Sometimes a new cosmetic enhancement technology or technique comes along that is so impressive it can be a real game-changer. And here in San Antonio, cosmetic surgeon Dr. Elizabeth Hernandez is well-known as a pioneer when it comes to adopting the latest innovations that can help her patients achieve their self-improvement goals most effectively. Now, Eterna Cosmetic Surgery introduces Renuvion J-Plasma treatment for skin tightening.

What Is Renuvion J-Plasma?

Renuvion J-Plasma is a minimally-invasive, in-office treatment that provides superior skin tightening results -- 60% contraction with Renuvion vs 40-45% with other popular treatment options. The treatment is performed under local anesthesia and requires only a few, tiny incisions to insert the tip of the device under the skin.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Renuvion?

The best candidates for this treatment are adults with any degree of skin laxity. Unlike other treatments, Renuvion J-Plasma can firm the skin significantly, so many patients with moderate to severe skin laxity who have considered a surgical intervention can now opt for a minimally invasive alternative. It may not improve severe looseness in the skin 100%, but it can make tremendous improvement. 

How Does Renuvion J-Plasma Work?

The Renuvion device uses radiofrequency and Helium gas to heat tissues to higher temperatures, so it can contract proteins, collagen in the skin, and the fibrous septal network of tissues under the skin to a greater degree. Though extremely effective for tightening and rejuvenating skin, the process is gentle on the body.

The technology uses radiofrequency energy to heat helium gas, forming something called “cold plasma.” This has nothing to do with the plasma we find in blood. It is a fourth state of matter, a type of super-heated gas that actually makes up 99% of our Universe. Because cold plasma is actually cooler than energy produced by lasers, it is ideal for body contouring.  

The radiofrequency and helium plasma arch provide very precise transfer of energy to the surrounding tissues (instead of bulk heating of tissues as other treatments do). That gives Dr. Hernandez more control, and it makes Renuvion safer than other options, with less risk of burns or other tissue damage.

What Areas of the Body Can Be Treated with Renuvion?

Renuvion can be used to tighten skin anywhere on the face, neck and body. At Eterna Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Hernandez uses this treatment to tighten skin on the:

  • Forehead (non-surgical forehead lift)
  • Immediate eye area (non-surgical blepharoplasty)
  • Lower face
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Abdomen
  • Hips
  • Arms
  • Axillas (underarms)
  • Back
  • Waist
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Knees
  • Legs (to slim the area between the calf muscles and the ankles)

Renuvion can also be used for skin resurfacing anywhere on the face, neck or body.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?

It takes just one Renuvion treatment to achieve impressive results, whereas it may take multiple sessions to produce optimal results with other procedures. In addition, the Renuvion treatment itself takes less than half the time required for other treatments.  

For example, on average, Renuvion treatment time for body areas is 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area. However, Dr. Hernandez often combines VASERLipo with Renuvion. This can add a little time, but it helps to achieve optimal contouring results for most patients.

Renuvion treatment time for areas of the face or neck average 15 minutes. However, to correct double chin, Dr. Hernandez typically also performs VASERLipo of the submental area. She sometimes also combines Renuvion with a Suture Suspension FaceLift or NeckLift in a single session to achieve more comprehensive and personally tailored results.

What about Results?

Renuvion can achieve outstanding skin tightening results, at considerably lower cost than surgical facelift or body re-contouring procedures. Patients see results right away, and the skin continues to improve over time as healing continues. Results are permanent, as long as you maintain stable weight.

For patients who need only slight skin tightening but want to improve the texture of their skin, reduce acne scars, and so on, Dr. Hernandez usually recommends Morpheus8 treatment. However, if skin laxity is more than slight, she can combine Morpheus8 with Renuvion J-Plasma treatment to address multiple issues in a single session.

What Can I Expect After Renuvion Treatment?

Amazingly, downtime required following a Renuvion J-Plasma treatment is just 2 days. Patients can resume all activities of daily living at this point and resume strenuous exercise after 1-2 weeks, once most of the swelling has subsided.

Renuvion could be a game-changer for almost anyone who is concerned about skin laxity anywhere on the body and wants to avoid surgery. The best way to learn more about this exceptional new treatment option is to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Hernandez.