Plasma is the 'fourth state of matter' after solids, gases and liquids. It is created when heat excites a gas and causes ionisation. We can use plasma to provide aesthetic treatments including treatment of acne and acne scars, removal of verrucas, xanthelasmas, moles, fibromas, keloid scars, stretch marks, tattoos, wrinkles and excessive eyelid skin, and for mini face-lifting.
In particular, removal of excessive eyelid skin, known as the 'non-surgical blepharoplasty' can be an effective treatment for suitable patients who wish to avoid the risks of and costs of surgery under a general anaesthetic. The excess tissue is sublimated away without the need for an incision and stitches or risk of altering the delicate eye muscles.
Around 90% of the earth's atmosphere is plasma. Cathodic plasma has a prevalence of electrons, and anodic plasma has a prevalence of protons. The plasma is created when a heat source excites a gas leading to the release of electrons. When this is done near to the skin there is sublimation of the skin and the skin literally shrinks as it evaporates away. Only the area that is treated is affected by this,and the adjacent tissues, or those below the skin are unaffected.
This means that we can use plasma generation to remove excessive skin such as around the eyelids or where there are formations, or to tighten skin such as wrinkles around the mouth and we can do this without a risk to the deeper tissues.
Cathodic plasma, which is the type of plasma mainly used for our treatments, has an antibiotic effect and as it also eliminates oedema during the treatment swelling and redness is reduced.
The nano-plasma device that we use is supplied by FusionGT.
The non-surgical blepharoplasty treatment is most suitable for patients with excessive eyelid tissue but who do not have excessive fat or water retention in the area for treatment.
It is also suitable for patients with active acne where peels and other aesthetic treatments are controlled-indicated due to the risk of spreading infection.
Removal of a single or a few formations can be carried out in one treatment session, however it is not recommended to treat large areas in one sitting. We will require a letter from a dermatologist before we are able to remove moles.
A consultation is required to assess suitability for this treatment as well as to go over the risks and benefits in detail.
Nano-plasma is an advanced aesthetic procedure, however it is extremely safe with low risks of complications, minimal downtime and inconveniences especially when compared with surgical procedures which require hospitalisation and surgery. There are no risks related to medicines or other substances that patients may be taking.
The nano-plasma device uses a very low power to generate the plasma which means only the less conductive tissues are affected. The low power is also the reason why this treatment does not cause pigmentation problems or denting of the tissues.
There are however, many systems being used that are not strictly-speaking plasma devices, but fall into the remit of radio-frequency and these can cause complications and have longer downtime.
After treatment the skin will be red and will feel a bit sore, pain-killers such as paracetamol may be needed.
The skin will crust over at the time of treatment and these drop off over a period of 5-7 days. It is important not to pick at these crusts, and to keep the treated areas out of the sun.
Full pre-operative and aftercare instructions will be given to you as part of the consultation.
A non-surgical blepharoplasty treatment costs £695 per session, and generally 2-3 sessions are required.
Removal of formations (xanthelasmas, fibromas, moles etc) costs £295 per session.
Active acne treatment costs £295 per session.
Courses of treatment are discounted when paid in full.
Treatment time 30-60 minutes depending on the procedure being performed
Topical local anaesthetic is required
More than one treatment session may be required