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Hair & Beauty

Latest aging skin counter:

‘Plasma Pen’ technology

with Sue Carroll

We are all going to

show the signs of

aging sooner or later,

regardless of whether we like

it or not. Fortunately, when it

comes to aging skin, stretch

marks, hyperpigmentation,

fine lines and wrinkles, there

is a new kid on the treatment

block: Plasma Pen technology.

Plasma pen devices utilise

the fourth state of matter,

which is plasma. Plasma was

discovered by Sir William

Crookes, an English physicist,

in 1879. The other three more

well-known are solid, liquid

and gas. The plasma energy is

formed through the ionisation

of atmospheric gases

which will stimulate instant

contraction and tightening of

skin fibres. This technology

does not use scalpel or laser

to tighten excess skin, thereby

avoiding all risks inherent to

traditional intervention.

The principle of the plasma

treatment is where the

electrical energy is turned

into an electrostatic energy,

which is then transmitted to

the probe. At about 1mm from

the skin, oxygen and nitrogen

are mixed and the electrostatic

energy produces an arc of

plasma which is discharged

on the surface of the skin

(epidermis). The plasma

causes instant contraction and

tightening of skin fibres, thus

resulting in the reduction of

the surface of the skin.

The treatment does not

touch the skin, it is only the

tiny plasma flash that makes

contact. This contact leaves a

very small superficial brown

carbon spot that looks like a

freckle. There is no heat to the

surrounding skin. These small

spots draw the skin together

in their direct environment

and shrink the excess skin.

A specific pattern is followed

to form a reduction grid. The

result is an improvement to

the firmness and tension of

the skin (lifting effect). Since

plasma energy affects the

deeper dermal layers, the

result is a lifted contour, a

decrease in deep wrinkles,

thicker and firmer skin. Plasma

promotes new collagen protein

which allows the original

collagen protein to strengthen

the skin.

Depending on the size of the

area, and the skin condition

to be treated, this will

determine the length of time

the treatment takes. Plasma

technology will treat skin

laxity, wrinkles, stretch marks,

skin tags and certain types of


Immediately after the

procedure, the treated area

will be quite red and may

be slightly swollen. This can

last from 1-3 days. The small

carbon dots will dry to become

small crusts. These crusts must

not under any circumstance be

picked or scratched off, they

must be left to fall off on their

own which can take anything

from 5-14 days. These

dots can be covered with a

mineral foundation or mineral


Final results may be seen

within 8-12 weeks posttreatment

and may continue

improving a few months after.

Results are cumulative and in

some cases 2-3 treatments

may be required to deliver the

desired results. Depending on

the condition being treated, if

another treatment is required

it may be performed as soon

as six weeks later.

Plasma energy is not

new, but the way it can be

harnessed to assist with skin

irregularities is an amazing

technology. As always skin

health and colour is taken

into consideration before

performing the treatment. To

receive the optimum outcome

for the skin, correct clinical

homecare must be used before

and after the treatment and

the desired results can be


Sue Carroll of Skin

Inspiration has been a qualified

Aesthetician for 33 years.

Sue has owned and

operated successful beauty

clinics and day spas on

the Northern Beaches.



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