Soft surgery (plasma) otherwise known as Plexr or more recently Felc is a revolutionary, safe and non-surgical way of reducing loose or excess skin, and is often used for effectively treating heavy, or hooded eyelids. Traditionally this has been treated through a blepharoplasty operation, a surgical treatment carried out under local or general anaesthetic. Felc is an innovative treatment that uses plasma energy.
There are 4 states of matter, solid, liquid and gas. When gas is ionized it forms plasma the 4th state of matter. Plasma is a very intense form of energy, it creates a spark like a bolt of lightning. The Felc tool, ionizes surrounding gas, creating plasma – a very precise high energy spark, which we use to burn away unwanted tissue, such as excess eyelid skin and moles, or even loose skin on the neck. The treated tissues undergo sublimation (transition from solid to gas).
At a Glance
30-60 minutes depending on area treated.
How Long Before You See Results
Some lifting is seen immediately but the final result is seen at about 3 months.
Multiple small dots are created in the area treated, over the next day or two these form carbon crusts or scabs. The scabs drop off between day 4 and day 7. It is common to get some swelling around the treated area for a couple of days. Once the scabs have dropped off, the skin underneath will be pink and new, and may take several weeks to return to normal.
Number of Treatments
Two to three treatments are required to get results equivalent to surgical blepharoplasty.
Duration of Results
There is permanent reduction of excess skin, afterwards we are just left with the natural aging process.
Clients will be offered painkillers before the process as well as having a strong anaesthetic cream.
Price varies depending on extent of treatment required.
It is important to keep the scabs dry and to apply SPF regularly until the skin returns to a normal colour.
Lorraine made me feel very comfortable with having my treatment as I was quite nervous. She went through everything very thoroughly before, during and after.
Great clinic in a lovely environment. Lorraine my consultant was very informative and made me feel at ease. I will be returning for treatment next week. Highly recommended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it painful?
It is not a pleasant treatment, the high energy sparks feel hot. The treatment is tolerable with strong anaesthetic cream. The downtime afterwards is also challenging, as you can be very swollen and scabby. You do need to allow a good week of hiding away, or wearing large dark sunglasses.
Am I suitable?
In some cases, you may have too much excess skin, and the doctor may recommend that you consider surgery. We would not want to treat you if you were pregnant.
How often can I have a treatment?
It is important to fully heal between each treatment session, ideally it is best to allow 2 months. The skin should no longer be red or pink.
Are there any risks?
The biggest concern is pigmentation. When the scabs have dropped off, the skin underneath is pink baby new skin. This is more delicate and will be more sensitive to light. It is essential to wear SPF 30+ for 3 months after the procedure, whatever time of year. You must not pick the scabs which can also risk pigmentation.