Cool Helium Plasma is a cutting edge, next generation technology that allows previously unattainable results. The excitation of helium electrons through radiofrequency energy transfer allows for the creation of a “cool” 100-degree plasma beam that can be used on the outside or underside of the skin to provide spectacular though different results.   For More information on Plasma Rejuvenation, Contact Us Today

Plasma Skin Conditioning

Cool Helium Plasma on the underside of the skin provides:

  • skin tightening
  • improvement and elimination of “crepe-like” wrinkly skin, even in thin skin areas
  • improvement in skin elasticity
  • a decrease in skin laxity

Plasma Skin Resurfacing

Cool Helium Plasma Beam on the outside of the skin provides:

  • sun damage reversal
  • skin tightening
  • wrinkle improvement and elimination

How does Cool Helium Plasma work?

That is an excellent question and one that quite honestly has not been completely figured out quite yet. Dr. Lowenstein believes that the relatively cool plasma beam creates the proper energy to provide protein coagulation without damage of adjacent structures. What does that mean? When we warm an egg white, we see that as the heat progresses from warm to hot, the white of the egg becomes more firm, turning from liquid to a jelly-like consistency, and then with further heat, that jelly turns to a solid. The trick with contracting and firming the skin is very similar to the changes in the egg white, where we need to find the optimum temperature to create the coagulation of the egg (or in this case the skin) proteins. The cooler temperature of the helium plasma stream as compared to other technologies such as laser allows for heating to that “sweet spot” where we see firming without burning- and amazing results!

Plasma Skin Conditioning Treatment Options

Plasma Skin Resurfacing

Cool Helium Plasma skin resurfacing is truly a game changer when it comes to skin resurfacing. Reversing the signs of aging and sun damage, plasma resurfacing utilizes advanced energy technology by combining the unique properties of helium plasma excited with radiofrequency energy. The treatment of the outer skin with the Cool Helium Plasma stream heats precisely without any damage to adjacent tissue. This removes the outer layer of skin without burning, heating the underlying tissue just enough to cause contraction and stimulate new protein formation. Wrinkles and lines can be made to virtually disappear thanks to the unique effects of Dr. Lowenstein’s plasma beam. Montecito Plastic Surgery is the first practice in Santa Barbara to offer Cool Helium Plasma skin resurfacing. Because of the amazing precision, Cool Plasma Skin Resurfacing can be individualized to achieve each patient’s needs and achieve truly extraordinary results.
  • Tighten skin
  • Repair sun damage
  • Eliminate wrinkles
  • Improve skin tone
  • Rejuvenate aging lips
  • Improve jowls
  • Comprehensive Facial Rejuvenation without surgery!

FAQs: Plasma Rejuvenation

  • What is J-Plasma?

    The word plasma refers to ionized, energized gas- in this case Helium gas. A radio frequency electrode is used to energize a stream of helium creating a stream of plasma that is used to treat the skin.

  • How does J-Plasma Cool Helium Skin Resurfacing work?

    The helium plasma stream created by the J-Plasma device creates a beam of heated helium that is extraordinarily precise. Because Helium only has 2 electrons, the excited state of this gas occurs at a much lower temperature than other resurfacing treatments. This prevents damage to tissue deeper or adjacent than the treated area, and allows for a full effect to be seen at precisely the desired tissue. The heat from the plasma beam vaporizes only the outermost skin layer (epidermis) during the first pass, while the precise energy of the further passes invigorate the optimal cells to create a new layer of optimized skin. Sun damage and normal wrinkles require 2 passes during the single treatment to create an incredible improvement. Further passes may be required (again, during the single treatment) in order to produce the desired effects.

  • Why is this treatment called Cool Plasma?

    The Helioum plasma stream, while hot is “only” 100 degrees Fahrenheit, while other treatments, such as laser resurfacing, uses temperatures of around 300 degrees. This lower level of heat is part of the reason that this modality is so precise and spectacular for treating the skin of the face- even the thin skin of the eyelids. J-Plasma Cool Helium Skin Resurfacing works at the micron level- an extraordinarily narrow range of tissue is treated enabling outstanding results.

  • How many Cool Helium Plasma Skin Resurfacing treatments are needed?

    Most patients require a single treatment with multiple “passes” of the Helum Plasma stream.

  • What are the effects of the J-Plamsa treatment?

    No other treatment has the ability to reverse signs of aging and sun damage that Cool Helium plasma does. Not only are pigmentation changes and skin irregularities improved, but fine lines are removed and deep wrinlkes often disappear as well. Better yet, the Cool Plasma stream actually causes contraction of lax skin, allowing facial shaping and toning in a previously unseen way. This treatment creates a completely new visage with improvement of skin tone, skin pigment, skin wrinkles, and skin laxity.

  • Who can benefit from Cool Plasma treatments?

    Cool Plasma is best utilized in men and women of relatively fair skin, referred to as Fitpatrick skin types of 1, 2, and 3. This refers to patients who are not of dark complexion such as dark Latino and African American patients.

  • What should I expect after a Cool Helium Plasma treatment?

    After a treatment you will experience significant swelling of the treated areas. Your skin will be treated with ointment for several days as the healing progresses. It is critical to avoid the sun in the weeks following your J-Plasma procedure, and healing takes a few weeks of local care. At about 3 weeks, most patients are back in action with makeup, though some pinkness can remain for up to 3 months.

  • What Are J-Plasma's effects around the mouth?

    The peri-oral region, or area around the mouth, is one of the areas that benefits the most from Cool Helium Plasma. This is the first modality that Dr. Lowenstein has seen that can actually remove wrinkles around the mouth (peri-oral rhytids) without causing a white ring around the mouth or a fake duck-like look of excessive fillers. Additionally, because of the the ability of Cool Plasma to cause tissue contraction, lips that thin with age can be brought back to a more youthful, aesthetic shape by actually lifting the lip margin and shortening the lip length between the nose and the upper lip- without surgery!

  • What Are J-Plasma's effects around the eyes?

    The peri-occular region, or area around the eyes, is an area that J-Plasma’s unique skin tightening properties are best seen. In many cases, bulges around the eyes previously corrected only with surgery can now be made youthful appearing with a single J-Plasma treatment. This is in addition to rejuvenating the sun damage around the eyes and virtually eliminating the crow’s feet wrinkles… without surgery.