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As we dive headfirst into the Silly Season, what with it’s Christmas parties and spontaneous celebrations, we’re looking for ways to look (and feel) our very best – and a PlasmaLift offers exactly that.

Looked in the mirror lately and noticed a bit of extra saggy or droopy skin? We’re all fighting against gravity, but thankfully, there’s a treatment that may just help.

A PlasmaLift, also known as Fibroblast or Plasma Pen treatment, is a professional rejuvenating treatment that is used to stimulate tightening and contraction of the skin. The bonus of this technology is that it doesn’t require surgery or stitches and no bleeding is involved!

What does a PlasmaLift do?
The PlasmaLift device is a hand held unit that has a fine needle attached at the end. Whilst the needle doesn’t ever contact the skin, it does emit a heated charge (called a plasma arc) which creates minute burns in the form of little dots. These spots are placed in a certain pattern that creates localised and controlled trauma to that area. The idea is that your skin will tighten around these spots and stimulate a healing cascade that creates new collagen. The use of numbing cream is advised, which you apply 30 minutes prior to your appointment.

Be warned: A PlasmaLift or Fibroblast is not for the faint-hearted!
As with anything like this, you must do your research – there can be some less than favourable outcomes. At Hope Island Beauty & Medispa (where I attended), you are advised to have a patch test done to see how your skin reacts and to use a pre and post-treatment cream to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

The treatment itself is fairly straight-forward. Before photos are taken of the area to be treated, you lay down and your skin is cleansed. One side is completed before moving onto the other side.

My skincare aesthetician, Emma, looked after me at Hope Island Beauty Medispa and made sure I was comfortable the whole way through. Occasionally I could feel a slight prickling sensation, despite the numbing cream, but for the majority of the time I felt nothing. You do hear a little sizzle noise as each spot is created, and the smell of toasted skin is slightly off-putting!

So, what should you expect after a PlasmaLift treatment?

  • You will have little red/brown dots on the treatment site
  • Your skin may feel hot and look pink, like a mild sunburn
  • Paracetamol may be required once the topical anaesthetic wears off
  • Swelling is common in the first 24 hours
  • You will need to keep the treated area dry for 24-36 hours
  • Apply your aftercare product as directed
  • No makeup on the treated area for at least four days
  • Avoid sun exposure to the treated areas
  • Lifting and tightening of the skin occurs over the next two months

My personal PlasmaLift experience
My face felt warm once the topical anaesthetic wore off, but not uncomfortable enough to require Panadol. I had minimal swelling and from front-on, it was difficult to see that I’d had anything done. I purposely scheduled this treatment at a time when I didn’t have much on, yet still happily went to the shops, attended a birthday party and went to a local street festival. The jaw line is a fairly easy area to conceal with your hair!

In the following seven to nine days after my treatment to my jowls, my ‘spots’ (as I affectionately referred to them), progressively turned from red to brown as they scabbed, shrunk and healed. I was careful not to pick or scratch at them and by day seven, they began falling off on their own.

Two weeks later, I can see an improvement in the contour of my jawline. If you look up close you can see the faint indentations that were the ‘spots’. Complete healing I’m told will continue for the next six weeks. Overall, the Plasma pen treatment has achieved what I’d hoped for – a reduction in the sagginess of the skin around my jawline.

If you’re thinking about getting this treatment, I would definitely recommend: getting a patch test prior to your procedure (especially if you’re concerned about hyperpigmentation); using a melanin suppressing cream before and after the treatment: and, finally, doing your research as to what sort of Plasma pen is being used, the potential side effects and the experience of the operator. I was very happy with my result from Hope Island Beauty & Medispa on the Gold Coast.

For more information visit Hope Island Beauty & Medispa.

Yasmin Matthews

Yasmin Matthews  

Yasmin Matthews is a qualified Osteopath and has owned and operated Allied Health clinics with her husband for nearly 20 years. She has three school aged kids who keep her on her toes. ​​With a love of all things pampering, she is on a mission to inspire others to prioritise their own health and wellbeing // www.pampersampler.com