Welcome to the Plasma Pen Training Hub...everything you need to know about Plasma Pen!
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1. WHAT IS PLASMA PEN?
PlasmaPen is cutting-edge. It’s the most innovative plasma fibroblast skin-tightening device on the market today using plasma pen tech™. But that’s not only why Plasma Pen is number one. We’re number one because we’ve been breathing and living medical aesthetics for 30+ years. We understand what boosts our client’s bottom line and, more importantly, what their clients demand.
2. THE SCIENCE
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The Plasma Pen By Louise Walsh utilizes and exclusive plasma pen tech™ technology. Plasma is formed through the ionization of atmospheric gasses and creates a small, controlled injury that forces the dermis to produce healthy new collagen and elastin to help plump and smooth the skin.
3. DRAGON LIFT PROCEDURE
In this short video, one of our master trainers will demonstrate how to perform a dragon lift. Here you will see just how straightforward it is to do this treatment and how pain-free it actually is.
4. OUR DEVICES
In this short video, we show you our devices to help you choose the right device for your business.
5. WHAT OUR CLIENTS ARE SAYING
We always receive glowing feedback from our students who attend our Training days. Whether it be face to face or live stream, you will leave confident with the new set of skills you have acquired – ready to start your exciting Plasma journey.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
CAN ANYONE BE A PLASMAPEN™ TECHNICIAN?
No. Many insurers have specific standards/backgrounds they require and most expect practitioners to be NVQ level 3 or equivalent (although certain other qualifications and experience are acceptable – we can guide you through all of this). We do however work with a major insurer who has so much faith in our PlasmaPen device and our training to ensure anyone who has been successfully trained and certified by Louise Walsh International and that is quite a coup. Ultimately though, as the market leader and a business with an outstanding > 26-year reputation; we perform careful vetting and due diligence on all our potential PlasmaPen technicians and we have our own absolute minimum standards that we require for you to even book onto one of our training courses, let alone pass. We are utterly focussed on protecting our brand and, most importantly, protecting the end customers who receive treatment with our device and we see/hear horror stories all the time of people who have endured treatment with a poor device and/or poor training from elsewhere. For all our technicians, being qualified and accredited in PlasmaPen by Louise Walsh International really means something. It’s the gold standard, especially to the end customers.
The best thing you can do if you are unsure about whether you have the capability, existing background, and/or qualifications is to just reach out to us and we can go through with you, in person, what our own expectations are and what we will require of you. If it turns out that you’re not quite ready then no problem – we will work with you to help you get ready and do so as quickly as possible. You have to be comfortable and capable of delivering high-quality treatments else PlasmaPen will just not be for you or your clients.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AN FOUNDATION TECHNICIAN AND AN ADVANCED TECHNICIAN?
Whether you are certified as an Foundation Technician or as an Advanced Technician, you will be trained to exacting standards in all aspects of PlasmaPen pre-treatment, treatment, and post-treatment. Every highly-vetted technician successfully trained by the expert team here at Louise Walsh International leaves us as an official PlasmaPen artist and technician who is fully qualified in the theory, science, technique, treatment, and aftercare involved in using our PlasmaPen device, methodology, and technique for non-surgical blepharoplasty, fibroblasting, skin-lifting, rejuvenation, and soft-surgery plasma sublimation. We also certify the purchase of an official German Manufactured and CE Certified PlasmaPen by Louise Walsh International and provide a full warranty.
Our Foundation Technician course is the first course you will attend and, once completed, you leave fully qualified, certified, and completely capable of professionally delivering PlasmaPen treatments – especially those relating to the upper facial, midfacial, and lower facial areas (which constitute the bulk of treatment for most technicians – see available treatments).
At your own discretion – and when the time is right for you – then you may choose to complete our Advanced Technician course and be re-certified accordingly. Among many elements and additional modules; this advanced course involves a much deeper dive into all of the science and theory behind our PlasmaPen treatment and technique plus we focus a great deal on the more complex, more challenging, more high-value, and/or niche treatments such as facelifts, stomachs, arms, breast lifts etc.
Our Advanced Technicians all adhere to the highest possible standards across their own business and, in return, are usually able to charge a premium for their treatments/services. Outside of promotions and offers, we expect all our Advanced Technicians to maintain price integrity and not over-commoditize PlasmaPen treatment – they are supposed to be the best and not the cheapest. All Advanced Technicians provide us with ongoing examples of their work/portfolio so we can continually assess, validate and provide feedback to them (we encourage our Foundation Technicians to do the same).
WHAT DO I GET WHEN I BUY PLASMAPEN™?
The absolute very best. The Rolls Royce of Plasma.
Firstly, you get full and comprehensive training and certification from the best in the world and, where relevant, that will be either as an Foundation Technician or Advanced Technician.
You will of course get the German manufactured and CE Certified PlasmaPen device itself – which comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty – and a luxury aluminium briefcase/kit box which contains a PlasmaPen™ dock, aftercare products and the relevant, UL Certified plug for your country. We also supply you with all the branded collateral you will need to provide professional and insured treatments including Aftercare Sheets, Consent Forms, Contraindications and Consultation Forms. We can also supply you with bespoke sales and marketing collateral.
All new technicians may take advantage of one free treatment for themselves during their training.
Finally you join a bustling and worldwide PlasmaPen community who collaborate across all areas of best practice and technique. We are the biggest, brightest, best and the most active across social media and are famed for our almost 24/7 one-to-one support. We really do our level best to be on hand for you, online and offline, to answer any questions or challenges you have. We also push a lot of business directly through to our Technicians, Agents and Distributors and this is something we continue to ramp-up.
Why not ask us about our Business in a box sales and marketing solution if you’re really keen to supercharge your own operation commercially and even feature heavily on our website and elsewhere?
HOW MANY TREATMENTS CAN I DO IN A DAY?
Technically there’s no limit – especially since our PlasmaPen is so incredibly ergonomic, easy, and rapid to use. With PlasmaPen you’ll find treating clients far less taxing than you would with any other device. But we do stress that your last treatment of the day should always be delivered at the same high standard as your first treatment of the day so never over-extend yourself. Some treatments may take you 30 minutes, others may take you a couple of hours – it all depends on what procedures you are performing, the depth and length of your pre and post consultations, and a number of other factors so be sure to manage your time – and your client’s time – effectively.
IS FINANCE AVAILABLE FOR THE TRAINING AND PLASMAPEN™?
Yes. We offer financing as well as the insurance you will need to deliver treatment which can now even be added to your finance. Other payment solutions may be available directly from Louise Walsh International at our sole discretion. Fact is that most technicians who train with us already have a strong pipeline of business ready to deliver them an immediate return on investment, so our finance is often unnecessary given the lucrative and desirable nature of receiving treatment with our device in the market.
WHAT IS PLASMA & PLASMA TECHNOLOGY?
In nature there are four states of matter – solids, liquids, gases and plasma. Matter only becomes plasma when enough energy is delivered to split the atoms into electrons and the output of this is a ‘plasma cloud’ of charged particles which consist of free radicals, positively charged ions and negatively charged electrons and molecules.
Our device creates an electrical discharge between two electrodes which are separated by an ‘insulating dielectric barrier’. As the charge collects on the surface of our dielectric barrier, it discharges as a flash of plasma within millionths of a second. An intelligent combination of the design of our device and its continuous direct energy source ionises the nitrogen and oxygen in the air to create a plasma gas which is then both sustained and continuous in line with the unique fingertip control and on-demand nature of our PlasmaPen™ device. Although we are creating collisions between molecules and causing the emission of energetic photons; the energy required to do this is actually minimal so our device is (and only needs to be) low-voltage. The plasma we create with our device transfers to the skin with absolute precision and does not harm any of the surrounding tissue.
The first and most immediate effect is delivered to the outer layer of the epidermis where we create external micro-trauma which helps immediately contract and tighten the skin. The next major effect is that the plasma simultaneously penetrates down into the fibroblasts which are contained deeper within the dermis below and, in doing so, we stimulate accelerated fibroblast division and migration, as well as encouraging neovascularization – the natural formation of new blood vessels and the release of growth factors. These growth factors include fibroblast growth factors, platelet-derived endothelial growth factors and cytokines. Cytokines are small proteins that are very important in cell signalling and which affect the behaviour of cells around them. They help modulate our immune response, they regulate cell maturation (aging) and quarterback the growth of new cells. They are particularly important in directing our bodies response to the inflammation trauma that we cause because they stimulate both cell repair and new cell reproduction.
The inflammatory response which occurs during the healing process that we promote also activates what are known as “M2 Macrophages”. Macrophages are white blood cells which engulf and digest cellular debris, foreign substances, microbes, cancer cells, and indeed anything else without proteins that are good for healthy cells. M2 macrophages decrease the inflammation we cause and encourage tissue regeneration and repair. We also stimulate the migration of basal keratinocytes up to the surface of the skin. Wounds to the skin are repaired, in part, by the migration of keratinocytes from the basal layer of the skin which then fill-in the gaps created by the micro-wounds we create. Within the healed epidermis they are, in turn, replaced by keratinocytes that originate from the epidermis.
CAN PLASMAPEN™ TREAT ALL SKIN TYPES?
No – not with full PlasmaPen™ treatment anyway (for rejuvenation only skin treatment – where the skin is not fully broken and the fibroblasts are not targeted – we can actually treat any skin type).
For full PlasmaPen™ treatment, we only treat skin types 1 to 3 on the Fitzpatrick scale. Your technician will be able to determine precisely what skin type you are and will likely use one of our professional Skin Type Sensors. Treating anyone with darker skin than this with full treatment is putting clients at risk of pigmentation. The reason for this is that people with darker skins have melanocytes capable of making large amounts of melanin. When black skin is injured, for example, the melanocytes will usually either hyperpigment or hypopigment. Dark skinned people have a greater risk of forming keloid and hypertrophic scars too.
As will be discussed in your consultation, certain skin types heal at different rates. For example, oily-skinned clients may take longer to heal. Our technicians give a great deal of consideration to clients who are contraindicated and/or who may have sensitivities. This will be discussed with you prior to any treatment and you should be completely honest and transparent in your responses.
Clients with compromised immune systems may also take longer to heal and may not always achieve the results they expect due to their lymphatic system not working properly. Without a fully functioning lymphatic system, the cells responsible for the 4 phases of our procedures healing process (coagulation, inflammation, cell regeneration and tissue maturation) cannot always fully do their job properly and the rejuvenation, lifting and tightening of the skin may thus not then give the same level of results that are usually common with our PlasmaPen™ treatment.