Wrinkled and saggy skin can arise for a variety of reasons: the loss of collagen production that happens naturally with aging, childbirth, weight loss and other lifestyle factors. The experts at Donaldson Plastic Surgery turn to Renuvion J Plasma – a cosmetic procedure that uses a combination of radiofrequency energy and helium gas – when it comes to safely, efficiently and gently tightening skin in precise areas.
To begin, Dr. Sieffert will first sanitize the skin before anesthesia is administered. Local anesthesia and tumescent fluid are used for smaller areas whereas general anesthesia is reserved for more intensive procedures. Once you’re comfortable, the doctor will create a small incision that will act as an entry point for the J Plasma wand.
Using a fan pattern to ensure a uniform, consistent treatment, the Renuvion J Plasma handpiece is introduced through the small opening. The underside of the skin is heated using helium gas and radiofrequency (RF) is introduced to create a precise stream of energy. This causes contraction of the skin that will gradually and continuously improve up to 6 months after the procedure. A small, absorbable suture is then placed to close the opening.
J Plasma is ideal for patients with mild skin elasticity who do not require more extensive skin removal. Some patients may have connective tissue disorders that could prevent them from being a candidate for this procedure. Smokers should also consult with a J Plasma specialist before pursuing this option.
Yes – J Plasma can be performed on its own. However, it is most often used with other procedures like Tummy Tuck, Liposuction, Arm Lift, Thigh Lift, Face Lift, Eyelid Lift & more.
Renuvion J Plasma is renowned for its limited side effects, complications and risks. The most common side effects include redness, swelling and discomfort. Rare side effects/risks include scarring, burns, hematoma and infection.
J Plasma recovery requires significantly less time. Most patients are able to return to work in one week and return to more strenuous activities within just 2 weeks. However, each individual patient is different and recovery can depend on the intensity of your procedure. For smaller treatment areas, a patient may only require OTC pain relievers. More extensive procedures may require a prescription-based pain reliever.
Another primary driver of a full and efficient recovery is compression. Once you’ve completed your treatment, a member of our team will suit the patient with a compression garment that is to be worn at night and whenever possible during the day for several weeks.
Renuvion J Plasma is technically a surgical procedure, however, it is minimally invasive and results in less scarring and downtime.
The final cost of the procedure varies based on the size of the area being treated and the amount of work that needs to be done. The average cost of this treatment ranges between $5,000 – $6,500.
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