Plasma Skin Treatment

Latest update: April 11, 2024
Medically reviewed by: Jennifer Trent MD, FAAD
How it works


Plasma technology is used in many skin rejuvenating treatments. It helps improve fine lines and wrinkles, even skin tone, and adds fullness to the face. This technology works differently from traditional laser or radiofrequency treatments. The nitrogen used to make the plasma releases thermal energy that desiccates the epidermis to accelerated healing and penetrates the dermis to stimulate collagen production. It is normal to experience shedding for 4-7 days after the procedure as the skin heals. Because the body continues to produce collagen for several months after the initial treatment, patients will notice the difference months later.

One of these treatments is Portrait Plasma Skin Regeneration (PSR). The PSR handheld device treats the face, neck, chest, and hands. The treatment can target lax skin wrinkles, and pigmentation. It is best suited for fairer skin tones as it could cause hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation in darker skin. Topical numbing cream is applied to ease discomfort. Each PSR session lasts 30 minutes. The device has three energy levels depending on the intensity needed. PSR1 is the lowest setting that requires 3-4 sessions for noticeable results. PSR2 and PSR3 are more intense, requiring just one session but have longer recovery times. 

Patients may feel a warm sensation during the procedure. The skin may be red and itchy for the next 1-2 weeks. They will notice immediate tightening after the procedure. Another 
procedure is the Plasma Pen Treatment. This technique treats mild skin laxity, especially on the lower and upper eyelids and acne scars. It works similarly to other plasma treatments by creating a controlled injury in the deeper layers of skin to stimulate healing and collagen production.

Patients will notice slight changes after one session, but 2-3 treatments are necessary for more noticeable results.

Another similar treatment is the PlasmaMD, a pen device that transmits plasma through tiny wounds to boost collagen. A session takes 45-60 minutes. Topical numbing cream is first applied to help with pain control. The results are firmer, more rejuvenated skin.
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1-2 weeks

Plasma Pen For Skin Tightening and Facial Rejuvenation

Elizabeth Marley, an aesthetic nurse, explains the uses of the Plasma Pen. She explains how it works and describes the common areas that this tool can work on. She talks through the process, explaining what is done to limit discomfort. She explains what patients should expect with this treatment.

Why Should You Choose the PlasmaMD?

Lisa Ricciardelli is a laser technician and medical aesthetician. In this video, she talks about PlasmaMD. She describes the way that the technology is being used in medical aesthetics. She explains the ease of use of the device and what it can be used to do. She talks about the device changing the way her field works and the benefits it brings to the patient.