Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery | Dr. Maria Lombardo | Rancho Mirage, CA

Renuvion Skin Tightening
Rancho Mirage, CA

Renuvion Skin Tightening | Palm Springs, CAThe aesthetic world is constantly looking for skin tightening approaches that don’t involve surgery. The latest innovation is the use of “helium plasma” energy under the skin. We are very excited to be one of the first practices in the nation to offer the new Renuvion™ skin tightening device at Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery.

Skin laxity, or looseness, has always been one of our patient’s biggest complaints. Surgical removal of excess skin has been the most effective way to treat skin laxity, but this can leave scars in unwanted locations. Through the years, there have been several “energy based” (like lasers) or other types of treatments that have claimed to treat loose skin, but the results from these treatments are typically minimal or simply don’t last. Call (760) 610-8990 today to reach our Rancho Mirage office and learn more about Renuvion™ skin tightening!

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What Is Renuvion™ (J Plasma)?

Also known as J-Plasma or J-Plasty, Renuvion™ is a new cosmetic technology that combines Helium Plasma with Radio Frequency energy and has the unique ability to provide controlled heat to deliver distinct tissue contraction that achieves real skin tightening.  This J Plasma is delivered under the skin through a tiny entry incision that doesn’t require sutures to close. The energy delivered by Renuvion contracts the tissues under the skin, providing impressive skin tightening across the treatment areas. It also triggers new collagen production, thanks to the delivery of heat energy under the skin. After Renuvion™ treatment, which is minimally invasive and similar to liposuction, skin tightening is noticeable immediately and continues to improve over time.

What areas can be treated With Renuvion?

Because the helium provides unique, effective cooling, Renuvion can be used virtually anywhere on the body. Necks and upper arms are the most asked for… but loose skin around the belly or hips/back, inner thighs and knees can be treated too! These are areas Dr. Lombardo has been using this brand-new treatment for our patients:

  • Upper arms
  • Abdomen
  • Flanks
  • Buttocks
  • Thighs
  • Lower face
  • Neck
  • Knees

Who Is A Good Candidate For Renuvion Skin Tightening?

Renuvion™ Skin Tightening Rancho Mirage | Dr. Maria LombardoThe best candidates for these skin tightening treatments with Renuvion have mild to moderate sagging in the areas they seek to treat. 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, neck lift, or arm lift) would still be a better option.

Candidates for Renuvion at our Rancho Mirage 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.

How Does Renuvion J Plasma Work?

The key to Renuvion is the combination of helium gas and radiofrequency energy. When delivered under the skin, the RF energy causes the helium electrons to become excited. This creates a plasma beam that has unique qualities. When the beam comes into contact with the undersurface of the skin it causes a contraction and tightening that are unmatched by other current technologies such as ultrasound, RF in isolation, or laser energy. Collagen, the protein that decreases with age and thus leads to sagging skin and wrinkles, reacts very predictably to the application of heat – it shrinks! Renuvion™ allows quick heating and quick cooling back to normal temperatures. This rapid burst, occurring in less than 0.75 seconds, minimizes the possibility of too much heat and therefore damage to tissue nearby. The J Plasma heats the undersurface, but at the same time, the helium is much cooler than laser energy, making Renuvion a much safer alternative for skin tightening.

The Renuvion Skin Tightening Procedure

The procedure is considered minimally invasive because the device is inserted under the skin through small incisions – this is very similar to the small incisions used to perform liposuction. Helium on its own is inert and non-reactive. But when it is ionized with radiofrequency energy it becomes very reactive, a state is known as plasma. To get this energy where it can do some good, Dr. Lombardo makes a series of small entry incisions in the treatment area. Depending on the patient and on the area being treated local anesthesia or sedation can be used.

She then moves the Renuvion handpiece, with its thin rod-like end into the incision. Once she has the Renuvion device in place, she activates it. A stream of J Plasma energy mixing helium with radiofrequency energy is then released under the skin. This energy generates enough heat to contract the skin while, at the same time, the excess helium gas cools the treatment area. This combination of energy contracts the tissues just under the skin, which creates skin tightening across the surface skin. In addition to immediate tightening, the heat released in the dermis layer of the skin triggers the typical wound healing mechanism you’ve heard about in other procedures. This creates an increase in collagen production that further supports and thickens the skin for months.

Often, removal of fat via liposuction is used simultaneously to give a better contour of the treated area.

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What are the benefits of Renuvion J Plasma?

For patients who don’t like the way their skin is sagging and losing some of its firmness, but aren’t ready for a surgical procedure, Renuvion can be a great option. This innovative treatment causes extensive skin tightening that endures. Plus, access to deliver the helium/RF plasma requires only tiny incisions that heal without sutures, requiring just Steri-Strips to close.

These are minimally invasive treatments that provide impressive skin tightening and rejuvenation.

Is There Downtime After A Renuvion Skin Tightening Treatment?

The skin will be red, and patients will have some minor swelling after these treatments. There can also be slight bruising. 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.


Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Lombardo is the best. She has a unique combination of expert surgical skill and artistic ability — she actually studied art as well as medicine — which results in outstanding outcomes. I could not have been more pleased.”

– David Minear

“Dr. Lombardo truly is an artist. She is an expert at making you look better without making you look like you’ve had “work done”. I have referred many of my friends to her and they are always happy with their results.”

– C.C. Boyce


Are There Side Effects With Renuvion J Plasma?

Close up detail of female hands measuring upper thigh with mesure band. Isolated on white background.The main side effects are redness, potential bruising, and swelling across the treatment areas. Because the helium J Plasma energy is delivered subdermally, there isn’t any harm to the surface skin. Dr. Lombardo will discuss possible side effects during your consultation.

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We are thrilled to already be using the new device and seeing great result with our patients! If you are interested in finding out if this great new advance in cosmetic technology could be right for you, please call and arrange a complimentary consultation with Dr. Maria Lombardo today. Dial (760) 610-8990 today or fill out the form on our contact page. Our practice serves Rancho Mirage and the surrounding areas of California!

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