Plasma Skin Resurfacing

Plasma skin resurfacing is a non-laser treatment that helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and facial volume loss. Plasma resurfacing can also be used to treat skin discolorations as well such as age spots and certain precancerous marks.

Plasma Skin Resurfacing Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Plasma Skin Resurfacing
avg. recovery
1 weeks
Laser/Light Therapy
$50 - $2000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.18.2021

For individuals with fine lines and wrinkles, there are several non-invasive options available to erase the signs of aging. While laser resurfacing treatments are popular, plasma skin resurfacing can produce similar results with a shorter recovery period. Plasma skin resurfacing is different from laser treatments in that ultrahigh-frequency waves impart energy to a flow of inert nitrogen gas, penetrating deep into the epidermis, encouraging collagen production. Plasma resurfacing does not cause the skin to immediately shed and exfoliate, but will begin to squamate 4-7 days after treatment. This allows the stratum corneum, the outermost layer of skin, to act as a bandage for the wounded skin underneath. Once the outer layer of damaged skin is exfoliated away, a new layer of skin will be revealed. Collagen production will continue for several months, making the skin appear younger and plumper. Before treatment, the skin will be anesthetized with a topical numbing cream. The handpiece will be held over the treatment area, targeting uneven skin pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. It is common for patients to feel a warm sensation throughout the duration of the treatment. Depending on the needs of the patient and the size of the treatment area, sessions will last between 15-45 minutes. Final results are noticeable after 3 months with continuous improvement for up to 6 months after treatment.

The goal of plasma skin resurfacing is to rejuvenate skin by improving facial lines and wrinkles and skin pigmentation associated with photo-aging.


Plasma Skin Resurfacing addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

While the skin is healing, mild redness may persist for 2-3 days. It is expected to have some skin flaking as the outer layer of skin begins to shed, lasting for up to 10 days. Do not pick at any peeling skin as it may cause scarring. During healing and post-treatment, it is important to limit sun exposure and wear a moisturizing sunblock so as not to re-damage the skin.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for plasma skin resurfacing has early signs of aging such as wrinkles and skin discoloration. Plasma skin resurfacing can also treat deeper wrinkles and irregular skin complexions but may require multiple treatments.

Not Recommended For

Plasma skin resurfacing is not recommended for candidates with darker skin tones, skin prone to scarring, open wounds, severe acne, lupus, psoriasis or vitiligo, are pregnant, breast-feeding, immune-deficient or have any other auto-immune disorder.

Side Effects

Side effects from plasma skin resurfacing may include excessive skin peeling, crusting, redness, swelling, and temporary hyper-pigmentation.


  • shorter recovery
  • little downtime
  • effective
  • laser alternative
  • non-invasive


  • possible multiple treatments

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