Looking for a treatment that turns back the clock and doesn’t cost you major time away from your routine? Meet Opus Plasma skin resurfacing, available at my Washington, DC, dermatology practice. This innovative resurfacing treatment combines two powerful modalities—plasma and radiofrequency (RF) energy—to heal the skin both on the surface and deeper within.
If you’re curious about how the treatment works and what to expect, you’ve come to the right place. Read on for answers to all your questions about all things Opus Plasma.
How Does Opus Plasma Work?
Did you know we lose 1% of our collagen production every year after we turn 20? It’s one of the biggest reasons we develop wrinkles, uneven skin texture, and other signs of aging (Scientific American). Opus Plasma reinvigorates our natural collagen production to reverse this loss and rejuvenate our skin from the inside out.
Opus Plasma uses fractionated plasma energy to deliver effects similar to a deep resurfacing treatment without the downtime. As your provider holds the device above your skin, the unipolar RF energy emitted from its metal pins reacts with the air and generates plasma. This plasma creates tiny channels (or “microinjuries”) in your skin to stimulate new collagen and elastin production.
Because the plasma energy is fractional, it only treats a fraction of an area at a time, leaving the surrounding skin intact for even faster healing. The result: smoother, more elastic, and younger-looking skin, without the longer recovery of other skin resurfacing treatments.
What Does Opus Plasma Treat?
Opus Plasma is popular for everything from skin tightening to acne scar treatments, including:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Lax skin
- Crow’s feet
- Pigmentation and dark spots
- Dull skin
- Acne scars
- Scars from trauma or surgery
- Stretch marks
- Large pores
- Uneven texture
It is customizable and can be precisely adjusted to suit a wide range of concerns on the face, neck, chest, and body.
You can learn more about other popular treatments that may be right for you in this blog post.
How Is Opus Plasma Different From Other Skin Resurfacing Treatments?
What sets Opus Plasma apart from other skin resurfacing and plasma fibroblasting treatments is the combination of plasma and RF energy.
RF reaches deeper into the skin, heating the underlying layers of the dermis to boost collagen production and tighten skin. At the same time, the plasma treats more superficial layers of the skin, minimizing damage and the resulting downtime.
This combination also makes Opus Plasma highly versatile and effective for both delicate areas (such as the eyelids) and larger concerns (such as stretch marks on the abdomen).
Is Opus Plasma Safe for All Skin Types?
Yes, it is safe for all skin types, even dark skin. Some skin resurfacing treatments carry a risk of hypo or hyperpigmentation for deeper skin tones, but Opus Plasma has been cleared for Fitzpatrick types I through V.
Are Opus Plasma Treatments Painful?
Treatments aren’t typically painful with proper numbing. Your provider will apply a topical numbing cream and allow it to take effect for 20 to 30 minutes before starting your session. With this numbing, most people find they only feel some warmth during the treatment.
Treatments are also quick, taking only 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treated area.
What Is Opus Plasma Recovery Like?
You can expect some redness and swelling for 2 to 3 days, after which time most people can return to their normal activities and cover any residual redness with makeup. Your skin will be especially sensitive to UV rays, so you will need to avoid direct sun exposure and make sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen for the next 2 weeks.
How Many Opus Plasma Treatments Will I Need?
Many people start to see improvements in their skin after their first treatment, especially as collagen production continues over the following weeks. However, you will most likely need about 3 treatments spaced a month apart to see your best results.
How Much Does Opus Plasma Cost?
The cost of Opus Plasma at our Washington, DC, dermatology practice varies depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of treatments needed. During your initial consultation, we will discuss your recommended treatment plan and provide a cost estimate to help you plan accordingly.
What Other Skin Rejuvenation Options Should I Know About?
I’m happy to offer a very wide range of today’s best treatments for virtually any concern. If you are interested in Opus Plasma, you may also be a candidate for:
- Fraxel®: This fractional laser treatment also rejuvenates the skin with minimal downtime.
- Genius® RF Microneedling: This treatment combines the collagen induction therapy of microneedling with RF energy for deep dermal healing.
- LaseMD Ultra®: This nonablative fractional laser generates smoother, clearer, more youthful complexions for all skin types.
If you would like to learn more about whether Opus Plasma is right for you, please request a consultation online or call (202) 393-7546. Our Washington, DC, dermatology practice welcomes people interested in Opus Plasma from Chevy Chase, Bethesda, and throughout the metropolitan DC area.