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March 22, 2023

The J-plasma procedure may be a great option if you want to reduce wrinkles and fine lines and improve your skin’s texture and tone. 

J-plasma is a minimally invasive surgical technique that can be done safely by an experienced and certified plastic surgeon. 

During your initial consultation, Dr. Emmett can review your medical history and expectations to determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure. 

Learn more about J-plasma, if it’s a good option for you, some possible side effects and benefits, and how to meet with Dr. Emmett

What is J-plasma?

The J-plasma procedure is excellent for those who want quick results and don’t want to undergo more invasive facial surgery. 

You can have more youthful glowing skin in just minutes to several hours.

The J-plasma device removes or reshapes tissue using ionized gas, also known as plasma. 

The Helios device helps your surgeon focus on the targeted area and minimize damage to surrounding tissue, resulting in less scarring and a faster recovery time. 

J-plasma can be used for various cosmetic and medical procedures, including skin resurfacing, scar revision, and soft tissue ablation. 

Should I get J-plasma?

If you would like to reshape or tighten the skin on your face, jaw, or neck, you may be interested in this procedure. 

Some of the most common reasons people get J-plasma include: 

Skin resurfacing 

This procedure can be used to remove or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging by resurfacing the skin.

The device helps remove damaged and aging skin cells on the outer layer of the skin.

Scar revision 

J-plasma can be used to reduce the appearance of scars by removing or reshaping scar tissue. 

To do this, the device will reduce a scar’s depth, size, and discoloration.

Soft tissue ablation 

It can be used to remove or reshape soft tissue, such as fat or loose skin, to improve the contour and appearance of the body. 

The J-plasma device’s heat and energy remove and destroy unwanted tissue, such as tumors and abnormal growths.

What are some of the possible side effects?

As with any surgical procedure, j-plasma can have potential side effects and risks. 

Some potential side effects and risks associated with J-plasma include: 

Swelling and bruising 

The use of J-plasma can cause swelling and bruising in the treated area, which may take several days or weeks to resolve.

To help with swelling and bruising, rest and ice packs are often helpful. 

Pain and discomfort

Patients may experience mild to moderate pain or discomfort during and after the procedure. 

You can can typically manage this with over-the-counter pain relievers. 


While J-plasma is known for producing less scarring than traditional surgery methods, it is still possible for scarring to occur. 

If you are concerned with scarring, Dr. Emmett may offer advice on preventing or fading scars.


Anytime the skin is breached, there is a risk of infection, so following aftercare instructions is essential.

Dr. Emmett will give you instructions on caring for the treated area to reduce the risk of infection. 

Skin discoloration 

In rare cases, J-plasma may cause changes in skin pigmentation, leading to uneven skin tone or discoloration.

Nerve damage

Also rare, J-plasma may cause nerve damage in the treated area, resulting in numbness and tingling. 

It is important to discuss any potential risks and side effects of J-plasma with your doctor before undergoing the procedure. 

Dr. Emmett can provide you with more detailed information about the risks and benefits of J-plasma and help you determine if it is the right treatment option for you. 

To minimize your risk of side effects, you must choose an experienced plastic surgeon who is educated in this relatively new technology. 

What are the benefits of J-plasma?

J-plasma offers many benefits as a minimally invasive surgical technique. 

Some of the key benefits include: 


J-plasma allows surgeons to precisely target and remove or reshape tissue, with minimal damage to surrounding tissues. 

This precision helps to minimize scarring and reduce your recovery time.

Minimal scarring 

J-plasma is known for producing less scarring than traditional surgical methods. 

The plasma beam’s precision helps minimize tissue damage, resulting in smaller incisions and less scarring.

Reduced pain and discomfort

Because J-plasma is a minimally invasive technique, patients typically experience less pain and discomfort than with more invasive surgeries. 

This can lead to a faster and more comfortable recovery.

Fast recovery 

J-plasma is associated with faster recovery times compared to traditional surgical methods, which can take weeks to months.

Patients can typically return to their normal activities more quickly after the procedure.

Improved skin texture and appearance

The heat from the plasma beam can stimulate collagen production in the skin, leading to improved skin texture and appearance. 


J-plasma can be used for various cosmetic and medical procedures, such as skin resurfacing, scar revision, and soft tissue ablation. 

It has shown promising results in clinical studies and is increasingly being used by surgeons for a variety of procedures. 

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Emmett

Dr. Jennifer Emmett, MD., is a double board-certified plastic surgeon with over 48 years of experience promoting patient safety and comfort in the Denver, Colorado area. In addition to being certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, she has received training in aesthetic surgery and the Helios laser, which few surgeons have done. 

While located in the greater Denver area, many of her patients have traveled worldwide to ensure they receive the best surgery by one of the most qualified surgeons. 

Dr. Emmett and her team are highly skilled in other procedures and surgeries as well, such as face lift procedures, Botox, MedSpa treatments, liposuction, tummy tucks, breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction, and mommy makeovers. 

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