Enhance Skin Quality With New Fractional Plasma® Technology In Newton And The Boston Area
A new type of skin resurfacing technology—one that’s more advanced than traditional ablative laser skin resurfacing or fractional laser techniques—is now available: Opus Plasma®. The Boston area’s Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics provides this treatment, introduced to the North American aesthetic market in 2020, to address a wide variety of skin concerns, ranging from superficial to severe.
Why consider the Opus Plasma® platform from manufacturer Alma? Faces often begin to sag and wrinkle over time because they lose a small percentage of collagen each year. The protein is one of the main building blocks in the skin. Additionally, older skin contains less fat and moisture while bone and muscle density decrease, so facial structure begins to weaken. Along with normal aging, day-to-day wear and tear from external sources like UV radiation in sunlight, gravitational forces, and air pollution can’t be completely avoided. There are also lifestyle habits—like smoking, eating unhealthy foods, and neglecting skincare routines—that take a toll on the face’s appearance over time.
What Is Opus Plasma®?
In the past, lasers were one of the only tools available for creating a smoother, more even skin tone and addressing unwanted blemishes. As an advanced energy-based skin resurfacing system, Opus Plasma® uses a high-frequency unipolar radiofrequency technology, essentially combining radiofrequency with plasma. This FDA-cleared, non-laser device is the first ever skin resurfacing system that utilizes fractional plasma technology to create more youthful-looking skin and restore confidence.
Plasma, a new and innovative technology used for aesthetic treatments, is essentially an ionized gas that can be used to deliver heat directly to the skin in a controlled manner.
Opus Plasma® features radiofrequency-charged metal pins designed to create fractional injuries on specific areas of the skin. It operates at a high frequency of more than 40 MHz. Once the pins are near the skin, plasma is created in reaction to the atmospheric pressure, and this is what creates heat, stimulating regeneration of collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid.
Plasma also has other benefits, such as neutralizing free radicals that cause premature aging and getting rid of bacteria as well as other harmful microbes. The effects enable skincare ingredients to be absorbed more easily into the skin.
Though it might seem counterproductive to improve skin by damaging it, the idea behind fractional resurfacing techniques like Opus Plasma® is to cause controlled damage and therefore kickstart a wound-healing response, gradually improving the general quality of the skin. Since the treatment targets only a fraction of the skin at a time—it opens tiny channels surrounded by unharmed, healthy tissue—there is less damage to other tissues with Opus Plasma®, which means it takes a shorter time to heal. The Opus Plasma® treatment has significantly less downtime compared to conventional laser treatments, while producing the same level of improvement as more invasive, ablative lasers.
Which Conditions Can Opus Plasma® Treat?
There are certain types of cosmetic issues, such as spots and other pigmentation irregularities, that you can’t address with injectables like fillers. Opus Plasma® can correct hyperpigmentation. In addition, it tightens and repairs the skin to correct many other skin conditions, including fine lines and wrinkles, dullness, enlarged pores, broken blood vessels, skin laxity, acne scars, stretch marks, and uneven texture. It has the dual benefit of reducing unwanted pigmentation on the surface while also tightening sagging skin, including for a non-surgical eyelid lift.
Opus Plasma® is customizable and can be adjusted depending on the skin type and needs of the patient. It can be used on the face, neck, chest, or elsewhere on the body. There are two different types of pins available—depending on whether you’re targeting large or smaller areas—and there are three settings: light, moderate, and aggressive. The Opus Plasma® device is designed to allow for precision and is safe for sensitive, thinner areas around the eyes or on the lips.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What Is The Newton Opus Plasma® Experience?
Prior to having Opus Plasma®, it’s important to have a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Holly Happe so that you can talk to her about your broader goals from aesthetic treatments. She can help you decide whether a fractional plasma treatment would be suitable for you. She will evaluate your overall health status, examine your face, and explain the various skin resurfacing options.
It’s important for patients to be upfront about any previous cosmetic treatments they have had. During the consultation, you can also ask any questions you might have about preparation and recovery.
The Opus Plasma® process itself is quick and simple: You can treat the entire face in around 15 to 20 minutes. A topical anesthetic is applied to the skin to reduce any discomfort, but know that a session typically only causes mild sensations of heat and pressure. Patients describe it as a 3/10 on the pain scale.
Generally, since the Opus Plasma® device creates minimal inflammation, downtime should only be one to two days, and patients can resume their normal activities as soon as they are done, with the addition of a sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen applied every two hours. Although patients will notice visible improvements after the first session, at least two to three treatments may be needed for optimal results, as the skin looks increasingly better after each session. The results from Opus Plasma® may last up to several years, especially when patients have maintenance treatments and combine it with other skin rejuvenation options.
Are There Any Side Effects From Opus Plasma®?
Opus Plasma® creates noticeable improvements with virtually no side effects. After having this fractional plasma treatment, most patients experience only temporary, mild to moderate redness and swelling that feels like a sunburn, as well as tight, dry-feeling skin.
Dr. Happe will provide specific aftercare instructions, but as a general rule, it’s usually best to avoid excessive sun exposure and keep your skin hydrated in the days following an Opus Plasma® session.
What Complements An Opus Plasma® Treatment?
Opus Plasma® might be one of the most powerful tools for addressing wrinkles, skin laxity, and other concerns relating to skin quality and texture, but there are also other minimally invasive cosmetic treatments offered at Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics that may also be beneficial. These treatments can be used in addition to or as an alternative to the Opus Plasma® system. Chemical peels treat more minor skin concerns on the surface by triggering exfoliation. The outer layer of dead and dry skin cells is removed so that healthier skin can take its place.
Microneedling and collagen induction involves creating micro-injuries, similar to Opus Plasma®, to promote the production of new collagen and revitalize the skin from the inside out. Hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers, such as the members of the Juvederm® family, add volume to fill out the skin and are ideal for reducing static wrinkles or enhancing the facial structure. Botulinum toxin injectables like BOTOX® work best for dynamic wrinkles or expression wrinkles like crow’s feet that are caused by repetitive facial expressions.
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