What is a Plasma Pen?
Updated: Apr 26, 2021
So what’s all the buzz about the Plasma Fibroblast Pen? As we age, the dermal layer of our skin thins, we produce less collagen, and our skin loses elasticity. All of these factors lead to the sagging and wrinkling of the skin. The Plasma Pen is the newest cosmetic procedure to combat aging and its symptoms. Plasma Fibroblast Pen treatments are soft-surgery procedures targeting a wide variety of skin conditions, including loss of elasticity, sagging, and wrinkles that have traditionally been treated with fillers or plastic surgery.
SO, WHAT REALLY IS IT?
The Plasma Pen is the world’s most advanced, non-invasive, skin-lifting, skin-tightening, and rejuvenating device used to treat wrinkles and sagging, dull skin. The Plasma Pen is an FDA-approved, CE-approved device used to perform fibroblast therapy, a technique used to stimulate collagen production in the skin.
HOW DOES THE PLASMA PEN WORK?
Our highly trained and certified Plasma Pen technician uses the device to deliver soft-surgery plasma fibroblasting. The plasma significantly tightens, lifts, resurfaces, and regenerates practically any area of the skin.
The Plasma Pen converts electrical energy into gaseous diatomic molecular nitrogen and transmits that energized gas in a non-contact way to the skin’s surface from above. This causes a micro-trauma to the skin’s epidermal (top) layer while simultaneously heating and disrupting the deeper, dermal structure via thermal conduction. This treatment is also known as fibroblasting. Fibroblasts are the most common cells of connective tissue in the body that produce collagen.
WHERE IS THE PLASMA PEN USED?
Fibroblasting produces excellent results for any area of the body, particularly the face and neck regions. It is essential for anyone considering fibroblasting treatment to carefully review the Plasma Pen contraindications, Plasma Pen Aftercare Instructions, risks, and skin types that can be safely treated.
Here’s a quick list of places that are often treated by the Plasma Pen:
Accordion lines (the lines that form outside of the mouth when you smile)
Post-acne marks and scars on your face
Crow’s feet (the lines that spread from the corners of your eyes)
Jowl or jawline (the lower part of your cheek, especially when it begins to sag)
Marionette lines (the creases or fold that run vertically from the corners of your mouth down to the chin)
Nasolabial folds or “smile lines” (the creases that run from the corners of your mouth up to your nose)
Turkey neck (sagging skin on your neck)
Smoker’s lines or lipstick lines (vertical lines on your lips that are difficult to conceal)
Upper and lower eyelids (bags and hoods)
PLASMA PEN VERSUS COSMETIC SURGERY
With the Plasma Pen, there’s no injectable anesthetic required! There’s no scalpel, no cutting, no ablation of the skin, no stickers, and no scars. NONE. Plasma Pen fibroblasting is a very low-risk procedure with minimal side effects.
There’s short downtime and no thinning of the skin — plus, your skin will look more uniform than if you went with ablative resurfacing using lasers. There will be no asymmetries and no risk of overcorrection. It’s cost-effective and produces long-lasting results that last for 2-3 years, and can be permanent!
PLASMA PEN VERSUS OTHER FIBROBLAST DEVICES
Other fibroblasting devices are often referred to as “Plasma Pen” but are not the actual trademarked device. Other competitor’s devices can be purchased from China for as little as $10 and are not true plasma technology. At best, they are designed for personal skin tag and mole removal. These pens are not suitable for professional use and can be dangerous. I don’t know about you, but I certainly do not want treatment done around my eyes with a knockoff device. NO WAY!
Many of the technicians performing fibroblasting also lack professional training. There are many contraindications for fibroblasting, including (but not limited to) certain medical conditions, medications, and skin types. Additionally, it is important to mention that there are precise techniques used to obtain the best results. Do your homework to find a trained professional using the right equipment as we do here at Las Sendas Spa and Fitness Center.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SEE RESULTS?
Plasma Pen skin tightening results are impressive but should not be proposed as an alternative to surgery in moderate to severe skin laxity cases. Only surgery can achieve these kinds of results. That being said, you will typically see immediate tightening along with cumulative improvements over the next three months in the appearance of saggy skin. In some cases, it may require more than one session, depending on the desired results. Talk with your fibroblast expert at FitSpa for personalized recommendations.
IS THE PLASMA PEN TREATMENT PAINFUL?
The Plasma Pen can be mildly to moderately uncomfortable. Everyone’s pain level is different, and some areas of the body are more sensitive than others. Numbing cream helps reduce the discomfort during treatment, and our licensed aesthetician will be sure to take care of you throughout the process.
WHAT ARE THE RISKS OF THE PLASMA PEN TREATMENT?
Compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures, the Plasma Pen is a relatively safe treatment; however, no method is without its risks. It is essential to review and understand the contraindications and risks. Some of the specific risks include swelling and bruising, scabbing and crusting, skin discoloration, and scarring.
WHAT DOWNTIME CAN I EXPECT AFTER MY PLASMA PEN TREATMENT?
There IS downtime after a Plasma Pen treatment. “Downtime,” though, is very subjective. What you think “looks bad” or is “uncomfortable” can be very different from someone else’s perception. If you are comparing it to cosmetic surgery, then the downtime is minimal. If you compare it to a light chemical peel where no one can tell you did anything, and you are just a bit flaky in the spots that were treated, then downtime might be longer.
If you experience redness, swelling, and scabbing in the face or neck areas, you can expect an average of two to eight days of downtime. For other treatment locations on the body, there is an average of ten to 14 days of downtime (depending on the specific area and the intensity of the treatment).
Swelling typically begins the day following your treatment and peaks around day three. After day three, swelling subsides, and scabs can form. Scabs usually start to fall off around days four to seven (for face and neck treatments). Please be aware that the days indicated are simply guidelines for average healing time, and healing time and results may be negatively compromised if you do not follow the after-care protocol. After your treatment, you should not drink alcohol, smoke, or pick or scrub at the treated areas. If your health is compromised in any way, this can also extend your healing time and negatively affect your results. Talk with our licensed aesthetician before and after treatment with any questions you might have.
WHAT SKIN TYPES MAY NOT BE GOOD CANDIDATES FOR PLASMA PEN TREATMENT?
Darker skin tones (African American, African, Latin, Native American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian ancestry, and people of mixed ethnicities) may not be good candidates for Plasma Pen.
We are committed to safe and effective treatments for all. When in doubt, we don’t risk it! We do not provide Plasma Pen treatments on Fitzpatrick skin types 4-6.
BOOK YOUR PLASMA PEN CONSULTATION TODAY!
If you think the Plasma Pen treatment may be right for you, we invite you to book a free 15-minute Plasma Pen consultation. During this consultation, we will evaluate your skin, discuss risks and contraindications, and answer any questions regarding the treatment. Call today to schedule!