LOVE LASERS? TRY PLASMA.
WHAT IS OPUS PLASMA?
If you’ve been thinking about skin resurfacing or are already a devoted laser fan, you may want to consider one of the latest, first of its kind devices on the market, Opus Plasma? Opus Plasma by Alma Lasers is a cutting-edge technology that is revolutionizing the skin resurfacing industry for both the face and body. Opus Plasma uses a one-of-a-kind plasma technology combined with radiofrequency to deliver thermal ablation and coagulation to address superficial to complex textural skin quality and laxity concerns most commonly corrected with conventional fractional resurfacing lasers or full-field ablative resurfacing CO2 lasers.
The synergy of the two of modalities together creates better tightening with resurfacing at the same time with significantly less down time. The Opus Plasma is highly customizable offering a wide range of treatment options, you can complete a full-face or body procedure in under 15 minutes with the Opus Glide tip or target hard-to-reach areas with the Focus tip. For more precise areas such as the upper and lower eye lids the Colibri tip can be used to achieve a non-surgical eye lift. With simple changes in setting voltage, we can produce results matching the most aggressive CO2 laser or the gentlest laser peel with significantly less recovery times. For more information on Opus Plasma give us a call to schedule a complimentary consultation with our trained medical staff today!
WHAT IS PLASMA?
When we talk about Opus Plasma, we are not referring to blood plasma or platelet-rich plasma (PRP). We are instead referring to a type of energy. Plasma is the fourth state of matter with the other states of matter being solid, liquid, and gas. As solid can become liquid, liquid can become gas, gas can become plasma. Unlike the other states of matter, plasma exists as a “sea” of free electrons containing positively charged nuclei that can cause skin changes.
HOW DOES OPUS PLASMA WORK?
Opus Plasma by Alma Lasers features proprietary high-frequency unipolar RF energy to create tiny injuries in the skin with plasma, allowing RF to penetrate the skin more deeply. It uses metal pins that are supercharged with high voltage and when these pins are close to the skin, they react to atmospheric pressure in the air. This effect creates plasma, making micro-thermal zones of fractional injuries to the skin. The natural healing process jumpstarts collagen production through a wound healing response, similar to how micro needling works. However, this technology uses radiofrequency and micro plasma instead of needles with visible results after the first treatment.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR OPUS PLASMA?
The ideal candidate for Opus Plasma is in good health, a non-smoker, and desires to improve
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity and sagging
- Uneven tone and texture
- Unwanted pigmentation
- Stretch marks
- Acne and surgical scars
Opus Plasma is especially a good choice for addressing loss of elasticity on the neck and etched in horizontal or “tech neck” lines. The Opus Plasma can be used much closer to the eye tha lasers, making it ideal for addressing fine lines and crows’ feet. It’s even been effective on uneven skin tone or unwanted pigmentation, unlike laser resurfacing, which can cause hyperpigmentation in darker skin tones. Opus Plasma is safe and effective on all skin types and can be operated year-round, making almost everyone a great candidate for this resurfacing treatment. Those that are not a good candidate include pregnant women, HIV, lupus, or epilepsy. In addition, if you are prone to keloid scarring, are anemic or are experiencing eczema or psoriasis.
OPUS PLASMA FAQs
1. What are the target areas for Opus Plasma?
Patients love Opus Plasma because it’s gentle enough to treat the face, neck and décolleté, which are sometimes avoided with other treatments yet aggressive enough to tighten skin on the body such as the stomach, arms, hands and knees as well as treat stretch marks and scars. Opus Plasma is also gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, such as the delicate skin around the eyes or above the lips (‘smokers lines’). This advanced technology offers an unparalleled level of customization due to its unique features customizable tips.
2. How is Opus Plasma different from micro needling and Radiofrequency decives?
Opus Plasma and micro needling with radiofrequency devices both work to jumpstart collagen production and elastin through a wound healing response. In addition, both devices use heat (radiofrequency) to access skin at deep levels to tighten the skin. The markedly difference between the two is unlike micro needling devices Opus Plasma does not use needles to penetrate the skin. It combines two powerful modalities metal pins charged with micro plasma energy and radiofrequency (RF) to heal the skin both on the surface and within deeper layers. When the device gets close to your skin, the unipolar radiofrequency energy emitted from its metal pins reacts with the air to generate plasma. This plasma creates tiny channels or microinjuries in your skin to stimulate new collagen and elastin production. Because the plasma energy is fractional, it only treats a fraction of an area at a time, leaving the surrounding skin intact for even faster healing and recovery times. The micro plasma technology allows the provider to customize the depth and power of the treatment into the skin with simple setting changes. The use of micro plasma comes with unparalleled precision when controlling contact with the skin and reducing unwanted inflammation when treating sensitive areas such as around the eyes and mouth. This makes it superior in many ways over micro needling alone.
3. Is Opus Plasma Safe for all skin types?
Yes. It is safe for all skin types, even dark skin. Some skin resurfacing treatments carry a risk of hypo or hyperpigmentation for deeper skin tones, but Opus Plasma is approved for Fitzpatrick I-VI and can be performed year round even during summer months.
4. What is a typical Opus Plasma treatment like?
For a typical treatment, we first apply a topical anesthetic. Once the anesthetic has taken effect, we remove it completely before proceeding with treatment. The treatment itself is typically only mildly uncomfortable and most patients tolerate the treatment well. Following treatment, you will experience some redness, which will typically fade within a few days. For more aggressive treatments patient can expect more downtime, but still considerably less downtime than traditional full ablative resurfacing treatments such as CO2 lasers.
5. How long will my treatment take?
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6. How many treatments will I need?
To obtain the maximum benefits of Opus Plasma, most patients require 2-3 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Most people will see improvements in texture and tone after the first treatment, however, the skin tightening effects will take about three months since they’re dependent on collagen remodeling. Additionally, settings can be increased with each session to enhance the results. Of course, nothing can entirely stop the natural aging process, so most patients find that they will require maintenance treatment after the initial series to sustain their results over time. When you book your consultation, our talented staff can answer any questions you might have about Opus Plasma.
7. How do I prepare for my Opus treatment?
Hydration is very important prior to your treatment. We recommend increasing your daily water intake starting 3 days before your appointment. Also, you should stop retinoids for a week or so
prior to the treatment.
8. What is recovery like, any side effects?
Unlike traditional full ablative laser treatments, Opus Plasma patients can experience drastically
less downtime with better results. It’s common for patients to experience mild-moderate redness
on the treated areas similar to a sunburn that quickly improves over the next 2-3 days and on
occasion minor swelling. Very rarely, patients may experience crusting in areas that have been
treated more aggressively. However, most patients can return to their regular schedule
immediately after treatment and fully recover after 3-7 days.
9. What do I need to know after an Opus Treatment?
Following a typical treatment, you will need to protect yourself from direct sun exposure for 2 weeks and apply broad spectrum SPF sunscreen while outdoors. You can restart exercise after 24 hours. Make up usually after 2 3 days. If you are using topical anti-aging cream, you can restart 2 weeks post treatment. Wash with a gentle mild soap and apply post-treatment protective gel or an occlusive topical agent such as Aquaphor while skin is healing. Gentle facials between treatments are also recommended to help with exfoliation.
10. How long will my results last?
Results will typically last for many years, although the aging process will slowly continue as it always does. After initial series of treatments, yearly maintenance treatment is recommended to maintain results.