The Plexr plasma soft surgery system was launched in the UK in 2014.
Plexr offers an alternative to invasive surgical cosmetic procedures, reducing recovery time and any complications that can arise before and after surgery.
Plexr is an innovative development in aesthetic medicine and rejuvenating treatments, which utilises the fourth state of matter: Plasma.
The system is very precise and doesn't spread heat to surrounding areas, meaning it's perfect to operate on areas (such as eyelids) that are not really suitable for treatments like radio-frequency, scalpels or lasers. Plexr is therefore marketed for use non-surgical blepharoplastry, or soft eyelid, surgery.
There are number of studies that have shown how Plexr has had positive results for the treatment of acne, excess eyelid skin and wrinkles around the mouth.
Plexr soft surgery-advanced technology for aesthetic procedures:
The Plexr method has many advantages over cosmetic surgery, which makes it an increasingly popular treatment method. There is no cutting of the skin, which means that there are no stitches required, and most people can return to work the same day. It is much quicker than surgery, as no injectable aesthetic is required.
As Plexr is more than a simple tightening treatment (skin is actually removed) so the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery.
Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of Plexr treatment are not entirely permanent as it does not halt any further ageing, but the positive results should last you years as opposed to months.
Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can prevent the results from lasting as long as they could, such as smoking, alcohol consumption and prolonged sun exposure. Those planning on treatment should also be aware that their race and genetics can also have an effect on the length of beneficial effects.
Your consultation should be able to provide more information.
Plexr has been shown to be a safe treatment due to its non-invasive nature. Still the majority of patients are likely to experience some minor side effects in the 7 days following treatment.
There will be some brown marks that have the appearance of minor scabbing, which are merely carbon crusts,
but after around 5 days, these will fall off, revealing new pink skin beneath. Some swelling will be seen (especially in cases of eyelid treatment), but it is likely to only last 3-5 days at most. To avoid any more serious side effects such as hyperpigmentation, follow the aftercare regime recommended to you by your practitioner.
As with the majority of cosmetic procedures, Plexr should not be used on women who are pregnant or breast feeding.
Although some darker skin types are suitable for the soft surgery procedure, it is not advised for those with very dark skin. This is because there is a higher risk of hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) following treatment, particularly if the carbon crusts are disturbed by scratching, scrubbing or picking.
On the treatment day it is recommended that no make-up is worn on the treatment area, which will make it quicker to clean the area. An anaesthetic cream is applied and is left to take effect for around 30 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb the session begins with multiple shots of the plasma tip, spaced closely together. You may feel some heat in the treatment area, which may be uncomfortable and slightly painful. Treatment time is usually between 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area.
After the treatment, you may experience a burning sensation, but it should only last a few hours, and your practitioner will apply a cooling gel to the treatment area.
Following treatment your practitioner will give you thorough aftercare instructions to ensure that you see the best results. You should be given a specially developed medical foundation to protect the scabbed area from the light, but it has the added bonus of coverage. In the week following treatment (or until the treatment area has fully healed) an exfoliating wash or cleanser should not be used. Instead opt for a pH balanced soap, and avoid rubbing the area.
The majority of people are safe to drive following their Plexr procedure, but if the treatment area is around the eye, it is advised to avoid driving, due to potential irritation or swelling.
Plexr is certainly more affordable than cosmetic surgery and the treatment process will be described during the consultation.
You can expect to pay around £1500 for complete eyelid treatments (3 sessions), around £400 for a face treatment and £50 for a single mole removal.