PLEXR® / PLEXRPLUS®

“The incredible alternative to surgery!”

Now being offered by Dr Dev Patel at our Portsmouth Clinic.

Launched at our clinic in 2014, PLEXR® is a revolutionary and patented innovation, opening a new and exciting frontier in the fields of Surgical and Aesthetic medicine.

Dr Patel is currently UK Ambassador and Lead Trainer AND Global Key Opinion Leader and Trainer for Plexr and Plexr Plus.

PLEXR® offers an effective alternative option to certain surgical procedures eg Non-surgical Blepharoplasty (baggy eyelid correction), Necklift & Facelift.

 

 

 Dr Dev Patel is the UK’s foremost expert in Plexr and was the first doctor in England to offer Plexr. He has also been invited to speak on Plexr at both National and International cosmetic conferences and events. As at the start of 2019, Dr Patel had performed over 2,100 Plexr procedures.  He is a global Key Opinion Leader for various technologies including Plexr and Plexr Plus.

 

DO YOU HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT PLEXR? ASK DR PATEL…

 

 

                                     

Great service, most importantly outstanding doctor with vast knowledge. I’ve waited to write this review to see results and I can’t go on enough about how amazing Plexr treatment is for upper and especially lower eyelids is. I was prepared for the downtime but so worth it! Thank you! – Dr Bita Fox

Key uses:

  • Eyebag/Eyelid Correction (non-surgical blepharoplasty)
  • Facelift & Necklift
  • Acne – active spots AND scarring
  • Stretch marks, scars
  • Lines & Wrinkles eg smoker’s lines
  • Skin Lesions eg warts, xanthelasma, moles (flat or raised), age spots

 

Advantages Vs Surgery:

  • No injectable anaesthetic required
  • No cutting of skin
  • No stitches required
  • Very low risk procedure (NO risk of blindness as there is with surgery)
  • Minimal side effects and far less downtime
  • Quick & easy procedure
  • Most patients can return to work the same day
  • No thinning of the skin
  • Significant cost saving

 

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Upon arriving at the Perfect Skin Solutions Clinic , I felt welcome and totally at ease. After having filled out the necessary forms in order to proceed with my procedure , upper and lower blepharoplasty using Plexr, I was then greeted very warmly by Dr Patel and the procedure involving Plexr was explained in full to me.
I was then ushered in to a very pleasant treatment room where anaesthetic cream was applied to my upper and lower eyelids, I relaxed for a good half an hour whilst the cream took affect, Dr Patel’s assistant kept checking that all was ok and explained in full how the treated areas would start to feel numb.
I felt totally relaxed and well informed during this period.

Once the cream had taken effect I was taken in to the treatment room for the Plexr treatment to take place.
It was explained to me what sensation I would feel whilst enduring the Plexr treatment.
I felt relaxed and found the whole procedure extremely tolerable , only experiencing perhaps a couple of slightly less tolerable ‘stings’.
Dr Patel ensured I was comfortable at all time whilst the procedure was taking place.
On completion a soothing cream was applied to my upper and lower eyelids and what I should expect to experience after the treatment was explained fully to me.
The ‘down time’ for me personally was just a week, (eyes slightly swollen for the first couple of days)that is when all the little crusts were shed leaving underlying pink skin, which I applied my medicated foundation to every day, this helped with the healing process and helped camouflage the pink areas.
The results are nothing short of a miracle , my eyes look less tired and heavy , the excess skin on my upper eyelids has reduced greatly, my lower eyelids ( eye bags ) had been a problem to me for a long time, making me appear permanently tired.This has disappeared and the results are nothing short of a miracle, to think I was very seriously considering the conventional method of blepharoplasty makes me shudder….
I will not by any means hesitate in contacting Dr Patel in the near future.

Mrs R. Salvanou – Corfu, Greece.

 

Very pleased with the way Dr Patel explained my treatment upper eyelid blepharoplasy with Plexr. Everything was explained to me and felt only a very slight “tingle ” staff were very friendly and helpful. I would not hesitate to recommend Dr Patel.

V. Gibson, Portsmouth

Treatment Summary

  • Procedure Time 10-40 minutes
  • Full Recovery 14-28 days (possibly longer). Correct aftercare must be followed.
  • Duration of Results Long-term
  • Back To Work Time 0-3 days
  • Sensitivity Period 5-7 days
  • Anaesthetic Topical cream only
  • Risks & Complications Low risk; swelling, itching, hyperpigmentation

Prices

Portsmouth Clinic Prices:

Non-surgical Eyelid Correction (Blepharoplasty)- 1-3 treatments usually required.

Upper or Lower eyelids – £495 per treatment (£1295 for course of 3)

Both Upper & Lower eyelids – £745 per treatment (£1995 for course of 3)

(Upper or lower eyelids may be swapped with Crow’s Feet area with no price change. If in addition, supplement due is £245)

Facelift – Mini: £495   Maxi: £845

Necklift – £795 (if further treatment necessary; charged at £395)

PLEXR mole removal – from £295 (price on consultation)

Other treatments  – Prices on consultation

Please note: Purchase of our Plexr aftercare kit is required as this is an essential part of the aftercare. (This includes a specialised serum, recovery cream and medical foundation/cover-up) – £80

 

 

Aftercare

Please do not wear contact lenses or any eye make-up on the day of procedure.

You will have 3 aftercare products that will be discussed during your consultation:

  1. Calecim– pink liquid serum: Use from day of procedure for 2-4 weeks minimum, twice daily
  2. EGF cream– small complimentary pot of cream: Use on top of Calecim every night from day 5 or earlier if skin feels dry.
  3. iConceal OR Arbonne medical SPF healing foundation: may be used immediately but we advise to start once crust has started falling away (around day 7) – Mornings only (unless going out in the evening and want to conceal)

General Aftercare:

  • The swelling around the treated area is normal. This will be most obvious 1-3 days after the procedure – please do not worry. No matter how much swelling you have this is completely normal. To help reduce the swelling, apply a cold pack for 5-10 minutes 3-4 times daily for the first 3-5 days. If tolerated and very concerned about swelling, take 400mg Ibuprofen three times daily with/after food. For the first 72 hours (caution, if any history of stomach or kidney problems). After 3-5 days, the swelling may not be obvious but is still present to some degree. This can make the result look better or worse than it will ultimately be. Therefore, do not self-assess your results too early.
  • Until the crust starts coming away, ONLY use the pink Calecim serum – sparingly & twice daily. If you feel the skin is very dry you CAN use the pot of white cream we gave you which is EGF cream. Vaseline may also be used last thing at night on top of the serum. Serum always goes on first before ANY other product mentioned below. Use serum for 2-4 weeks.
  • From day 5 or earlier if skin feels dry, Apply Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) cream last thing at night. If skin is particularly dry you can use the EGF cream BEFORE iConceal/ Arbonne in the morning. EGF is an excellent wound healing cream. If you have been given any serum alongside this, apply this before the EGF cream. Use until finished.
  • Once crust is coming away, you must apply iConceal/ Arbonne to the entire treated area once daily, as aside from giving safe UV protection this also helps the healing process. Please note that one benefit of iConceal is that it is water-resistant.  Therefore, daily washing of the area with our cleanser is unlikely to completely remove the iConceal but this does not matter as the product is good for your skin. The crust will fall off after 5-10 days, leaving pink skin.  Your medical foundation must be used daily until the skin appears normal again and is no longer pink, this is to protect against pigmentation. SURGICAL PATIENTS ONLY: You may have NO crust visible post procedure; in which case you should still follow the regime above but start using the iConceal/ Arbonne from day 3 or as advised by your practitioner.
  • If you wish to wash the area, only use a pH-balanced non-exfoliating gentle cleanser (e.g Tebiskin Sooth-Clean or AlumierMD purifying gel cleanser). Avoid all exfoliating products whilst skin is pink including retinol.
  • Pat dry the treated area; you must NOT rub.
  • Do not apply any other creams or products during the recovery phase, unless advised by our team.
  • Do not apply plasters or cover the area.
  • Avoid exercise for 72 hours or until swelling subsides.

 

  • Do NOT drink alcohol and stay well hydrated, during your healing period. If you smoke, we advise keeping this to a minimum – try nicotine gum or consider Voke (visit Voke.com)

 

FAQs

What can I expect when I come for the treatment?

On the day of your treatment, we recommend that you avoid make-up in the area to be treated if at all possible. Please do not wear contact lenses on the day either.

After completing your consent form, your skin will be cleaned and then some numbing cream will be applied to the treatment area to help ensure your treatment is comfortable. You will be asked to let this take effect for approximately 35 minutes.

Dr Patel will then arrive to ensure you have no last minute concerns, before commencing the procedure. The PLEXR® device does not even touch your skin during the treatment. Depending on the size of the area to be treated, treatment time may take 10-40 minutes. Medical foundation will then be applied to the area with written aftercare instructions provided. You will have an out-of-hours number to call should you have any concerns, although this is extremely unlikely to happen.

How does PLEXR® work?

When activated, the instrument ionises the gas particles in the air between its tip and your skin. This creates plasma (a 4th state of matter made from gas) which touches the surface of the skin, causing the target tissue to ‘sublimate’ (go directly from solid to gas state). Plasma is very precise, thereby preventing unwanted spread of heat downwards or across the skin. Tissue retraction is also a key benefit which explains its use in scar management and even non-surgical face/neck/body lifts. During the healing phase, your skin will regenerate with more collagen and elastin density; thus giving you younger and tighter skin in place of what was removed.

Is PLEXR® safe?

In a word, YES. Due to the revolutionary way in which PLEXR® works, it is an extremely safe device in the hands of a trained doctor. Dr Patel will discuss potential side effects with you during your consultation and you will be given plenty of time to pose any questions you may have.

What can Plexr be used for?

Its best known application is for non-surgical blepharoplasty (eyelid lift). Surgery, especially for the lower eyelid, can be quite troublesome. Now patients can enjoy a simple and quick procedure to not only lift upper lids but also tighten the loose skin folds that appear below the eyes. Facelifts and necklifts can also be achieved. In fact, loose skin anywhere can potentially be treated although we limit use to smaller areas due to time required. Scars, including keloid scars, and skin lesions of various types can be treated. Flat lesions eg age spots on back of hands respond well to Plexr.

What are the side effects?

Plexr is an extremely safe treatment. However, there are some expected side effects which will last for approximately 5-7 days in most patients. These are a brown carbon crust which is like superficial dots on the skin. These are covered quite well with the camouflage you require after treatment. The other effect is swelling which is most remarkable 1-3 days after treatment. By day 5, most people have no or very little swelling remaining although rarely this can go on for longer. After the crust falls off – usually around days 5-7, pink fresh skin will be revealed. A bit like when a scab falls off a wound, you will notice shallow pits in the skin where the crusts were. These pits will gradually fill up with newly generated skin rich with dense collagen and elastin. Pink areas may develop pigmentation which is expected to resolve in due course. This is perfectly covered with the camouflage so cosmetically, most people are “party-fit” a week after treatment. The risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation is extremely low as long as you follow the prescribed aftercare advice.

Does the treatment hurt?

There is some discomfort reported but almost all patients are able to sit and chat away during treatment. You are numbed prior to Plexr treatment and aftercare in our clinic involves cooling as well as a soothing gel being applied. No-one has yet cancelled their intention of having a 2nd treatment (when planned) due to discomfort at their first visit.

Is Plexr safe for darker skin types?

Yes. Dr Patel has treated numerous patients with darker skin, with no long-term complications seen. However, if you have olive or darker skin, you will be prescribed a skin preparatory regime for 2-4 weeks use prior to treatment, to minimise risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

How long will the results last?

This should be years and not months. No treatment gives permanent results, not even surgery. Ageing is a dynamic process and your Plexr treatment will not stunt further ageing. So many factors will influence the rate of ageing and therefore the duration of perceived results, such as lifestyle (smoking, alcohol etc), sun exposure, racial origin, genetics etc. When you have the procedure can also influence the duration eg before or after menopause. Some people do suffer from accelerated ageing and we have even encountered surgical patients coming to us for Plexr within a year or two of having had surgery!

Remember that Plexr DOES remove skin and not simply tighten it. Therefore, your results should last as long as if you had had the same result from a surgical procedure.