What is J-Plasma (Renuvion)?
J-Plasma (Renuvion) represents a paradigm shift in the way that we can resurface skin from above and tighten skin from below the skin’s surface. This next generation technology uses cold atmosphere plasma (CAP) to achieve a previously unobtainable level of tissue tightening and improvement. Loss of tissue elasticity and tone is a hallmark of aging skin. It is the characteristic change that makes one start to look older than one feels inside. Until recently, no surgical procedure or energy source achieved consistently significant tightening without an extensive recovery. Whether ultrasonic liposuction is used in conjunction with J-Plasma or not, there is hardly an area of the body that cannot be treated.
From the jawline and jowls to the calves, any area of skin laxity can be toned with discreetly placed scars about five millimeters in length. Traditional procedures leave unsightly arm, abdomen and thigh scars and result in prolonged recovery and severely limited activity. With J-Plasma (Renuvion), progressive tightening and a rapid return to normal life is expected. J-Plasma (Renuvion) in the head and neck region is used as external resurfacing with the power to erase years of sun damage and/or treatment below the skin surface along the lower face, jawline, and neck to restore the contours of younger days. Below the collarbone, J-Plasma (Renuvion) is used under the skin surface to tighten and restore the youthful contours of the arms, breasts, abdomen, braline, mid back, flanks, buttocks, thighs, knees, and calves. If you are looking for the etched lines of high definition body contouring or toned contours of youth, the J-Plasma procedure may be for you.
Plasma energy is the fourth state of matter. It is the most abundant form of visible energy in the universe. Common examples of plasma in nature are lightening and the Aurora Borealis. When gas is exposed to an electrical charge, plasma energy is created. This technology has been harnessed and used in medicine for decades in various forms. Any general surgery resident is awed at the effectiveness of the argon beam coagulator when they first see it in action. Helium plasma is unique in its requirement for only a small radio frequency charge to activate helium gas resulting in an abundant release of ionic energy. The active plasma beam is hugged by a cloud of cold helium gas, keeping the temperature between 100 to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. The action of the plasma does not appear to rely solely on heat to create change like all other energy based devices. A combination of some heat with ionic and reactive particles from the plasma cloud induce a change in the dermis and underlying architecture. The result is toned skin with a less crepey appearance. These characteristics provide our patients an aesthetic rejuvenation procedure with extraordinary precision, a high safety profile, and previously unobtainable results.
Developed by Dr. Jack Zamora, a Cosmetic surgeon in Denver, Colorado, the J-Plazty™ Procedure is a remarkable advancement in minimally invasive face and body rejuvenation.
Dr. Ruff is honored to have worked closely with Dr. Jack Zamora to bring J-Plasma to West End Plastic Surgery. Dr. Ruff and Dr. Ramineni are the only Board Certified Plastic Surgeons performing J-Plasma (Renuvion) in the DC area.
Q & A
J-Plasma (Renuvion) is an excellent modality for patients with mild to moderate skin excess who do not want scars, incisions or extended downtime. For the subcutaneous plasma treatment, any skin type is a good candidate. For the facial resurfacing handpiece, only lighter skin types are candidates.
J-Plasma (Renuvion) can be used anywhere on the body for skin tightening. The most popular areas are the abdomen, breasts, back, arms, thighs and neck. The facial handpiece can be used to tighten the upper and lower eyelids, jowls, nasolabial folds and lip lines.
J-Plasma (Renuvion) can be done under general anesthesia, sedation or even local anesthesia only for limited areas. Pronox delivered nitrous oxide can also be used as an inhaled anesthetic (similar to laughing gas at your dentist office). This is often combined with oral pain medications to avoid having to go to sleep.
J-Plasma (Renuvion) is a single treatment, you will start seeing result soon after surgery, but the skin continues to tighten over the next several months and up to a year as the skin remodels and new collagen is deposited.
For limited areas, most patients only require Motrin or Tylenol, for more extensive areas, we do prescribe narcotic pain medication, however in our experience, patients usually only take the medication for the first couple of days.
Although most patients are up and about at 2 weeks, there is still redness/erythema that lasts approximately 4 weeks. The energy penetrates deep into the skin for maximal result which does lengthen downtime. This is in contrast to J-Plasma (Renuvion) tightening where we have had patients go back to work within a few days.
West End Plastic Surgery is excited to announce that we are the only J-Plazty certified center on the East Coast!