Plasma eyelid tightening is an effective treatment which produces results and like most effective aesthetic treatments, the area will “get worse before it gets better”. In this section we are going to study the healing progression of plasma upper eyelid tightening. This section is very important because both practitioners and clients undergoing the upper eyelid treatment are scared when they get confronted with the immediate swelling and other natural reactions to the treatment.
As seen above the immediate effect one or two days after the upper eyelid tightening maybe scary but eventually the area heals and the tightening effect will take place. This section hs been written in order to shed a spotlight on the natural healing progression after plasma upper eyelid tightening. This is because the swelling en other normal transient side effects of “fibroblast” and this has been cause for unnecessary concern.
Plasma eyelid tightening is an effective treatment which produces results and like most effective aesthetic treatments, the area will "get worse before it gets better".
In this page we will focus on one of the most important issues in Plasma Upper Eyelid tightening, the healing process and its progression. Surprisingly, this is not a talked about subject anywhere, therefore we decided to focus on this issue because this has been the cause for concern to several clients who underwent this type of aesthetic procedure and were not correctly informed about these reactions to Plasma Upper Eyelid tightening.
The swelling following upper eyelid tightening had been the major cause of concern for those clients who underwent the treatment and it has also been the source of speculation about Plasma Upper Eyelid Tightening treatments in general. As we will see this is a completely normal reaction to this type of aesthetic treatment which has to be expected in all cases.We have grouped this information openly available, so that-any one who performs these types of treatments or undergoes plasma eyelid lift can have a point of reference. In this way not only who performs the treatments for the first time and also those who undergo them are made aware in detail of what to expect. As we will see, the symptoms during the healing process can be dramatic, however they are all transient and they do not require medical attention. They will al subside on their own accord within a few days after the treatment. Please note that we will only focus here on the short-term healing process, the long-term healing progression is not covered here.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE HEALING AFTER UPPER EYELID TIGHTENING AND OTHER PLASMA LOCALISED SKIN TIGHTENING TREATMENTS ELSEWHERE ON THE BODY
- Minor Swelling
- Minor Burning sensation,
- Slight Discomfort
- Major swelling of the upper eyelid the day following the treatment (lasting 24 to 48 hours). The swelling of the lower eyelids (eye-bags) can occur even if the lower eyelids have not undergone any treatment (lasting up to 72 hours).
- Intense burning sensation (lasting 12 to 24 hours).
- Discomfort (lasting 24 to 48 hours).
- Pain (lasting 12 to 24 hours).
- the sensitivity of the particular individual to pain,
- the intensity of the voltaic plasma treatment. The lower the intensity of the treatment the less pain experienced during the day following the treatment. The higher the overall intensity of the treatment the more the pain felt after,
- the use of soothing products immediately after the treatment and during the healing process, including the use of ice packing.
- No ice packing or any soothing products were used.
- The treatment intensity applied was also particularly high.
- The healing occurred without the help of any medication or drugs.
- technique used,
- overall treatment intensity,
- individual reaction to the treatment.
Pictures and videos of the respective procedures.
Here we present the pictures used for this study. You can also watch the procedures where the video was available too.
Leftmost Subject Healing Process.
Here you will see the full healing progress over the period of 10 days. The subject was 66 years of age in 2015 at the time of the upper eyelid tightening procedure shown in the video. Only one eyelid was treated to show the difference between the eyelid treated and the one not treated. You will notice the difference in the after picture between the left and the right eyelid.
Centre Subject Healing Process.
The video below shows the plasma upper and lower eyelid tightening procedure. The pictures will show you the healing progression of over a period of 8 days after Eyelid tightening. The individual was 44 years of age at the time of the procedure.
Right most subject Healing Process.
These pictures show the healing progression after a medium intensity plasma eyelid tightening treatment using the spray mode. The individual was 35 years of age at the time of the specific treatment.
We will explore some of the myths about the healing (following upper plasma upper eyelid tightening) which is likely caused by the general lack of structured and organised information about what normally happens during the healing process. This has led in turn to the myriad of speculation around this simple aesthetic procedure.
Myth number one. Swelling is an adverse reaction to the treatment. It can sometimes occur after plasma eyelid tightening treatments but does not necessarily occur. If swelling occurs something is going wrong.
No. Swelling is a very normal and expected reaction to Voltaic Plasma upper eyelid tightening treatments. It always occurs after plasma eyelid lift treatments and can be minimised to a certain extent but never completely avoided, despite the device used for plasma eyelid tightening. All plasma upper eyelid tightening treatments will inevitably lead to some degree of swelling of the upper eyelid. Swelling is normal and there is nothing to be worried about when it is experienced. Swelling will subside on its own without the need of any treatment at all.
Myth number two. I need to be taking holidays and I have to be out of work for several days after the procedure because of the swelling caused by the Plasma Treatment.
Not true. Most people can return to their normal business activities immediately after this type of aesthetic procedure. It maybe harder to carry out your normal activities only the morning following the treatment, because this is when the swelling peaks. This peak in swelling can sometimes cause trouble opening your eyes fully or open them at all, but this only happens the morning after the treatment. Over the course of the day the swelling will inevitably start to subside and you will be able to open your eyes again by the evening. The second day the swelling of the upper eyelid will almost be gone in most cases.
Due to the possibility of severe swelling the morning following the treatment, it maybe advisable to only take one day off or carry out the treatment before the weekend, so that you can rest when the swelling and the pain are at their peak. Please note that not all swelling maybe major and most people are able to carry out their normal activities even the day following the treatment.
However if the treatment has been carried out at low/medium intensity and the appropriate soothing product is used, then the peak of swelling experienced the morning following the treatment may be bearable and you may carry out any normal activities anyway.
During the healing period your eyes will be swollen to start with and the scabs will develop as the swelling subsides, therefore you will not look at your best, however if you are confident enough you can still carry out most of your normal activities other than being in the sun and expose yourself to dusty environments.
Myth number three. I will not be able to carry out my normal activities due to the "downtime" caused by the swelling.
The "downtime" is very subjective. This depends on the definition the individual assigns to the word "downtime". In most cases people refer to "downtime" (after an aesthetic procedure) as the period of time when it is possible to notice that some form of treatment was carried out. If this is the definition of downtime, then this will last as long as the scabs have not fallen off completely. Once the scabs have fallen off, normally it will be hard to tell any treatment was carried out.
In any case, despite the swelling you can carry out most normal activities right from the day after the treatment. The swelling peaks the morning following the treatment, therefore this is when you may find it harder to perform your usual tasks. Only at times the swelling can be so severe that you will not be able to open your eyes, but this does not happen all the time and the swelling subsides throughout the day. The second day following the treatment the swelling will have subsided dramatically and therefore in any case you should be able to perform most normal activities from the second day onwards.
Myth number four. Swelling after plasma upper eyelid tightening needs to be treated by a doctor.
NO. Swelling does not need to be treated by a doctor and it does no need any specialist treatment at all. The swelling caused by voltaic plasma eyelid lift treatments does not require any medical attention or pharmaceutical treatment because it is an expected reaction to the burn caused by the aesthetic treatment itself and it will subside inevitably on its own accord.
On the contrary, sometimes, the use of inappropriate products and treatments can lead to undesired adverse reactions. Therefore, if in doubt consult your aesthetic practitioner who has seen several of these reactions, leave the area alone and follow the directions provided by your aesthetic practitioner.
What requires medical attention are potential infections, however none have been reported to date.
Do not use any products which are not specifically recommended by your aesthetic practitioner. Medicines are not required and should not be used because they have their contraindications or may lead to adverse reactions.
Myth number five. Because of the swelling only doctors can perform this type of treatment.
Not true. Swelling will subside completely anyway despite the academic qualification of the person who carries out the treatment. Moreover the swelling will subside on its own accord, medical attention is not needed unless the swelling has not subsided the fourth day after the treatment.
Myth number six. Only doctors can safely perform Plasma aesthetic procedures Safely.
This myth was born from the need to sell devices to Doctors. Notoriously most self-employed Medical Doctors refuse to purchase any instrument or device which is also marketed to other aesthetic practitioners in general. Some companies have decided making the same or similar devices in different packaging in order to satisfy both markets (i.e. Doctors and aesthetic practitioners). One manufacturer in particular marketed to doctors only therefore has advertised their electrical plasma device as something that only doctors can use.
In practice to this date, these treatments have been performed safely by several aesthetic practitioners who are not medical doctors. We have examined the legislation and also made enquiries with the authorities on the matter. Up until January 2017 that there is no legislation in Europe which states who can use electrical plasma devices for aesthetic purposes. It is confirmed that as January 2017 no limitation to "doctors only".
Swelling and pain after plasma eyelid tightening are a normal and almost inevitable occurrence. This is because the plasma aesthetic skin tightening treatment causes an intentional superficial skin burn. It is somehow possible to reduce the swelling and the pain from the treatment using medium/mild intensity treatments associated with the use of suitable soothing products and/or ice packing, however due to the very nature of the treatment (an intentional superficial burn) swelling can be minimized or attenuated but never completely avoided.
Throughout our experience and the experience of many other aesthetic practitioners who carry out plasma upper eyelid tightening treatments, far too often phone calls are received from customers concerned by the swelling, pain and discomfort the day following plasma upper eyelid tightening procedures. The confusion and lack of information about the normal reactions during the healing process after plasma eyelid lift have also caused people to take unnecessary medication and use inappropriate products in order to "cure" these normal reactions.
As we now know, the healing progress follows always a specific and predictable pattern which "per se" does not require medical attention or "cure". Swelling discomfort or pain are all too normal and can be minimised but never completely avoided due to the nature of the aesthetic treatment itself.
For this reason this case study focuses on examining in detail pain, discomfort, swelling and the "downtime" throughout the first few days following plasma eyelid tightening. The time period which is of most concern to those who undergo plasma eyelid tightening.