Skin tightening treatments are an effective way to restore firmness and smoothness to facial skin that has become lax as a result of aging. Treating loose skin in the eyelid area can be especially challenging, and typically requires a surgical procedure known as blepharoplasty.
Plasma IQ, developed by cosmetic care innovators Suneva Medical, is a breakthrough skin tightening procedure that uses controlled plasma heat to lift droopy eyelids—and treat several other signs of aging—without the need for surgery.
Located in Arden, NC, our esthetic care clinic, SkinOvation, is highly experienced with Plasma IQ. Our specialists have been administering this treatment since it first came to market, and have trained other cosmetic care providers to administer it. We are eager to put our expertise to work and bring you dramatic, long-lasting results. Schedule a consultation with us, and let us help you achieve a rejuvenated, refreshed appearance.
What Is Plasma IQ?
Plasma IQ is a novel cosmetic procedure that generates focused bursts of plasma to eliminate signs of aging in delicate areas of facial skin. It is FDA-approved for the purpose of skin renewal and the treatment of benign skin lesions. Plasma IQ treatments are safe, effective and require only a brief period of downtime.
Most commonly, Plasma IQ is used to tighten skin in the eyelid area as a noninvasive alternative to blepharoplasty – however, it can also treat crow’s feet, vertical lip lines, acne scars and age spots.
Why Choose Us for Plasma IQ?
At SkinOvation, we’re committed to providing you with outstanding, individualized care. We understand the importance of taking the time to fully understand your needs and concerns, and working together to build a treatment plan uniquely suited for you.
We know that caring for your skin is a lifelong process: that’s why we’re invested in building a lasting relationship with you, and ensuring that you feel supported, cared for and empowered for the long term.
Join us for your Plasma IQ treatment, and enjoy comprehensive, attentive care with the following benefits:
- Our board-certified cofounder, Wendi Harper, has spent 8 years as a trainer for Suneva Medical, and is well-versed in their treatments
- 12 years of combined cosmetic treatment experience
- Plasma IQ is among our most performed procedures
- Compassionate staff dedicated to building a lasting relationship with every patient
- Hundreds of satisfied customers
Who Is Plasma IQ For?
Plasma IQ is an ideal treatment for men and women aged 30–50 who are looking for a quick, effective, nonsurgical solution for droopy eyelids, age spots, acne scars or fine lines in the eye or lip area. If you match this description, Plasma IQ will very likely provide you with effective, long-lasting results.
Plasma IQ is not suitable for treating heavy eye bags that are caused by excess fat rather than loose, aging skin. It is also not recommended for patients with very dark skin, as these patients face an especially high risk of developing hyperpigmentation as side effects.
Patients who are experiencing active outbreaks of inflammatory skin conditions such as rosacea or cold sores must wait until their symptoms have cleared before undergoing a Plasma IQ treatment. Pregnant and breastfeeding patients should avoid these treatments altogether, as should patients taking steroidal medications.
Before and After Photos
The patients in these photos may have undergone other treatments in addition to Plasma IQ. This photo gallery does not guarantee that everyone who undergoes a Plasma IQ treatment will obtain these or similar results.
After a Plasma IQ procedure, a series of tiny, round, scab-like markings about 1 millimeter in diameter will be seen across the treated area. You will also experience some redness, swelling, tenderness and a slight stinging sensation. These symptoms will resolve after about 1 week, and the scabs should fall away completely after 7–10 days.
Once all aftereffects have resolved, your treatment’s final results will be apparent. Treated fine lines and wrinkles will appear smoother and much less noticeable, and droopy lids will appear lifted. Treated acne scars and age spots will be less prominent, however it may take multiple treatments for them to fade – and some cannot be eliminated completely.
How Plasma IQ Works
Plasma IQ devices generate an electrical spark that very briefly transforms the air between the device and the patient’s skin into plasma – a superheated state of matter in which electrons are torn away from their atoms.
The heat generated by this plasma creates minute points of injury on the skin, which eliminates pigmented and textural irregularities and causes the surrounding skin to tighten. As these injuries heal, collagen production will increase, further enhancing the treated skin’s firmness, tightness and smoothness.
Plasma IQ devices are equipped with multiple intensity settings that allow the provider to administer the exact amount of energy needed for specific symptoms and areas of the face, and to prevent damage to healthy tissues.
What to Expect from the Procedure
Once you are seated comfortably in our treatment room, one of our specialists will begin by applying a thin layer of a specially formulated numbing cream that we ourselves have developed.
We will let this numbing cream rest for 45 minutes, then apply a second layer and let it rest for an additional 20 minutes. At the end of this period, your skin will be anesthetized. Plasma IQ treatments are usually quite painful, but after this two-step application, your procedure will cause only minimal discomfort.
We will then begin the treatment process. Our specialist will hold the Plasma IQ device close to the surface of your skin and discharge its electrical spark, creating a burst of plasma and inflicting a minute point of heat damage to your skin. They will slowly move the device across your treatment area and repeat this process until the entire area has been addressed.
Once this process has been completed, the procedure will be over, and you will be free to leave the clinic.
Book Your Consultation
If you’re seeking a noninvasive, low-downtime treatment to tighten aging skin in your eyelid area or other delicate parts of your face, SkinOvation has the solution for you. Our skilled team is eager to welcome you, discuss your concerns in detail and provide you with the compassionate, fully individualized care that you deserve. Ready to get started? Book a consultation with us today.
How can I prepare for a Plasma IQ treatment?
For 2–3 weeks prior to a Plasma IQ treatment, you must practice careful sun protection measures. Avoid direct sun exposure whenever possible, wear sunscreen anytime you go outside and moisturize regularly. Be sure to follow your usual skin care routine as well, as this will help ensure your skin is in optimal condition when you arrive at your appointment.
If you are prone to hyperpigmentation, we will also prescribe a hydroquinone cream to use during the weeks leading up to your treatment to reduce your risk.
How should I care for my skin after a Plasma IQ treatment?
After a Plasma IQ treatment, do not touch or pick at the scabs on your face. Allow them to heal and fall off naturally; otherwise, you run the risk of developing pigment irregularities or an infection. Keep your treated skin clean and dry, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight and apply sunscreen when spending time outside.
We carry an elastin-based topical that we often recommend post treatment, which we can prescribe. This will help to further enhance your treated skin’s smoothness and firmness.
Are Plasma IQ treatments painful?
Without anesthetic, Plasma IQ causes an intense stinging sensation similar to that caused by laser treatments. However, with the aid of the powerful two-step numbing cream we apply prior to treatment, his procedure is only minimally uncomfortable. They are typically very well tolerated by our patients.
How long do the results of a Plasma IQ treatment last?
Since Plasma IQ is a relatively new treatment, currently there is little data available to establish exactly how long the results will last. However, preliminary reports indicate results last for at least 1 full year.