Frequently Asked Questions
What makes PlasmaBlast unique?
PlasmaBlast™ is the only cosmetic treatment to use plasma to reduce the volume of excess skin. It is a cost-effective alternative and minimises some of the risks involved in more invasive skin treatments. PlasmaBlast™ meets the demand for skin rejuvenation treatments with a natural healing process, offering lower down-time, faster recovery, being less risky with more long-lasting results.
How long has the technology been in use?
Devices generating an electrical arc have been used in operating theatres since the early 20th century. The first electrosurgical unit is credited to William T. Bovie, and introduced to clinical practice in 1926 by Dr. Harvey Cushing, the founder of modern neurosurgery. Plasma skin treatment is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry but has been used for a number of years in Europe.
How does PlasmaBlast work?
PlasmaBlast™ promotes the skin’s natural healing process through the application of a controlled ‘micro-beam of plasma’ to superficial layers of skin. Plasma Blast™ is administered using a hand-held device that emits a small electrical arc from the tip of the pen without actually touching the skin. This plasma arc carbonises the skin giving an immediate tightening effect to the surrounding skin. The propagation of heat stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, the main components responsible for the strength and elasticity of your skin.
Which areas of the skin could be treated?
Brows and forehead
Eyes and surrounding area
Lips, upper and lower
Cheeks / face-lift
How long does the treatment last?
PlasmaBlast™ is more than a simple tightening treatment, as skin volume is actually reduced. The effects should last as long as they would with more invasive treatments, e.g. surgery. Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of the treatment are not entirely permanent as it does not stop any further ageing, but the positive results should last years. The positive effects of treatment will be noticeable immediately after the first treatment, but the final results will be seen after 8-12 weeks. For some, an additional treatment may be required after 6-8 weeks. Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can prevent the result from lasting as long as they can, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure.
How many treatments are required?
The number of sessions required to achieve the desired result will be determined by the current condition of your skin, the type of treatment you request and the size of the area being treated. Most clients see results instantly and this continues to improve over the course of the following 8-12 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to get better results, although it is uncommon to require more than three treatments. Appointments must be spaced out by 6-8 weeks.
Is the treatment painful?
Plasma Blast™ is a non-surgical treatment with minimal discomfort reported by patients. Topical cream is applied to numb the treated area prior to procedure. As such, the procedure is virtually pain-free and leaves the patient with minimal down-time. Immediately after the treatment the skin will be reddened and lightly swollen. The swelling will usually subside within 3-5 days and the redness could last up to 4 weeks.
What are the side-effects and risks?
Plasma Blast™ has been shown to be a safe treatment and is administered by fully certified technicians. Still the majority of clients are likely to experience minimal discomfort in the 5-7 days following treatment. After the procedure crusts will form on the skin directly where the Plasma Blast™ electrode was applied. These small points form scabs that typically drop off over 5-7 days post treatment, revealing a smoother and tighter skin. Swelling around the eye area is to be expected for a few days following an upper eyelid treatment. The treated area could be red / pinkish for up to 4 weeks. To minimise complications, you will be informed on proper aftercare following the procedure.
The Physics behind Plasma Blast™
Electrofulguration is the process of treating skin tissue using a controlled electric current applied with a needle-like electrode, resulting in superficial epidermal carbonisation through releasing a small amount of heat into the skin without the electrode touching the skin. Fulguration comes from the Latin word ‘fulgur’ meaning an act of lightening, which happens through the process of ionisation of molecules. The ionised air, also known as Plasma, is much more conductive than the previous non-ionised air, allowing for the electrical current to flow. The subsequent skin tightening and skin rejuvenation effect occur due to heat transfer to the surrounding epidermal tissue. This triggers a controlled micro-trauma, promoting the production of collagen and elastin as part of the skin’s natural healing process.
Who is the ideal candidate?
The client should be in good health at the time of the appointment, with no pre-existing health conditions. If the client displays signs of cold or flu the treatment should be rescheduled.
Client’s skin should not be inflamed in the area we are treating prior to procedure.
Clients prone to keloid scars are not ideal candidates.
Clients with diabetes, healing disorders or lymphatic draining issues should not undergo treatment.
Clients with a sunburn should postpone treatment.
Clients who have a history of Hyperpigmentation / Hypopigmentation are not ideal candidates.
The client must not display herpes simplex (cold sores when working in the lip area). It is recommended they consult with their medical doctor and begin taking the prescription 4 days prior to treatment and 4 days following treatment.
If the client wears a pacemaker avoid treatment with electrical arcing.
Clients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not undergo treatment.
Clients should have eyelash extensions removed prior to eye treatment.
This treatment is only recommended on Fitzpatrick Scale 1-3 type skins. Treatment is not advised for those with very dark skin. This is because there is a higher risk of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) following treatment.
What if I’m not sure about which area to treat?
All PlasmaBlast™ treatments are preceded by a free 15-minute consultation. During this consultation the practitioner will do an individual assessment and your treatment requirements could be discussed in detail.
What should I do on the day of treatment?
The online medical history and consent forms should be reviewed / completed before your appointment. Feel free to have all your questions answered during the consultation before signing the forms.
Please remove all make-up and arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. You need to buy Emla or Numit topical anaesthetic cream and bring this with (30g tube). A specialised numbing cream could be ordered from a compounding chemist - let us know if you need an order form. A first layer could be applied 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time. A second layer will be applied 30 minutes before treatment begins. You would also need a high-quality colloidal silver spray for after care application.
How long is a treatment session?
All PlasmaBlast™ treatments are scheduled for 60-90 minutes. Sessions start with a consultation in order to do an individual assessment of the desired treatment area, go through a medical checklist, the consent form, and provide pre-treatment advice. At the start of the session, before-pictures will be taken, and a second layer of topical cream applied and allowed to penetrate for 30 minutes. The treatment itself will last 30-60 minutes, depending on the area to be treated.
What should I do after the treatment?
Following the aftercare instructions will ensure that you see the best results. The most important points are to keep the treated area clean and out of the sun. Even with SPF50, direct or indirect UV exposure should be avoided for 4-6 weeks. In the week following treatment (or until the treatment area has fully healed) an exfoliating wash, cleanser or moisturiser should not be used.
Complete after-care instructions
There may be a burning sensation or even some pain immediately after the treatment. This will usually resolve during the first 24 hours. Dabbing the treated area with Colloidal Silver is recommended for the first 24 hours, after which regular application of Bepanthen Anti-septic Soothing Cream is recommended.
Following the treatment, it is normal to have redness and some swelling. This can be significant around the eyes, can last up to 5 days and may lead to interference with vision in the initial period. Cold compresses may be applied lightly to reduce the swelling.
Short term redness and slight tenderness may continue for up to 4 weeks following the treatment.
Crusting will usually develop over the treated area within 2-4 days. This will initially be brown or black on the surface of the skin and will naturally flake off after 5-7 days, however, it may take up to 2 weeks to completely disappear. It is essential to not pick at or scratch this crusting as this may lead to infection or scarring. Occasionally the treated area may become a little weepy, this is part of the normal healing process and will improve with time. However, if it starts to become hot or red or if there is any pus present, then please contact the clinic for advice as this may suggest an infection has developed.
It is essential to keep the treatment area clean, nourished and apply anti-septic spray 2-3 times daily. Dabbing with a clean, lint-free cloth is allowed. Do not use alcohol-based cleansers.
Do not apply sunscreen or make-up until the crusts have completely fallen off. In the unlikely event an infection arises, or the swelling or redness has not subsided within 7 days, contact the clinic. A persisting infection can lead to scarring.
Sports, swimming and sauna are not permitted until crusts have completely fallen off. Avoid direct or indirect sunlight for 4-6 weeks after the treatment. Do not use self-tanning products for at least 3 months after the last treatment. Once healed we highly recommend using an SPF-50 on the area to prevent ageing and hyperpigmentation caused by sun exposure.
What should I do if something goes wrong?
Following the treatment, it is normal to have redness and some swelling. This can be significant around the eyes, can last up to 5 days and may lead to interference with vision in the initial period. Cold compresses may be applied lightly to reduce the swelling. Short term redness and slight tenderness may continue for a few weeks following the treatment.
Crusting will usually develop over the treated area within 2-4 days. This will initially be brown or black on the surface of the skin and flake off after 5-7 days, however, it may take up to 2 weeks to completely disappear. It is essential to not pick at or scratch this crusting as this may lead to infection or scarring. Occasionally the treated area may become a little weepy, this is part of the normal healing process and will improve with time. However, if it starts to become hot or red or if there is any pus present, then please contact the clinic for advice as this may suggest an infection has developed.
How soon could I do the next treatment?
Patients are encouraged to schedule a follow-up consultation not sooner than 6 weeks after the treatment, bearing in mind that it could take 8-12 weeks for final results.