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McNemar Cosmetic Surgery Thomas B. McNemar, MD, FACS

Doctors Use Plasma "Portrait" to Turn Back the Clock

SAN RAMON, Calif. Nov. 26, 2007 (KGO) — A new technology is now on the market that claims to help you look younger without a facelift or major surgery. There are already lasers, lights and radio-frequency treatments to treat the surface of your face.

"When I look in the mirror I distinctly see the lines around my mouth and I'm sure that was due to smoking for many years," said resurfacing patient Monica Cava.

Monica Cava wants to look younger, with fewer wrinkles and smoother skin so she went to San Ramon to try a new skin resurfacing treatment.

"I would like to probably lose about 15 years on my appearance," said Cava.

Turn Back the Clock

ABC 7 takes a look at a new, non-invasive procedure used by Dr. McNemar to make patient's skin look younger.

San Ramon plastic surgeon Dr. Thomas McNemar is using the new "Portrait" procedure based on plasma technology. Now approved by the FDA, it uses millisecond pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the heat several layers of skin without burning the top layer.

There are other non-invasive resurfacing technologies from lasers to lights using radiofrequency, but most only penetrate a little way into the skin.

Advocates of plasma technology say it penetrates deeper, getting a better result.

"It's treating all the layers of the skin not just a layer of skin. It actually takes care of the wrinkles, it takes care of the sun damage, takes care of the tightening," said Dr. McNemar.

While it doesn't eliminate lines and creases, it can help smooth them out while tightening the skin with new collagen.

Plus it does more than treat wrinkles.

"It works well with uh actinic keratoses, pre-cancerous lesions, dark sunspots," said Dr. McNemar.

And when it comes to downtime, older powerful lasers can leave patients raw and red for weeks and sunburned for several months. The plasma treatment should only leave Monica looking a bit sunburned for a couple of days.

"The downtime is minimal - over the weekend she may experience a little redness to the skin and then maybe a little bit of flaking. Usually by Monday or Tuesday, she can definitely go back to work," said Dr. McNemar.

After the procedure Monica is slathered with a cooling gel, and she's optimistic about the results.

"I'm being reborn," said Cava.

Doctors say portrait results continue to get better over time even up to a year after initial treatment.

For more information about Dr. McNeir, visit www.mcnemarcosmeticsurgery.com.

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