What is a Plasma Treatment?

While often described as the fourth state of matter, plasma is actually a gas. Unlike ordinary neutral gases through, plasma is made up of positively charged and ionised molecules which are able to roam freely and fast. Plasma gas is able to do things that ordinary gases simpyl cannot do, such as conduct electricity, create magnetic fields and enable electrostatic interactions. Plasma gases exhibit coherent, collective qualities that neutral gases don’t and this makes them dynamic yet controllable. We see plasma in action all the time - plasma televisions and neon signs are both good examples. In the case of plasma TV’s, a gas such as argon is injected between two glass panels and an electrical current is passed through the gas enabling it to glow and emit specific colours. The science behind plasma goes back well over a centruy to people like Tesla, so we didn’t invent it. Nor were we the first ones to commercialise it. We have however miniaturised and perfected it to create an innovative plasma treatment for the face and body.

Through the Louise Walsh Plasma Pen, the nitrogen plasma energy we create transfers rapidly to the skins epidermal layer, whilst simultaneously heating and disrupting the deeper dermal structure via thermal conduction. We can sustain our nitrogen plasma discharge for as long as we like thanks both to continuous AC power source and our devices fingertip, on demand control. Multiple fail-safes within the device ensure that if we touch the skin or are too far away from it then the creation and delivery of plasma immediately ceases.

How we create plasma.

In simple terms, the Plasma Pen hand piece converts electrical energy into an electrostatic energy to create artificial nitrogen plasma. Inside the Plasma pen device an electrical discharge is made by introducing voltage between two electrodes separated by a dielectric barrier. During the plasma treatment, the charge collects on the surface of the barrier, a gaseous flash/arc of ionised plasma gas is safely released from about 1mm above the skin.

Plasma Pen for Skin Tightening & Repair

The scaffolding of a building over time will begin to weaken and rust, lose its flexibility and strength and become unable to bear the load it was originally designed to support. It will eventually buckle, sag and collapse. This is similar to what occurs in our skin.

As we age our dermal layer thins and the production of collagen molecules slows down dramatically and this leads to deflationary effect on the surface of our skin causing us to get lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. As the scaffolding of our skin deteriorates it loses laxity and texture and the elastin that under pins our skins elasticity begins to wear out, deform and skide over the collagen fibrils. This prevents them from maintaining a solid structure.

What are Fibroblasts?

Fibroblasts are the common cells of connective tissue in the body and they are the only cells that can make Type III collagen. Type III collagen synthesises alongside toughter Type I Collagen over a period of about 3 months. Type I and Type III collagen is what helps provide the strength in our skin’s dense connective tissues and it is famed for minimising fine lines, wrinkles and micro furrows, as well as improving the elasticity, suppleness and hydration of our skin. Most fibroblasts are inactive and are actually called fibrocytes. Fibrocytes will rarely undergo cell division and will not product collagen unless they are specifically re-activated by a wound healing process or inflammatory response. We do pricisely that with Plasma Pen.

” Plasma Pen was developed by Louise Walsh to deliver completely natural soft surgery plasma fibroblasting with stunning, long lasting results. It is entirely designed to dramatically repair, reverse and mitigate the negative effects of ageing by using state of the art nitrogen plasma technology, hard science, sophisticated techniques, best practice and training”

What areas of the body can be treated with Plasma Pen?

Fibro-blasting produces excellent results for any area of the body, particularly teh face and neck regions.

Accordion lines-the lines that form outside of the mouth when you smile

Acne scars-improvement in the appearance of post acne narks and scars

Laughter lines around the eyes

Forehead lines

Jowl/jaw line tightening

Marionette lines-the creases of folds that run vertically fron the corners of the mouth down to the chin

Nasolabial lines-the folds that run from the sides of your nose down to the edge of your mouth

Necklines/turkey neck

Smokers lines-those vertical wrinkles also know as lipstick lines around the mouth

Upper and lower eyelids-bags and hoods

Frown lines.

Is it Painful?

Depending on the area being treated your session may last between 60-240 minutes. Topical anaesthetic is applied for 30 minutes prior to commencement. The treatment itself is mildly to moderately uncomfortable. Everyone’s pain level is different and some areas of the body are more sensitive than others.

What downtime can I expect after my treatment?

The downtime from the plasma pen is less than cosmetic surgery, however there is an average of 8 days downtime on the face and neck and an average of 10-14 days on the body. The area is usually red and swollen for 3 days following the treatment. Swelling peaks at 3 days and then begins to subside. Scabs form and these typically begin to fall off on day 6-7.

For more information please ring 021 239 8069

We are the only clinic in Invercargill to be offering Fibroblasting using the Louise Walsh International Plasma Pen.

Before and Immediately after lower eye Plasma Pen treatment. These photographs are used with permission from our Client and is work done by our Registered Nurse Michelle.