The beauty world is no stranger to innovation and high-tech treatments so when we come across a device that really gets us excited, you know it’s worth talking about.
Plasmage is one of the latest treatments to reach Aussie shores and despite being a highly effective replacement for invasive surgeries and a longer-term solution to anti-wrinkle injections, it’s still only emerging as a hot new trend.
It’s one of, if not the most effective non-surgical treatment for lifting hooded eyelids with results that are rivalling Blepharoplasty surgery, minus the scars and the downtime.
After seeing a few before and after photos scattered throughout our Instagram feed, we just had to know more about this game changing treatment. Anything that can substitute going under the knife to battle the signs of aging and we’re in!
We tapped into the expertise of Sanja Maria, the owner of Face by SM in Sydney’s Paddington who offer Plasmage treatments to learn more about how it works, who it’s right for and the incredible results they’re seeing.
So, tell us, what is Plasmage and how does it work?
“To get technical, Plasmage is a treatment that uses the matter plasma to tighten, lift and shrink skin by creating a series of minute dots with the medical device for a non-invasive micro surgery,” tells Sanja.
“It works by delivering plasma energy, generated by the ionisation of gas in the air, onto skin tissue to sublimate or shrink that tissue to result in tightening or lifting of the skin or removal of unwanted lesions and deliver remodelled and rejuvenated results.”
What areas of the face and types of concerns can it treat?
“Plasmage is really versatile and uses patented fractional plasma to treat delicate areas safely like upper and lower eyelids, areas we usually struggle to treat as lasers and radio surgical units cannot be used in these areas,” says Sanja. “It has become famous for the non-surgical Blepharoplasty (eye lid surgery) and as such is the only tool to perform Blepharoplasma®.”
“But it can also treat fine lines and wrinkles, marionette lines, scars such as acne scarring, stretch marks, skin lesions and we even use it to tighten skin on the neck and body.”
Is the treatment painful? What can clients expect to experience throughout a treatment?
“The treatment is relatively comfortable. An anaesthetic cream is applied to the areas being treated. After 30 minutes, the Plasmage device, a small wand, is slowly hovered above the areas of concern, letting off a tiny electrical discharge.”
“The process ‘evaporates’ the target tissue located in the epidermis, and does not at all affect the deeper layers of skin in the dermis meaning no inflammation. You only feel a brief tingly sensation.”
“You may be a little sore during recovery and can have some swelling in the treated area but it disappears in 2-3 days.”
Do you have to change your skincare routine to prepare for the treatment? And what’s the downtime like?
“In preparation for a treatment it’s advised to discontinue use of active ingredients for the week leading up to it and you should avoid blood-thinning and anti-inflammatory medication (e.g. aspirin ibuprofen, fish oil, and St John’s wort) one week prior too.”
“When it comes to post-care, you will be given a home care regime that entails gentle cleanser, healing serums and SPF. It’s also best to avoid excessive exercise for 24 hours, scrubs and exfoliants, sun exposure and tanning for the first week also.”
“With Plasmage, there is no bleeding, a very short recovery time, the treatment is fast and relatively pain-free and much cheaper than surgery, making it a great alternative. There will be some swelling in the treated area afterwards and you’ll experience ‘crusting’ of the skin in the area that’s usually gone with 5-7 days but can be covered with a proper medical foundation.”
How long until clients see results from their treatments, how long do they last and how many sessions are generally required?
“Results can be immediately visible after a treatment, and continue to improve, usually from 14 days and after about 45-60 days you’ll see the final results from the treatment.”
“The results are permanent however as we age and our skin changes a repeat treatment might be necessary to maintain the results, as is the case even with surgery. Some clients will require additional Plasmage treatments on the area being treated but a lot see incredible results after just one session. It generally depends on the laxity of skin in the area being treated as to how many treatments are needed for optimal results,” says Sanja.
When would you choose Plasmage to treat concerns over other treatments such as lasers and even anti-wrinkle injectables? Do results last longer when treating wrinkles with Plasmage versus anti-wrinkle injections?
“Anti-wrinkle injections work on muscle and the Plasmage works on skin,” tells Sanja. “Plasmage is the perfect option for clients who don’t want to go down the path of having surgery or for clients who have had injectable treatments and still have areas of concerns like fine lines around the eyes, however both injectables and Plasmage complement each other.”
“Plasmage can target sun spots and skin tags that a number of laser treatment can’t lift and it has long lasting results with minimal downtime. It’s also a bonus that there’s no stitches or cuts to the skin.”
Are you as excited as we are? With such great results, we won’t be surprised to see Plasmage really take off throughout Australia but for now, it can be our little secret. If you want to know more, you can get in touch with the Face by SM team through their website or Instagram and a quick Google search should show you some other providers near your local area.
Images throughout article courtesy of Face by SM.