Today, I am going to talk about the fourth form of matter and why it is so helpful for your skin. Just like there is a solid, liquid and gas; there is also plasma. Discovered in 1879 by William Cooke and named in 1929 by Irving Langmuir. But first, we need to discuss fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are a type of cell vital in making collagen (cushion) in the skin. As we age, the number of these cells decreases leaving our skin flat, thin and looking like a raisin. This skin laxity can start as early as 25 years old and is most common in lighter skin types.
In the esthetic profession, it is being used to non-surgically tighten skin and lead to skin rejuvenation. The principal behind a Plasma Lift is that a device ionizes the gas in our atmosphere and creates a small electrical arch. When the electrical arch, or Plasma, touches the skin, it transfers its energy to the fibroblasts, our collagen forming cells, resulting in contracture and tightening of the surface skin.
Even though the skin receives a controlled injury, there are no open wounds, unlike an ablative laser treatment. Plasma Lift works similar to the invasive ablative lasers minus the down time and the discomfort. This is very vital because it does not allow the skin to scar. In addition there is no long healing time. So you are able to go about your day.
It helps erase lines and wrinkles, reduce scarring, improve texture and tone with minimal down time. The procedure starts with numbing the skin with a topical for 10 minutes. The treatment is fairly quick, it can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. You leave for home with very tiny microscopic dots on the skin and mild redness. This minor discomfort lasts for less than a week. You will notice the change in your skin within the next week. Normally four to six treatments are recommended. Ask your esthetician for guidance.
Post care involves some TLC in the form of keeping it moisturized with specialized ingredients like Hyaluronic acid, green tea extract, and sun protection with SPF 50+. For details consult your aesthetician. Hope this was informative.
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