Saturday, December 6, 2008

Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration

Plasma Skin Regeneration (PSR) is effective in reducing the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles, treating sun-damaged skin, improving skin elasticity and texture, improving acne scars and tightening skin that can be used to treat an entire face or a specific area and works on a variety skin types.

It works by sending energy transfers deep into the skin tissue causing a growth in collagen that in turn improves the contours of the face. Over time the changes intensify and the appearance becomes more dramatic and visible. The whole process (in the doctor’s office) takes 30 minutes or less for a whole face treatment or 5-10 minutes for localised treatments.

Plasma energy is delivered deep into the dermis while leaving the skin’s surface intact for several days following treatment. As the new skin emerges the old skin will start to shed. With less trauma than ablative procedures, healing is rapid. Recovery time is minimal and easily tolerated, while improvements are dramatic and long lasting.

Plasma Skin Regeneration

Plasma Skin Regeneration

A patient can have the procedure and seven days later return to their normal activities. Make-up can also be worn at day seven. Over time you will continue to see improvements as the plasma energy continues to work beneath the skin’s surface creating the right conditions and natural growth factors for creating new collagen. Downtime is minimal and clinical studies show that the improvements you see following your treatment will become even more dramatic over time.

The results are comparable to aggressive laser resurfacing but the downtime is dramatically reduced. It keeps working, stimulating collagen production that has a unique matrix and improving increasing elastin for up to one year with continued improvement to the skin.

Who should have Plasma Skin Regeneration (PSR)?
*Anyone looking for a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, and a combination result of improved skin texture and tighter skin
*Individuals seeking a complexion free of enlarged pores
*Individuals seeking to remove pre-cancerous lesions
*Anyone seeking to repair photo-damage and improve the appearance of age spots, or hyper-pigmentation
*Someone considering Lasersurgery, facelift, chemical peel or other surgical treatments.
*Individuals wanting to reduce acne scarring
*A Portrait® pilot study on acne scars showed significant improvement; expanded study is currently under investigation

What makes Portrait® different from other available treatments?
Portrait® is unique in that treatment causes regeneration to occur beneath the skin surface and the outer layer protects the skin beneath while the regeneration occurs. Portrait® provides the necessary growth factors to allow new tissue to generate while reducing current wrinkles and surface problems.

You get the benefits and results consistent with more aggressive laser treatments, but with the convenience and safety of a non-laser device. Depending on the degree of the problem and the amount of improvement desired, the treatment can be catered to suit one's problem and lifestyle. You will see improvements in skin texture, tone, colour, and fine lines with a single higher-level treatment that has significantly less recovery than the weeks of downtime associated with more aggressive lasers. In addition, Portrait® can be used to treat specific areas such as wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.

PSR tools

Plasma Skin Regeneration tool

What does the procedure feel like and how long does it take?
During plasma skin resurfacing you can expect to feel a warm sensation as the plasma energy reaches into your skin layers.

Though PSR is relatively pain-free, a topical anaesthetic is applied to the face before the procedure begins. As with most cosmetic procedures, the number of treatments is varied. Depending on the amount of skin you want to treat, the condition of the skin and the degree of results you wish to see, you might have between 1 and 4 separate treatments.

During treatment, the doctor will pass a specialised handpiece over the targeted area; the tool itself never touches the skin. Plasma energy is evenly released across the epidermis, and collagen regeneration begins almost immediately.

What should I expect following treatment?
After treatment the patient will have a post-operative ointment applied to the treated area. Patients will reapply the ointment to keep the treated area moistened as the treated area will not be washed for the first 24 hours. A mild cleanser will then be used 2-3 times daily to cleanse the treated area with the post-op ointment re-applied. This regimen is repeated through the seventh day when the process will be complete. At that time shedding of the outer layer of skin will be complete leaving new skin in its place. Some patients may experience some localised redness after treatment. After the skin sheds, this redness will lighten over time. Any patient discomfort has been described as minimal to nil.

Keep in mind that the skin can take from 2 days to over a week to completely heal and be accepting of make-up applications.

With low levels of treatment mild flaking and redness will usually occur and last for several days. With more intensive treatment the outer layer of skin will brow and shed within 3 to 5 days. Once the skin heals completely, you will continue to see changes in the appearance over the course of a year.

What kind of improvements can I expect to see?
Soon after treatment your skin appears tighter and more toned. You will see improvements in skin texture, tone and reduction in wrinkles. However, one of the most striking and unique advantages of Plasma Resurfacing is that it stimulates a natural process of regeneration, producing results that progressively improve over time. New healthier collagen growth will improve contours and enhance your overall appearance. Clinical studies show that this improvement progression continues for at least one year after treatment.

before after photo

Plasma Skin Regeneration Before and After

Is the procedure safe or any side effects?
Portrait® plasma skin regeneration has demonstrated an excellent safety profile in clinical studies. It has not shown protracted periods of downtime, scarring, hypo-pigmentation, or prolonged hyper-pigmentation associated with other light or ablative laser treatments. It is also easier to use and control than chemical peeling agents. Of course, patients will want to protect their new skin when enjoying the outdoors with a good sunscreen product with a high UVA/UVB block.

Depending on the level of treatment, your skin may experience redness and flaking, or, at higher levels of treatment, the outer layer of skin may turn brown and shed three to five days after treatment. Once this occurs, the redness of the regenerated skin will last for two to three days. On darker skin, the localised redness may appear as a darker spot that lightens over time. The risks and downtime associated with this procedure are significantly less than those of traditional laser peels.

What is the cost of Portrait® Skin Regeneration treatments?
Treatment costs vary from physician to physician and the number of treatments required. As a guide, a full face, high-energy treatment could cost around $4000. A full face, low energy treatment could cost around $1500 per treatment. Localised treatments of the upper lip or eye area could cost around $1500.
Please ask your doctor for further information.


Anonymous said...

Portrait Plasma Skin Regeneration was a great application however, the company went bankrupt.

Real Guy said...

That is correct,Rhytec Industries (who supplied Portrait Plasma) did indeed go bankrupt, however new technology and processes of the machines are available through a Swiss Company specialising in Plasma Skin Rejuvenation.