If you're reaching the middle-of-life stage, you may be noticing more profound changes in your skin. Not only are there fine lines around your mouth and eyes, but you also notice a general ruddiness to your complexion. Your pores may be more visible than they've ever been, and you feel a degree of roughness when you wash your face. Age brings a number of changes to the skin, which poses a challenge in regards to finding the right treatment or treatments. Historically, the way to wipe the slate clean, so to speak, was to literally wipe the slate clean via laser skin resurfacing. Today, we have new and exciting technologies that can restore the skin's true nature without aggressiveness and downtime. To that end, we are pleased to introduce Opus Plasma treatment to our patients.
What is Skin Resurfacing?
Skin resurfacing, most commonly using a laser, is the most drastic non-surgical procedure to repair and renew the skin to address a wide range of skin concerns. Fractional-based skin resurfacing is the modern skin resurfacing method that involves creating a pattern of microscopic injuries to a fraction of the skin. This stimulates a natural wound healing response exciting the skin to repair itself.
Why Opus Plasma?
Opus Plasma builds upon the popular and widely accepted science of fractional skin resurfacing and advances this field forward with an option that improves the patient experience using a novel, new energy source - Plasma. With Opus Plasma you can enjoy fractional skin resurfacing results with much less downtime.
Who is an ideal candidate for Opus Plasma?
Plasma energy is an exciting technology for use in aesthetic medicine because it has no particular target tissue. As such, with the Opus Plasma resurfacing treatment, we have the ability to address multiple age-related cosmetic concerns simultaneously. The combination of plasma and radiofrequency energy stimulates tissue regeneration at a cellular level in the dermis, bringing more collagen and elastin to the skin's surface. With that, we see hyperpigmentation and sun spots fade We see facial pores become smaller and scars soften. We see an overall brightening and tightening of the skin that results in a younger appearance. Historically, skin-tightening treatments have been only moderately successful on the neck area, even while they are quite effective at rejuvenating facial skin. The Opus Plasma holds a unique power to treat the delicate skin on the neck, as well as the thinner skin around the eyes, without causing irritation or profound side effects.
Is Opus Plasma treatment safe?
Traditional laser resurfacing treatments have been known to be relatively aggressive. The objective of the standard CO2 modality is to obliterate the top layers of the skin so that new, baby-fresh skin cells could emerge. Downtime after conventional CO2 laser resurfacing can be upwards of three weeks. This isn't necessarily unsafe, but the treatment has come with some pretty stringent aftercare strategies to keep risks to a minimum. The Opus Plasma treatment achieves results that are nearly as impressive as traditional laser resurfacing without the same degree of energetic intensity. In fact, Opus Plasma is like laser skin resurfacing without the laser at all! The use of plasma and radiofrequency energies significantly reduces risks like burns to the skin and infection while continuing to offer optimal aesthetic outcomes.
The Opus Plasma is safe for all skin types, from Fitzpatrick I-VI.
Are there any side effects associated with Opus Plasma treatment?
After this treatment, the skin may appear slightly red and puffy for a short time. This may resemble a sunburn and should resolve in 24 to 48 hours. Around the third day after the procedure, the skin may become noticeably dry and flaky. This indicates that old, damaged cells are being released and the body is remodeling the skin with new portions of collagen and elastin. The process of tissue renewal is usually complete in 5 to 7 days. During this time and throughout the entire course of treatment, the skin is more susceptible to sunburn, so it is important to wear sunscreen.
What is the recovery and aftercare for Opus Plasma treatment?
The recovery period after Opus Plasma treatment is very short and very mild. You may not even need to curb much of your normal routine if you schedule your treatment before the weekend. For the first 24 hours, when redness and puffiness may be most dramatic, you may be advised to apply a thick moisturizing cream or ointment. This will be discussed at your appointment. Your provider may also recommend specific aftercare products and restrictions, such as avoiding chemicals like alpha hydroxy acid, until your skin has completely healed.
What should I expect from Opus Plasma?
Opus Plasma is a quick, 15-minute outpatient treatment usually performed following application of a topical anesthetic. During your consultation, Dr. Keamy will assess our skin to personalize the best treatment plan for you. While you’ll begin to enjoy noticeable improvement following your first treatment, 2 to 3 treatments may be recommended for optimal results.
Q&A with Dr. Keamy: The Revolutionary Opus Plasma Skin Resurfacing Treatment
LT: Hi, Dr. Keamy! Let’s talk about your latest acquisition, Alma’s Opus Plasma. What turned your head with this technology?
JK: Opus Plasma is the first fractioned plasma skin resurfacing treatment to deliver the results of fractioned CO2 laser treatment without the extended downtime. It can resurface lines, textures, scars, and even pigment. Secondly, it delivers radiofrequency, commonly referred to as RF. It tightens skin and addresses laxity as a microneedle treatment.
LT: How does it work?
JK: Plasma causes micro ablation. I modulate the RF to tighten the skin. For instance, your skin was loose, but the texture was excellent. In your case, I delivered more RF and less plasma.
LT: And the results were excellent! Especially around the eyes, my upper lids tightened right up, and the awful bags under my eyes are, well, all I can say is Poof! Where else do you use Opus Plasma?
JK: The face and neck are the most popular treatment areas where I can pay special attention to the upper eyelids, festoons under the eyes, lip lines, and neck. Opus works wonders on sun-damaged decolletage, as well as hands, knees, and other areas of the body. It even minimizes stretch marks and scars. Whatever is needed.
LT: That’s a wide range of treatment areas. Seriously, Opus Plasma can do all this with consistent efficacy?
JK: Yes! This is why I had to have this machine! It’s highly flexible. I can fine-tune the RF and plasma output, not only for the treatment area but also for the patient’s recovery needs and discomfort tolerance.
LT: What does the after-treatment look like in terms of recovery and repair? Also, is it painful, and how long does a treatment take?
JK: There will be redness and sometimes swelling lasting from several hours to several days. The skin may feel tight and a bit “sandy” to the touch but, amazingly, is not visible and doesn’t interfere with foundation application. I couldn’t believe it until I tried it myself! The “glide” attachment also produces miniscule track marks on the skin, which are micro scabs that fall off in a few days. Although it’s not required, I typically apply numbing cream for a ½ hour before the procedure. This, along with the purpose of the procedure, determines the length of a single treatment which averages 15-20 minutes.
LT: There’s also a stem cell and exosome treatment add-on, correct?
JK: Correct. Thanks for reminding me, Laura! Yes, I do offer an add-on option to purchase an exosome serum to thoroughly regenerate the skin and decrease downtime. For aggressive treatments, I offer a stem cell serum.
LT: Remarkable! The before/afters photos are undoubtedly impressive. This is definitely a game-changer. Excellent purchase, Dr. Keamy. And thank you for explaining this complex technology in lay terms!