How Does Plasma Skin Tightening Work?
Plasma skin tightening uses radio frequency (RF) energy to ionize, or convert, gas into plasma. When the plasma comes in contact with your epidermis (the outer layer of skin), it generates heat and removes oxygen from the surface of your skin without ablating, or vaporizing, the epidermis.
The process eliminates moisture from the treated area to form a layer of dried, or dessicated skin that aids in the healing process. The desiccated tissue also increases the skin’s resistance to the electricity generated by the resurfacing device, preventing it from becoming overtreated and guiding the plasma to areas not yet heated.
This generated heat also breaks down the collagen in the dermis, the layer of skin beneath the epidermis, and triggers fibroplasia, your body’s wound-healing response. During fibroplasia, fibroblast activity is increased, which produces new collagen.
During plasma skin tightening, the heat that comes into contact with the skin causes collagen fibers to immediately
contract. This leads to visible improvements in skin laxity and a decrease in wrinkles, fine lines and crow’s feet.
Low-energy plasma skin tightening may require multiple treatments for more visible and effective skin tightening. In contrast, high-energy procedures require fewer treatment sessions, but the side effects are amplified.
Biopsies taken 3 months after a procedure demonstrate the continued formation of new collagen. Improvements to the tissue continue for over 1 year and result in firmer and more contoured skin.