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What Is Plasma Pen?
Through the aging process, we lose elasticity and collagen. This is due to many factors, such as sun damage, hormone imbalance, and variation in the elements our skin is subjected to, as well as the natural aging process, which includes the production of less collagen. These processes eventually cause wrinkles, changes in skin tone and texture, and sagging of the skin on our face, neck, and body. The Plasma Pen is a highly advanced non-invasive skin-tightening and lifting device used to address many areas of concern on the skin due to aging. It is the latest procedure used in the medical aesthetics industry to target a wide variety of skin conditions, including loss of elasticity, sagging, and wrinkles that have been traditionally treated with fillers or plastic surgery.
Plasma Pen is an FDA approved device used to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin, also called fibroblast therapy.
What areas can be treated with Plasma Pen?
The face and neck regions:
What areas can be treated with Plasma Pen?
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What to Expect
The procedure usually takes between 60 and 90 minutes depending upon the area being treated. After the area is cleansed, your provider will apply an anesthetic cream to numb the skin in the designated area(s). This helps to minimize pain and discomfort during the treatment. After the designated timeline for the cream takes effect, the provider will complete the first pass of the treatment. Once the first pass has been completed, a second type of anesthetic cream will be applied. After this has taken effect, the provider will complete the second pass, or part of the treatment.
It is important to be aware that if the designated area to treat includes stretch marks on a larger area of the body, such as “saddle bags” on the thigh area or the buttocks or stomach, it is likely the procedure may take two hours or more to complete.
Your provider will start with a consultation that includes a skin health survey. This will help to classify not only your skin tone and texture, but classify your skin based on the ethnicity scale. The Lancer Ethnicity Scale is used as an approach to skin classification related to tanning habits of the skin, scarring habits, and overall skin typing in order to clarify the best treatment for you, in detail.
This procedure usually takes about 20 minutes and is not painful.
Dermaplaning can be done by itself, but is often used in combination with other treatments for additional benefits. If you and your provider agree to other treatments, dermaplaning is typically the first treatment completed, as it offers a “clean slate” for your provider to work from.
Other treatments that patients often receive after dermaplaning include facials, chemical peels, the Plasma Pen or Skin Pen Microneedling, and may also sometimes be a pre-treatment to the CO2 laser treatment of the Morpheus 8 Skin Tightening Laser treatment. Your provider will discuss these options with you.
Some patients may choose to start with dermaplaning and a facial and then plan for future services to address more intense skin concerns during your next treatment.
The Plasma Pen converts electrical energy into gaseous diatomic molecular nitrogen and transmits that energy to the skin’s surface from the tip of the pen. This causes a micro-trauma to the skin’s epidermal layer; at the same time, the Plasma Pen heats and upsets the deeper dermal structure of the skin through thermal conduction. This treatment is also known as fibroblasting and significantly regenerates, tightens, resurfaces, and lifts almost any area skin on the face, neck, or body.
Patients have shared their expected results were achieved in one treatment. However, your provider will clarify with you during the consultation your concerns and how many treatments it may take to get to realistic and noticeable results. Depending upon your concerns, your provider may also suggest pairing the Plasma Pen procedure with other treatments for the best possible change in your skin. Some of the other treatments paired with the fibroblast procedure include chemical peels, neurotoxin injections such as Botox or Dysport, or fillers depending upon the area being treated. The effects of the Plasma Pen treatment may last from two to four years, depending upon how your skin ages over time.
- Results over several months
- In-office non-surgical injectable treatment
- Can increase results with additional procedures such as adding additional injectables, chemical peels or facials
This treatment may be mildly to moderately painful for some patients, as each individual’s experience of pain is different. Additionally, different areas of the body, face and neck are typically more or less sensitive than others. The anesthetic numbing cream is helpful in reducing the discomfort during treatment. Your provider may also discuss the use of Pronox during your consultation to help take the edge off during your treatment and help with anxiety and discomfort.
The results from the Plasma Pen fibroblasting skin tightening procedure are noticeable often within a few days of the procedure. It is important to understand this procedure should not be an expected replacement for resolution when areas of the skin have moderate to severe skin laxity; this would be an instance best resolved with surgery.
Results are typically most impressive and noticeable a few months after the treatment. It is possible your provider may suggest a second treatment depending upon the results desired. Should you and your provider decide upon a second treatment, this will take place about 12 weeks after the first treatment.
Before you receive The Plasma Pen Fibroblasting treatment, it is important to stop taking certain medications that thin your blood. These include ibuprofen and aspirin, as well as supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids. During the consultation with our Plasma Pen provider, she will clarify any further information you may need to prepare for this treatment.
Avoid Sun exposure, Extreme Heat or Cold and Tanning Beds
Contact lenses, false eyelashes, and lash extensions must be removed. Four weeks prior to the procedure, discontinue the use skin care products containing Retin-A, alpha hydroxy acids, and other acids such as lactic, glycolic, and salicylic.
It is important to prepare for downtime after the procedure. Although subjective depending upon everyone’s perspectives, you should plan for at least 7-8 days in which you will not be able to apply regular skin products or makeup. Below is more information related to expected recovery times and side effects of the treatment:
- Redness and swelling in the treatment area
- Scabbing and crusting in the treatment area (It is very important to let the scabs “slough” off on their own, without picking the scabs. Otherwise, more scarring is created).
- Most patients average 8 days of downtime when the treatment was on the face or neck areas
- If having the treatment on the body, most patients usually average 10 to 14 days depending upon the area being treated and the intensity of the treatment
- Swelling usually begins the day of your treatment and peaks around day 3
- After day 3, the swelling begins to subside and scab’s form.
- Scabs normally begin to slough off the face and neck starting on day 6 or 7
The timelines above are guidelines but healing time can vary by patient. Other things to avoid that may negatively affect the healing process are picking the scabs, smoking, and drinking alcohol; all of these things hinder the healing process.
For the scabs and treated area to heal correctly, we recommend you sustain from getting the area wet or even moist until the scabs begin to heal or slough off. If you find you are itching from the skin drying and scabbing, we recommend taking Benadryl allergy tablets at night to ease itching; however, if you are taking other medications, make sure to consult with your doctor first prior to taking Benadryl medication orally.
Avoid sun exposure during downtime. Make sure to wear sunscreen once you start to get back outside, usually after day 8. This is also the time you can start to apply makeup again.
At around the 8-week mark post-treatment, you may start to use products on the skin that include acids, Retin-A or other exfoliating skin care products.