As we age, increasing skin laxity is normal throughout the face and body. In the past, surgical procedures that remove unwanted excess tissue, such as facelifts and body lifts were the only options to address loose and sagging skin. Today, modern medical technology can create a firmer and more youthful appearance without the extensive downtime associated with other procedures. Dr. Ellen now offers Renuvion as a solution for lost skin elasticity.
What is Renuvion?
Renuvion, also known as J-Plasma, is a skin resurfacing treatment that uses Cold Atmosphere Plasma (CAP) technology.
What areas can be treated with Renuvion?
Renuvion can be used on virtually any area of the face and body. The procedure is designed to tighten loose skin, which can occur in multiple areas due to the normal aging process. Renuvion is commonly performed on the following areas:
Renuvion for Face and Neck
Renuvion for the face is performed using an external handpiece; no incisions are required for this process. The handpiece is passed along the treatment area and delivers plasma energy to the surface of the skin. This repairs skin laxity caused by aging or sun damage. Renuvion for the face can be used on the upper or lower eyelids, jowls, nasolabial folds, neck, or lip lines.
Renuvion for the Body
For any region of the body apart from the face, Renuvion is performed using a small incision, and the plasma energy is directed underneath the skin. This procedure is typically performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia is possible as well depending on the treatment area. Renuvion may be used to treat loose skin in the arms, neck, breasts, abdomen, back, flanks, buttocks, or legs.
Most patients who are experiencing mild to moderate skin laxity and are generally healthy overall are good candidates for Renuvion. Facial Renuvion treatment is only suitable for those with lighter skin tones.
How does Renuvion work?
Renuvion works using plasma energy. Plasma energy is created when gas is exposed to an electrical charge and occurs naturally in instances such as lightning. This type of energy has been used for decades for a variety of medical purposes. The Renuvion machine works by releasing helium gas, which is then activated with radiofrequency to create helium plasma. This plasma remains at a temperature between 100-150 degrees Fahrenheit and is responsible for the resurfacing effect.
Renuvion’s plasma energy works through a combination of heat and reactive ionic particles, which work to change the dermis and underlying tissues. The heat causes the skin to contract while the helium gas simultaneously cools the area, ultimately resulting in a contraction of the tissues overall. This creates a more toned, rejuvenated appearance with reduced skin laxity or “crepey” texture.
There are two methods of Renuvion treatment depending on the treatment area. Facial Renuvion treatment is performed using a specialized handpiece that delivers plasma energy to the surface of the skin. Numbing cream or local anesthesia may be used. During subcutaneous Renuvion treatment, you will receive general or local anesthesia. An incision of about 5 millimeters in length will be made in the treatment area, which will likely result in small and inconspicuous scars. A handpiece will then be inserted below the skin to deliver the plasma energy. The skin and underlying tissue are immediately noticeably tighter and firmer.
This procedure is often performed in combination with liposuction for optimal results.
Renuvion Frequently Asked Questions
How soon will I see Renuvion results?
Some results from Renuvion treatment are immediate. The treatment area will continue to improve as it heals. Final results may take up to 12 months.
Does Renuvion require downtime?
Recovery from Renuvion varies depending on the treatment area. Most patients can return to normal routines within a few days and can treat discomfort using over-the-counter pain medications such as Tylenol. More extensive procedures may require up to two weeks of rest and prescription pain medication for the first two or three days of healing.
Will I need multiple Renuvion treatments?
Renuvion is completed in a single treatment session. The skin’s elasticity will be immediately improved and continue to improve for up to a year after the treatment as new collagen forms.