The plasma pen is touted as the most non-invasive and advanced rejuvenation, skin-tightening, and lifting device in the world.
The Plasma Pen is designed to treat dull, sagging skin, and wrinkles, with virtually no downtime. These treatments are also free from incisions, stitches, or having to wear a bandage. These devices have already been in use in many other countries across the globe, but only recently received approval by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in the US.
If you associate pain with beauty, then you can expect fantastic results from these procedures. When it comes to the Plasma Pen, “looks are deceiving” since this device causes just about no discomfort, while the results are impressive. Stephanie Kirkpatrick from Arizona, states that she spent many years in the hot desert sun. However, constant exposure to UV rays over the years started to wreak havoc with her skin.
She says that it was probably in her late 20s, early 30s, that she started to notice fine lines on her face.
20 years later, Stephanie visited the Phoenix Skin Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery, in search of a non-invasive method to smooth her wrinkles and lines.
Dr. Lee Laris started offering Plasma Pen treatments in January, directly after the FDA approved the use of this device in the US. She states that the Plasma Pen works by imparting energy into the surrounding air. It then ionizes oxygen and nitrogen in the air to create what is known as a “plasma stream”. The Plasma Pen has already been in use for some time in many countries across Europe.
Dr. Laris compares the plasma-stream to tiny lighting bolts that leave the pen, hitting the targeted area of the skin where it instantly tightens up the tissue.
Dr. Laris has also stated that the Plasma Pen offers an effective approach to treating thin skin and small lines, to deeper lines around the lips, eyes, cheeks, and mouth.
A numbing gel or cream is first applied to the treatment area. The Plasma Pen never comes into direct contact with the skin. During the procedure, there is a bit of smoke and tiny dots start to develop on the treated area.
Dr. Laris says that Plasma Pen doesn’t really penetrate the skin, but rather hovers just above the skin, to deliver energy. She also says that if you think about a really deep wrinkle, it has really low points and really high points. Only the higher points are treated, helping to smooth out the wrinkles, while the lower points are not treated.
Kirkpatrick says that she is happy that the treatment went even further than she was hoping, so she is hopeful to see great improvements in those areas too.
The dots left behind after the treatment last for around 5 days. After 3 days, patients can start applying make-up again.
Kirkpatrick says that “I once heard that vanity is when I am trying to get something that I don’t have, rather than trying to get back what I once had”.
Kirkpatrick goes onto say that she is fine with aging gracefully, but while maintaining that balance, she plans to make sure she preserves her looks.
Plasma Pen treatments cost between $300 and $1,500, which will depend on the treatment area.
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