Plasma Pulses Energize for Optimal Skin Resurfacing

Women interested in an advanced degree of skin resurfacing were formerly provided with two options for resurfacing the skin: 1) ablative lasers (such as CO2 or Erbium laser), involving the decomposition of targeted skin surface layers so that increased collagen production will develop new surface skin, and 2) non- ablative lasers (such as Fraxel) focusing a the delivery of lower level energy to damage the dermis layer of the skin which, in turn, is meant to trigger collagen production and skin renewal. Close to 350,000 women and men underwent laser skin resurfacing in 2007, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Perhaps, plasma was introduced because the plastic surgery and dermatology community has always sought after improved methods to limit downtime associated with the skin resurfacing procedure, deliver improved results, and decrease recovery discomfort. Recently, the FDA approved Plasma skin resurfacing for wrinkles, fine lines, Actinic, seborrheic keratosis (colored, textured patches of the skin) and Viral papillomata (benign tumor such as a wart). Plasma skin resurfacing allows for the use of nitrogen plasma (an inert gas) to “damage” surface skin layers in order to remodel skin tissue. The idea behind the Plasma is that the high energy gas is capable of stimulating skin renewal with a reduced risk of scarring, infection, pigmentation loss and open wounds.

Reports documenting the use of Plasma technology date back to 2005. Thus, the long term effects of Plasma skin resurfacing have not been established. Yet, Plasma technology holds promise as a viable skin resurfacing alternative to other non-ablative types of skin resurfacing procedures.

Learn about other non-surgical procedures and treatments like Juvederm and BOTOX used to reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

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