WHAT IS J-PLASMA?
J-Plasma is an advanced energy modality which combines the unique properties of helium plasma with a proprietary RF waveform. Helium plasma focuses RF energy for greater control of tissue effect, enabling a high level of precision and virtually eliminating unintended tissue trauma. These properties may allow surgeons to use the energy on and around sensitive structures.
J-Plasma uses a gas plasma technology far superior to lasers, and in fact, the results cannot be compared to a laser resurfacing. We typically advise on full-face treatments, but can also do spot treatments of the eyes, mouth, and neck areas.
WHAT DOES J-PLASMA IMPROVE?
J-Plasma is a very powerful skin resurfacer, which means in eliminates lines, wrinkles, pores and other textural elements of the skin on the face. Along with this, it will remove brown spots, age spots and capillaries. It tightens skin on the face as well. When applied underneath the skin, it is also an effective skin tightener, causing skin contraction in areas like the jowls, the neck, the abdomen, and the arms.
DOES IT HURT?
The treatment itself is completely painless. The entire face receives lidocaine injections under the skin prior to treatment, causing the entire face to be numb. A pill to make you sleepy is also given, as well as the option of using nitrous oxide (“laughing gas”). Numbing injections are also done for subcutaneous treatments such as the neck. After treatment, patients report some heat in the area for about one day.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE?
In the case of facial resurfacing, two weeks of redness, swelling and peeling occur. One must be prepared for “social downtime” during this period and remain at home. Post-procedure care consists of facial creams and frequent showers. At two weeks make-up can be applied over a light pink skin. Final healing is at 6-8 weeks. In the case of neck treatment, several days of swelling and mild bruising are followed by 4-6 weeks of “lumpy bumpy” quality to the skin. There is no redness or peeling.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE?
The short answer is anybody that wants to address problematic areas such as:
Pigmented skin on the face
Wrinkles or imprinted lines
While we truly believe this is a game changing technology for face and neck lifts, we also understand that it’s not for everybody. Make sure you consult with your surgeon to see if this is the best option for you.
HOW LONG DO RESULTS LAST?
The results would be expected to last about 10 years for the face and 5-7 years for the neck.