Plasma Skin Tightening
Plasma Skin Tightening is one the newest and most effective skin treatments available. The treatment is intended to significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, sun damaged skin, facial and décolleté lines, wrinkles, scars, crows feet, pigmentation concerns and stretch marks. This unique method boosts skin radiance, and firmness by stimulating skin’s natural ability to repair itself. Plasma Skin Tightening stimulates the fibroblasts in the skin, and creates micro “injuries” which triggers new collagen production. Resulting in smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
How does PST work?
The concept of PST is based on the skin’s natural ability to repair itself whenever it encounters physical damage such as cuts, burns and other abrasions. Immediately after an injury occurs to the skin our body reuses the damaged collagen and elastin fibres as well as other damaged skin components to produce new ones. The device stimulates the fibroblasts in the skin, and creates micro-“injuries” which triggers new collagen synthesis, yet does not pose the risk of permanent scarring. The result is smoother, firmer and younger looking skin.
How is this different from Microneedling?
PST works differently than Microneedling because of the process. The PST treatment is performed when your permanent makeup artist creates individual dots (micro-injuries) on the desired area. Microneedling uses a pen-like device to create controlled micro-injuries at a fast pace and larger area.
Who's the best candidate for PST?
If you have saggy skins, wrinkles, or want an overall appearance of youthfulness - you're the perfect candidate. Not sure if this is the right choice for you? Book a FaceTime consultation today!
What can I expect during the treatment?
The procedure will take between 30-60 minutes (sometimes longer) depending on the desired treatment area. Before your procedure begins, a topical anesthetic is applied to the client’s skin to ensure your comfort throughout the treatment. Once your skin is numbed, we will use a device to perform the treatment. Don't worry, a needle is never punctured into the skin. Only the outermost layers of the skin are affected, and this creates miniscule sub-cutaneous injuries. These microscopic wounds stimulate new collagen deposition, which may last for up to a year; minor swelling is normal. Every client will vary with results.
What is the science behind the treatment?
Plasma is the 4th state of matter. Prior to plasma we believed matter could only come in three states (solid, gas and liquid). Plasma occurs when the gases of the atmospheric air are ionized. When plasma comes in contact with our skin it causes the effect of sublimation (definition: turning something that's solid from solid into gas). The reaction that's created is when the skin goes through the process of sublimation by coming into contact with plasma, meaning we are evaporating the skin (sounds scary but it's not). The sublimation caused by the machine occurs in a superficial, non-invasive level, and is safe for the skin. When skin is exposed to plasma and goes through sublimation, the reaction causes an instant contraction to the surrounding tissues of the skin without damaging any adjacent skin tissue. It's important to know that this instant contraction is a reaction that occurs when cells in the skin become dehydrated. This instant contraction will be reduced as the skin heals in the following weeks and the results get better after 8 weeks. This process is non-invasive, almost painless with no downtime, and is much more affordable than surgery.
What can I expect post-treatment?
After the procedure, your skin will immediately create carbon crusts; don't pick! These will eventually shed within 5-7 days. Minor redness or swelling is normal. The client will also experience skin tightness and mild sensitivity to touch of the area being treated. This will diminish greatly after a few hours and will improve over the next 24 hours. After 3-7 days, there is barely any evidence that the procedure has taken place.
How quickly will I see my results?
Visible results of skin rejuvenation are seen almost immediately, and they aren’t final. Due to the dehydration of the skin, cell tightening is very radical in the beginning and will slow down the next two weeks, however the condition of the skin will continue to improve for 8 weeks. To see true results, a client will need to wait 8 weeks. The duration of results will vary; the usual client will see results for 9 months to a couple of years. Plasma Skin Tightening does not stop the progress of aging, however the treatment will help reduce and even eliminate signs of aging (wrinkles). As your body ages the wrinkles will show up again. We recommend you repeat the treatment within 9-12 months. A course of 3 sessions is recommended at 6-8 week intervals in order to achieve optimal results.
Is PST safe?
The process does not involve injections, therefore allergic reactions and side-effects are unlikely. Rapid healing takes place immediately and the procedure requires simple after-care. Side effects experienced with PST are very minimal and will usually subside within 24-48 hours. Some clients may experience redness, stinging, minor swelling, itching, tightness and shedding of carbon crusts.
Can PST be carried out on darker skin types?
This treatment is recommended on skin types that are lighter (Fitzpatrick I-IV), however a patch test can be performed on darker skin types (Fitzpatrick V-VI). Hyperpigmentation can occur in darker skin types.
Who is not a good candidate for PST?
Those who are not good candidates for PST include: botox/fillers within 30 days, darker skin types due to hyperpigmentation (patch test), high blood pressure (physician consent), history of eczema, psoriasis and other chronic conditions; history of actinic (solar) keratosis, history of Herpes Simplex infections, and history of diabetes (physician consent). Absolute contraindications include: scleroderma, collagen vascular diseases, cardiac abnormalities, Rosacea, blood clotting problems, active bacterial or fungal infection, immunosuppression, scars less than 6 months old, pregnant/nursing women, keloid tendancies, cancer and/or pacemaker patients.