Plexr Plus (or plasma soft surgery) is a non-surgical treatment used to treat various indications by treating skin laxity, improving scars, treats moles, skin tags and other unwanted superficial skin legions. Unlike surgical treatments for these problems, Plexr Plus does not require a general anesthetic and recovery time is much shorter.
WHAT IS PLEXR?
Plexr Plus (or plasma soft surgery) is a non-surgical treatment used to lift the eyes (blepharoplasty), by treating skin laxity. It is also used to improve scars, treat moles, skin tags and other unwanted superficial skin legions. Unlike surgical treatments for these problems, Plexr Plus does not require a general anesthetic and recovery time is much shorter.
The treatment uses plasma – the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gas – and is performed using wireless handheld devices which are manufactured in Italy. The Plexr Plus Soft Surgery device has been used and licenced in several countries worldwide over the last 10 years. It is the first fully licensed plasma technology to be introduced in Canada.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PLEXR PLUS AND ELECTROSURGICAL DEVICES?
The electrosurgical unit and Plexr Plus have a different intended use. Plexr Plus is not intended to cut the tissue, but to generate retraction and perform gentle skin lesion removals sublimating layer by layer of the skin. Plexr Plus is non-aggressive and does not create scars as we often see with electrosurgery but actually renews the tissue, because the parameters and the modality to generate the ark are different.
Electrosurgical units / Radio scalpels use higher power and frequency and generally need a return pad electrode. Plexr Plus with its lower power and voltage frequency doesn’t need the returning pad and the action can be definitely considered Plasma, a gas ionized by a difference in voltage is plasma. It is important to distinguish the name of the technology to not create confusion with the collateral effect generated by an electrosurgical unit.
Plexr Plus ionizes the air between the tip and the body, generating a direct plasma on the skin, using mainly the thermal effect, but being more precise, selective and superficial, so not damaging the deep layers of the skin (dermis), but only the superficial epidermis.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The Plexr Plus device creates plasma by ionizing gas particles between its precise 0.5mm-wide probe and the skin, creating an electrical arc. The technology is very precise so specific areas like the eyelids can be treated without touching or harming the skin.
Plasma is described as “a lightning bolt”. When lightning hits the ground it vaporizes everything and leaves only black carbon. On the skin, plasma vaporizes cells and all that is left is carbon in the form of a crust.” This crust heals, leaving the treated skin behind. As well as vaporizing – or “sublimating” – unwanted skin, it has the triple effect of causing the remaining tissues to tighten and boosting collagen production.
Plexr Plus has a wide range of uses. The most popular is non-surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid lift), but it can also be used for wrinkles/rhytides, superficial skin lesions, scars, acne, and keloid scars.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
Depending on the area that is being treated patients will either be given a local anesthetic or topical anesthetic cream which takes around 45 minutes to take effect. There is no need for them to have local anesthetic injections, go under general anesthetic or stay in hospital. Non-surgical eyelid lifts (blepharoplasty) will be done with the anesthetic cream while moles and keloid scars may require an injection.
Treatment can usually be done in 10 to 40 minutes, depending on the area. Patients have reported some procedures using Plexr Plus as being painless with the anesthetic cream, but the treatment area of the eye area may still have a level of discomfort and it may feel prickly.