Cold plasma, sometimes referred to as Jet plasma is a skincare treatment that aims to sterilize the skin, infuse skincare products deep into the skin, and stimulate collagen production. However, it is important to understand that there is a significant difference between collagen stimulation and forced collagen production. Cold plasma only works on the superficial layer of the skin and does not cause any micro-injury. This means that it will require several different sessions to achieve substantial collagen production since most collagen is produced while the skin is healing.
In contrast though, a true plasma treatment is designed to FORCE collagen production by creating a controlled micro-injury to the skin. During the healing process, there is heightened collagen and elastin production, leading to better and faster results than with cold plasma. The results of a true plasma treatment are long lasting and can last between 2-3 years depending on several factors unique to your client.
It is crucial to note that there is some confusion in the market about cold plasma or what some like to also call Jet plasma, they are both the same. The Plaxel plasma pen has offered cold plasma technology as a secondary feature since early 2019, but a few companies have rebranded the name "cold plasma" to names like "Cool Jet Plasma" or Jet Plasma". These companies are marketing this technology as if they act as a replacement for traditional fibroblast treatments, which is not its intended purpose. If you expect cold plasma to provide results similar to fibroblast treatment in terms of lifting and tightening, you will most likely be disappointed. We've noticed companies promising very unrealistic results with cold plasma and we're here to clarify that cold plasma on its own is not going to offer you these incredible transformations that you are looking for. Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of benefits of cold plasma but it's being marketed to light and tighten when it is only designed to sterilize, infuse skincare products into the skin and stimulate collagen production.
So what should cold plasma be used for?
Cold plasma is more of a complementary treatment that can be used to prepare the skin for an ablative treatment or to help the skin heal from one of these treatments. It can be used in a series of sessions to help achieve a more youthful appearance, but again, the results will not be as dramatic as a true plasma or fibroblast treatment. It should not be used as an alternative unless the client cannot undergo fibroblast treatment due to a specific contraindication like being a higher Fitzpatrick skin type or having a heart condition for example.
What plasma pen to buy?
Many professionals often get frustrated when they invest in a device that only offers one of the two technologies. This leads them to need to purchase a second pen and spend much more than they need to. Adding to the frustration, providers tend to buy electric pens that do not actually perform true plasma. These are similar to mole removal pens, which can cause burning, excessive trauma, pain, and in some cases, cause more damage than good.
Fortunately, there are advanced devices available to esthetic professionals like the PLAXEL+ that offer BOTH cold plasma and true plasma technology and are reasonably affordable.
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