What Is Plexr?
Plexr plasma treatment, also known as Plexr Soft Surgery or Plexr non-surgical Blepharoplasty, is a revolutionary innovation in the field of aesthetic medicine and surgery. Plexr (short for Plasma Exeresis) offers an exciting alternative approach to surgical blepharoplasty, which is highly invasive, comes with many pre and postoperative complications and can involve long periods spent in recovery. Plexr is a safe and simple treatment, which involves no anaesthesia, no scalpels and provides outstanding results, which traditionally you could only expect to see after eyelid surgery. Plexr also carries no major risks and has a very quick recovery period.
The Plexr Soft Surgery device is fully licensed in the EU. It consists of an ergonomic handpiece used by your practitioner, with small single use tips, ensuring the device is always clean and hygienic. The Plexr device is ideal for small, delicate areas such as the eyelids, but can also be used as a skin tightening method on other areas of the body, as well as to treat a variety of skin conditions, including active acne, acne scars skin tags and moles.
Plasma is a fantastic and relatively new development within aesthetic medicine, as it can be used in incredibly precise and targeted treatments, however it has been used in other healthcare fields for many years. Plasma is a substance that is halfway between a liquid and a gas, and is used to directly target tiny areas of tissue on the eyelids during Plexr plasma treatment. Plexr’s high level of precision makes it perfect for use on small, delicate areas like the eyelids. At Elite Aesthetics we are proud to be able to offer Plexr plasma treatments to our clients in Sevenoaks, London, Bexley, Bexleyheath, Greenhithe, Tunbridge Wells, West Malling and Gravesend, as well as further afield.
The Plexr non-surgical blepharoplasty treatment works by forming plasma in the space between the tip of the device and the skin. This tiny arc of plasma triggers a process called sublimation - the process of turning a solid straight into a gas - which causes the fibres of the skin to shrink, contract and tighten. This tightening of the fibres actually lessens the surface area of the skin, creating an improvement in the appearance of drooping or sagging skin on the eyelids. Because of the precise nature of Plexr, and the use of plasma, heat is very accurately directed, and doesn’t transfer to the surrounding tissues, making it a safe and comfortable treatment.
The results of Plexr plasma treatment are instant, and the resultant tissue retraction and tightening (as opposed to removal) gives results that are comparable to the ones seen with invasive surgery, without any of the risk of infection, anaesthesia, scalpels or downtime traditional blepharoplasty carries. Plexr plasma technology has been used worldwide for several years with no significant adverse events.
What Can Plexr Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty Treat?
Plexr Soft Surgery can be used for a variety of skin tightening treatments, as well as treatment of skin conditions such as skin tags and moles, but its precise nature makes it ideal for use in non-surgical blepharoplasty treatments.
As we age, the skin on our face and body loses some of its elasticity, due to a slowing of natural collagen production. This can affect all areas of the body, including the eyes, where people find their skin may loosen or start to sag, contributing to a tired, aged appearance that doesn’t reflect how you feel on the inside. For milder cases, anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers may also be recommended. However for more advanced cases, Plexr offers the most long lasting, dramatic results, which for a long time would only have been available through traditional blepharoplasty surgery.
You may be a candidate for Plexr plasma treatment if you find you have loose skin around your upper and lower eyelids, or have struggled with the appearance of hooded eyelids for a long time.
At Elite Aesthetics, we precede all of our treatments, including Plexr Soft Surgery, with a full consultation. All of our Plexr treatments are carried out by our practice leader Dr. Shirin Lakhani, a highly-experienced aesthetic doctor. Dr. Shirin will use your consultation to really get to know you and understand what it is you want from your treatment at Elite Aesthetics.
Before your Plexr plasma treatment, Dr. Shirin will apply a local anaesthetic cream for 30 minutes to minimise any discomfort, meaning that the procedure is virtually painless. For other areas in the body, local anaesthetic cream or injections may also be used to improve comfort.
During treatment, the Plexr device is held 1-2mm from the skin and the plasma is applied in short bursts in small individual areas. This means that the skin has space to contract and shrink, ensuring the skin’s healthy recovery process. The process isn’t painful, though some of our clients report the treatment feeling hot in places, and you may experience a tingling sensation afterwards. Each treatment session usually lasts between 30 and 40 minutes. We recommend up to three sessions, or until you see optimum results, which will depend on your skin’s level of laxity, Dr. Shirin’s expert opinion and the results you want to see.
Dr. Shirin will go over what to expect from your treatment and the aftercare process in your consultation, and is always happy to advise you on any part of the aftercare process. Following Plexr plasma treatment, tiny dark brown or black crusts may appear in areas the plasma has been ‘sprayed’ during treatment. It is important to keep these areas clean, dry and protected after treatment. These markings will usually start to flake off within a few days and fully heal within 2 weeks.
Swelling is common after plasma treatment, and will usually resolve quickly, though if it is uncomfortable or persists for a longer period, then an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can be taken. Cold compresses and antihistamines may also be applied to reduce swelling.
After treatment we advise keeping the treated area clean, dry and protected using a broad spectrum sunscreen. Avoid exposing the area to extremes of heat or cold, applying plasters or occlusive dressings and using alcohol based or fragranced cleansers until it has healed. If you are in any doubt, you can contact the clinic where our qualified staff are always happy to advise you about the aftercare process.
Your final results will depend on the level of the skin laxity around your eyes, your desired results, the general condition of the skin and any pre-existing skin or medical problems, however a reduction in the appearance of skin folds and creases is visible immediately after treatment. As the treated skin is sublimated during treatment, the results often last years.
The Benefits of Plexr Non-Surgical Blepharoplasty.
Plexr is a truly revolutionary treatment in the field of aesthetic medicine, designed to provide the long-lasting, effective results of a traditional surgical blepharoplasty without any of the disadvantages of surgical aesthetics.
Plexr is long-lasting, effective and easy. There is no general anaesthetic required, and results can be seen instantly, with no downtime. There is very little risk of infection or allergic reaction, and the treatments take less than an hour to carry out.
An article in the PFMA Journal surveyed 1000 non-surgical blepharoplasty patients and found that 80% of patients received 100% of the desired result from their treatment within three sessions, and the remaining 20% received 100% of their desired results within one or two sessions, showing the effectiveness of the treatment.
Why Choose Elite Aesthetics?
At Elite Aesthetics, we are dedicated to the development of ethical, responsible and kind aesthetic practice. Before any Plexr treatment, you will receive a full consultation with Dr. Shirin Lakhani, giving her the opportunity to get to know you, your lifestyle and your goals, to make sure that you receive the optimum level of care with us. As part of our dedication to ethical practice, Dr. Shirin and Elite Aesthetics uphold a commitment to never overtreat any of our patients. During your consultation period, Dr. Shirin will work with you, and go through your treatment options to find the most medically appropriate course of action for you. We feel, as a clinic, that giving any patient a treatment that they don’t need goes against our ethical code of conduct, and instead we prefer to work with you to create a medically approved treatment plan that works for you.
Your consultation is also a chance for you to get to know the staff at Elite Aesthetics, communicate with Dr. Shirin face-to-face, and look around our purpose built aesthetic clinic in Greenhithe, Kent.
Dr. Shirin and her team of highly-qualified staff are the key to Elite Aesthetics’ reputation as a safe, modern and ethical clinic, with impeccable customer service and care. Dr. Shirin started working within the NHS in 1999 when she first qualified as a doctor, until she founded Elite Aesthetics in 2013. During her time in the NHS, she received training in both medicine and general surgery, as well as spending time specialising in anesthesiology. Dr. Shirin is fascinated by the overlap of art, beauty and medicine that working in aesthetic medicine allows her to experience every day, and strives to ensure all of her patients receive the highest standard of care and leave the clinic looking and feeling like they’ve always wanted. Dr. Shirin is constantly working to expand her horizons and gain new professional experience. She has also been awarded several postgraduate qualifications, including certificates in minor surgery and aesthetics.
Dr. Shirin is an advocate for the development of safe and ethical aesthetic practice, an area in which she and Elite Aesthetics are industry leaders. Dr. Shirin treats all of her aesthetic patients with the same level of care and attention as she would a regular medical procedure. Dr. Shirin is fully registered with the GMC (GMC number 4634863), and so is held to their standards of Good Medical Practice. Elite Aesthetics is keen to lead the aesthetics industry in the field of ethical practice, and the clinic is CQC and Save Face accredited, meaning that we have been independently assessed to be among the safest aesthetics clinics in the UK, an accreditation recognised by the Professional Standards Authority and NHS England, among other national bodies.
So, if you’re in Bromley, Maidstone, Sidcup, Orpington, Dartford, Kings Hill, Kings Cross or the surrounding areas and are interested in receiving the revolutionary Plexr non-surgical blepharoplasty treatment from an experienced, safe and ethical practitioner, contact Dr. Shirin and the team at Elite Aesthetics on 01332 561 763, and see how we can make you feel like yourself again.
PLEXR causes sublimation which is the process of turning a solid straight into a gas so results are instant and there is no heat transferred to surrounding tissues to cause damage to normal skin. PLEXR uses plasma so there is no electric current which can cause problems for some patients and the treatments result in tissue retraction and tightening which gives even better results.
Local anaesthetic cream is applied for 30 minutes prior to non-surgical blepharoplasty to minimise any discomfort and the procedure is then virtually painless. For other areas, local anaesthetic cream or injections may be used to provide numbness. The treatment may feel hot in places and there may be a tingling or burning sensation afterwards.
PLEXR plasma technology has been used worldwide for several years with no significant adverse events.
Following PLEXR treatment, tiny dark brown/black spots may appear or there may be an appearance more typical of a burn. Swelling is common and often lasts several days and can be quite significant around the eyes. The area will often be red and warm immediately after the procedure and can be quite tender for a few days. Patients may experience a tingling or burning sensation.
Crusting or a scab can develop and it is important to keep this clean, dry and protected. Sometimes the area can be sloughy. If the area becomes red, hot and tender or if there is pus present, it is important to contact the clinic as this may suggest an infection. Scarring may occur following treatment.
Final results depend on severity of skin laxity or size of lesion, the desired result, the general condition of the skin and any pre-existing skin or medical problems. Reduction in skin folds and creases appear immediately. Tiny dark brown spots appear where individual shots have been fired or a larger burn-like appearance may be seen where an area has been ‘sprayed’ with plasma. The tiny dark brown spots flake off over the following days (up to 2 weeks) and burns will heal within a similar period. Swelling is common and can be quite pronounced around the eyes, often worse the following morning and lasting for several days. The area may be tender as it is healing and may scab over or become a little sloughy. It is important to allow any spots or scabs to fall off naturally otherwise scarring or infection may occur. As the treated skin is sublimated, the results often last years or permanently.
After treatment we advise keeping the treated area clean, dry and protected using a broad spectrum sunscreen. Mineral make-up may be applied. Avoid exposing the area to extremes of heat or cold until it has healed. If any doubt, contact the clinic for further advice.
Immediately after treatment, there may be a burning sensation. This will usually resolve during the remainder of the day although if it is particularly uncomfortable or persists for a longer period, then an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen can be taken.
Following treatment, it is normal to have some swelling. This can be significant around the eyes and can last for several days and may lead to interference with vision in the initial period.
Cold compresses may be applied to reduce the swelling.
If the swelling is more severe, an anti-inflammatory medication and/or anti-histamine may help alleviate the swelling.
Crusting will usually develop over the treated area, this will often initially be brown or black on the surface of the skin and flake off over the following days. It may take over 2 weeks to completely disappear. It is essential to not pick at this crusting as this may lead to infection or scarring.
Occasionally the treated area may become a little weepy, this is part of the normal healing process and will improve with time. However, if it starts to become hot or red or if there is any pus present, then please contact the clinic for advice as this may suggest an infection has developed.
It is essential to keep the treatment area clean, dry and protected with a broad spectrum sunscreen. Do not use alcohol based cleansers.
Do not apply a plaster or an occlusive dressing over the area.
Often more than one treatment is needed for optimum results. There should be at least six weeks before any further Plexr in the same area.