If you’ve always wanted a laser facial, but didn’t have the gumption to go through an ablative procedure that leaves skin wounds open, there may be another solution. Unlike lasers or IPL machines used to achieve deep skin resurfacing, the Portrait® plasma skin rejuvenation does its work under the skin’s surface. This results in less downtime. It’s also a less invasive option for those with minimal signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, lesions or scarring.
Portrait® plasma skin resurfacing (PSR) is only one of the tools in our arsenal to help with cosmetic skin conditions. Sometimes, we use more than one technology to come up with a tailored solution for a client. We recommend booking a consultation, so we can learn more about your case. Then, we can offer you a treatment plan we feel will work best for your skin problem.
What is there to love about Portrait® plasma skin rejuvenation?
The great thing about Portrait® plasma skin resurfacing (PSR) is that it can rejuvenate skin cells without puncturing the skin – either with light technology or injections. Instead, it uses heat energy from converted nitrogen gas (called plasma). The plasma penetrates the under-layers of skin, leaving the top layer intact, so it can protect from injury, like a natural bandage. In effect, you experience shorter downtime, and fewer side effects, than with ablative procedures.
It’s also a great solution for those who don’t need a deep laser facial. While the fractional CO2 lasers, YAG lasers or other types of lasers have their place in the world of cosmetic science, they can now be reserved for more severe cases of acne scarring, redness, dark spots, wrinkles or other skin conditions. That said, Portrait® is a good choice for sensitive areas, such as for wrinkles around the eyes or mouth.
A Portrait® procedure will not provide as comprehensive of a treatment compared to lasers. However, it can do the job very well for minor cosmetic skin problems. At the same time, it can still do a deeper job than more surface-level facials, such as with microdermabrasion. So, it’s a good ‘in between’ treatment option.
Best of all, after treatment with plasma skin rejuvenation, skin tightening and skin cell replacements continue to happen for at least a year. So the results are long-lasting.
This facial procedure is several-times studied and proven to work!
What can Portrait® PSR be used for?
Plasma skin regeneration can be used on the face, neck and hands for the following conditions:
- Sagging skin
- Fine lines and wrinkles (especially around the eyes or mouth)
- Uneven skin tone or texture
- Acne scars
- Age spots, sun spots or brown spots (actinic and seborrheic keratosis)
- Large pores
How does Portrait® PSR work to resurface the skin?
The Portrait® plasma skin rejuvenation technology uses the conversion of nitrogen gas into energy (heat), with an ultra-high frequency generator. The result of the nitrogen gas conversion is plasma – which refers to a state of matter, like liquid, gas and solids.
In ‘plain English,’ this basically means that plasma is used to heat your skin, instead of another technology, such as a laser or other specific light source from radio frequencies. The result is that the entire skin gets treated with this energy, since the plasma doesn’t depend on the absorption of colour, blood or water on the skin. It is non-discriminatory in that way. This is said to produce more consistent, even results on the treatment area.
Under the skin’s surface, the heat begins to produce a ‘magic zone’ (not a scientific term!). This is where a dermal layer of skin cells begins to die off, slowly. Over time, the deadened cells are ejected by the body, and new, fresh cells take their place. This produces a skin tightening effect, with collagen production. Like other skin rejuvenation techniques, the idea is to get your body to produce new skin. Hence, the procedure is referred to as ‘skin resurfacing’ – as in, replacing the surface of the skin where the cosmetic problems have occurred.
The Portrait® technology can be used at different energy levels, to go deeper or more shallow into the skin. This makes treatments customizable, so that we are not affecting any dermal areas more than necessary.
During the procedure, you won’t notice much of a difference compared with laser skin resurfacing. After a anesthetic cream or injection is applied and the treatment area is numbed, a trained practitioner will go over your skin with the machine’s handpiece. The handpiece treats a small, targeted area at a time, in pulses, just like a laser (except this method is non-contact).
You’ll feel a heat sensation during the procedure, but this shouldn’t be too intolerable with the application of the numbing cream beforehand.
An entire treatment session can take up to 60 minutes, with the numbing time included. The actual pulsing of the skin, for just the face, may take only about 15 minutes or so. It all depends on the case we are treating, and the size of the surface area.
How many treatments does Portrait® take to achieve skin surface regeneration?
The results of Portrait® PSR treatment are long lasting, and ongoing for about a year. Depending on what is being treated, and the depth of the original skin problem, it can take 1 – 2 sessions to achieve desirable resurfacing at the outset. These initial 2 sessions can be spaced between 1 – 2 years apart. Then we recommend continuing treatment every 1 – 2 years for maintenance (usually every 18 months or so).
Remember that your genetics will still play a role in your continual aging. So while the Portrait® procedure is an excellent option for cosmetic anti-aging measures, it doesn’t guarantee you will never see wrinkles or age spots again.
Also, keep in mind that different conditions may require different treatment paths. So while Portrait® can help with some areas of your skin, our doctor may recommend other technologies for a better ‘mix’ of treatments.
Is there downtime with Portrait® PSR treatments? What about side effects?
Depending on the level of energy used for your skin condition, the healing time for a Portrait® plasma skin rejuvenation treatment can be anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks.
The technology has been studied and proven to work safely. While the healing time can involve peeling, browning, redness and swelling, these symptoms should go away within a few weeks. We recommend an ice mask to the area, if it is bothersome.
You will be required to use a high SPF sunscreen before and after treatment, to avoid complications. Before treatment, you’ll also be given instructions to avoid certain medications, such as retinol, or fruit-based vitamin beauty products. If you are prone to cold sores, you’ll also be given anti-viral medication.
Some people should not undergo a Portrait® PSR treatment. For example, those who are susceptible to scars and keloids. During your initial consultation at our clinic, we will go over your health history, and give you advice on whether or not Portrait® is right for you. It will be important that you give us as much information as possible during this time. And, feel free to ask questions!
Full instructions and risks will be explained to you before your booked treatment.
What is the cost of a Portrait® PSR treatment at your skin clinic?
Depending on the skin condition being treated, and the size of the surface area, a Portrait® plasma skin rejuvenation session can cost between $900 – $1,900. We won’t know what your specific costs will be without an in-person consultation, which will be required prior to booking a treatment session.
We encourage you to get in touch for this consultation session, so we can answer all your questions about the procedure, and give you more information (including a more accurate estimate).