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Plasma

Overview:

The fourth matter, plasma (not gas, liquid or solid), can be delivered through the epidermis into the deeper layers of the skin where collagen production is stimulated. Not harming the surface of the skin, this device can achieve results with minimal and multiple treatments. With high energy setting, results may be seen with one treatment and may apprximate results of fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing without any ablation of the skin's surface.

Expected results:

Treatment of photo damage and sun spots, reduction of fine and intermediate lines, improvement of scars. Treatment is not limited to the face.

Preparation:

Vigorous regimen of daily sunscreens (for all areas to be treated) and nighttime retinoids for several weeks to months (for treatment of face), no alcohol and aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the procedure, vitamin C 1000 mg daily starting 2 weeks prior to the treatment.
Local anesthesia is necessary for high energy Plasma treatments. Low energy treatments do not usually require numbing.

Post treatment instructions:

Rigorous sun avoidance/protection for 3 months. With high energy plasma treatments, refrain from alcohol consumption for 2 weeks after the treatment, avoid aspirin for 10 days, continue vitamin C 1000 mg daily for 3 months. Application of ice once an hour for 2-3 days may provide additional comfort. There is no need for dressings even with high energy treatments as the surface of the skin is unaltered.
Skin care in the immediate postoperative period includes the use of a very gentle non-soap cleanser, petrolatum until skin renewal sets in (3-6 days), oral medication to prevent herpes reactivation or bacterial super infection. Topical retinoids can be resumed when flaking subsides (1-2 weeks after treatment).

Time to desired results:

High energy Plasma: 1-3 treatments about 3-6 months apart. Low energy Plasma: about 6-8 treatments 3 weeks apart.

Duration of desired effects:

Several years (exact duration is unknown at this time)

Contraindications:

Isotretinoin in the past 6-12 months, Recent tan, History of phenol peels, skin types that never burn.

Downtime:

High energy Plasma: Redness and flaking for 7-14 days. Low energy
Plasma: Redness for 1-3 days, flaking for 7-10 days. Note: Brown spots and freckles are accentuated after the treatment until skin has flaked off.


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The entire staff was very kind. Linda made me feel safe throughout the procedure.I also enjoyed the art which was beautifully displayed.

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Appreciated the time the doctor took with me and the fact that she discussed fees in advance of services. Bottom line: excellence in every way.

#22022-03-17

The Dr treated me as a Person, not a commodity. She talked to me so I could understand what needed to be done and what possible courses of actions needed to be taken. I enjoyed the fact that the Dr. took time to listen to me & took action considering my desires as well.

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the doctor was perfect- kind, open and informative

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I liked the staff, the office, decor, music and the overall atmosphere. I felt comfortable. I will definitely recommened this practice in the future.

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Cute babes that worked in the office.

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Everyone was so nice! I've never been to a doctor's office where everyone is so pleasant and the service is so quick! I didn't wait at all! You guys are great!

#72011-10-05 11:53:28

from the minute I walked the reception was wonderful and I saw my doctor very quickly... very little waiting.

#82022-08-09

Both Alana and Dr. Ringfeil listened to all of my concerns. Excellent doctor and office, will highly recommend.

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Dr. Ringpfeil is great. I'm glad that Dr. Haab recommended her.

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I had problems with my insurance. Since you took my insurance information over the phone it might have been nice to know that before I came in so I could have fixed it.

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A little warmer temperature.

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sometimes I feel the phone staff is not as helpful as it could be, but that is not reflected in the quality of services. Front office is very professional overall.

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I was a bit embarressed by not knowing more information regarding my parents history. I believe it would have been better handled if I were asked to please get more info and then let the dr's office know.

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I was dissapointed when my appointment was cancelled because of the snow. I had to wait 6 weeks to get another appointment. I wish that I could have been worked in sooner.

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