As Fran says: BE AWARE
“If you are going to research who to buy your plasma machine with and who to train with, make sure you do your homework first. Check the safety side of the plasma machines. Does the probe automatically stop if it comes into contact with the skin thereby avoiding damage ?
Check how long the people behind the brand have been in business. Its very easy to be drawn in by a cheap price, but how much support will you get and how good is the training. Will the brand be recognised by your clients or have you just bought a machine with no support. Make sure you check all of these factors out before choosing”
Go onto www.Alibaba.com and check out some of the machines from China being sold in the UK, be very careful with these machines and question how someone claiming their machine is from Europe can have the same machine as being shown on this marketplace site!!!!!!
Your questions answered by Fran & Bridgette
The really geeky bit!
Plasma is formed through ionization of atmospheric gasses – when it arcs on the skin it stimulates instant contraction and tightening of skin fibresthis is called sublimation. This technology does not use scalpel or laser to remove excess skin, thereby avoiding all risks inherent to the traditional intervention. The treatment is performed without cutting, burning or removing excess skin or fat. It uses the difference in voltage between the device and a person’s skin to generate a small electrical arc or plasma discharge.
Plasma Elite can also work in a similar way to an ablative laser by carrying out a technique called skin resurfacing . Targeting several skin cells with the energy source, damaging very specific cells, thereby encouraging new cell growth and renewal of larger areas. This can not only improve skin tone and texture,but can also help reduce scarring and improve a number of common skin concerns and improve skin contouring.
As is normal with most new machines, it’s the technology that’s researched not the actual machine delivering it The below is an article from the Clinical Investigation for Dermatologists on the Plasma Resurfacing technology. Its not specific to Plasma Elite, it applies to all machines using Plasma technology.
An emerging method utilizing the state of matter known as plasma to create a thermal effect on the skin through the use of positively ionized gasses is plasma skin resurfacing (PSR).
As this plasma comes in contact with the resurfacing target, the positive ions capture back electrons while energy is released. A gaseous nitrogen source is used to form a plasma that releases thermal energy that eliminates oxygen from the targeted skin surface.
45 This resurfacing modality has been hypothesized to function by forming a layer of desiccated epidermis creating a natural barrier that facilitates accelerated healing with generation of new epidermis. PSR also penetrates to the upper dermis resulting in thermal denaturation of surrounding collagen, thereby increasing fibroblast activity, which has been shown to continue up to a year after the plasma treatments.
46 Plasma resurfacing has been safely used in Fitzpatrick skin types I–IV. It has been approved for the treatment of many skin conditions including photoaging, acne scars, rhytides, dyschromias, skin laxity, as well as the treatment of actinic keratosis and seborrheic keratosis. In contrast to the ablative laser, plasma resurfacing treatments have a very low incidence of side effects such as permanent hypopigmentation, scaring, or prolonged erythema.
47 An early study using the Portrait PSR (Rhytec, Waltham, MA USA) device examined its effects both clinically and histologically following multiple single-pass treatments for full-facial resurfacing
Participants received three full-face treatments at 3 week intervals with evaluation of epidermal quality, downtime, and erythema performed prior to each resurfacing treatment as well as 4 days post-treatment.
Participant assessments were also performed at 1 and 3 months after the final treatment. Evaluation of subjects noted complete re-epithelialization 4 days after therapy with lingering erythema persisting 6 days following treatment.
Two-thirds of participants experienced an improvement in their overall facial appearance and one-third of participants noted a reduction in their facial wrinkles.
Assessment of the biopsies revealed new collagen formation at the epidermal-dermal junction 3 months after treatment. No scarring or permanent pigmentation changes were seen during or after the study.
A separate 3 month investigation conducted on non-facial areas in ten patients examined the efficacy of plasma resurfacing on photodamaged skin of the neck, chest, and hands. They received only a single-pass with the Portrait PSR system. All sites showed a significant reduction in wrinkle severity and hyperpigmentation, as well as improved skin texture.
Though treatments using higher-energy settings resulted in greater benefits in patients’ skin, they also prolonged their healing in these areas. Comparison of biopsies taken before and 90 days post-treatment, revealed increased epidermal thickening, reduction of solar elastosis, and new collagen deposition in all biopsy specimens.
Acne scarring is a common and difficult to treat condition. With the success of PSR as an effective treatment for facial rhytides and benign skin lesions, a group investigated the safety and efficacy of PSR for the treatment of acne scarring.49 In their study, patient skin types I–III with acne scarring underwent a single PSR treatment with two high-energy passes.
Both patient and physician ratings demonstrated around a one-third improvement in the treated areas after 6 months. After 4–6 days, most patients saw complete re-epithelialization, with no serious adverse events encountered.
Reduction of traumatic scars by PSR is also being explored. In a group of Asian patients, an investigation examined the effectiveness of plasma treatment for traumatic scars that were treated monthly for 3 months.50 Almost half of the subjects experienced a greater than 50% improvement in their traumatic scars with the average re-epithelization of the treated skin being 5–9 days.
Deep traumatic scars in this subject group were noted to be resistant to plasma treatment. Together, all patients tolerated the treatments with minimal pain, with only temporary localized hyperpigmentation observed in a few patients, which resolved in 3 months.
Another investigation into scar reduction using PSR by the same group examined the effectiveness in treating mesh skin-grafted scars.51 In this small study, four patients with mesh skin-grafted scars were treated at monthly intervals with plasma resurfacing. They were seen 1 week after each individual treatment as well as 3 months after the final treatment.
Analysis from the physician assessment of images and patient questionnaires noted that all four patients demonstrated a greater than 50% improvement in their mesh skin grafted scars with only temporary, localized hypopigmentation observed in two patients.
These four patients showed improvement andtolerated the treatments well, which suggests that plasma treatment is an effective tool for the treatment of mesh skin-grafted scars.
PSR is a distinct resurfacing treatment with the ability to keep a layer of intact desiccated epidermis, which acts as a natural biologic dressing and promotes rapid healing. More studies need to be pursued to define important parameters, including the effect of multiple treatments, optimal treatment settings, and the duration of clinical results. PSR has the potential to be a viable alternative to ablative laser resurfacing.