Aging is not kind to our faces, and innovations in plastic surgery and noninvasive treatments continue to find new ways to fight back. One of the latest is the Renuvion powered by J Plasma treatment. This remarkable technology can be applied both to tighten loose skin and remove surface imperfections such as wrinkles, discoloration, and acne scars.
If you haven’t heard of Renuvion or J Plasma, that’s probably because the treatment is so new. It’s only come into use in the last couple of years. But it’s quickly proving its value as an effective option in the facial rejuvenation toolkit.
What Is Renuvion or J Plasma Treatment and How Does It Work?
Descriptions of the Renuvion technology can sound a bit like science fiction, and seeing it in action is like peeking into the future of medicine. It applies radiofrequency energy to a fine stream of helium gas, converting it to helium plasma, which is often described as the fourth state of matter (after solid, liquid, and gas). The helium plasma emitted by the Renuvion device has the unique ability to heat tissue to precisely controlled temperatures almost instantaneously — in hundredths of seconds. This enables tremendous flexibility in applying the treatment for different skin-rejuvenating effects.
When used on the surface of the skin, Renuvion acts as an exfoliant, removing imperfections on the topmost layer of tissue and stimulating the growth of new skin. When applied to the lower layers of skin, it stimulates the production of fresh collagen-rich tissue, which makes the skin tighter, more flexible, and younger-looking.
Unlike other technologies that use subdermal heating to tighten and refresh the skin, the healing effects of Renuvion’s helium plasma are extremely localized. With this treatment, a surgeon can heat tissue just below the surface to temperatures high enough to trigger new collagen production without raising the temperature of the outer skin at all.
How Does Renuvion Treatment Compare with a Facelift?
For years, the facelift has been the gold standard of facial rejuvenation techniques. It removes excess skin where it has stretched and loosened, eliminating saggy jowls and erasing lines and wrinkles. And the results are long-lasting. But a facelift does nothing to improve the quality of the skin or to restore its flexibility and resilience. Renuvion treatment also tightens and smooths mildly sagging skin, and it can correct surface roughness, uneven coloring, and scarring. But the big difference between Renuvion and a facelift is that a facelift is a surgical procedure while Renuvion is not. A facelift will always have its place in the menu of plastic surgery treatments, but Renuvion is quickly proving its value in treating mildly sagging skin.
How Does Renuvion Compare with Laser Treatments?
Laser resurfacing treatments are used to treat skin discoloration, scars, and minor facial wrinkles and lines. A related treatment, using radiofrequency energy, can be used to heat the lower levels of the skin for tightening and refreshing effects. These two types of treatment are directly comparable to the cosmetic uses of Renuvion, but Renuvion has three key advantages:
- It can be applied more precisely, without affecting the surrounding tissue.
- It has faster recovery times.
- It combines the effects of laser resurfacing and radiofrequency treatments in a single device.
How Does Renuvion Compare with Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels, such as the HydraFacial treatment, are another way to remove surface skin imperfections and stimulate the growth of new and younger-looking skin. Peels can be effective in smoothing rough skin, eliminating uneven coloring, and erasing fine lines and wrinkles — all of which are also benefits of Renuvion treatment. What Renuvion can do that chemical peels cannot is to tighten loose skin. Patients with such skin conditions as eczema and psoriasis, who are not candidates for chemical peels, can also benefit from Renuvion treatment.
What Does the Future Hold for Renuvion? How Might It Help You?
How Renuvion’s advantages over other cosmetic procedures and treatments will play out over the next few years is anyone’s guess. But the innovative new treatment is quickly taking hold as a valuable tool in forward-thinking plastic surgery practices. And patients are reporting remarkable results.
The board-certified plastic surgeons at Hunstad Kortesis Bharti Cosmetic Surgery in Charlotte, NC, offer this ground-breaking new facial-rejuvenation treatment for both men and women. Contact us online today or call 704-659-9000 to schedule a personal consultation and learn how Renuvion may be able to help you.