PLASMA FIBROBLAST SKIN TIGHTENING
Plasma Pen Fibroblast Therapy
Plasma Pen is a new and revolutionary non-surgical treatment to lift and tighten loose, wrinkled skin with results lasting up to three years! It is particularly effective for the face and neck areas that were traditionally treated with plastic surgery or dermal fillers.
What is a Plasma Pen?
The Plasma Pen is an FDA approved device that produces tiny points of trauma to tighten and regenerate the skin and stimulate the production of new collagen. The pinpoint accuracy of the Plasm Pen allows areas such as the upper and lower eyelids that were previously unreachable by non-surgical methods to be lifted and tightened.
What is Plasma?
Plasma is often described as the fourth state of matter and is actually a hot, ionized gas. Unlike ordinary gases, plasma conducts electricity, creates magnetic fields, and has coherent characteristics that allow it to be controlled and concentrated, which is key to the effectiveness of Plasma Pen treatments. Inside the Plasma Pen, a voltage between two electrodes is released to produce an arc of ionized nitrogen plasma about 1mm above the skin.
What does Plasma do to my skin?
The energized plasma introduces a tiny carbon crusts (trauma) at the surface of the skin that heats the deeper dermis tissue. This heating stimulates structures known as fibroblasts to produce new collagen that forms the scaffolding of our skin and provides support and elasticity. As the micro-traumas heal, skin fibers contract, shorten, and tighten to eliminate wrinkles and produce a more even complexion. The production of new collagen firms and plumps the treated area to provide smoother, fuller skin.
Dúnia Ghabour Esthétique is an Exclusive Atelier open by appointment only. Due to the nature of our treatments, client preparation, detailed and semi-invasive services, we kindly ask our clients to follow PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS AND AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS, learn about and follow STUDIO POLICY, TERMS & CONDITIONS.
What areas can be treated?
Any area of the body can be treated, particularly the face and neck. These include:
Smile lines outside the mouth,
Crow’s feet around the eyes,
Jowl or jawline tightening,
Marionette lines (vertical creases between the corners of the mouth and the chin),
Turkey neck line,
Smoker’s lines or lipstick lines (vertical lines above and below the lips),
Upper and lower eyelids (bags and hoods).
When will results appear?
The healing process normally takes 7-10 days and tighter skin with more even complexion will be seen immediately. The longer lasting results from the generation of new collagen begin to appear in 2-4 weeks, continue to improve for about three months, and can last up to three years.
How many Plasma Pen treatments are needed?
This depends on the treatment area, the extent of existing skin damage, and the desired amount of improvement. In many cases, a single treatment will produce the desired results. One of the great advantages of Plasma Pen treatments is that the results are cumulative. Additional treatments may be performed at 2-3 month intervals to achieve the desired or possible level of improvement.
Are Plasma Pen treatments painful?
Plasma Pen is mildly to moderately uncomfortable. Everyone’s pain level is different and some areas of the body are more sensitive than others.We apply a potent topical anesthetic prior to treatment to reduce discomfort during treatment.
Fibroblast Skin Tightening Risks
Plasma Pen treatments are safe and effective but produce redness, swelling, scabbing, and flaking in the treatment area that normally lasts 7-10 days.
In very rare cases, scarring, hyperpigmentation, or hypopigmentation in clients of darker skin tones. Dunia Ghabour Esthetique is committed to safe, effective treatments for every client and we do not perform Plasma Pen treatments on Fitzpatrick types 4, 5, or 6.
What downtime can I expect after my Plasma Pen treatment?
There IS downtime. “Downtime” is very subjective. What you think “looks bad” and/or is “uncomfortable” can be very different from someone else’s perception. If you are comparing it to cosmetic surgery, then no, the downtime is minimal. If you are comparing it to a light chemical peel where no one can tell you did anything and you are just a bit flaky everywhere, then no.
Redness, swelling and scabbing in the treatment area
Average of 8 days downtime on the face and neck areas
Average of 10 to 14 days on the body, depending on the area being treated and the intensity of the treatment
Swelling usually begins the day following your treatment, and peaks around day 3
After day 3, swelling subsides and scabs form.
Scabs normally begin to fall off around day 6 and 7 (for face and neck)
Please be aware that the days indicated are simply guidelines for average healing time. Healing time and results may be negatively compromised by not following the after care protocol: no drinking alcohol, no smoking and no picking/scrubbing. If your health is compromised in any way, this can also extend your healing time and negatively affect your results.
What to Expect Post Procedure
You may see some immediate tightening as well as some lifting, specifically if you have crepey skin. (thick, tough, sun-damaged skin may not show immediate results)
Please remember it takes a minimum of 12 weeks to see what will be close to the final result though you may still get improvements to the area for up to 6 months as collagen & elastin production is increased.
Face dots shed approximately 4 - 10 days following the treatment. Dots on the neck & body can take longer than the face, usually around 2 weeks. The new skin that is revealed will be pink from 5 days up to 3 months post procedure, increasingly fading until returning to original coloration. This is encouraged by the application Vitamin E oil.
After the carbon crust dots fall away, the skin may be temporarily tender & peeling or even slightly textured. This is normal & will get smoother each day, return to its’ normal coloration & continue to tighten over the 3 month healing period. As skin returns to its’ original texture & color, the skin may appear healed, but that is just the beginning as the skin underneath does its work.
It takes 4 weeks for collagen & elastin production to begin. As a skin cycle is 4-6 weeks & will start to show results from any procedure or new skin care regimen.
A skin cycle is where the new cells born at the deepest layer of the epidermis & mature as they rise to the surface of the skin, & then ultimately be shed off.
It will take two skin cycles or 12 weeks for healing process to be complete. The most tightening & lifting happens in weeks 6 -10.
Temporary swelling is normal due to the fact that the area will be recovering from a deliberate controlled wound. Swelling cannot be avoided & will subside in a matter of days. Ice, Ibuprofen as well as an OTC antihistamine will help to minimize swelling.
PRE CARE INSTRUCTIONS
If you have history of herpes simplex, cold sores, or shingles in the treatment area, get anti-viral medication such as Valtrex or Acyclovir, to be started 4 days prior to your treatment and continue taking until 4 days post procedure. Please notify your technician if you have a history.
2 WEEKS BEFORE YOUR TREATMENT:
Notify your technician of any allergy to numbing creams or products, such as lidocaine, as these will be applied
prior to the treatment.
To minimize the risk of bruising or bleeding, UNLESS MEDICALLY NECESSARY, avoid taking aspirin or NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Aleve), Vitamin E supplements, Omega 3 supplements, turmeric supplements and Ginkgo biloba supplements. TYLENOL IS FINE. You can resume these medications and supplements 24 hours after your treatment. If you have any questions or medical concerns, consult your physician prior to stopping any medication or supplement.
Avoid treatments that may irritate the skin (waxing, depilatories, harsh chemicals, chemical peels, etc.).
1 WEEK PRIOR TO TREATMENT:
Stop using topical products that may irritate the skin such as Tretinoin, Retin-A, Renova, Differin, Tazorac, retinol, and exfoliating products including benzoyl peroxide, glycolic/salicylic acids and astringents.
Have any eyelash extensions removed.
As a precaution, we recommend you wash your pillowcases and some washcloths and towels with a hypoallergenic laundry detergent without dyes or fragrance. Do not use fabric softeners or dryer sheets, as these may irritate your skin. Only use washcloths and linens washed in this manner until the crusts fall off.
ON THE DAY OF YOUR TREATMENT (DAY 1):
Men should be cleanly shaved.
Do not wear makeup, contact lenses or eyelash extensions.Bring your prescription glasses if necessary.
Bring a wide-brimmed hat and big sunglasses for sun protection after your treatment. You can continue to use for the next 2 weeks.
Notify your technician of any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment.
After your treatment, you can continue most regular activities, but plan a quiet day indoors. To minimize the risk of infection, avoid getting too sweaty or dirty. Don’t smoke, as this hinders the healing process. Avoid alcohol and smoky or dusty environments.
Avoid heat, such as intense sun, intense exercise, hot tubs, saunas, etc. for 4 days.
It is normal to feel a stinging sensation for about an hour after your treatment. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen may be used afterward if needed.
Swelling may occur, especially following treatments in the eye and peri-orbital area. Delayed swelling in the eyearea may occur as late as day 2 or 3. Swelling usually resolves in a few days. Sleeping on your back with your head elevated may be more comfortable and minimize swelling. Continue for up to 1 week for treatments in the eye area.
If the stinging sensation or swelling are too uncomfortable, you can apply cool compresses (but do not apply ice packs directly to the skin).
Wash the treated area with an approved gentle cleanser in the evening.
Yes, you will be able to drive yourself home immediately after the treatment.
FIBROBLAST HEALING GUIDE
You may resume most activities immediately after any treatment but you may not look your best during the healing process. Clients usually have 4 - 10 days of dots (5 - 7 days of dots on average), usually followed by some redness that will gradually diminish. Depending on your where your treatment is and your desired level of privacy, you may want to minimize in-person appointments until your dots fall (approximately a week).
Do not pick scabs! Removing the scabs prematurely may result in scarring and discoloration. Allow scabs to come off on their own. This will ensure the best possible result and avoid scarring, hyperpigmentation and infection. If you feel the scabs are accidentally being rubbed off prematurely, then protect them with by covering them with Aquaphor to prevent falling off too early. The longer the scabs stay put the longer the skin has a chance to heal itself with the protection of the scab.
Ice the treated area using a clean towel to cover the ice pack each use. Alternate 10 minutes on and off for up to 1 hour for the first 2 days.
Keep the treated area clean using a mild, unscented, alcohol free cleanser. PAT DRY- KEEP DRY!
Ice, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine medicines can also help with swelling in the early healing phases.
Do not apply makeup (even mineral makeup) until the scabbing has fallen off completely. This is to avoid infection or disrupting the scabs prematurely.
IMPORTANT! Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds to the treated area. Once the scabbing process is complete, always apply broad spectrum SPF 50 or higher to the area for a minimum of 3 months after your last treatment. This skin is still healing and can easily become damaged by any UV rays and may cause hyperpigmentation and/or premature aging.
Dry healing is preferred but if your scabs become unbearably itchy, then you may safely apply aloe vera up to three times per day to help manage itchy sensation. Icing also helps manage itchiness.
Taking collagen, vitamin c and L-lysine supplements over the course of your healing process can give your immune system and collagen production a boost.
Avoid shaving over any area that has been treated until the skin has fully healed.
Exercising right after a treatment is not recommended because any heat, steam or sweat can add to inflammation. Do not use any pools, hot tubs or saunas until after the dots have fallen off and your skin returns to a more normal state.
After the dots have fallen off on their own, you may use makeup to cover any redness. If your skin is ready, using a gentle chemical/enzyme exfoliant can help to create a smoother surface from the peeling that is typical at this stage of healing.
Do not use anything harsh on your skin (like acids, peels or physical exfoliants) until you have reached the 8 weeks post treatment healing point. Use common sense, if it doesn’t feel good, then don’t do it.
STAGES OF HEALING
Day 1: Try to lay propped up with pillows. Some discomfort is normal. The swelling will likely be worse in the mornings and lessen towards the evening. If you have had eye treatments, you may find it difficult to open your eyes the following morning, however it will subside throughout the day. It will feel like a bad sunburn.
Day 2: The swelling typically peaks by day 2. Swelling can also spread to the under eye area, DON’T PANIC, this is perfectly normal. The upper and lower eye are all connected, therefore the fluids from the upper eye will drain to the lower eye area. This too shall pass.
Day 3: You may notice an improvement in the swelling and the “dots” will start to crust/scab over. The scabs must not be picked, allow them to fall off on their own. Your level of discomfort will have subsided a bit. For those who experienced the under eye swelling, this will still be present.
Day 4: Some mild residual swelling may still be present on the upper eyelids. Discomfort should diminish
Day 5: Swelling should be complete and scabs may still be present. Use Aquaphor to protect if scabs are accidentally getting rubbed off prematurely.
Days 6 - 10: You are patiently waiting for the remaining scabs to fall off on their own. It is normal for the new skin under the scabs to be pink or red and peeling as the healing process continues.
Weeks 2 - 8: After scabs fall off, you may have tender, peeling or textured skin for a few days or weeks.
Once your skin is no longer tender, you may safety use a non-physical, gentle, enzyme exfoliant to slough off peeling skin. After scabs fall off, you may also use healing serums, lotions and make up. Each day, your skin will progressively return to its’ original coloration and texture.
-Remember it will take 12 weeks for healing process to cycle through completely and for skin to be refreshed and for healing to complete. (You may continue to see results for up to 6 months).
-Depending on laxity & desired results, you may want to have multiple treatments on the same area. Areas may be treated every 3 months to let the collagen heal and the skin to turn over.
-You may book a Fibroblast Touchup no sooner than 90 days post last procedure.
If the toucup takes place 90-180 days post last procedure it is discounted 40%.