PLEXR is a resurfacing alternative that is more effective than ablative laser and has fewer shortcomings.
What is Plexr?
Plexr (or plasma soft surgery) is a non-surgical treatment used to lift the eyes (blepharoplasty), by treating the skin laxity. It is also used to improves scars, treats moles, skin tags and other unwanted superficial skin legions. Unlike surgical treatments for these problems, Plexr does not require general anesthetic and recovery time is much shorter.
The treatment uses plasma – the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gas – and is performed using wireless handheld devices which are manufactured in Italy. The Plexr Soft Surgery device has been used and licensed in several countries worldwide over the last 10 years. It is the first fully licensed plasma technology to be introduced in Canada.
One of the newest technological advances in medical aesthetics is the development of plasma energy to alter skin surface and architecture. As a technology, plasma energy may bridge the gap between ablative and nonablative energies.
Plexr is a cordless micro-surgical hand operated device that transfers concentrated heat to the treated skin tissues. It uses the difference in voltage between the device and the patient’s skin. The difference in voltage generates a small electrical arc, similar to a minute lightening. The small lightening causes sublimation of the fluids contained in the superficial part of the skin, without unwanted heat transmission to the adjacent tissues. Additionally, it acts on the superficial layer of the skin preserving the lower layers; this will reduce drastically any potential permanent skin damage that could be caused by the misuse of conventional lasers.
What is the difference between Plexr Plus and electrosurgical devices?
Electrosurgical unit and Plexr have different intended use. Plexr is not intended to cut the tissue, but to generate retraction and perform gentle skin lesion removals sublimating layer by layer of the skin. Plexr is non aggressive and does not create scars as we often see with electrosurgery but actually renews the tissue, because the parameters and the modality to generate the arc are different.
Electrosurgical units / Radio scalpels use higher power and frequency and generally need a return pad electrode. Plexr with its lower power and voltage frequency doesn’t need the returning pad and the action can be definitely considered Plasma, a gas ionized by a difference in voltage is plasma. It is important to distinguish the name of the technology to not create confusion with the collateral effect generated by an electrosurgical unit.
Plexr ionizes the air between the tip and the body, generating a direct plasma on the skin, using mainly the thermal effect, but being more precise, selective and superficial, so not damaging the deep layers of the skin (dermis), but only the superficial epidermis.
How does it work?
The Plexr device creates plasma by ionizing gas particles between its precise 0.5mm-wide probe and the skin, creating an electrical arc. The technology is very precise so specific areas like the eyelids can be treated without touching or harming the skin.
Plasma is described as “a lightning bolt”. When lightning hits the ground it vaporizes everything and leaves only brown carbon. On the skin, plasma vaporizes cells and all that is left is carbon in the form of a crust.” This crust heals, leaving the treated skin behind. As well as vaporizing – or “sublimating” – unwanted skin, it has the triple effect of causing the remaining tissues to tighten and boosting collagen production.
Plexr has a wide range of uses. The most popular is non-surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), but it can also be uses for wrinkles/rytides, superficial skin lesions, scars, acne, and keloid scars.
What to expect
Depending on what the area is that’s being treated patients will either be given a local anesthetic or topical anesthetic cream which takes around 45 minutes to take effect. There is no need for them to have local anesthetic injections, go under general anesthetic or stay in hospital. Non-surgical eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) will be done with the anesthetic cream while moles and keloid scars may require an injection.
Treatment can usually be done in 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the area. Patients have reported some procedures using Plexr as being painless with the anesthetic cream, but treatment area of the eye area may still have a level of discomfort and it may feel prickly.
Are there any contraindications?
There are no permanent side effects for treatments performed with Plexr by GMV by experienced and trained practitioner. Scabs, edema, and redness are part of the normal healing process and skin replacement. Normally this lasts 7-20 days. It is however recommended to strictly follow the post care instructions provided during your treatment visit.
How long does it last?
Plexr is more than simple tightening, skin is actually removed so the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery.
Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of Plexr are not entirely permanent as it does not halt any further aging. But the positive results should last years as opposed to months.
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