I have been blessed with some great mentors. Of all the great minds in science that I have learned from, Professor Giorgio Fippi, the father and the inventor of the “Plexr” technology, is certainly among the ones that impressed me the most. With his passion for inventing new technologies, he created a whole new level for excellence in Aesthetic Medicine.
He pioneered the so-called “non surgical blepharoplasty” through “Plexr” technology, an effective treatment for individuals with excess skin on the upper and/or lower eyelids. He used to say that “the eyes are the jewel of the body” therefore devoted himself to create a technology that would, with his own words, “keep them looking beautiful indefinitely”.
Plexr is an effective alternative to surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid correction), does not require any anesthesia, come with less downtime and less complications. The science behind Plexr is fascinating, let’s take a look at it. This extremely accurate device works by generating “plasma” that causes the non-ablative process of “sublimation” of the skin (turning a solid straight into gas).
Plasma is created by ionising the gas particles in the air between the Plexr tip and the skin. Plasma is a hot ionized gas consisting of approximately equal numbers of positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons. The characteristics of plasmas are significantly different from those of ordinary neutral gases so that plasmas are considered a distinct “fourth state of matter.”
In the eyelid area the plasma works by sublimating the epidermis and stimulating the contraction and tightening of the skin, in a process that takes 4-8 weeks. As Plexr does not directly touch the skin, significantly reduces the risk of any complications. By generating plasma, Plexr maintains the vitality of the skin much better than other methods of skin tightening or rejuvenation, as demonstrated in a histological comparison between Plexr and radio-surgical methods.
There is no scalpel or laser used and, therefore, no stitches and no heat are transferred to the surrounding area. This treatment can be performed on any skin type. Following a medical consultation to see if you are a suitable candidate for Plexr, when you return for the treatment, numbing cream is applied for one hour prior the procedure, to minimise any discomfort.
Treatment time is usually 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated and the severity of each case. One to three sessions may be needed at 8 week intervals. The procedure is performed with dots created by the Plexr device on the eyelid area, to sublimate (change from solid to gas) the superficial skin cells without bleeding or damage to surrounding tissue.
Following the procedure, the areas treated will be red with swelling, usually for three days. At the site of each dot, there will be a carbon crust that should not be touched (except to camouflage) and will fall off approximately seven days post procedure. The new skin, often similar to ‘baby skin’ will be very thin and soft, and pink in colour. It can be concealed with makeup until it develops to match your natural skin colour.
You will need to keep the treated area clean, dry and protected from sun exposure or direct sources of heat for a minimum of 30 days. Unusual side effects include infection, scarring or pigmentation changes. It is imperative to follow after care advice to avoid such complications.
Thanks to this Italian scientist, both men and women, can now renew their appearance without a scalpel!
Coco Chanel once said:
“ELEGANCE IS WHEN THE INSIDE IS AS BEAUTIFUL AS THE OUTSIDE”.
WITH PLEXR YOU CAN ACHIEVE BOTH.
I wish you all the best,
Dr. Valeria Acampora