What is Renuvion?
Renuvion is a medical device that combines helium plasma and a proprietary radiofrequency (RF) energy to tighten skin. This non-surgical option is less invasive an offers a quicker recovery time than traditional skin tightening treatments such as facelifts, body lifts and arm lifts. Dr. Weiner uses Renuvion in a variety of procedures to stimulate tissue contraction by carefully heating connective tissues directly beneath the skin.1,2
Who is an ideal candidate for Renuvion?
The best candidates for these skin tightening treatments with Renuvion have mild to moderate sagging in the areas they seek to treat. At The Art of Plastic Surgery, we’ve had excellent success for sagging of the cheeks, jowls, and neck, in particular.
Good candidates still need to have good elasticity in their skin, however. That’s because the helium/RF plasma energy will trigger a contraction that can only occur if the skin is still somewhat elastic. For those with more severe skin sagging, surgical excision (such as a facelift, thigh lift, or arm lift) would still be a better option.
Candidates for Renuvion at Dr. Wiener’s practice want skin tightening and rejuvenation, but they’re not interested in surgical procedures to do so. We’re excited about the possibilities of this new technology.
Where can Renuvion be used to tighten the skin?
Because the helium provides unique, effective cooling, Renuvion can be used virtually anywhere on the body. These are areas Dr. Wiener has been using this brand-new treatment for our patients:
- Upper arms
- Lower face
How does Renuvion work?
Renuvion delivers even, controlled energy with exceptional precision. Helium plasma and RF energy are emitted simultaneously through a slender hand-held wand to provide an even application just below the skin’s surface. This technique provides a dramatic yet gentle effect on tissue.1,2,3 The treatment results in a contraction of the soft tissue that doctors often report is noticeable immediately after the procedure. The results will continue to improve over the next 6-9 months as the body goes through the healing process.2,3,4,5
What are the benefits of Renuvion?
Renuvion offers a long-awaited alternative to more invasive cosmetic surgical procedures. Ideal for patients who don’t want or are not candidates for excisional surgery, doctors use Renuvion to provide dramatic results with lower inherent risks and recovery time than more-invasive surgery. 5
How long has Renuvion been in use by medical professionals?
The Renuvion technology started development over 20 years ago under the J-Plasma brand. This technology has been adopted in a wide variety of surgical applications due to its demonstrated ability to safely and effectively direct energy towards a targeted area while minimizing thermal spread to adjacent tissues. In recent years, cosmetic specialists including plastic surgeons, facial plastic surgeons and physicians have found new applications of Renuvion through its unique capacity to provide controlled heat to tissue. Many of these experts are calling it one of the most exciting advancements they’ve seen in the last 20 years.5
What can I expect during the Renuvion procedure?
During a Renuvion treatment, a thin wand is inserted at small entry points at the target area (similar to liposuction) and the energy is applied underneath the skin.
The anesthesia required is at the discretion of the practitioner. Your doctor may perform the procedure with a local anesthetic while you are awake, or he or she may opt for you to be asleep.
If you have any further questions, please call/email to schedule a consultation. We can give you more details about how it works, what to expect, and what other patients have experienced.
Is there any preparation necessary for a Renuvion treatment?
There isn’t anything you need to do to prepare for your Renuvion treatment.
Is there downtime after a Renuvion treatment?
Skin will be red, and patients will have some minor swelling after these treatments. There can also be slight bruising at the insertion sites of the Renuvion wand. These issues usually resolve in 5-7 days. For most patients, however, they look fine to go out in just 2-3 days. Any discomfort is easily manageable with over-the-counter pain medication. Downtime is minimal, and these are easy treatments to tolerate.
Are there any aftercare instructions after a Renuvion treatment?
The energy applied through the combination of helium plasma and radiofrequency energy is applied directly into the dermis layer of the skin beneath the epidermis. The skin tightening and collagen increase all occur from the dermis working upward to the outer skin as the results build. Because of that, there aren’t any specific things you need to do for your skin following a Renuvion treatment.
Dr. Wiener is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has seen plenty of sun damaged skin. He’s a big proponent of protecting your skin from the sun with a good sunscreen of 30+ SPF and of using good quality skincare products in a daily skincare regimen. This will help you enhance and maintain your results from your Renuvion treatment.
Is anesthesia used for Renuvion treatments?
Anesthesia is used so that the tiny incisions made by Dr. Wiener and the insertion of the thin Renuvion wand to deliver the helium plasma and RF energy under the skin are painless. In most cases, this is a combination of local anesthesia and sedation. For some locations, general anesthesia may be used.
How soon after my Renuvion procedure can I drive?
There are no constraints on driving. It’s based on how you feel. Of course, if you’ve received general anesthesia, you cannot drive for 24 hours afterwards. Otherwise, it depends on how you feel. You will have some light swelling and bruising at the insertion points. There will be some mild discomfort, but that can be managed easily with over-the-counter pain medication. After a day or two at most you can probably expect to feel fine to drive.
What are the risks associated with a Renuvion procedure?
Risks associated with the use of Renuvion may include: unintended burns (deep or superficial), scars, temporary or permanent nerve injury, pain, discomfort, gas buildup resulting in temporary and transient crepitus or pain, infection, hematoma, seroma; asymmetry and/or unacceptable cosmetic result. There may be additional risks associated with the use of other devices along with Renuvion and there may be an increased risk for patients who have undergone prior surgical or aesthetic procedures in the treatment area. As with any procedure, individual results may vary.
The Renuvion system is intended to be used for the delivery of radiofrequency energy and/or a helium gas plasma for electrosurgical cutting, coagulation and ablation of soft tissue during open surgical procedures. The system is cleared for general use and not for any specific indication or anatomical location.
As with all energy devices there are inherent risks associated with its use, refer to the IFU for further information.
1. Apyx Study RP- 18070501.
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4. Orringer JS, Kang S, Johnson TM, et. al. Connective tissue remodeling induced by carbon dioxide laser resurfacing of photodamaged human skin. Arch Dermatol 2004;140(11):1326-1332.
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