What Is Plasma Skin Tightening and How Does It Work?

What is plasma skin tightening?

Plasma is a new technology we are seeing being used within the aesthetics market to tighten the skin as an aftereffect of controlled trauma. Controlled trauma is used often within the aesthetics world to force the healing process of the skin into action. We will see great benefits of this wound healing process on the skin including fresh new cells, skin rejuvenation, boost in collagen and elastin production and more. The plasma pen technology ‘blanches’ the surface of the skin to create controlled trauma, the skin reacts with this wound healing response, creating a tightening effect. Of course, the severity of the results does differ from client to client but generally, we see a good improvement in all clients.

Plasma pens

Plasma pens can be purchased from many different companies and also from not so reliable companies. You can actually purchase a plasma pen for, believe it or not, 10 pounds! Unfortunately, these machines are not CE approved and can only be turned on and off.  There are no settings with regards to strength, level and/or power. The plasma pen used on our courses at Eclipse school of beauty is sold for 1,200 individually. A full kit including machine is included within the course fees. This state of the art pen includes manual and automatic settings.

Levels 1-3 and also the ability to adjust the Hertz from 50hz to 500hz. This is important when choosing the setting depending on the area being treated. During our course, we will go through, in detail, how to choose which settings. As we know, the difference in the skin from the face to the body, for example, can differ quite a lot and it is important for the therapist to understand this to be able to achieve optimum results.

Areas that can be treated:

  • Forehead lines
  • Frown lines
  • Crows feet
  • Upper eyelids
  • Lower eyelids
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Smokers lines
  • Jowls
  • Marionette lines
  • Full neck
  • Décolleté
  • Tricep skin
  • Mummy tummy
  • Knees
  • Skin tags
  • Moles

What are those brown dots on clients?

This is the most frequent question I get asked from clients and students. Everyone is concerned about the brown dots clients are left with following the plasma skin tightening treatment. When the skin is blanched, these is then a ‘crust’ formed on the surface of the skin. As this heals over the first 24 hours, the crust will darken, leaving a brown or black scab on each dot that the therapist has strategically created. these ‘dots’ generally last 4-5 days but can last up to 2 weeks in very rare cases. During this time it is extremely important that the client does not pick the scabs as this could cause scarring.


The aftercare following a plasma treatment is very important as if not followed correctly, could impact the results of the treatment. Firstly, we must make sure that the area treated is left dry and exposed. Like any scab, it needs to dry out and heal as quickly as possible. Any moisture around the treated area could prolong the healing process. The area needs to be kept clean and dry and means necessary and not be submerged in water i.e. a shower or bath. No products to be used on the area, including creams and soaps. Bio oil can used once the scabs have all gone and once all of the scabs have gone, the client can return to their normal routine.

Bridging the gap between creams and surgery:

Plasma has been the most innovative treatment to bridge the gap between standard anti ageing creams and full on cosmetic surgery. While surgery can also be extremely expensive, a standard plasma treatment for the upper eyelids would be around 350 pounds. Most clients I see have considered surgery but are mainly put off by the cost and healing time.

There is only so much that can achieved through high street creams so clients are naturally looking for a more effective treatment for loose, sagging skin. I have seen most of my clients have one area of their face treated with the plasma skin tightening treatment and have been so pleased that they have returned for 2 or 3 more areas. Some areas may need to be treated more than once but overall, clients achieve a great result and are then hooked to have multiple areas treated. I would 100% recommend anyone to add this treatment to their menu as I have seen a huge number of clients return for multiple areas and be extremely happy with the overall results.