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 consistent significant tightening without an extensive recovery. Now, West End Plastic Surgery offers Renuvion (J-Plasma) for skin tightening. Whether ultrasonic liposuction is used in conjunction with Renuvion (J-Plasma) or not, there is hardly an area of the body that cannot be treated.
Our Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Paul Ruff, is one of the nation’s leading expert and trainer for Renuvion. To schedule a consultation at our Washington D.C. practice, call 202-785-4187 today!
Dr. Ruff in the Middle East teaching Dr. Ayman Elmegily and his staff about the wonders of Renuvion!
What is Renuvion (J-Plasma)?
Renuvion (J-Plasma) 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.
Renuvion is FDA-cleared for the use in improving the appearance of lax skin in the neck and submental region! With this clearance, Renuvion is the only product that is FDA-cleared to improve the appearance of loose skin on the neck and chin. Loss of jawline definition with age is inevitable and can add years to one’s appearance. Renuvion provides a minimally-invasive treatment with minimal downtime. The results reveal a more contoured and smoother neck and jawline.
What Our Patients Say
Less than three months ago, I had a procedure with Dr. Ruff and have been totally amazed by the results. Not only was my recovery an absolute breeze, Dr. Ruff’s bedside manner and professionalism were truly unparalleled. Never once did I feel rushed or disregarded when asking questions that I am sure Dr. Ruff has heard many, many times. In addition, the nurses and front office staff at West End Plastic Surgery have always been pleasant and very friendly; I honestly can’t say enough about them. – Teryl P.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Renuvion (J-Plasma)?
From the jawline and jowls to the calves, J-Plasma Renuvion can tone any area of skin laxity 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 Renuvion (J-Plasma), you can expect progressive tightening and a rapid return to normal life.
Any area on the body can use Renuvion (J-Plasma) for skin tightening. The most popular areas for treatment include:
Renuvion (J-Plasma) For Face/Neck Tightening
Renuvion (J-Plasma) in the head and neck region is used as external resurfacing. It has 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. The facial hand-piece can tighten the upper and lower eyelids, jowls, nasolabial folds, and lip lines.
Renuvion (J-Plasma)For The Body
Below the collarbone, Renuvion (J-Plasma) is used under the skin surface to tighten and restore the youthful contours of the arms, breasts, abdomen, bra-line, 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 Renuvion (J-Plasma) procedure may be for you.
Renuvion (J-Plasma) Candidates
Renuvion (J-Plasma) 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 hand-piece, only those with lighter skin types are candidates.
How Does Renuvion (J-Plasma) Work?
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 lighting and the Aurora Borealis. When gas is exposed to an electrical charge, it creates plasma energy. 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.
In this photo, Dr. Ruff is using Renuvion to tighten and sculpt loose skin and rejuvenate the arm- giving a natural looking result with minimal downtime.
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.
We’re as thrilled with our patients’ results as they are. Check out our before-and-after photo gallery and see for yourself the kind of work our talented surgeons do.
Does The Procedure Require General Anesthesia?
Renuvion (J-Plasma) can be done under general anesthesia, sedation or even local anesthesia only for limited areas. Pro-Nox nitrous oxide delivery can also be used as an inhaled anesthetic; similar to laughing gas at your dentist office. Pro-Nox is often combined with oral pain medications to avoid having to go to sleep.
How Many Renuvion (J-Plasma) Treatments Will I Need?
Renuvion (J-Plasma) is a single treatment. You will start seeing results soon after surgery, but the skin continues to tighten over the next several months and up to a year as the skin remodels and deposits new collagen.
Recovery After Renuvion (J-Plasma) Skin Resurfacing
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 Renuvion (J-Plasma) tightening where we have had patients go back to work within a few days. For limited areas, most patients only require Motrin or Tylenol during recovery. 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.