Pre and Post Treatment CarePlasma Fibroblast Pen
How Does Fibroblast Treatment Work?
The plasma fibroblast treatment is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry in North America but has been used for a number of years in the medical field and in Europe. This device ionizes gases near the skin to create a tiny lightning bolt of energy or electrical arc. This thermal energy instantly shrinks the targeted skin and vaporizes a small portion of the superficial skin layer. The tissues retract and tighten giving you more youthful and glowing skin.
How Long Does It Last?
The plasma fibroblast sublimates or vaporizes skin, which means the skin volume is actually reduced. This is a soft surgery procedure with effects that should last as long as you might expect with invasive surgery. Of course, the effects of plasma fibroblast are not entirely permanent as it does not stop any further aging, but the positive results should last for several years depending on the area treated. The rejuvenating effects of treatment will be noticeable immediately after the first session, but the final results will be seen at 8 weeks. For some, an additional treatment may be required after 8 weeks has elapsed for maximum results. Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can individually affect one’s results such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and regular sun exposure.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Most patients see significant improvement with one session. The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, depth of wrinkles and sagging and other factors. Most patients see instant improvement and this continues to build incrementally over the course of the following 8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to achieve even further improvement.
Appointments must be spaced out by 4-8 weeks at a minimum.
Day of Treatment
On the treatment day, it is recommended that no makeup is worn on the treatment area. Plasma fibroblast cannot be performed on any part of the eye area if you are wearing lash extensions due to risk of infection. You may take an antihistamine 30 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take antihistamines and anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen for 2-3
days following your appointment. Swelling is a normal and expected part of the healing process.
Anti-inflammatory medicines should be discontinued a week prior to the session because they increase the chance of excessive bleeding.
A numbing solution is left on the skin for approximately 30 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb, the session will begin. You may feel some heat in the treatment area or an itchy sensation. Expect to spend at least 30-60 minutes at your appointment, depending on the size of the area being addressed.
It is recommended that sun protection of SPF 30-50 be used daily for at least 2 weeks prior to the Plasma Lift treatment(s).
Vitamin A derivatives such as tretinoin, Retin-A or any type of alpha hydroxy acid will increase sensitivity. These products should be discontinued two weeks prior to treatment. Stay out of the sun and avoid tanning salons or the use of any self-tanning products for 3 weeks prior and post treatment session.
If you feel particularly uncomfortable, anti-inflammatories such as Advil and Motrin (ibuprofen) or antihistamines such as Benadryl are suggested. It is up to the individual to decide on the appropriate medication. Exercise should be avoided immediately following the procedure and up to 24 hours after.
As part of our healing response it is natural for the treated area to become swollen as the body rushes nutrients to the area. The delicate eye area will experience significant swelling. Ice packs can be used 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to help with swelling discomfort. Downtime can vary depending on your natural rate of recovery. Most people find the healing process only lasts a few days. In some cases (generally if clients do not follow pretreatment and post care instructions), the swelling can last several days longer and can interfere with vision if the treatment was performed in the eye area.
Initially after treatment and up to 3 days later, there may be occasional weeping in the treatment area. This is the natural healing response to the plasma fibroblast procedure. As the treated area begins to heal, you will notice the carbon crusts begin to dry out and eventually flake out. This can take up to 10 days, but it is important to let the crusts fall off on their own.
DO NOT PICK the scabs as it can lead to infection, hyperpigmentation and scarring. It is important to keep this area clean with gentle cleansing. It is strongly advised that you use an SPF 30-50 sunscreen (throughout the year including the colder months) to avoid sunburn as the area’s sensitivity to sunlight will be heightened for up to 6 months post plasma fibroblast procedure.
DO NOT use alcohol-based cleansers as this will slow down the healing process by removing moisture from the skin. If at any time the treated area becomes excessively hot, red or shows signs of pus, please contact us or your physician immediately to assess if you have an infection.
Swimming and sauna activities are only permitted 2 weeks post treatment and once all the crusts have fallen off the skin and the wound is completely healed and closed. Smokers have a dampened healing response and reduced circulation or blood flow. Because of this there is an increase in the risk of infection and slowed healing. After the crusts are gone, a slight redness may remain in the following weeks and possibly months. It usually takes 4-6 weeks (sometimes longer) for the skin to regain its normal color again.
ABOVE ALL ELSE, DO NOT SCRATCH or PICK!