High energy, double pass helium plasma dermal resurfacing: A prospective, multicenter, single-arm clinical study


Journal Article


J. David Holcomb MD, Vaishali Doolabh MD, Michael Lin MD, and Edward Zimmerman MD


Background: A previous multi‐center clinical study of low energy (20% power), single‐pass helium plasma dermal resurfacing (HPDR) showed positive results but did not fully reveal the true potential of this novel technology. A second multi‐center clinical study, reported herein, was therefore undertaken to evaluate efficacy and safety of high energy (40%), double pass HPDR for treatment of facial rhytids (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT04185909).

Methods: Fifty‐five eligible subjects seeking improvement in facial rhytids were enrolled for study at one of four investigational sites. All subjects underwent fullface HPDR treatment. The forehead, nose, cheeks, and peri‐oral treatment zones were treated at 40% power with two passes whereas the peri‐orbital and jawline/mandibular zones were treated at 20% power (up to 40% for jawline/mandibular zone) and one or two passes. Photographic images of the face were captured using the VISIA‐CR system. Three‐month posttreatment Fitzpatrick Wrinkle and Elastosis Scale (FWS) scores were compared to baseline scores as determined by blinded independent photographic reviewers (IPRs) and study investigators.

Results: Blinded IPRs and study investigators observed a ≥1‐point FWS improvement in 100% of subjects with mean change in IPR FWS from baseline to the 90‐day visit of −3.6 (±1.2). 96.4% of subjects indicated “improvement” in appearance at the 90‐day visit utilizing the modified Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale. Evaluation of VISIA‐CR data revealed statistically significant improvements in wrinkles, brown spots, and pore counts. Overall, 269 Adverse Events in 55 subjects were reported; most were mild‐moderate in severity (99.3%), anticipated (86.2%), and of relatively short duration with most having resolved within 30 days (60.6%) of treatment.

Conclusion: Treatment of facial rhytids with high energy, double pass HPDR as detailed herein enables a marked improvement in FWS that parallels or surpasses competing technologies. VISIA‐CR analysis demonstrates additional improvements in skin quality with statistically significant quantitative improvements in brown spots and enlarged pores as well as wrinkles. Effective rhytid effacement combines with high subject satisfaction and few unanticipated adverse events for a reasonable benefit‐risk ratio.


The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and publication of this article. No funding was received for this article. Drs DiBernardo, Bharti, and Kortesis are paid consultants for Apyx Medical, and Dr Duncan is a member of Apyx Medical’s Medical Advisory Board. The opinions contained herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of Apyx Medical, Inc.

Apyx Medical manufactures and owns the Renuvion®/J-Plasma® technology discussed in this article.


    • Renuvion Dermal Handpiece is indicated for dermatological procedures for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles and rhytides, limited to patients with Fitzpatrick skin types I, II, or III.
    • Apyx Medical wants to present to you with current scientific discourse. Specific usage outside of the cleared indications may not be safe or effective.


    • Risks associated with the use of the Renuvion Dermal System include but are not limited to hypertrophic scarring, milia/acne, telangiectasia (spider veins), skin discoloration/ hypopigmentation, dormant infection reactivation, infection, bruising or bleeding. Warning: Application of more than one treatment pass in the perioral area, on the forehead, and along the jawline has been associated with hypertrophic scarring.

As with any procedure, individual results may vary. As with all energy devices there are inherent risks associated with its use, refer to the IFU for further information.

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