What is Plasma?
Plasma is the most common energy source in the universe. The sun is a giant plasma machine. Plasma is made by breaking down elements in the atmosphere, such as oxygen and nitrogen, into highly charged ‘reactive species’. These charged elements act to effect tissue by direct heating. They also work via a photochemical effect as the charged particles effect skin permeability allowing deep tissue effects without breaking the epidermis. Plasma technology has been around for a century. The Plasma BT is the next generation of device which has far more operator control than its predecessors. This allows an increased range and accuracy of treatments.
Which conditions can plasma treat?
PLASMA BT of Seoulin Medicare is a low-electricity, medical device which uses atmospheric pressure to generate patient-friendly, abundant plasma.
The Plasma BT is effective in treating:
- Upper and lower eyelids (non-surgical blepharoplasty)
- Unwanted superficial skin lesions (such as skin tags)
These treatments are carried out using the surgical handpiece which takes a fine needle. This needle is either as a free needle or with a plastic cage to adjust the treatment height to an exact depth.
The Plasma BT also has a unique plasma shower function.
The Plasma BT shower has been proven to:
- Reduce active acne
- Improve rosacea appearance
- Help wounds heal
- Cause photorejuvenation and also allow substances (such as local anaesthetic gels) to pass through the epidermis more effectively
The shower head comes with both a small and a larger handpiece head. The smaller one allows greater ease in treating contoured areas such as around the nose.
Plasma BT Results
The effect of plasma on human skin
Plasma flows from the skins surface deep into the dermis and epidermis. As the plasma flows through it:
- Kills germs and bacteria
- Dramatically increases the skin’s absorption rate
- Tightens the aged skin
- Stimulates the generation of collagen and fibroblasts
On the Day
Plasma BT procedures depend upon targeted tissue. Most treatments may be comfortably done in 15 minutes with the 15 minute prior application of anaesthetic gel. For top lip treatments local anaesthetic injections may also be used.
Aftercare and Recovery Time
For Plasma shower treatments there is no downtime. For Plasma surgical treatments of superficial wrinkles and skin tags the area will be swollen and have very localised black dots for about three days. For deeper treatments especially around the eyes downtime may be up to one week but should be able to be covered with make-up by day five. Aftercare consists of applying Vaseline until the area is no longer itchy. UV protection is important until healed.
Time to Improvement
For surgical treatment of superficial skin lesions and for the Plasma shower treatment of acne and rosacea, benefits are seen over the following few days. For wrinkle and eyelid lifting the benefits appear over the next few months as new collagen is deposited.
Number of Treatments
Benefits from a single treatment should be permanent for the area treated but two or three treatments may be needed to maximise improvement.
Possible temporary complications are bruising (from LA injection if given), redness, hypersensitivity, acne outbreak, herpes, yeast or bacterial infection.
Cold sores and shingles may occasionally occur so if susceptible you may be given valaciclovir 500mg as a single tablet for the first three days.
Scarring, increased or decreased skin colour and persistent tightness around the eye are possible rare complications.