Updated: May 25, 2020
As a skincare professional, I always try to keep up with technology, and one of the newest device treatments is called Fibroblast or Plasma Pen treatment. So here’s the low-down on these devices and all the dirty details about how to get a safe, legitimate treatment (also whether or not it might be safe for YOU!) Make sure you read all the way to the bottom about scary versions of this technology!
Plasma, as in blood?
Not in this case. Plasma is a gas made up of positively charged ions from the air. It’s generally created through a cloud of gas (mostly nitrogen) that is magnetized into a beam transmitted from the device. Picture those fun electric balls you have seen as a kid and how it jumps from the base to your finger as you touch the glass.
Electric energy converts gas from the air into “diatomic molecular nitrogen,” mostly oxygen and nitrogen. It is then transmitted to the skin’s surface in a non-contact way. It literally will not fire if it’s too far away or if it touches the skin.
Why do I need this treatment?
Plasma heats and disrupts all the way down to your dermal layer of skin to create micro-trauma to the tissue. The surface is lightly ablated with a “fanning” technique, at which time the technician creates the little dots in the tissue. Those dots are tiny blood clots with a small scab over the top, which means that unlike with CO2, the tissue is completely closed. This prevents the likelihood of infection risks, making it safer even than Microneedling.
This damage especially targets the “fibroblasts” in the inner part of your dermis. I know, lots of biology here… but keep reading!
It is a much more predictable result than ablative lasers, and it doesn’t create unnecessary damage. Fibroblast services truly targets the tissue that needs repair and takes care of it. They are also far less risky because the tissue is closed immediately so there’s less chance of infection or permanent damage.
It also has:
How does it outperform CO2 or Ablative Lasers?
Less risk of hyper-pigmentation than ablative lasers
Significantly less downtime
Equal or greater results
Shorter window of sun sensitivity than many lasers
No blood, no open wounds
Rapid healing time
Average result holds 3 years
Who should NOT have this treatment? Unfortunately, it is not for everyone, but have no fear there are many treatments that are, and I can help you make the best decision for you.
No treatment on a port wine stain or birthmark
If you are a Fitzpatrick Skin Type V or VI
If you hyper-pigment/hypo-pigment easily
If you’ve ever had Gold Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hypertrophic or Keloid Scarring occurs
No eye treatments if you have Retinal Detachment
Currently using Accutane, Cortosteroids, Blood Thinners, Antabuse
The Knock Offs
There are a TON of Chinese production knock offs of this device. They are very, very cheaply made. They are purchased online and come with little-to-no training. Additionally, they are unreliable and can cause serious and sometimes PERMANENT damage to your skin. It is CRITICAL when scheduling this service that you get the answer to the question: What brand of pen are you using?
What can go wrong with the knock offs?
The technician is UNTRAINED and drilling holes in your skin. That alone is the scariest thought. They can put the holes too close together, causing a risk of wounds and sores and open tissue that’s unprotected. This can lead to infection! They can put the holes too far apart or not in the right spots making your downtime a waste and leaving you with very little result for your treatment. They can create the spots at too short OR too long an interval, creating permanent damage or again making it ineffective.
The scariest stuff happens if they don’t know who SHOULDN’T be treated. You can have permanent damage like:
Infection in the tissue
Permanent brown dots in the area
Permanent pink dots in the area
Permanent white dots in the area
The discounted prices for these services are NOT worth the potential headaches of permanent damage. Additionally, without proper training, insurance companies WILL NOT insure these technicians without certification, meaning you will have little recourse if permanent damage occurs.
I am now offering Plasma Pen Treatments at my NEW LOCATION in Bothell, WA! (Starting June 2020)
Get on the calendar now and reserve your spot!
Please note: Before any treatment can be performed, a 30-45 minute consultation must be scheduled at a fee of $75, which will be credited to your bill at the end of the treatment. (Why do I charge for a consultation? Normally I don't, but when it comes to Plasma it is super important that you and I sit down and discuss the treatment in depth to determine whether Plasma is right for you or not. Please schedule your consultation online for your convenience.
* Testimonials do not represent a guarantee of results. Please schedule a consultation for more information.
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