March 2011 Special Report – Energist Portrait PSR

Posted: April 3, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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Aesthetic Trends & Technologies
March 2011
Special Report

Portrait PSR Technology


By Christopher B. Zachary, M.D.

The impact of the economic crash in 2008 was felt by many of us, both personally and professionally. Some of what happened was predictable, most was unforeseen. One unexpected turn of events in the aesthetic market was the loss of a new treatment technology, namely the use of plasma energy (Portrait® Plasma Skin Regeneration, PSR).

PSR characteristically treats many aspects of chronic sun damage and various other skin conditions, including superficial and deep wrinkles, dyschromia, actinic keratoses, some benign skin lesions, and acne scarring, while improving skin tone, texture, and elasticity. PSR had achieved significant success in the market with its distinctive mechanism for treating skin architecture to achieve cosmetic improvement using a completely different technology from the traditional laser, light, and RF technologies. Unfortunately, the company that introduced PSR hit the perfect economic storm and had to pull out of the market after three years, even though several hundred systems were sold to physicians in the U.S. and 30 other countries and after treating an estimated 40,000 patients.

However, PSR has recently been reintroduced by Energist Group and Energist North America. This is positive news for those who purchased this system, as the plasma technology offers additional treatment options for patients. As a new technology, PSR actually delivered effective cosmetic outcomes that were claimed, as they were based on an extensive series of preclinical and IRB-controlled studies by reputable physicians across several aesthetic specialties. Furthermore, now there are proven long-term patient results out over five years.

A Unique Energy Source for Treating the Skin PSR delivers millisecond pulses of nitrogen (gas) plasma to the skin’s surface that initiates a somewhat unique regeneration response in the skin’s architecture.2 Gas plasma is different…READ ON - Click Here to Download Full Article

Dr. Zachary

About Dr. Zachary
Dr. Christopher B. Zachary, M.D. is a Dermatologist specializing in cutaneous oncology and reconstruction, cosmetic, and laser surgery. Dr. Zachary is a professor and chair, Department of Dermatology, at the University of California- Irvine. Dr. Zachary is frequently featured as an invited speaker at national and international symposia and is often sought out by the media (eg NY Times, CNN, Today Show) for his candid comments. His ability to critique has drawn some ire, but so far his humor and English accent have saved him from his detractors. His interest in lasers has led to considerable industry supported research in optimal systems for cutaneous laser surgery. He has been the program director for the Mohs College and the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Annual Conferences. He is a past president of the Association of Academic Dermatologic Surgeons.

He is an educational innovator, having founded both and co-founded He has written and edited his share of papers and books. Dr. Zachary was born in Yorkshire, England, and educated at Ratcliffe College, Leicester, United Kingdom. Following his medical school education at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London, he subsequently trained in internal medicine and dermatology. During his time at the Institute of Dermatology, Guys and St. Thomas’ Hospitals, he gained an interest in dermatologic surgery. His formal surgical education was received at the Department of Dermatology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He returned to the United Kingdom in 1986 to set up the first Mohs and laser surgery unit in London.

In 1988 he was recruited to the Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, as Director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center where he spent the next 9 years. In 1997 he sold his boat and lakeside cabin, and moved West to UCSF where he spent 8 splendid years with his friend and colleague Roy Grekin, M.D. as clinical professor and co-director of the Cutaneous Surgery and Laser Center, UCSF, San Francisco, California. In 2005, he accepted the position as professor and chair, Department of Dermatology at the University of California-Irvine where he currently resides. This and his family are his main current projects.

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