Fibroblast Skin Tightening
What is it?
Plasma Skin Tightening is a non surgical cosmetic enhancement designed to shrink the skin using a sterile, disposable probe.
Fibroblasts are the collagen producing cells in the skin. Fibroblast treatment is performed with a device called a plasma pen, which is used to produce plasma waves. The waves are directed as tiny light spots along the wrinkle lines. The tip of the pen never touches the skin (and the needle like attachment is a sterile, disposable, one-time use product).
The pen is held above the skin and a tiny plasma arc connects the tip of the device to the surface of the skin. Using plasma waves, the old collagen is removed by sublimation (evaporation), and fibroblasts are stimulated to produce new collagen. The targeted skin contracts and is essentially eliminated without any cutting, which results in the tightening and shrinking of the targeted skin.
This advanced procedure helps to revive natural levels of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin needed for fresh youthful skin. A series of tiny brown spots are strategically placed to attain the desired result. The skin around the dot tightens instantly, pulling the cells closer together.
What Does The Word "Plasma" Refer To?
The word “plasma” has two different meanings for this procedure. During Fibroblast Treatment, the pen creates an electric plasma arc. These tiny arcs of plasma are created by an electrical discharge between the tip of the pen and the skin, singeing the surface and tightening the underlying tissue. The technology involves the use of plasma, formed through the ionization of atmospheric gas, which then works to stimulate the contraction, shortening and tightening of skin fibers. This results in the reduction of the skin surface.
Plasma also refers to the colorless fluid in our blood. The liquid called plasma makes up about half of the content of blood. Plasma contains proteins that help blood to clot, transport substances through the blood, and perform other functions. Blood plasma also contains glucose and other dissolved nutrients. When isolated on its own, blood plasma is a light-yellow liquid. Along with water, plasma carries salts and enzymes. The primary purpose of plasma is to transport nutrients, hormones, and proteins to the parts of the body that need it.
The key role in scabs are cells in the blood called platelets. When your skin is cut or scraped, you bleed. As blood is exposed to air, platelets rush to the scene and begin sticking together. They work with proteins called fibrin and other substances to form a scab, which is essentially a blood clot on the skin.
When the clot hardens, you're left with a scab. During the healing process, connective tissue cells below the scab contract and pull the edges of the wound together, like stitches. When the wound is healed, the scab falls off to reveal healthy, repaired skin. This will help you to begin to understand why the procedure causes retraction and tightening to the area of skin we are treating.
ADVANTAGES VS. SURGERY
No cutting of skin
No stitches required
Very low-risk procedure
Minimal side effects and far less downtime
Quick & easy procedure
No risk of blindness as there is with surgery
No thinning of the skin
Significant cost saving
How Long Does it Last?
As Fibroblast is more than a simple tightening treatment (skin volume is actually reduced), the effects should last as long as they would with invasive surgery. Like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of Fibroblast are not entirely permanent as it does not stop any further aging, but the positive results should last years, depending on the area treated. The positive effects of treatment will be noticeable immediately after the first treatment, but the final results will be seen after eight weeks. For some, additional treatment may be required after eight weeks for maximum results. Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can increase lasting results. Some of these include smoking, alcohol consumption, prolonged sun exposure, and other factors that increase skin aging.
BLOOD THINNING MEDICATIONS:
Although blood thinning is not considered a listed contraindication in this procedure, it can impact the results. There are also “natural” blood thinners that you may be digesting which can also impact the results of this procedure.
To name a few:
Grape seed extract, to name a few
How do blood thinners impact fibroblast treatment?
When the blood is thinner two things can happen; we can have more bleeding occur because the skin becomes more sensitive, and is therefore prone to bruising. This entire procedure centers around the plasma. Also, because the blood is thinner we may not get a real good plasma lift (plasma coagulation) in the skin or the carbon crust (dot), which can lead to a lack of good results. We don’t want our newly placed carbon dots to bleed out, so if you ever find that a client bleeds a lot during this procedure, chances are they may be on some sort of blood thinner or digested one of the listed blood thinners. Always make sure to send out your pre-procedure and post-care instructions prior to the appointment so they can be fully prepared.
Make sure to have your clients stop alcohol intake for 3 days prior, for the reason of thinning blood and dehydration. We need the skin and body to be well hydrated with good oxygen flow.
Can this procedure be performed on someone who is taking blood thinners?
To answer the question, yes, but results cannot be guaranteed. It is preferred to seek your medical doctor’s opinion on stopping your medication if possible for a few days prior to their appointment.
To answer the question, “should this procedure be performed on someone who is currently taking blood thinners?”
When it comes to fibroblasting, why put a client through the pain and long healing process with fibroblasting when we are unsure how they will respond to the treatment? These suggestions are for your consideration.