Plasma Pen – Fibroblast Treatment – Skin Tightening
Plasma Pen treatment (also known as a fibroblast treatment or fibroblasting) is a new skin tightening treatment now available in our London clinic. This treatment when done on the face or body produces awe-inspiring results. It requires much less downtime compared to a surgical facelift, has less downtime, and is considerably cheaper.
This is such an exciting rejuvenation treatment with long-lasting results and is much less invasive than other anti-ageing treatments. No more injectable fillers or Botox to plump out the skin. This treatment uses your own immune system to build new layers of collagen, resulting in the tightening of the skin, and minimal side effects. Unlike Laser or skin peels that take layers from your skin, this skincare treatment helps to thicken the skin, resulting in a more youthful appearance. In fact, apart from surgery, it is the only treatment that can be done to tighten the skin on the upper eyelids. The results usually last about 3 years, but in some cases can be permanent.
A Non-Invasive Treatment
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 they produce less sebum and sweat glands decrease, which can lead to dryness.
Glycation also occurs – a haphazard process that 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 many forms, such as age spots, sagging loose skin, fine lines, crow’s feet, smoker’s lines, hyperpigmentation, acne scarring, dull skin, uneven skin tone, sun damage, stretch marks, and inflammation.
What Does the Plasma Pen Do?
Louise Walsh developed the Plasma Pen to deliver completely natural soft-surgery plasma fibroblast with stunning, long-lasting results. It is designed to dramatically repair, reverse and mitigate all these effects to deliver a more youthful appearance that dramatically combats the ageing process by using state-of-the-art plasma technology. A plasma pen treatment will work on any part of the face or body where you have skin issues. You can opt for a full-face treatment, or concentrate on a specific area, such as the eye area or jawline. It can furthermore remove skin tags; the technology offers an ideal solution without surgery.
Manufactured in Germany to exacting specifications and CE certified – the plasma pen conveys electrical energy, which is 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 that discharges onto the skin. This forces immediate contracture of the skin tissue and causes thermal disruption to the dermal solar elastosis and fibroblasts, which denaturants and stimulates collagen and neo-collagenisation. This thermal disruption later causes excess skin to dry superficially into tiny crusts, which then fall off after approximately 3 to 7 days.
What’s Involved In The Healing Process?
“Neo epithelialisation” (the formation of new epithelial tissue) becomes visible as tiny carbon crusts on the treatment area. These scabs ‘flake off’ rapidly after a Plasma Pen treatment and the process 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 “neo epidermis” 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 next 12 weeks.
The healing process is best characterised by extensive dermal remodelling that includes the production of new collagen and elastin, cross-linking between the collagen and elastin fibrils which strengthen, plumps, inflates, and lifts the structure of the skin. This process occurs over a sustained period and the reversal of the premature degeneration of dermal elastic tissue. The inflammatory response which occurs during the healing process stimulates and activates “M2 Macrophages”. These are white blood cells that engulf and digest cellular debris and decrease the inflammation. The treatment also stimulates 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 created.
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, 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, and slow down many of the future negative effects caused by the ageing process.
What Are Fibroblasts?
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 strength in our skin’s dense connective tissues, and they are famed for minimising fine lines, wrinkles, and micro-furrows and improving 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 revolutionary treatment, please contact us for a consultation at our London clinic.