More than Skin Deep: A New Way to Look Younger

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Plasma PortraitaC/ is a laser technology that delivers noticeable results by reducing pigmentation, improving fine lines and wrinkles, and perfecting skin's tone and texture. In addition to leaving skin looking younger and refreshed, Plasma Portrait can also be an effective treatment when used to correct acne scars.

This industry-leading technology is used in a similar fashion to other ablative lasers (which destroy layers of the skin) such as the CO2 and erbium lasers, and new generation fractional technologies (which provide deep heating of the skin) to correct wrinkling, pigmentation, skin smoothing and acne scarring.

Based on a principle similar to plasma televisions in that it converts plasma into activated nitrogen which acts to gently heat the skin, Plasma Portrait technology has been used in medicine for many years. The advantage of Plasma Portrait over other laser technologies is that it allows the skin to repair itself in a shorter time frame. This leads to less side effects and shorter healing time than experienced with more invasive laser technologies.

Employed under local anesthesia, such as topical anesthetic creams, Plasma Portrait technology can also be used in various treatment modes including a single, high-energy treatment for more significant wrinkling skin pigmentation, skin surface irregularities and skin cancers. Plasma Portrait can also be used at lower settings where up to three treatment sessions can be performed. Under this modality, some patients experience almost no downtime or just a day of mild redness. The high-energy treatment, however, may have three to five days of a minimal sunburn-like reaction, as this technology leaves a layer of skin on the surface intact which acts as a natural wound dressing.

Plasma Portrait is playing a major role in the dermatologic, plastic and cosmetic surgeons' therapeutic regimens. Associated with significant clinical efficacy and more reliability than many of the non-ablative technologies utilized in the past, Plasma Portrait has become quite popular with patients looking to reduce pigmentation, improve fine lines and wrinkles, enhance tone and texture, and correct acne scars. With this treatment, skin looks younger and refreshed.

Dr. Neil Sadick is one of the most renowned dermatologists and researchers whose multiple discoveries have strongly influenced and transformed the future of dermatology. He is a Professor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College and President of the Cosmetic Surgery Foundation. Dr. Sadick is author, or co-author, of more than 500 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has contributed more than 75 chapters of medical books. Read more at