What is the plasma pen?
As we grow older, we start to notice more and more changes to our skin.
Whether it’s fine lines, crow’s feet, deep wrinkles, dark spots or other blemishes, it’s impossible to avoid the aging process. You may be a non-smoker, healthy eater and exercise most days of the week but your skin will still age.
Traditionally the only way to treat the signs of aging was with an invasive surgical procedure, injections or lasers. However, with advancements in technology, there’s now the opportunity to treat these concerns without any surgery or fillers, whilst still achieving the same effective, long-lasting results using the Plasma Pen Sydney and Miranda, Sutherland Shire residents can have at our clinic.
The Plasma Pen is a handheld device that uses a high plasma energy current to create micro-traumas in the skin without even touching it. Instead, the device tip is held just above the skin’s surface and the current stimulates collagen production which is essential for rebuilding the elastin in your skin. This specific type of treatment is known as fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are the most common cells of connective tissue in the body that produce collagen.
It’s the effect of plasma energy that causes these micro-traumas that activate the skin’s natural repairing process. The treatment results in the skin tissue growing back smoother and firmer, filling out any folds, wrinkles or excess skin. All of which is carried out without any surgery, stitches or general anesthetics involved. Your skin will look rejuvenated and the results on the treated area will be immediately seen. Plasma pen treatments are designed for use on small areas of the skin surface, typically the face or neck, but can also be used on other areas of the body.
What areas can be treated with the plasma pen?
Plasma Pens are designed to treat small areas of the skin. Typically on the face or neck, but they can also be used on other areas of the body. Below are the areas that can be treated:
- Hooded Eyelids
- Eye Bags
- Lines and Wrinkles – Smokers lines, Crow’s Feet, Frown lines
- Brow Lift
- Xanthelasma (fatty eye deposits)
- Crepey neck
- Scars, Acne scars and Stretch marks
- Excess skin
- Blemishes, Skin Tags, Milia, Moles, Warts and Verrucas
Ideal candidates for plasma pen procedure
Plasma Pen treatments are suitable for most skin types and tones and for anyone looking to avoid surgical procedures. However, it is most effective on light to medium complexions and may not be appropriate for those who scar easily. Also, those with darker skin tones may not be suitable candidates due to a higher risk of hyper or hypopigmentation. We highly recommend booking an initial consultation with one of our experts to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for treatment.
NOTE: Plasma pens are not recommended to be used in those suffering from an active skin disease including inflammation, rosacea, or any other skin condition that leads to a loss in the skin’s barrier. If you are on Roaccutane or any other high-risk medication and are preparing for a plasma lift, advise your doctor as soon as possible.
Benefits of plasma pen treatment
There are a great number of benefits of Plasma Pen treatment which you can see below:
- Non-surgical procedure
- Non-invasive alternative
- Low-risk procedure
- Minimal side effects
- Fast treatment
- Minimal downtime
- Cheaper alternative to laser treatment
- No thinning of the skin
- Skin tightening
- Reduces stretch marks, lines and wrinkles and excessive skin
- Improve and brighten skin tone and texture
On the day of the plasma treatment
On the day of the procedure, you’ll be greeted by our friendly staff who will take you through all the steps of the treatment plan and ensure you feel as comfortable as possible. The procedure itself on average takes around 2 hours but this is very much dependent on the treatment area. For example, if you’re having skin tag removals treatment, it will take half as long as a full stomach area.
What is recovery like after the treatment?
As the treatment is non-surgical the recovery is much less extensive. However, as with most skin treatments, there may be some side effects after Plasma Pen treatment. You’ll be fine to continue with your regular daily activities, however during the initial healing process there will be visible signs of treatment (usually 3 to 7 days).
The length of your recovery will depend on the areas treated and your skin’s healing abilities. You can also expect to see swelling and inflammation for between 1 and 5 days after treatment but this is completely normal.
Below are some recommendations for post-treatment:
- Apply an ice pack covered with a clean cloth to the swollen area
- Take paracetamol if you’re in pain but avoid anti-inflammatory medications
- Avoid standing with your face under a hot shower for 3 to 4 days
- Avoid sun exposure
- Clean the area daily with lukewarm water
- Keep the treated area oil-free
- Sleep on your back with your head elevated to reduce swelling
- Avoid shaving until the area is fully healed
- Avoid smoking and alcohol
How much does a plasma pen cost in Sydney?
The total cost for the plasma pen procedure in Sydney varies greatly depending on which area you’d like to be treated. The total cost will be given to you during your initial consultation with our cosmetic physician.
Plasma Pen Before and After Results
Below we have some before and after results of Plasma Pen treatment that can help provide you with realistic expectations following this procedure:
Why choose Shire Cosmetic Medicine
At Shire Cosmetic Medicine, our highly skilled team offers an approachable and personal service to all of our clients. Our Sutherland Shire, Miranda cosmetic physician and aesthetician undergo extensive training on all our treatments to give our clients the best possible results and our patient-centred approach ensures you receive the best care possible.
Our team is renowned for the services which they provide. We take pride in pursuing their passions and ensuring that all treatments provided exceed all expectations. Meet our cosmetic team:
Dr Mutti Khan
Dr Khan has over 20 years of experience in medicine. Firstly as a Specialist General Practitioner and then in Cosmetic Medicine. He has a passion for cosmetics that originates from his fascination with how people can change both physically and mentally. He thoroughly enjoys being part of his patients’ journey from start to finish.
Sabeen is an exceptional and highly motivated Aesthetician. She is highly trained to evaluate your skin and develop individual treatment plans tailored to your aesthetic goals.
You may still have some questions regarding plasma pen treatments.
Check below where we have answered our most Frequently Asked Questions:
The effects of the Plasma Pen treatment usually last between 3 and 5 years, however many results are permanent.
As with any cosmetic procedure, there is always a small risk of infection if you don’t follow our aftercare advice. However, there aren’t any specific risks involved with Plasma Pen therapy but if you’re allergic to topical anesthesia you should avoid the treatment.
The procedure takes around 2 hours but this is very much dependent on which areas are being treated.
The number of treatments needed is very much down to the individual. You may need just 1 or you may need up to 3. We will be able to answer this question more accurately after your initial consultation where we can assess the treatment areas.
Most people find the Plasma Pen treatment virtually pain-free, but it can be dependent on your own sensitivities and tolerances. The procedure may be moderately uncomfortable and sensitive depending on where you are being treated, especially areas where the skin is at its thinnest.
There is very little downtime after a plasma pen procedure. Treatment is non-surgical. The initial healing process will be complete within 3 to 7 days after the procedure.
Some results will be visible immediately after the procedure but the maximum results will not come into full effect until after 12 weeks.