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What is plasma pen?
Plasma fibroblast therapy targets the fibroblasts, collagen and protein producing cells in the dermis. Fibroblasts play an important role in maintaining skin firmness and tightness. Plasma fibroblast therapy uses a pen-like device that discharges a high-frequency electric current to small areas of the skin. The plasma tip doesn’t directly touch the skin, but instead releases a targeted current just above the skin. The hot current creates small holes, or micro-injuries, in the skin. This thermal disruption, or heat damage, from plasma fibroblast therapy breaks down proteins in the skin, encourages tissue regeneration, stimulates fibroblast activity, and causes tissue contraction (tightening).
How does plasma pen work?
The plasma pen uses a controlled electric charge to emit plasma gas that vaporizes excess skin by way of a tiny dot on the treatment area. This charge stimulates fibroblast cellular activity to regenerate cells and to increase collagen and elastin production. The skin will start to immediately tighten and a noticeable rejuvenation will continue for the next several months. The trauma that is caused to the epidermis makes the skin dry superficially into tiny carbon crusts, which falls off within a few days. After this falls off, the surface of the skin will be beautiful and rejuvenated.
What does plasma pen treat?
Plasma fibroblast therapy is commonly used to treat acne scars, seborrheic keratosis, and wrinkled skin, including the eyelids, neck, jawline, and around the lips. It also offers mild to moderate skin tightening and improves overall skin texture.
1-3 sessions, depending on the area treated. May repeat every 2-3 months if needed.
Avoid direct sun exposure and/or artificial tanning products for at 2-4 weeks prior to treatment. Discontinue photosensitizing topical products (retinol, glycolic, etc.) 1 week prior to treatment. Discontinue blood thinning products (ASA, ibuprofen, supplements) 1 week prior to treatment. Skin must be completely clean (no makeup, moisturizer, etc.) prior to treatment. Numbing cream will be applied to treatment area 30 minutes prior to procedure.
- Expect approximately 1-2 weeks of downtime, which will include small dots/scabs located on the treated area.
- Apply silver gel until scabs fall and skin is completely healed
- In-depth post-treatment handout will be given the day of procedure
Who can use plasma pen?
Microneedling is not recommended if you’ve used Accutane within the past year. Schedule your appointment so you have not had direct sun exposure within the last 2-4 weeks. It is not available to those who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Microneedling is not recommended for those with a history of: pacemaker, scleroderma, collagen disorder, radiation or skin cancer, psoriasis/eczema, or keloid formation. Careful use with melasma and darker skin types (not for skin types IV+).
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