Winter can leave skin looking dull, aged, and pale, and you may be noticing more signs of damage and aging than you used to. There is good news, however: thanks to innovations in skin treatments over the last few decades, there are a wide variety of treatment options for damaged and mature skin. You may have heard of options like microdermabrasion, laser resurfacing, and facial surgery, but you may not be familiar with a relative newcomer on the skin rejuvenation scene: Portrait PSR3 Plasma Skin Rejuvenation.
What is Portrait Plasma Resurfacing?
Instead of a laser, plasma resurfacing utilizes nitrogen plasma spray to help get rid of old skin cells and stimulate new cell production. The treatment also stimulates the body’s own production of collagen. It is a non-invasive procedure requiring only topical or local anesthesia, making it a great option for patients seeking a low-risk, non-invasive procedure that yields good results.
The intensity of the plasma treatment can be adjusted to suit the patient’s needs, but the more in-depth procedure will naturally require more downtime. Mild plasma treatments allow patients to return to normal activities in a day or so, with just a little redness and peeling.
How Plasma Can Help
Plasma resurfacing can improve many age-related issues, including:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Age spots
- Dull skin
Usual results are significant but look very natural. Plasma treatments also brighten up skin in general and help stimulate collagen for up to a year following the treatment for a lasting youthful glow.
So how do plasma skin treatments compare to more traditional methods, such as laser resurfacing? Skin resurfacing is not a “one size fits all” type of procedure, and some methods will work better than others on various patients. With that in mind, here are some of the ways plasma resurfacing compares favorably to laser resurfacing:
- Shorter, less intense downtime
- Less risk for unwanted pigmentation
- Requires only topical or local anesthetic
- Less invasive procedure
- Requires little skin preparation
Laser treatments may be a better option for patients seeking more dramatic improvement, however.
Cost & Downtime
The cost of most cosmetic procedures varies depending on the region, provider, and depth of treatment, and plasma procedures are no exception. Treatments usually run between $1,000 and $2,000, which is markedly cheaper than surgical options (though providing less dramatic results).
Downtime for plasma resurfacing depends on whether the patient undergoes one or more light treatments or one intense treatment. The less invasive treatments usually involve a day or two of redness and tenderness, while the deeper treatments involve swelling, peeling, and more for about a week.
Finding a Provider
The most important factor in any cosmetic treatment or surgery is finding the right doctor. While many facial plastic surgeons offer non-invasive skin treatments, it is important to choose a provider who has experience in administering plasma resurfacing treatments. Dr. Stuart Bentkover of the Boston area offers Portrait PSR3 Plasma Skin Rejuvenation at his offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) and Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover is board certified and has a great deal of experience performing facial resurfacing with plasma and lasers. In addition, his work with Portrait Plasma Skin Rejuvenation resulted in his winning the Energist Group Portrait PSR3 Before & After contest. If you would like to learn more about plasma treatments and determine your candidacy for the procedure, call either location to schedule your consultation with Dr. Bentkover today. You may also view the exceptional results that Dr. Bentkover has achieved for his patients in the before and after photo gallery.