What is iGenesis Renuvion Cosmetic Technology?
Cool helium plasma is an advanced energy generating system combining the unique properties of cold helium plasma with RF energy. This helium plasma focuses RF energy for greater control of tissue effect, enabling an elevated level of precision and virtually eliminating unintended adjacent thermal tissue trauma. The generation of plasma occurs when helium gas is ionized thus creating free energy. Because the amount of helium ionized is low the plasma energies are low and as such are considered “cold” in contrast to highly ionized plasmas which are “hot”.
iGenesis Renuvion reflects the ionization process of plasma combined with the rejuvenative properties of the plasma whether it is used for treatment on the skin’s surface (skin resurfacing) or underneath the skin (facial or body contouring/skin tightening/cellulite reduction.) The thermal effects of rejuvenating skin or soft tissue are obtained by the plasma effects on collagen and soft tissue including the fibrous septal network (FSN). It has beneficial effects on all tissue where collagen tightening is beneficial. The following descriptions include the current use of iGenesis Renuvion powered by plasma at Gentile Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Laser Center. Gentile Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Center is the first practice in Ohio and the Midwest to offer Cool Helium Plasma skin resurfacing and the iGenesis Renuvion protocols.
Plasma Minimally Invasive Face & Neck Lifting
Long an advocate for more technology based and non-excisional approaches for facial rejuvenation, Dr. Gentile introduced the current trend toward non-excisional techniques with his SmartLifting approach to facial and body procedures in 2008 and has successfully performed thousands of non-excisional procedures for face & neck rejuvenation. He introduced and published the Laser Neck Lift utilizing the Precision TX laser and then advocated the use of ThermiAesthetics technology and the Thermitight procedures for face, neck and body. The development of the iGenesis Renuvion protocol follows this technological evolution and the thermal characteristics of plasma make it an ideal technology for performing surgery under the skin. The advancement that makes the iGenesis LIFT possible is an ionized stream of helium gas that creates a very precise ionized energy beam that is temperature limited by the unionized helium gas passing in tandem with the ionized gas. The use of this energy stream on the undersurface of the skin creates a tightening effect on the skin structures and fibrous septal network (FSN) that appears to be greater than any other device we have previously used. plasma energy is more controlled, more precise, and “cooler” in temperature than traditional energy devices so that the application of the beam on the undersurface of the skin is safe and does not damage the skin the way other energy devices can do in the absence of temperature monitoring. The high but contained energy delivered creates an immediate tightening effect through contraction and subsequent neocollagenesis with expected controlled protein coagulation that maintains its new position and shape, with MINIMAL down time. In addition to collagen tightening and neocollagenesis plasma reaches temperatures that enable lipolysis to proceed and as such is a great device for submental fat (double chin) and recontouring heavy jowls.
Plasma Minimally Invasive 3-D LipoContouring with Tummy Tightening
Similar to the use of Cool Helium Plasma in the neck, iGenesis Renuvion of stretched abdominal skin with or without excessive abdominal fat or muscle weakness can create significant contouring improvement and overall tightening of the tummy as well. In patients with excessive fat the iGenesis Renuvion technique enables even older women to have 3-D lipostructuring due to the powerful skin tightening capabilities of iGenesis Renuvion powered by plasma. Those women who do not have fat or excessive laxity of their abdominal muscles may still have some loose skin that accumulates as they age. iGenesis Renuvion of the abdomen utilizes small incisions and can be used to treat the undersurface of the skin with cool helium plasma stream, providing a tightening never before attainable! The cool plasma stream also affects the fat layers and deeper fascial structures which helps in its 3-D rejuvenation capabilities. Whereas tummy tucks or mini tummy tucks were necessary to deal with simple skin laxity, Cool Helium Plasma iGenesis Renuvion now allows Dr. Gentile to tighten lax or protruding tummys without long incisions and scars. The protocol for iGenesis Renuvion following 3-D lipocontouring procedures is the same for all body sites and can be very useful for male gynecomastia as well as all site of trunk and extremities.
Plasma Minimally Invasive Arm & Leg Skin Tightening /3-D LipoContouring
Wrinkled skin in the arms whether accompanied by excessive fatty tissue can also benefit from iGenesis Renuvion. Tightening of the arm skin has long been an issue requiring prominent scars from skin excision and many patients find the long scars unacceptable from a cosmetic point of view Dr. Gentile has spent years hearing from patients with moderate skin laxity and fatty deposit of the arm that the incision and scarring resulting from traditional arm lifts were just not worth it to them. Now, using iGenesis Renuvion, we can use small incisions to tighten the skin of the upper arm without long, ugly incisions and associated scarring. The protocol for arm tightening includes 3-D lipocontouring when necessary and helps correct large bulky arms which make fitting into clothing difficult for some patients. The same approach is helpful in reducing the size of inner and outer thighs and for wrinkled skin above the knee caps. We have seen the best skin tightening after 3-D lipocontouring achieved with iGenesis Renuvion powered by plasma.
Plasma Cellulite Reduction
The term cellulite refers to the dimpled appearance of the skin that some people have on their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Cellulite is much more common in women than in men because of differences in the way fat, muscle, and connective tissue are distributed in men’s and women’s skin. The lumpiness of cellulite is caused by fat deposits that push and distort the connective tissues beneath skin, leading to the characteristic changes in appearance of the skin. Cellulite has been medically referred to as edematous fibrosclerotic panniculopathy (EFP). Little is known about what causes cellulite. It involves fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to the underlying muscle, with the fat lying between. As fat cells accumulate, they push up against the skin, while the long, tough cords pull down. This creates an uneven surface or dimpling.
No single treatment for cellulite is entirely effective. Current medical therapy uses lasers and radiofrequency systems. One system combines tissue massage, radiofrequency technology and infrared light to treat cellulite. Another system delivers combined tissue massage with diode laser energy. A third system uses radiofrequency at deep and superficial levels simultaneously to treat cellulite. At Gentile Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Laser Center we have used all subcutaneous devices including Cellulaze and ThermiTight as well as those that combine suction with radiofrequency energy.
The other current devices that treat cellulite all have several treatment paradigms in common. The use of a device or energy to transect the fibrous connective cords that tether the skin to underlying muscle and the use of energy to tighten lax skin often associated with the cellulite condition. iGenesis CelluLYSE has several unique characteristics that make it an outstanding device for treating cellulite. First the plasma device has a retractable blade that can be used to cut the fibrous bands. The cutting of the bands is facilitated by the pocket of helium gas that helps to distend the bands that are to be lysed. When you combine the superior band lysing capabilities with its superior skin tightening ability and superior safety characteristics we expect the Plasma device to restructure options for cellulite treatment and it is already our treatment of choice for moderate to severe cellulite.
Plasma Skin Rejuvenation
Dr. Gentile has long been an advocate of Skin Rejuvenation being a large component of looking your best. In 1990 he studied advanced chemical peeling with Dr. Zein Obagi and continues a friendship with Dr. Obagi that includes sometime presenting concurrently at national and international meetings. In 1994, Dr. Gentile became one of the first in Ohio and the Midwest to perform fully ablative laser skin rejuvenation and has performed thousands of them in his 30-year career. He has the most advanced private laser center in Plastic Surgery in Ohio with over 25 energy based devices. Dr. Gentile first performed Plasma skin resurfacing more than 10 years ago. The plasma devices have always produced some of the most outstanding results, unfortunately the companies manufacturing these devices did not turn out to have longevity. So, Dr. Gentile is excited to have a new plasma device to offer his patients and is excited that the technology has improved in that the plasma creates a treatment with quicker recovery characteristics than previous plasma energy devices. That is because this is the first energy device that works via cool helium plasma.
iGenesis Skin Rejuvenation powered by plasma is truly a game changer when it comes to skin resurfacing. Reversing the signs of aging and sun damage, iGenesis Skin Rejuvenation powered by plasma utilizes advanced energy technology by combining the unique properties of helium plasma excited with radiofrequency energy. The treatment of the outer skin with the Cool Helium Plasma stream heats precisely without any damage to adjacent tissue. This removes the outer layer of skin without more favorable thermal characteristics and without substantial heating the underlying tissue to the same extent as other energy based ablative devices. So iGenesis Renuvion restricts concurrent heating of the skin yet permits enough energy to stimulate collagen contraction and neocollagensis. Wrinkles and lines can be made to virtually disappear thanks to the unique effects of iGenesis Skin Rejuvenation.
Gentile Facial Plastic & Aesthetic Center is the first practice in Ohio and the Midwest to offer Cool Helium Plasma skin resurfacing and the iGenesis Renuvion protocols. Because of the amazing precision, Cool Plasma Skin Resurfacing can be individualized to achieve each patient’s needs and achieve truly extraordinary results. iGenesis Skin Rejuvenation powered by plasma is an outstanding option for significant skin rejuvenation and facilitates the following improvements:
- Tightens skin
- Repairs sun damage
- Improves jowls
- Eliminates wrink
- Improves skin tone
- Reduces dyspigmentation