to other surgical and non-surgical procedures offered at Whole Beauty® Institute.
How Does Plasma Pen Work?
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 uses a continuous electric current to transform a 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 Plasma Pen handpiece 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 Plasma 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.
As the energy travels through the outer layer of the epidermis and into the deeper layer (dermis), it creates “micro-traumas,” which tighten the skin as they go. 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.
The heat energy delivered by Plasma Pen also penetrates through the outer layer, stimulating a woundhealing response deep within the fibroblast cells, which are 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.
What is a Plasma Pen Session Like?
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).
What Happens After a Plasma Pen Session?
Right after a 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 about three to seven 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.
More Skin Rejuvenation Options
While Plasma Pen is a useful tool for tightening laxity and smoothing wrinkles, we value pairing the ideal treatment to the patient at the Whole Beauty® Institute. For some people, a different choice may be more appropriate. We will recommend a treatment based on the condition of the skin, the imperfections being targeted, and the patient’s cosmetic goals.
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