PLASMA/FIBROBLAST FAQ'S

What is Fibroblast/Plasma and how does it work?

In its simplist terms, it is a non-surgical treatment to lift and tighten skin, or treat other issues such as Stretch Marks and Skin Tags for example.

During the Fibroblast Treatment, a specialist device is used, which has a tip that creates an electric current, causing a '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 pen does not touch the skin, but is used in a very close range. The technology involves the use of plasma, formed through the ionization of atmospheric gas (the air), which then works to
stimulate the contraction, shortening and tightening of skin fibers. This results in the reduction of the skin surface.

Fibroblasts are principal cells that are within connective tissues, they play a vital role in skin healing and collagen  production. When the thermal changes happen during the Plasma treatment, Fibroblasts are activated and wound healing begins.

Does the treatment it hurt?

A topical anesthetic is used, so generally speaking most clients do not find it painful, more irritating than anything else, you may also feel a little heat in the area being treated.

Post procedure, you likely feel a slight sensation similar to that of sunburn and swollen, so more uncomfortable than painful. The use of ice packs can help with this.

Is there much downtime?

You should expect to feel a little tender and swollen in the area treated and you will also be able to see the little dots from the treatment both immediately after and in the following days post treatment. Carbon crusts will form over the dots after a few days. the skin can remain a little  reddish or pinkish for up to 6 weeks as the skin fully heals. 

It is advised to consider having this treatment when you perhaps are able to have some downtime for a few days.

When will I see results?

Although you might notice a slight change in the area immediately, it isn't until around weeks 8 onward that the results can be seen, sometimes it will be a little longer as the skin continues to heal and tighten over a period of a few weeks

What are the advantages to having Plasma Fibroblast than something more invasive?

  • 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 do results last?

Like most 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 severity of the treated area and many lifestyle factors. Like any treatment, results cannot be guaranteed

How long does the treatment take?

Including numbing, consultation and preparation, a guide is approximately 60-90 mins for smaller areas, other area's might take a little longer

How many treatments do I need?

This will vary on the area being treated, the desired results, the kin/bodies response to the treatment, lifestyle and medical factors etc. Therefore, sometimes further treatment/s may be required in the same area or an area of close proximity

What areas can be treated?

There are lots of amazing treatment options, from Upper and Lower Eyelid lifts, Crows Feet, Marionette and Nasolabial lines, stretch marks, skin tags, neck and tummy and so much more.

Please visit our 'Prices and Booking info' page for a full list of the areas we currently treat

PLASMA/FIBROBLAST FAQ'S

In preparation for your treatment you should:

  • Avoid direct sun exposure/sun beds for 3 weeks and use an SPF of 30+ for at least 2 weeks before

  • Not use skin care products with ingredients such as retinols, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), tretinoin or any type of Vitamin addictives or ingredients should be avoided.

  • Avoid blood thinners including natural blood thinners 24-48 hours before your procedure, such as (to name a few): Ibuprofen, Turmeric, Ginger,  Cayenne peppers, Vitamin E, Garlic, Cassia cinnamon,  Ginkgo biloba, Grape seed extract. DO NOT STOP MEDICATION WITHOUT DOCTORS CONSENT

  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine and Ibuprofens for at least 24-48 hours before your appointment

  • Seek treatment or use coldsore treatments if you are prone to breakouts i.e. around the mouth area for approx 5 days before treatment

  • Not have Botox or Fillers for ideally 4 weeks before/after treatments

  • Contact Lenses must be removed for the treatment and not used for at least 72 hours post procedure

On the day of the treatment, please do not wear any make up. You may wish to take an antihistamine approx 30 minutes prior to your appointment as this can help with the swelling as well as taking them for 2 to 3 days after the treatment if you are safe to do so.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

(reasons you may not be eligible for treatment - please read)

  • Pregnant, Breastfeeding or only recently given birth

  • Current or history of cancer, especially malignant melanoma or recurrent 

    non-melanoma skin cancer, or pre-cancerous lesions or after recovery from cancer till off medication for 6 months and have GP approval prior to commencing treatment
  • Any active infection

  • A history of recurrent Herpes Simplex (mostly for lip area treatments), Systemic Lupus

  • Erythematous or Porphyria - active skin conditions

  • Use of photosensitive medication, and/or herbs that may cause sensitivity to 

    such as, tetracycline or St. John’s Wart
  •  Immuno-suppressive diseases including AIDS and HIV infection or use of 

    immuno-suppressive medications
  • Diabetes unless under control - with a note from GP

  • History of bleeding (i.e. Hemophiliac Disease) coagulopathies or use of anticoagulants

  • History of keloid scarring

  • A history of heart disease (Angina, heart pacemaker, taking anti-coagulant 

    drugs)
  • Dermatological conditions/products in the previous 3 months for the treatment of acne or other Use of oral or topical Roaccutane or Retin A, vitamin A 

  • Recent surgeries 

  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse

  • Prone to deep bruising 

  • *Fitzpatrick Skin Type 4+ or darker skin tones may be prone to Post Inflamatory Hyperpigmentation

  • Any active infection, cold, Flu or Fever 

  • High or low blood pressure

  • Liver disease and/or any medication that affects the liver function

  • Metal implants/plates or pins

  • On regular prescription medication - requires GP approval

  • Pacemaker fitted

  • Poor circulation (blood and lymph)

  • Recent scarring to treatment area

  • Phlebitis,Thrombosis or Thyroid disease or other hormonal disorders - may require GP consent

  • Under 18 years of age

Please advise us if you have any of the above or a prone to them as in some instances with GP consent, treatment may be deemed safe and suitable.

Which Fitzpatrick Skin Type are you?

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AFTERCARE ADVICE

Aftercare is intended to ensure that you are fully equipped to care for your treated area and achieve the best results possible with little to no issues.

Immediately after the procedure, it is likely you will feel sore/tender and swollen. The swelling may continue to increase for approx 2 or 3 days. Ice packs and anti-histamines can help alleviate this a little and provide some comfort.

Over the period of approximately a week to 10 days, you will notice carbon crusts forming on the dots of the treated area, this is an important part of the healing and you MUST NOT pick these away, you will affect the healing significantly and risk scarring or infection.

once these crusts come away naturally, you will notice the skin will look a little pink/reddish, this is normal and will settle over the coming weeks.

  • Clean the treated area with a lint free cloth twice a day using sterile water (cooled boiled kettle water is sufficient), starting three days after treatment

  • Do not touch the area aside from cleaning and application of aftercare - Colloidal Silver Spray (preferably) is recommended immediately, or  Natural Aloe Vera or Arnicare around 2-3 times a day, preferably after cleaning and drying the area and after a couple of days post procedure. Do not saturate the area

  • For facial treatments, it is recommended you sleep in a slightly elevated position as this will help swelling (this is typically worse in the mornings)

  • Only use the advised aftercare ointments, do not deviate from this, applying with either a Cotton Bud or finger tips of thoroughly washed hands

  • Sleep on a clean pillow case

  • Do not itch, scratch or pick the area

  • Do not use Make Up on/around the treated area until all crusts have come away naturally

  • • No Botox, Collagen Injections or Dermal Fillers for ideally 4 weeks post treatment (seek advise from your injector prior to injections)
    • No Swimming, Sauna's or Jacuzzis for at least 2 weeks post treatment, longer if any crusts remain

  • Do Not Use Anti-Aging Creams, AHA’s, Glycolic or Retinol for at least 2-3 weeks and only if crusts have come away
    • Do Not Use Exfoliating Products for a few weeks 
    • Use an SPF of 50 post treatment once healed long term, especially in the first 12 weeks as your skin will be more sensitive to the sun - a physical SPF  (Zinc & Titanium) is advised

  • Avoid direct sun exposure on the treated area for approx 12 weeks

  • Avoid exercise for a week post treatment

  • Increase your fluid intake to help support your Lymphatic system and its important role in your healing

Should you notice weeping in the first couple of days, this is normal, especially with swelling. however, if you notice any discharge from the area or with the weeping, please seek medical advise in case an infection has occurred.

By following the aftercare, you will significantly reduce the risk of infection or scarring, however, as with all treatments, there is a small risk this may occur.

Do not pick or scratch the area, do not touch unnecessarily, and always ensure your hands are clean before you clean the area or apply aftercare.

It is absolutely essential that you follow the aftercare detailed here and as advised to you during your appointment. 

Remember, you will not see results immediately, there is a healing period of around 12 weeks to see full results, though the wound effects should be significantly less.