What is Plasma Fibroblast?
Plasma Fibroblast is an aggressive skin tightening procedure that utilizes very controlled arcs of heat to tighten the skin. Plasma Fibroblast is a nonsurgical treatment that uses a handheld device to deliver an electrical arc to the skin to tighten & firm by fusing together skin cell fibers & stimulating the production of collagen & elastin.
How does Plasma Fibroblast work?
Plasma Fibroblast targets the layer of skin that houses the fibroblasts. Fibroblasts main job is to support collagen and elastin, while focusing on the skin’s hydration. This treatment uses tiny electrical arches to stimulate the fibroblasts to enhance your skins healing powers, with focus on the elastin and collagen production, tightening skin that has decreased in elasticity with age.
Ultimately, we are tricking your body into think there is an injury, or a burn. The main nutrients used to heal the body, especially, surface level skin, is collagen and elastin. But because it is a micro-injury, all the nutrients aren’t needed to actually heal, meaning you get the benefits of the excessive collagen and elastin!
Does Plasma Fibroblast hurt?
Plasma Fibroblast does come with a bit of pain, to be entirely honest. Pain level varies based on each client’s pain levels. A qualified provider will use a medical grade numbing cream prior to service. Many people assume this takes the pain away, however this just dulls the sensation. Plasma Fibroblast is essentially micro-burns, meaning that this treatment does elicit a bit of pain. Some areas are more sensitive than others. The concept of ‘Beauty is Pain’ comes to mind when thinking about Plasma Fibroblast. I say all of this to set realistic expectations for anyone looking to get Plasma Fibroblast done. However, some clients have an incredibly high pain tolerance and rate the pain as a 1 on a scale of 1 to 10. Again, all pain levels vary; I just want you to be realistic going into Plasma Fibroblast treatment, it can be uncomfortable. But the results are SO worth it!
What are the associated risks with Plasma Fibroblast?
The main risks associated with Plasma Fibroblast are in terms of discoloration. You do run the risk with Plasma Fibroblast treatment to hyper or hypo pigment meaning your skin gets lighter or darker in the area treated. A qualified provider will be able to tell you the risk levels based on a consultation. However, bodies are incredibly strange, and we can never 100% guarantee how your body will react. Good news is, that most discoloration does fade with time.
Plasma Fibroblast is a burn, so with this, we are burning off the old skin and brand-new skin is replacing it. Think about getting a boo-boo, example being a blister on the heal, when the skin starts to grow back, it is more of a fleshy pink color. That is the color of NEW skin. So immediately after Plasma Fibroblast, it’s incredibly common that the new skin is pinker, not 100% matching the color of the rest of your skin in the treated area. This is of no concern. The concern lies within each dot of treatment during much lighter or much darker than surrounding skin. This is what we refer to as hypo or hyper pigmentation. This is simply a risk you run, but the skin usually does fade back to a natural color with time.
What areas can be treated with Plasma Fibroblast?
Any area can be treated with Plasma Fibroblast! While the face is the most common area for Plasma Fibroblast treatment, it is also common to treat the neck/ décolleté, stomach, and any area that could benefit from skin tightening.
Treating the upper eyes with Plasma Fibroblast is by far the most common. There are so many skin tightening treatments on the market, but very few for tightening above the eyes, without a full-blown surgical blepharoplasty. Due to the controlled heat and application of Plasma Fibroblast, we are able to easily tighten the upper eyes!
It is also really common to treat acne scars with Plasma Fibroblast. This is a service I recommend getting done by only a very seasoned provider, as it is a bit more involved. Certainly, make sure you ask for before and after photos of previous clients!
What is the healing process like with Plasma Fibroblast?
Heal time with Plasma Fibroblast is one of the more involved healing processes with current skin tightening treatments on the market. Each arc of heat elicits a micro-burn which then turns into a scab. These scabs last on average for about a week. You can expect to feel a hot, sunburn sensation for the first 24 hours post treatment. It is also super common to swell with treatment, especially when treating areas on the face; swelling usually persists for up to 72 hours. As the scabs start to fall off, your skin will be a pink color and often times a bit raised. This is all incredibly normal and will lessen with time.
During healing, you need to keep the area clean, cool, calm, and dry. This means no aggressive, sweaty workouts, no long showers, no steam rooms, no swimming pools, etc.
What can I do to minimize swelling post Plasma Fibroblast treatment?
Swelling is usually most dominant when treating the face, especially the eyes. It’s important to sleep with your head elevated for the first few days post treatment. Avoid eating excessive amounts of salt; don’t go home and binge on potato chips. Increase your water intake. You may use cold compresses/ ice, just make sure you aren’t getting the treated area wet. Be mindful of ice potentially melting.
When is the best time of year to get Plasma Fibroblast treatment?
The best time of year to get Plasma Fibroblast treatment is anytime that you tend to avoid sun exposure. If you love summer days by the pool or have a tropical vacation scheduled, you definitely need to hold off on microneedling until a time that you will be out of the sun. Even wearing a hat and using SPF can still result in hyperpigmentation post Plasma Fibroblast. A lot of clients prefer to do Plasma Fibroblast when they have a couple days of downtime where they can relax at home, all natural.
It’s also super important to avoid sun exposure for about a month prior to Plasma Fibroblast treatment. If you have a nice, melanin rich tan before treatment, the new skin that results post treatment will be much lighter than the surrounding skin, creating a polka dot pattern on your skin.
The best time to treat is when your skin color is as light as it gets, and you plan to keep it that way.
Who should not get Plasma Fibroblast treatment?
Plasma Fibroblast is a treatment that is geared towards a lighter skin type. Melanin rich skin likes to produce melanin and can often times result in hyper pigmentation. I do not recommend treating the face on clients with a Fitzpatrick skin scale above 4.5 – 5. However, if you are melanin rich and still want treatment, be prepared for hyperpigmentation. This is clearly very noticeable on the face. I have had many clients who understand the risks and still to choose to opt in for Plasma Fibroblast on the abdomen and breasts because they want the skin tightening. This hyperpigmentation is easier to hide and usually does fade with time.
I hyperpigmented with Plasma Fibroblast treatment, now what?
If you hyperpigmented with your Plasma Fibroblast treatment, don’t panic. I understand that this is mentally draining and a cause for concern. However, pigmentation changes post treatment, especially during the healing phase is incredibly normal. You need to wait a minimum of 4 weeks to see the fully healed results. If after 4 weeks, there is still a variation in your pigment colors, you can take a few routes. First, time heals everything. The majority of hypo and hyperpigmentation will settle with time and patience. If you are concerned and want to take further action, microneedling can also help to balance pigmentation.
Please be kind to your providers. This is a treatment that does come with risk and even the most knowledgeable and seasoned providers cannot control the outcomes of Plasma Fibroblast. Do not play the blame game, do not ask for a refund, do not leave a bad review. You knew the risks going into treatment. A good provider will listen to your concerns, explain that pigmentation changes are very normal, advise you to wait, or offer you options on other services to balance pigmentation such as microneedling. Do not expect further services to be comped.
Is there an age limit on Plasma Fibroblast?
You need to be 18 years of age for Plasma Fibroblast. Other than that, this is a great treatment for any age group. Younger clients opt to do Plasma Fibroblast for lip lifts, abdomen tightening, hooded eyelid correction, etc. Older clients are drawn to Plasma Fibroblast to tighten skin that has lost elasticity throughout the years. Keep in mind, that the looser the skin, the more visible the tightening results will be!
How many treatments of Plasma Fibroblast will I need?
I like to explain Plasma Fibroblast in reference to the gym. You go to the gym for one week, you feel good, you’re noticing changes. You go to the gym for 2 weeks and other people start to notice changes and so on. Same with Plasma Fibroblast; you will notice improvement with one treatment, but results will be more noticeable with 2-3 treatments. A qualified provider will do a consult with you in person or via photos, to advise how many treatments they think you will need. With eyes especially, 2-3 treatments are needed for true results. The more treatment you receive, the tighter the skin gets. Usually, no more than 3 Plasma Fibroblast treatments on one area per year.
Is Plasma Fibroblast permanent?
The tightening results are permanent, yes as we are tightening the skin that has lost elasticity. However, we cannot stop your skin from aging. Therefore, it is really common to do yearly touchups to enhance the collagen and elastin production, tighten the skin, and be proactive with aging.
How do I know I’m finding a good provider for Plasma Fibroblast?
Finding a knowledgeable provider is key to a good experience with Plasma Fibroblast. Some suggestions when finding a provider, ask questions! Utilize the knowledge you have gained from this blog to engage your provider in a few question-guided discussions. You want a provider that is well spoken and confident on Plasma Fibroblast. Next, having a portfolio of personal Plasma Fibroblast clients is a sign that the provider is experienced. In 2022, it’s rare that a provider does not have a social media presence; check out their page, look at comparison photos. It’s a bonus if their content provides educational, knowledgeable posts on the services as well. Your provider should be a licensed esthetician and/or work under the direct supervision of a physician. It’s always okay for you to ask a provider for their credentials.
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