Harvey L. Handler, M.D., F.A.A.D.

Adult, Pediatric, & Cosmetic Dermatology

Diseases & Surgery of the Skin, Hair and Nails, & Laser Surgery

Board Certified Dermatologist in Sylvania, Ohio

Services - Plasma Skin Regeneration (Rhytec)

What is it and what does it do?

This procedure utilizes radiofrequency waves passing through nitrogen gas to produce a "plasma" that heats and tightens damaged collagen under the top layer (epidermis) of your skin. This heating also causes the laying down of newer collagen with resultant reduction of wrinkles and "age spots" due to sun damage.

What areas can be treated?

Almost anywhere on the body can be safely treated with this procedure. However, the most common areas are the face, upper chest, upper back, forearms, and tops of the hands. It is especially useful for the rhytids (deep lines around the mouth where lipstick runs) and around the eyes.

How long does it last?

One or two treatments produce results that last 2-3 years.

Is there discomfort involved?

A topical anaesthetic cream is applied prior to the procedure that minimizes any discomfort to the patient.

Is there any "downtime" involved?

There is a small amount of downtime of approximately 3 days following the procedure consisting of erythema (redness) and peeling.

Tips To Remember

Always question the expertise and qualifications of the individual performing the procedure and past experience with other patients. This procedure is performed entirely by Dr. Handler.