I recently read about a new skin tightening treatment that is now available in the UK called Plasma Pen (also known as fibroblast treatment or fibroblasting), rather than rely on reviews I decided to test it for myself. I was so impressed with the results I wanted to be able to offer this amazing treatment to my clients. After doing a lot of research to find the best training company I signed up for an intense training course.
This is such an exciting treatment, with long-lasting results and is much less invasive than other anti-ageing treatments. No more fillers or Botox to plump out the skin. This fibroblast treatment uses one's own immune system to build new layers of collagen, a process which results in tightening of the skin. Unlike Laser or skin peels that take layers from your skin, this treatment helps to thicken the skin resulting in a more youthful appearance. In fact, apart from surgery, it is the only treatment at present that can be done to tighten the skin on the eyelids. The results usually last about 3 years but in some cases can be permanent.
As we age, our skin gets thinner, less collagen is produced and the elastin fibres (which provide elasticity) wear out causing the skin to wrinkle and sag. Sebaceous glands tend to get bigger, although produce less sebum and sweat glands decrease which can lead to dryness.
Glycation also occurs – a haphazard process which impairs the correct functioning of ‘intermolecular collagen cross linking’, in simple terms, our skin losses its laxity and texture as we grow older. Glycation can manifest itself in a number of forms such as: age spots, sagging and bagging, fine lines and wrinkles, hyper pigmentation, dull skin, uneven skin tone and inflammation.
Plasma Pen was developed by Louise Walsh to deliver completely natural soft-surgery plasma fibroblasting with stunning, long lasting results. It is entirely designed to dramatically repair, reverse and mitigate all these effects to deliver a more youthful appearance that dramatically combats the aging process by using state-of-the-art plasma technology. Manufactured in Germany to exacting specifications and CE certified – converts electrical energy which is then transmitted to the applicator tip (the probe) by impulse.
At the right distance from the skin, oxygen and nitrogen are mixed and the electrostatic energy produces a flash of plasma which discharges onto the skin. This forces immediate contracture of the skin tissue and causes thermal disruption to the dermal solar elastosis and fibroblasts which denaturates and stimulates collagen and neo-collagenisation. This thermal disruption later causes excess skin to dry superficially into tiny crusts which then fall off in approximately 3 to 7 days.
“Neoepithelialisation” (the formation of new epithelial tissue) becomes visible as tiny carbon crusts which ‘flake off’ rapidly after a Plasma Pen treatment and is usually complete in 3 to 7 days. These carbon crusts serve as a natural and protective biological dressing and will flake off naturally as the newly formed and rejuvenated “neoepidermis” appears.
Plasma Pen is the gift that keeps giving because, parallel to the rapid formation of new epithelial tissue, our nitrogen plasma treatment initiates a comprehensive healing response over the coming 12 weeks.
The healing process is best characterised by extensive dermal remodelling that includes production of new collagen and elastin, cross-linking between the collagen and elastin fibrils which strengthens, plumps, inflates and lifts the structure of the skin above over a sustained period of time and the reversal of the premature degeneration of dermal elastic tissue. The inflammatory response which occurs during the healing process we stimulate also activates “M2 Macrophages”. These are white blood cells that engulf and digest cellular debris and decrease the inflammation we cause. We also stimulate the migration of “basal keratinocytes” from the basal layer of the skin to the surface and they help fill in the gaps created by the micro-trauma we create.
Many other exciting things happen including “neovascularisation” which is the formation of new blood vessels and the release of growth factors. These growth factors include “cytokines” - small proteins important in cell signalling that help modulate our immune response, our cell ageing and the repair and growth of new cells.
All the positive changes we make with our device underpin future tissue stability (homeostasis) and help prevent/mitigate/slow down many of future negative effects caused by the ageing process.
Fibroblasts are the most common cells of connective tissue in the body and they are the only cells that can make Type III collagen. Type III collagen synthesises alongside tougher Type I collagen over a period of about 12 weeks. Type I and Type III collagen is what helps provide the strength in our skins dense connective tissues and they are famed for minimising fine lines, wrinkles and micro-furrows and improving the elasticity, suppleness and hydration of our skin.
Most fibroblasts are inactive and are actually called fibrocytes. Fibrocytes will rarely undergo cell division and will not produce collagen unless they are specifically re-activated by a wound healing process or inflammatory response. We do precisely that with Plasma Pen. This treatment is also known as Fibroblasting.
If you are interested in this treatment please contact us for a consultation.