Device ‘offers alternative’ to cosmetic surgery

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A ‘novel’ medical device will allow South African doctors to offer an alternative to surgery and conduct previously invasive operations without any wounds, blood or stitches, claims its manufacturer.

Plexr uses ‘unique technology’ to shrink and evaporate excess skin tissue without affecting deeper layers of skin. The device is part of a new wave of cosmetic surgery, referred to as ‘Soft surgery’, designed to deliver faster treatments with minimal downtime.

One of the Plexr treatments is the non-surgical eye-lift, or blepharoplasty. Comments Plexr South Africa spokesperson Dr Johan Botha, “An eye-lift can take years off someone’s face, but because of the surgical risks involved, it’s an aesthetic concern often left untreated.”

Plexr has applications in dermatology, plastic surgery, dentistry, ophthalmology, gynaecology, and aesthetics, including treating acne scars, active acne, warts, keloids, fibromas, winkles, permanent expression lines and tattoo removal. Plexr claims its treatments are up to 75% more affordable than having the same treatment surgically done.

Plexr says it uses the difference in voltage between the device and a person’s skin to generate a small electrical arc, or plasma discharge. The technology ‘vaporises the outmost layers of the skin, without transferring unwanted heat and damaging adjacent tissues, preserving the deeper layers, and drastically reducing any potential permanent skin damage’.

Designed and patented by Italian Professor Giorgio Fippi, Plexr’s technology is supported by ‘numerous academic papers and European universities’, the manufacturer claims. It’s currently sold in 40 countries world-wide.

Plexr is a CE marked medical device licensed by the SA Department of Health.

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