Updated: Sep 4
If you have signs of aging, you’ve probably heard of numerous cosmetic treatments that can address your various concerns. With so many options, it can be challenging to determine the best procedure for your specific needs.
The short answer is that the Plasma Pen by Louise Walsh device can provide more dramatic results, but whether or not it is a better treatment choice for you will depend on the extent of your cosmetic concerns as well as other factors your provider can evaluate. In some cases, patients can benefit from undergoing both treatments.
Read on to learn more about Plasma Pen vs. Microneedling and which one might be best for you.
WHAT’S COVERED IN THIS ARTICLE?
How They Work: Similarly The Technology/Methodology They Use: Different What They Treat: Similar The Extent of Their Results: Different Treatment Times: Similar Number of Treatments Recommended: Different Downtime: Different
Combining Plasma Pen and Microneedling Treatments
HOW THEY WORK: SIMILARLY
BOTH PLASMA PEN AND RF MICRONEEDLING STIMULATE WOUND HEALING FOR SKIN RENEWAL
The plasma pen and microneedling work in similar ways by creating mico-injuries in the skin that stimulate wound healing. This process creates new collagen a
nd elastin in the skin, which results in firmer, smoother skin with fewer wrinkles and less sagging. The surface of the skin is also renewed, improving your overall complexion.
As non-surgical treatments, neither one requires incisions nor results in scars.
THE TECHNOLOGY/METHODOLOGY THEY USE: DIFFERENT
PLASMA PEN TECHNOLOGY
The plasma pen offers a revolutionary skin resurfacing treatment that’s different from resurfacing treatments we’ve seen before. It targets the skin’s cellular level without physically penetrating or even touching the skin’s surface. Using low-frequency (LF) energy, converts oxygen and nitrogen from the air into plasma (an ionized gas), which is then delivered into the deep layers of skin through tiny channels (micro-injuries).
This process promotes the production of new collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid in the skin while tightening the connective tissues for smoother, more even skin.
Microneedling involves ultra-fine needles that create controlled punctures in the skin. These medical-grade needles enter the skin and produce micro-injuries that promote the body to send nutrients to the skin and stimulate collagen and elastin p
WHAT THEY TREAT: SIMILAR
Microneedling and Plasma Pen can both treat the following concerns:
Dark spots (age spots/sunspots)
Scarring (acne scars, injury scars, etc.)
Rough skin texture
Can be done on any part of the body
Plasma Pen by Louise Walsh can also address mild to moderate skin laxity, including:
Upper eyelid hooding
Loose skin along the jawline (jowls)
Lines on the neck
THE EXTENT OF THEIR RESULTS: DIFFERENT
PLASMA PEN HAS LIMITATIONS
Plasma pen resurfacing targets the deep layers of skin for more dramatic skin tightening and restructuring in just one session. Unfortunately however, Plasma Pen can only be done on lighter toned skin types. (Fitzpatricks 1-4)
TREATMENT TIMES: SIMILAR
Plasma Pen and Potenza Microneedling are quick and effective treatments that won’t take up your whole day. Either treatment can generally be completed in less than an hour once numb. Smaller areas can be done in 20 to 30 minutes.
NUMBER OF TREATMENTS RECOMMENDED:
DIFFERENT ONE OR A FEW INITIAL PLASMA PEN TREATMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED
Just a single plasma pen treatment can achieve dramatic skin rejuvenating results. However, those with advanced signs of aging may consider two or three subsequent treatments if their desired results aren’t achieved after one session.
PLASMA PEN MAINTENANCE TREATMENTS
You can choose to undergo regular plasma pen resurfacing treatments every three to four years to maintain your results.
AN INITIAL SERIES OF POTENZA RF MICRONEEDLING SESSIONS IS RECOMMENDED
An initial series of 2-3 Potenza RF Microneedling treatments is recommended (spaced out 30 days apart), to achieve optimal results, as more dramatic results can be seen after each session. Potenza RF Microneedling can be done on ANY SKIN TYPE, any time of year.
MICRONEEDLING MAINTENANCE TREATMENTS
Many patients choose to get Potenza Microneedling with Radiofrequency treatments done 1-2 times per year to maintain their youthful appearance. Each Potenza treatment is as powerful as 3 Microneedling SkinPen treatments!
Maintenance Microneedling SkinPen treatment is commonly done 2-3 times per year.
MODEST DOWNTIME NEEDED AFTER PLASMA PEN RESURFACING
Patients usually take three to seven days off from work and social activities while healing from Plasma Pen treatment. To avoid creating additional inflammation in the first week, we advise against engaging in activities that can cause you to overheat or sweat for 1 week.
After plasma pen treatment, your skin will likely be red and feel warm, similar to a sunburn. Small dots will be visible on your skin after treatment and last for a couple of days, after which small scabs will form and fall off within 5 to 14 days depending on anatomical location.
MINIMAL DOWNTIME NEEDED AFTER MICRONEEDLING
OR MICRONEEDLING WITH RF
Because microneedling treatments are less intense on the top layers of the skin than Plasma Pen treatment, minimal downtime is needed most can resume their usual activities without any restrictions after 24-48 hours.
CAN I COMBINE PLASMA PEN AND MICRONEEDLING TREATMENTS?
Yes! For those with extensive aging concerns, Plasma Pen can be combined with microneedling pen and microneedling with RF treatments.
FIND OUT IF PLASMA PEN OR POTENZA RF MICRONEEDLING IS BEST FOR YOU
To determine whether Plasma Pen resurfacing, Microneedling Pen or Potenza RF Microneedling or a combination of treatments is right for you, it’s best to meet with a qualified experienced aesthetic provider like Tennille at Glow Skin Science. Tennille will evaluate the condition of your skin and listen to your goals to help you choose a treatment that will achieve the best results.
We look forward to helping you achieve beautiful, youthful skin you can be proud to show off. To schedule your personalized consultation, call or text us at 425-879-2660 today!