When a patient asks me “What is J Plasma skin tightening”, I can’t help but smile. J Plasma skin tightening is rapidly becoming the fastest growing and most exciting part of my practice. For the first time, I can consistently and reliably offer my patients a highly effective method to tighten their skin in multiple areas without the need for cutting and removing excess skin. It is an outstanding method for rejuvenation of the face and many areas of the body without long incisions, without pain, and without a prolonged recovery period. Inherent advantages of J Plasma skin tightening include minimal pain and bruising, extremely small hidden incisions – (literally this long —-), very fast recovery, and consistently good results.
What is J Plasma skin tightening? Think of J Plasma skin tightening as a smoothing shrink wrap for your skin. The way the technology works is revolutionary. Through very small, well-hidden incisions, a liposuction cannula is used to remove fat and create space under the skin. Then the J Plasma skin tightening instrument is placed in the same spaces through the same liposuction incisions. Then, a specialized J Plasma skin tightening instrument is inserted. It releases helium gas is and heats it into its plasma phase. The J Plasma is then specifically directed towards the fibrous septa and connective tissue under the skin. It heats them to a temperature of 85 degrees Celsius for 0.04 seconds. This results in instant shrinking and tightening the skin from the inside, while simultaneously protecting the outside surface of the skin.
J Plasma skin tightening has multiple clinical indications. It is an outstanding way to tighten the neck and the lower face. I have seen many results very comparable to a surgical neck lift using J Plasma skin tightening, with some patients returning to work and normal activity the day after the procedure. It is excellent for tightening loose skin in the arms, abdominal region, inner thighs, and knees. I often use J Plasma skin tightening after liposuction to significantly enhance the results from liposuction.
In my opinion, there is a special role for J Plasma skin tightening in male patients. Many men are bothered by loose skin in their lower face and neck, but sometimes do not have enough hair to hide the incisions of a traditional neck lift, nor do they want any scars around their ears. Also, they want to have to take time off from work. They now have an excellent alternative. J plasma skin tightening is also a great complementary procedure to gynecomastia correction, and for correction of excess hip skin and fat (love handles). For female patients, J Plasma skin tightening offers a whole new option list to correct loose abdominal skin following pregnancy, loose arm skin, and of course lower face, jawline and neck rejuvenation.
Smaller areas of J plasma skin tightening can be done under local anesthesia. For larger areas, IV sedation anesthesia is utilized. In my practice, I have never needed to use general anesthesia. Post-procedure, there is usually a feeling of tightness and mild numbness. My patients tell me they have little to no pain after J Plasma skin tightening.
Post-operative management is simple after the procedure. A small steri-strip is placed over the incisions and removed in about 4-5 days. A compressive garment is worn when possible for a short time afterward. Normal activity can be resumed when the patient is comfortable, which rarely takes more than a few days.
A common question patients ask is how long do the results of J Plasma skin tightening last? After the initial results, there is further skin contraction for up to nine months. The technology was developed over four years ago, and the results are still impressive from the original test subjects. Ethically, we can only say it lasts four years, but I suspect the benefits from J Plasma skin tightening will last even longer.
Written by Dr. Russel Palmer, M.D. P.A.