In a similar fashion to mole removal, after localised skin tightening treatments (including plasma upper eyelid lift), the new skin will be red after the scabs have fallen off. The same applies to localised skin tightening using electrical plasma. Once the scabs have fallen off the area has an intense red colour like the one seen in mole removal. Additionally, in case of localised skin tightening, the skin will tend to regenerate due to the thermal stimulation caused by the burn inflicted by the electrical arc. Therefore the redness (inflammation) is caused by two factors:
- the new skin being regenerated after the minor injury caused by the electrical arc and
- the heat stimulation caused by the treatment.
This picture shows the scabs falling off after an intense plasma upper eyelid lift procedure. Some of the scabs are still present and this picture shows clearly how as the scabs fall off, the area is noticeably red from the plasma eyelid lift procedure.
After the short-term healing, the new skin is naturally red, furthermore, the skin undergoes a further continuous slow process of regeneration and remodeling during the time it takes for the area to recover from the thermal stimulation (burn) caused by the plasma superficial skin burn. In other words, inflammation, redness and skin remodeling are an "all in one" effect of the long-term skin healing process.
"Red Meat" type pf colour after the scabs have just fallen off. This is a normal occurrence after plasma localised skin tightening.
Since the redness is due to the skin regeneration process, exposure to intense UV light, during the long-term healing can lead to hyper-pigmentation. As a rule of thumb, when the redness has completely subsided, then direct sun exposure is less likely to lead to hyperpigmentation. Furthermore, if the treatment is repeated before the long-term healing is completely over (while the area is still tender), the treatment becomes unbearably painful even using most common "over the counter"
topical numbing products. Therefore as a rule of thumb, if the area is still red or tender, the treatment should not be repeated until the area has returned to normal and the tenderness faded completely.
Please note that the end of the redness does not mark the end of the long-term healing. The area may still be still subject to the long-term healing even while not appearing red at all. What marks the end of the long-term healing is the end of the tenderness instead. In any case, the redness is not permanent and it subsides over time.