Plasma Pen - What To Expect
- In the hours following your treatment, a mild burning sensation similar to a sunburn may be experienced. This should subside within a couple of hours.
If this discomfort lasts longer, anti-inflammatory pain medication can be taken, providing you are well and safe to do so alongside any other medications that you may be taking.
- Everyone has a different level of pain tolerance. If your discomfort is high, you may be able to apply an over the counter sunburn ointment that contains the anaesthetic, Lidocaine. Avoid ointments containing Benzocaine, and always consult with your GP or pharmacist before use.
- Swelling in and around the treated area may be experienced. Swelling may be more severe in some cases. This generally will subside within a few days, provided that all correct aftercare instructions are followed.
In eye treatments, it is normal for the lower eye area to swell when the upper is treated. This is because the lower and upper eye regions are connected. In some cases, anti inflammatory and or antihistamines may help. Speak with your physician or pharmacist before taking any new medications or combining medications.
- Adding an extra pillow while sleeping will help with facial treatments. It is recommended to use a travel pillow to prevent sleeping on yours sides and to keep the neck from folding on itself, but should not be needed for chest or abdomen. These areas are required to be kept as flat as possible and not folded while sleeping.
- After treatment, KOOL N SOOTHE Pads should be used to aid in comfort and reduce swelling. These are safer than using ice, as ice can damage the tissue. These pads leave no residue to the skin, however are able to stick to the skin safely. If the pad does not feel cold, simply lift off the skin for 30 sections and reapply. It will feel very cold once removed and reapplied. As the surface temperature of the skin rises, the heat on the skin causes the evaporation of the water within the Kool 'n' Soothe gel sheet. This creates a safe, cooling sensation on the skin and can be used consistently for 3 days for extra comfort if need be.
- If the skin dries, crusts will form on the skin. Do not attempt to remove them, you will create permanent damage and possibly large dents into the skin by damaging underlying layers of tissue, and possibly stimulate scar tissue formation. Skin is ideally kept hydrated during healing, and is to be treated in the same way that superficial burns are treated (more information below on this).
- Sports, saunas, swimming, gardening etc should be avoided completely until the skin has completed the first stage of healing, where no visible spots are on the skin; (between 7-14 days). Soft movements, however, are encouraged to aid with drainage of fluid retention in tissue.
- We recommend the use of a few products to aid in healing; this will be listed in the aftercare section to read more.
- The type of injury created via the plasma pen treatment is best categorized as a superficial burn, and as such, we follow the same principles with healing for the best outcome regarding health and results.
- Superficial burns are best treated via moist wound management. This increases the speed of the healing, and minimizes risks of trauma via scabs, dryness, flaking etc.
- The depth of a burn can change over the following few days, and is why after your treatment we require follow ups via email images or if possible, in clinic assessment.
- Inflammation is important for results and healing, however the use of the Kool n Soothe pads should still be used for the first 3 days and applied within 2 hours after treatment.
- There are many different ways treat and dress a burn. It will be our responsibility to assess and provide care tailored to your needs, however we have our standard recommended aftercare outlined on the aftercare page.
- Newly healed skin is sensitive to the sun and requires extra protection. The use of clothing to cover the skin is highly important, and 50+ SPF sunscreen or zinc should be used.
Newly healing and healed skin is sensitive to temperature, and a tepid shower is best for bathing. An antimicrobial soap should be used during healing, and a mild, non-perfumed soap once healed will minimize sensitivity. The use of Hyaluronic Acid and Jojoba Oil will aid in skin comfort and healing by hydrating the skin and protecting it. This should be used twice a day.
- Itching is a common problem for newly healing cells. It is highly important not to scratch to prevent damage to the skin. When itching happens, simply use Jojoba oil to lightly rub the skin.
Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to reduce redness caused by drying, ease the effects of eczema and rosacea, and keep the skin calm and comfortable. The Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the Jojoba oil help in skin repair and damage control.
- It is difficult to predict the severity of scarring should you damage healing skin. It is highly important to take all precautionary steps to ensure the best results. Damaging a superficial burn can result in a full depth scar that could take up to 2 years to recover, and can leave visible scar formation.
- This is highly important for fast healing. Making sure you are consuming a well balanced diet of high protein (like lentils), fruit and vegetables (blueberries, nectarines, strawberries, coconut yogurt, capsicum, asparagus, sprouts, sweet potato) and an increase in water and electrolytes.