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Everything You Want to Know About J Plasma/Renuvion

by | Apr 6, 2023 | Nonsurgical

What is J-Plasma?

J-Plasma, or Renuvion, is a nonsurgical procedure used solely to tighten loose skin using radiofrequency and pro helium gas to create a precise stream of plasma energy. It is well known for being a surgery free facelift, but is a procedure that can address even more concerns. The combination of hot and cool energy contracts and tightens the skin to rejuvenate any part of the body.


For patients seeking to address moderate sagging or excess skin, J-plasma is a great option. Furthermore, the non-surgical treatment is variable in what areas of the body can be addressed, allowing great variability in terms of tightening skin around the body. J-Plasma works with or without liposuction, so if the skin sags without fat to remove then Renuvion can be used to tighten the skin and remove sagging. While J-Plasma is mainly a skin resurfacing treatment, it has the potential to diminish the appearance of stubborn fat. However, it doesn’t burn fat but rather tightens up the layers of fat below the skin.

J-Plasma also has the potential to alleviate other skin concerns like stretch marks and cellulite. While it won’t fully get rid of it, J-Plasma can reduce the appearance of cellulite as it tightens the skin. Moreso,  the nature of J Plasma as a tightening and resurfacing treatment means that it can decrease the appearance of stretch marks.

Cost and Pricing

On average, Renuvion treatments cost about $6,000 with a range of up to $15,000. Generally, the cost depends on the treatment area and how vast/ large the amount of skin there is to be covered.

How the Procedure Works 

J-Plasma can cause a tingly sensation with mild pain as it ejects cool plasma energy under the skin to stimulate collagen production. 

The aftermath can feel like a sunburn. Patients who undergo J-plasma treatments are under local anesthesia, but report experiencing mild discomfort or pain during and after the procedure. Typically over the counter painkillers are sufficient, but some patients may request stronger medications due to more severe pain during recovery.

The recovery for J-plasma typically takes about two to three weeks, but some patients may need up to four depending on how extensive their procedure is. Results can be seen soon after surgery and continue to reveal themselves in full over the next several months.

Treatment Areas

J-Plasma can be used to treat almost any area of the body, such as the face, neck, arms, abdomen, and legs.

Am I a Good Candidate?

For someone with mild to moderate excess skin looking to tighten and firm that area of their body, J-Plasma is a worthy option.

Similar and Related Procedures

J-Plasma is a minimally invasive procedure used strictly to tighten the skin, while a tummy tuck can be used to completely transform the abdomen area. Both procedures can produce strong, long lasting results if chosen correctly to address their concerns. But while J-plasma is a great option for facial rejuvenation, it falls short in terms of fixing belly fat. For patients looking to improve the overall appearance of their abdomen by removing skin and fat, a tummy tuck is the most effective and comprehensive solution. 

J-Plasma and liposuction combine well to remove fat and tighten the remaining skin. Since liposuction is a procedure that only removes fat but can leave sagging skin behind, while J-plasma focuses on tightening the skin exclusively. Thus the two pair well together to create a comprehensive transformation. J plasma is not completely necessary after a liposuction is performed, so whether or not to undergo the procedure is up to the individual. It is best to consult your surgeon regarding your concerns to know whether or not J plasma is necessary to achieving your desires.

Another procedure similar to J-Plasma is BodyTite. However BodyTite addresses loose skin but not much fat. If seeking to address more significant fat as well as loose skin J-Plasma is a better option as it can be applied within the fat layer to tighten up at multiple levels.

Side Effects and Risks

J-Plasma can cause scarring, hyperpigmentation, and dark spots. Some patients experience side effects related to local anesthesia including nausea, swelling, and redness. The FDA warns against J Plasma due to risks of second or third degree burns, infection, change in skin color, nerve damage and bleeding. Other risks include air or gas accumulation under the skin, in body cavities, and in blood vessels.

If you are interested in skin rejuvenation, or even just curious if Ellacor is right for you, feel free to call us at (310) 273-3007 with any questions you have. We will be happy to assist you and provide guidance to various treatment options, whether it concerns eyebrow divots or any procedure you are considering!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is J-Plasma?

J-plasma is a nonsurgical procedure used to tighten loose skin using a stream of plasma energy directed beneath the skin.

What is the difference between J-plasma and Renuvion?

J plasma and Renuvion are the same thing.

How does J-plasma work?

J plasma combines radiofrequency and helium gas, cool and hot gas to contract and tighten the skin while also stimulating collagen production to rejuvenate the skin.

Is J-Plasma FDA approved?

J-Plasma is not cleared or approved by the FDA. The FDA warns against J Plasma due to risks of second or third degree burns, infection, change in skin color, nerve damage and bleeding. Other risks include air or gas accumulation under the skin, in body cavities, and in blood vessels.

Is J plasma better than liposuction?

J-Plasma is a better option for those primarily concerned with loose skin rather than excess fat. Patients seeking to address excess fat would benefit from liposuction over J-Plasma. However, the two procedures can be combined to address both and provide comprehensive results in both fat removal and skin tightening!

Is J plasma better than a tummy tuck?

J-plasma and a tummy tuck achieve very different results, so whether one is better than the other depends on the patient’s desires and needs. A tummy tuck removes fat and excises the skin to tighten the abdomen completely, while J-plasma solely tightens loose skin. Patients looking for a drastic change, with fat removal and significant skin tightening, should opt for a tummy tuck. On the other hand, J-plasma is a great option for those hoping to avoid the invasive nature and scarring of the tummy tuck, especially if they are closer to their ideal body weight and have better skin elasticity.

How long does it take for skin to tighten after J plasma?

Results of J-plasma skin tightening are typically fully realized about 2-3 months after the procedure, but patients will start to see change directly after the treatment.

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