A few weeks ago I visited the Skinfinity skin clinic in Leeds to undergo a Plasma shower facial treatment. Personally I think the name itself sounds intriguing and having had laser treatments in the past I was curious to speak to the consultant about what the treatment actually entails and ultimately see the results. The facial is non invasive which is a huge plus for me as I’m a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to needles and surgery (not that I judge anyone else who opts for more intense methods of skin rejuvenation, I’m very much each to their own!) and also has limited downtime, again another huge bonus if you don’t have the option of taking time off whilst you recover.
When I arrived at Skinfinity, which is a lovely clinic with a very relaxed environment, I was introduced to Dr Gareth O Hare who spoke with me at length about the treatment itself and the equipment used to carry it out. The plasma facial is given using a Plasma BT device which can be used for a variety of skin procedures. Dr O Hare though mainly uses it for reducing excess skin on eyelids, reducing eye bags, and softening permanent creases/wrinkles in the skin. It can also be used for removing small benign moles or skin tags. The plasma device fires a type of energy into the skin, causing it to tighten.
The Plasma BT device is an alternative to surgical removal of excess skin on the eyelids, known as blepharoplasty. With the plasma device, there are no cuts, stitches or scars. After just 3 sessions, 6 weeks apart, excess eyelid skin is significantly reduced. Wrinkles can also be treated around the eyes (crow's feet), cheeks, forehead, and around the mouth. The skin is usually slightly red, with small brown dots where the plasma energy has touched the skin. These side effects usually settle after 4-7 days.
For the Plasma shower facial itself Dr Hare places a serum on the skin before using the Plasma BT device to fire tiny shots of energy across the targeted areas of the face. This feels like a very light sunburn and only lasts a minute or so. It is a gentle, non-invasive skin treatment that can be used to help with a variety of skin issues, including acne, excess pigmentation, and dryness. It works by opening up the tiny channels in between your skin cells, allowing any products placed on the skin afterwards to be absorbed more deeply. The clinic uses the Tebiskin range to enhance the treatment and four of the products were used on me.
Gluage serum: Boosts production of hyaluronic acid, makes the skin more hydrated and smooth
SOD-C serum: a combination of several different anti-oxidants, helps even out skin tone and repair damage from sun exposure/pollution etc.
HYAL cream: a concentrated hyaluronic acid moisturising cream. It works by attracting more water into your skin cells, leaving it softer and smoother.
UV-Sooth: a factor 50+ moisturiser with hyaluronic acid and an anti-oxidant. This is Dr O Hares favourite product in the Tebiskin range and comes highly recommended by him.
I found the treatment to be extremely quick in comparison to other treatments I’ve had with a wealth of benefits. Although not something I would consider as a long term method of managing skin ageing it’s definitely a great treatment for instant rejuvenation! Practically painless with very little downtime and almost instant results the Plasma facial is a fabulous facial for a big event such as a wedding, red carpet, graduation etc or as a special treat when you’re feeling tired and rundown. Wether you’re looking for a festive glow for the Christmas party season or to reboot in the New Year I can highly recommend this treatment at Skinfinity.
For more information please visit www.skinfityclinic.co.uk