What Is The Plasma Pen?
The Plasma Pen, also known as Plasma Lift Skin Tightening or Fibroblast Tightening, is a non-surgical device and technique that is used to tighten and smooth skin naturally. This device has been popular for many years in Europe and is now starting to gain traction in the United States for skin rejuvenation.
This device is used to perform Fibroblast Therapy, which is a technique used to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin. This promotes natural healing and rejuvenates the appearance of the skin.
What Can The Plasma Pen Treat?
Plasma lift skin tightening can be used to treat skin on almost all areas of the body. However, it is particularly effective in treating previously hard to treat areas such as the upper and lower eyelids, and the fine lines around the mouth. It is commonly used to treat wrinkles and loose skin on the face, neck, and jaw line. The Plasma Pen can also be used for loose skin on the arms or the abdomen. This is also a great treatment option for reducing the appearance of acne scars, as well as other types of scarring.
Who Is A Good Candidate For Plasma Pen Skin Tightening?
The best candidates for the Plasma Pen are patients who are looking to improve the appearance, volume, and elasticity of the skin. However, you may not be a good candidate for plasma skin tightening. The procedure is not recommended for patients who:
- Are experiencing a Herpes Simplex Virus outbreak
- Have a pace-maker installed
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding
- Have had Botox recently
- Are diabetic
- Have used Accutane within the last year
Be sure to ask your doctor or aesthetician whether or not Plasma Pen skin tightening is the right procedure for you.
How Does Plasma Skin Tightening Work?
The tip of the pen creates a plasma energy arc which is then transferred from the tip of the needle to the surface of the skin. The tissues of the skin are sublimated, or modified, during treatment. The treatment is extremely precise, meaning that the tissues surrounding the area of treatment remain untouched and intact. This results in the tightening of the skin in the desired area. As a result of this, excess skin is reduced and the remaining skin is toned, tightened, and the wrinkles are reduced.
This method of skin resurfacing creates a controlled skin damage, which activates the normal skin-healing process. This process leads to skin remodeling, which then improves various signs of aging.
Unlike other methods of skin ablation, there are no open wounds during the healing phase. Therefore, there is minimal risk of scarring, infection or loss of pigmentation.
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How Many Treatments Will I Need Before I See Results?
You can expect to begin seeing results after just one treatment. It takes about eight days for the pinpoint scabs and other side effects to fade enough to feel comfortable returning to work and social engagements. When these side effects fade, the treatment area may appear brighter and smoother. As new collagen and elastin are produced in the dermis, the overlying skin begins to look tighter and firmer. It can take several weeks for the final results of this treatment to be fully appreciated.
How Can I Prepare for My Plasma Pen Procedure?
As you look forward to your Plasma Pen treatment, you may benefit from supplementing with Vitamins A, C, E, and also Zinc, Magnesium, Copper, and Iron for a few weeks. You might obtain sufficient amounts of these nutrients in a good multivitamin. They can help promote optimal tissue regeneration. Additionally, in the week or two prior to your appointment, we suggest limiting alcohol consumption and smoking, since both can degrade the efficiency of your natural collagen production.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid Before Undergoing Plasma Skin Resurfacing?
The Plasma Pen procedure works best on a specific range of skin tones. To achieve the best results in the safest manner, you should avoid all types of tanning for several weeks before your appointment. Apply SPF 30 or higher sunscreen to the treatment area every day and, if you'll be outside for an extended period, wear a hat or protective clothing. Also do not schedule any other treatments on the area of focus for about one month prior to getting Plasma Pen treatment. Starting 10 days before your appointment, stop using Retin-A. You can use standard retinol products until 3 days before treatment. If you have eyelash extensions, you may be advised to remove them if you'll be receiving treatment on your eyelids.
What is the Recovery Like After the Plasma Pen Treatment?
During your recovery from Plasma Pen treatment, the primary objective is to allow the skin to naturally slough off the scabs that form and to recover from the minor thermal injury that stimulates collagen and elastin production. You can expect swelling and redness in the treated areas, as well as some discomfort. This side effect is minor in most cases but can be more noticeable in certain areas or based on your natural pain tolerance. Usually, comfort is fully restored by day four of recovery. By day five, most of your swelling should be gone, but you'll most likely still have some scabs until the end of the first week. After a week of recovery, your skin may look completely healed. However, you may still feel mild stinging when washing your face or applying products. Your skin may be slightly pink and tender for a few weeks.
Is there anything I should avoid after the Plasma Pen treatment?
Yes. You'll be given clear aftercare instructions that outline what to do and what not to do after your Plasma Pen treatment. If you've had treatment around your eyes, you should not wear contact lenses for at least one week. While you're in active recovery, avoid hot showers and steam, saunas, and hot tubs. Also, avoid sun exposure. No active tanning for a few months after getting Plasma Pen treatment! You will also be advised to postpone other cosmetic treatments for at least a few weeks after your skin has recovered, and you should make it a point to continue wearing SPF 30 sunscreen daily going forward. Doing so will help prolong your amazing Plasma Pen results.
What Results Can I Expect With The Plasma Pen?
In most cases, initial results are visible immediately after treatment. In the first stages of healing, small dry spots called echars form on the skin and remain there for about a week before falling off. This is normal and temporary. Because the treatment stimulates the natural body healing process, it typically takes eight weeks to see the full benefits of the treatment.
How Long Do Plasma Pen Results Last?
The results of the plasma pen are permanent, because you have stimulated your body’s natural healing process. The treatment can be repeated as necessary to obtain the desired results. In most cases, one to four treatments will produce the most optimal results. After treatment, one will continue to age, but the results of plasma skin resurfacing are long-lasting.
Are There Risks To Plasma Skin Resurfacing Treatments?
The Plasma Pen is regarded as a relatively safe treatment. However, no procedure is without its risks. Risks of plasma skin tightening include:
- Skin discoloration
Complications are more likely to arise if proper care is not taken during the healing process. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the best steps to take for the best healing.