What Is A Plasma Pen?
The plasma pen treatment has become a very popular procedure. So what is it ?
Plasma pen treatments, also known as fibroblast therapy, have been available for many years, but have recently gained a bit of momentum as the FDA has acknowledged them. Who can legally provide this treatment remains a gray area, and is state-to-state specific.
I was fortunate enough to have a plasma pen treatment by an experienced plasma pen technician. When asked to try the procedure by Teri Scott ARNP , I jumped on the opportunity because the skin under my eyes and crow’s feet really bother me. It’s the crepey skin and the loss of elasticity that bums me out. I want to offer you an honest plasma pen treatment review.
Rev Up Your Collagen With The Plasma Pen
When I learned that a plasma pen procedure is one modality that can rev up your collagen production, cell alignment—which work together to diminish saggy skin, skin discoloration ,wrinkles and fine lines, and can add some density to the thickness of the skin I said let’s try it! Why not right?
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What Is Plasma?
What the heck is plasma? The first thing people think of is the treatment called PRP- Platelet-rich plasma. However the plasma pen treatment is nothing like a PRP procedure.
The plasma energy used is a non-surgical procedure offers an 4th state of matter (water, solid, gas and plasma). This is how it works: The device converts electrical energy into electrostatic energy by using nitrogen in the air, which triggers an arc. While the pen does not actually touch the skin, it creates a small thermal wound to the epidermis (skin surface) that then transmits down to the dermis where the cells that have the ability to produce collagen live. The process is then repeated over the entire desired treatment area.
How The Plasma Pen Can Be Used:
- Stretch marks
- Tummy tuck scars
- Advance Plasma facial treatments
- Skin tightening procedures around the body
- Acne scar treatment and smoothing
- Lifting and sculpting of the face and neck
Micro-Trauma To The Skin = Improved Skin Health
This micro-trauma tricks your body into thinking there is a wound that must be repaired. The result can be skin tightening and toning, as well as skin rejuvenation. It is a treatment that can target both small and large areas of the body and can improve the skin’s overall health without surgery with minimal side effects.
For those who have no interest in going “under the knife”, it may offer a bit of help for necklace lines, hooded eyelids, crows feet, or even the dreaded smoker’s lines. There are many areas it can be considered for consultation. Terri Scott says, “it can be a great adjuvant therapy to other commonly requested procedures such as lasers, neurotoxin and fillers.” A solution to tighten loose skin with no plastic surgery required. Only See A Professional.
Only See A Qualified Provider
It is very important to seek treatment from a qualified provider!!! When I heard you can buy some plasma pens online- it scared me. I can’t imagine not being trained and performing this type of fibroblast treatment unless you were a trained professional.
This can be a relatively quick and low-risk non invasive procedure in the right hands, but be advised, I can tell you when the technician is treating the top layers of skin, you can smell the burning of skin. With that in mind, don’t try this at home, friends.
The Risks Of The Plasma Pen
The treatment also poses a risk of creating scars and pitting, says Dr. Devgan. And people of color in particular are susceptible to treated areas becoming hyperpigmented. According to Dr. Devgan, these side effects “can happen after one session.”
What To Expect In Your Plasma Pen Procedure:
1. How To Plan For Your Plasma Pen Procedure
When planning for your treatment, make sure you avoid the sun—that means mineral sunscreen of at least SPF 40 every day, even if you intend to be inside the month before (and after) your plasma treatment. No sun tanning or spray tans. If you have a history of age spots or melasma but are still deemed to be a suitable candidate, your provider might recommend either a lightening agent or a melanin inhibitor to reduce your risk of hyperpigmentation from the heat. Other treatments in the same area should also be avoided in the weeks prior to your session—to include neurotoxin, filler, chemical peels, laser and waxing to name a few.
It’s not recommended for people with olive or darker skin tones because of heightened risks of hyperpigmentation. Those with Asian ancestry are advised to avoid this procedure.
The most common areas of treatment are the neck, stretch marks, lower and upper eyelids.
Contact lenses should not be worn, so bring your glasses. And if you use retinol, it should be discontinued for a week prior to the treatment. Teri shares “I like to start my clients on high-quality skin peptides such as Alastin’s Regenerating Skin Nectar—which is my favorite post treatment serum as well!”
2. When You Arrive For The Procedure
When you arrive for your procedure, you will have a topical numbing cream applied to the area of the skin treated. I was targeting my eye area, so I had several layers of numbing cream applied on my upper and lower eyelids.
The procedure does sting a bit so make sure you have plenty of numbing cream applied to ease the pain. After the procedure I felt no pain at all. As bad as the picture looks, it wasn’t painful at all.
3. The Fibroblast
The rejuvenation device with never kissed my skin, but the sting from each fibroblast is uncomfortable but doable.
That down time is predominantly based on your skin’s overall health to begin with, your perception of what you will or won’t leave the house looking like, and also the region treated. It can make a fairly remarkable improvement in hooded eyelids, for example, but there is commonly a day or two of swelling that may reduce vision simply because of edema, which can make things like driving or reading more challenging until it resolves. Not everyone is a candidate, so reviewing the contraindications is an excellent idea. Picking the right person for this treatment is a team event—with the patient and the provider desiring to commit to the best outcome.
Aftercare is absolutely critical to achieving the best outcome. Immediately after your visit you will have a series of small dots outlining each wrinkle that should not be disturbed and allowed to fall off on their own (typically within 7 days).
It is recommend to take it easy on the day of your visit, and no heavy exercise for 24 hours. You may be tempted to cover the treated region with any makeup, sunscreen or powder until these crusts retract (except for provider recommended agent)—BUT DONT! Remember there is brand new skin growing underneath that deserves to be babied until its ready to see the elements! It’s all about the healing process. Swelling can be common, and may be present for longer in some folks than others—expect 1-2 days, but it may last as long .
In all cases, I say SPF 40 or more every day, 365, inside or out. After all, sunscreen is really the only anti-aging topical we have.”It’s a lot to remember, though aftercare instructions are made available either in written or electronic form, so if you forget what to do or not do, help is at hand!
What Else To Expect After The Skin Fibroblast Treatment:
- It is normal for the area that has been treated to feel tight and dry.
- Occasional weeping will settle.
- Tiny crusts (scabs) will quickly form on the treated area. Scabs are formed at the time of the treatment and will be visible. For some patients, that may be the reason they feel the need to take more time off from their social or lifestyle activities. This is what we refer to as “Social Down Time.” There is no medical reason you can’t return to work but you may feel self conscious. The scabs usually fall off anywhere from days 7-14. Once the dots release, the tissue is highly susceptible to UV exposure, so this is when a return to a high-quality sunscreen is important. Teri Scott informs me that “If hyper or hypopigmentation occurs, it may self-resolve after 1-2 skin cycles (each about 6 weeks) or a micro-needling session might be helpful to getting uniformity back.
- Do NOT pick crusts off as this will delay the healing process and could cause scarring.
- The area(s) treated may be cleansed daily with lukewarm water and a soft, lint free cloth. You are only removing excess oil and do not need to thoroughly cleanse the treated skin.
- Don’t stand with your face under a hot shower or direct water from shower head for the 3 to 5 days. This could increase swelling.
- Shaving in the area treated should be avoided until it is fully healed.
- If you have had treatment around your eyes, you should avoid wearing contact lenses for 1 week after your treatment because pulling on your skin can disrupt crusts.
- When the crusts have fallen off then your skin may be a little pink as it is fresh, new and rejuvenated skin. This pinkness will fade over time in as little as 2 weeks up to a few months. In rare cases it may take up to 6 months.
- Once the crusts have all fallen off you may apply your normal foundation/ make-up but avoid using skincare products containing Glycolic or any other active exfoliating ingredients as this will cause irritation.
- You absolutely must NOT use saunas or sunbeds during 10 -12-week healing period and ideally for longer. Avoid the midday sun.
- All other facial treatments on the same area should be avoided whilst your skin is healing
- Use of topical Retin A, Hydroquinone and Vitamin C products should be avoided for 4 weeks (OTC products) to 6 weeks (prescription strength).
Is The Plasma Pen Worth It?
The jury is still out for me in terms of under my eyes. My neck looks better for sure. It’s been five weeks and I can see the improvement in the one line on my neck we treated for a test. I do not see much improvement around my eyes at all yet but I must be patient. I need to wait 13 weeks to see the result so I will post again after that time.
Six months out- I can see very little difference around my eyes, my neck looks better still.
I will share the results around my eyes and neck in another month so check back here. For my tempsure treatment review see here.
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