One of the more unfortunate aspects of aging is the yearly decline in our body’s production of collagen. Every year after our 20th birthday, we have one additional percent less collagen to work with. That means by the time we turn 50, we have basically a third less collagen in the dermis layer of our skin. Because collagen is responsible for providing the structural framework that keeps our skin firm, thick, and youthful looking, the decline allows the formation of wrinkles and the sagging and looseness that we all hate.
That’s why the aesthetic universe is filled with treatments whose aim is to boost your collagen production through the body’s wound-healing mechanisms.
Dr. Walker works to stay at the forefront of this industry and she’s excited to offer a new skin tightening treatment that is showing amazing results. It’s called Renuvion J Plasma.
What is Renuvion J Plasma?
Renuvion is a non-surgical procedure for skin tightening. Renuvion uses what is called sub-dermal plasma energy to instantly tighten and lift the skin. Helium gas is combined with radiofrequency energy to create a precise stream of plasma energy. This J Plasma is delivered under the skin through a tiny entry incision that doesn’t require sutures to close.
The energy delivered by Renuvion contracts the tissues under the skin, providing impressive skin tightening across the treatment areas. It also triggers new collagen production, thanks to the delivery of heat energy under the skin.
How does Renuvion J Plasma work?
The secret to this impressive skin tightening is Renuvion’s cold plasma energy. This is different from any other rejuvenation treatment. Cold plasma is created through a combination of helium gas and radiofrequency energy. The RF energy energizes the helium gas, and this is delivered through the Renuvion handpiece.
What’s so special about this cold plasma beam? It has unique qualities. When the beam comes into contract with the undersurface of the skin it causes contraction and tightening that are unmatched by other current technologies such as ultrasound, RF in isolation, or laser energy. The plasma heats the undersurface, but at the same time the helium is much cooler than laser energy, making Renuvion a much safer alternative for skin tightening.
What areas can be treated with Renuvion?
We’ve found J Plasma to be perfect for loose, wrinkled skin anywhere on the body. It tightens and lifts skin to give you a more youthful look. Plus, it gives you a nice boost in self-confidence seeing your tightened, firmer skin. These are areas Dr. Walker has been using this brand-new treatment for our patients:
- Upper arms
- Lower face
Who is an ideal candidate for Renuvion?
The best candidates for these skin tightening treatments with Renuvion have mild to moderate sagging in the areas they seek to treat. At Dr. Walker’s, we’ve had excellent success for sagging in the cheeks, jowls, and neck, in particular.
Good candidates still need to have good elasticity in their skin, however. That’s because the helium/RF plasma energy will trigger a contraction that can only occur if the skin is still somewhat elastic. For those with more severe skin sagging, surgical excision (such as a facelift, neck lift, or arm lift) would still be a better option.
Candidates for Renuvion at Dr. Walker’s practice want skin tightening and rejuvenation, but they’re not interested in surgical procedures to do so. We’re excited about the possibilities of this new technology.
Are there any risks or side effects with J Plasma?
The main side effects are redness, potential bruising, and swelling across the treatment areas. Because the helium plasma energy is delivered subdermally, there isn’t any harm to the surface skin. Dr. Walker will discuss possible side effects during your consultation.
Is there recovery after a Renuvion J Plasma treatment?
Skin will be red, and patients will have some minor swelling after these treatments. There can also be slight bruising at the insertion sites of the Renuvion wand. These issues usually resolve in 5-7 days. For most patients, however, they look fine to go out in just 2-3 days. Any discomfort is easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. Downtime is minimal; these are easy treatments to tolerate.
Can I combine a Renuvion treatment with another procedure?
Because Renuvion’s cold plasma works its magic in the dermis layer of the skin, it can easily be combined with other treatments we offer. You could have a J Plasma treatment and then have some unwanted hair removed with laser hair removal. You could have eyelid surgery and J Plasma to tighten your jowls. Because these plasma treatments don’t involve recovery, they can be paired with other treatments. You simply wouldn’t want to treat or target the same area. For instance, you wouldn’t have Renuvion for your jowls and Kybella (which breaks down fat in your jowls).
When you come in for your consultation, we can discuss possible treatments you could pair with your Renuvion session.