What is plasma?
Plasma is the 4th state of matter, (the first 3 being solids, liquids + gas). Matter achieves this state when you supply enough energy to split atoms into electrons. The result is a cloud of free, negatively charged electrons and positively charged ions, radicals, and molecules. This cloud that consists of charged particles is called Plasma.
How does plasma fibroblast treatment work?
Plasma is delivered using a high-end electronic hand-piece. This precision device is fitted with an applicator tip (metal probe) which enables the transfer of energy to the skin by utilizing the voltage in the air between the device tip and skin to generate a plasma charge. The visible result of the treatment is a thermal skin reaction, the so-called plasma points or carbon dots. Each plasma spot creates an effect radius that contracts the skin in the immediate vicinity. Due to the optimal arrangement of the dots, an effect grid is created which causes an instant and significant tightening of the targeted area. The treated area is sublimated (converted directly to vapor) using the plasma beam, which in turn causes the connective tissue (dermal fibroblasts) to contract and collagenesis to occur during the cutaneous healing process.
How many plasma fibroblast treatments will I need?
In most cases only one treatment is required. However, depending on the area of the face or body being treated and individual conditions and expectations, one or two post-treatments may be necessary. Additional treatments can be safely done at 10 to 12 week intervals after initial procedure.
Is the plasma fibroblast procedure painful?
You can experience some mild discomfort, which really depends on your pain threshold. For a comfortable experience we recommend attending your appointment on time to allow the topical anesthetic application to have the required time to absorb and take effect in the areas you would like to have treated. The topical anesthetic is applied for 30 mins for the best effect.
Will there be downtime after plasma fibroblast treatment?
Downtime depends on your working situation and lifestyle. You can resume your normal work immediately but this does not mean there is no downtime. The tiny plasma flash causes ‘crusts’ to form on the skin giving a distinctive dotting effect. You can also experience significant swelling in the area treated, particularly in the eye area. The swelling will diminish over a 2-5 day period and the crust (brown dots) that occur are gone on average between 5-10 days. These are cosmetic issues only, so technically there is no real downtime if these visual effects are of no concern to you. Exercise should be limited for the first 7 days following the procedure. Once all dots come off, makeup can be resumed.
When will I see visible results with plasma fibroblast?
The positive effect of the Plasma Fibroblast treatment is usually instant and visible during the treatment itself, but will be even more noticeable at 4 weeks with continuing improvement up to 12 weeks. Follow up treatments may be performed after 10 to 12 weeks depending on your skin’s healing.
How long will the results of plasma fibroblast last?
Plasma Skin Tightening is more than a simple tightening treatment; skin is actually removed, so the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery. Like any surgical or cosmetic procedures, the effects of Plasma treatment are not entirely permanent and won’t stop the ageing process. However, the results you get should last you for many years. Depending on the individual skin type and life-style, the result can last for two to five years or more. Lifestyle choices such as too much sun, smoking, excess alcohol consumption are discouraged in order to maintain lasting results.
Are there any risks/side effects of plasma fibroblast treatment?
Plasma Skin Tightening has been shown to be a safe procedure in thousands of patients due to its non-invasive nature. However, as with most cosmetic procedures, patients are likely to experience some minor side effects in the first 5 to 10 days after treatment. The entire treatment area will have small but visible brown dotted marks, which will begin to shed naturally over the course of 5-10 days. Some patients will also experience 3 to 5 days of swelling, especially with eyelid treatments.
To avoid any more serious side effects such as hyper-pigmentation, follow the aftercare instructions given to you prior to your treatment. If there is a greater risk for pigmentation changes due to skin type, you practitioner may suggest a test spot and/or a topical melanin inhibitor prior to the treatment. Overall, the treatment is low in complications, and virtually painless thanks to the pre-treatment numbing cream.
Am I a candidate for plasma fibroblast?
We strive to ensure that all our treatments are offered only to people who will see the benefits. To ensure this, we recommend you attend a consultation so we can cover all elements that could impact your result and perform a skin analysis. Plasma is a very safe and effective treatment, however is not suitable for everyone. There are certain medical conditions and skin types which do not react well. We will assess this on an individual basis at your consultation visit and give full reasons to you if you are not eligible.
How can I prepare for my plasma fibroblast treatment?
Oral Arnica supplement can be taken 1 week prior to treatment, but is not necessary. If you are prone to cold sores, Valtrex must be taken 3 days prior and 4 days post procedure. Eyelash extensions must be removed prior to eye lift treatment. Avoid sun exposure for 2 weeks prior to appointment. Please attend your appointment with clean skin; no moisturizer, makeup/tanning products on the treatment area, esp no mascara on lashes if the eye area is being treated. You may wish to wash your hair on the morning of your treatment as the treatment area cannot get wet for 3 days following the procedure.
What can I expect on the day of my plasma fibroblast appointment?
A numbing cream is applied to the treatment area and left to take effect for 30 mins. During this numbing period, consent forms will be given to you to complete. There will also be plenty of time to further discuss treatment and answer any questions you may have. When the area is sufficiently numb the treatment will begin. During the treatment you will feel some heat and minor irritation, but minimal or no pain! Treatment time can last from 45 minutes (incl numbing period) and up to several hours depending on the size of the treatment area. You will be provided
How long will the plasma fibroblast appointment last?
A minimum of 1 hour will be allocated. This allows for adequate numbing time (30 mins) Depending on the area of the body, the treatment can take between 45 minutes to two hours (longer in some cases for larger areas of the body).
Is special care needed after my plase fibroblast treatment?
YES. During your first appointment you will be given aftercare instructions. Following these instructions is critical for best results. Complications or negative effects will not be caused by the device (and highly unlikely by the technician either) but more likely as a result of failure in complying with aftercare instruction. Aftercare with unsuitable products are often the chief culprits where a negative aspect of any kind occurs. You will be provided with a detailed aftercare plan and aftercare products at your treatment appointment.
What are contraindications for plasma fibroblast?
• Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
• If you are sick or feeling unwell.
• If you have a cold sore in the area being treated.
• If you are prone to cold sores, you must contact your MD for a prescription of Valtrex to be taken 3 days before and 4 days after procedure.
• If you have any metal plates, pins or other implants.
• Cardio-vascular deficiencies including severe uncontrolled blood pressure.
• Clients with diabetes or healing disorders.
• If you have a Pacemaker or any other medical device with an electrical current.
• Current or recent hemorrhage.
• Malignancy and chemotherapy in the past 3 years.
• If you are susceptible to hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation.
• If you have a history of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
• If you suffer from auto-immune disease or other illnesses which affect the immune system.