How Does Fibroblast Treatment Work?
Fibroblast is a relatively new innovation in the beauty industry but has been used for a number of years in Europe. The extremely accurate hand-held device works by utilizing the voltage in the air between its tip and the natural gasses emitted from our skin, to form a plasma charge. A small electrical arc is created and instantly shrinks the targeted skin. The tissues retract and tighten giving you more youthful-looking skin.
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 8 weeks. For some, additional treatment may be required after 8 weeks for maximum results. Additionally, there are lifestyle factors that can prevent the result from lasting as long as they can, such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and prolonged sun exposure.
How Many Treatments Are Required? The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, skin's laxity, the desired degree of correction, and the individual’s response to the treatment. Most patients see results instantly and this continues to improve over the course of the following 8 weeks. Further treatments can be carried out to achieve better results. Appointments must be spaced out by 4-8 weeks.
Day of Treatment:
On the treatment day, it is recommended that no make-up is worn on the treatment area. You may take an anti-histamine 30 minutes prior to your appointment to help with swelling and continue to take antihistamines for 2-3 days following your appointment.
A numbing agent is applied and left to take effect for up to 30 minutes. When the treatment area is sufficiently numb, the session begins with multiple connections of the fibroblast tip, spaced closely together. You may feel some heat in the treatment area, which may be uncomfortable and slightly irritating. Treatment time is usually between 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area. Immediately after treatment the area may be red and mildly swollen with small carbon crusts (spots). You may experience a sensation similar to a sun burn which will likely last a few hours. Swelling may intensify over the following few hours and more so when eyes are treated and may last 2-3 days. The carbon crusts will lift within 5 -12 days depending on the individual and area treated. Results gradually improve over the course of the following 8 weeks.
Following the treatment, you will be given thorough aftercare instructions to ensure that you see the best results. In the week following the treatment (or until the treatment area has fully healed) an exfoliating wash or cleanser should not be used. Instead opt for a pH balanced soap (dove), and avoid rubbing the area.
It is recommended that sun protection of SPF 30-50 be used daily for at least 2 weeks prior to the
Plasma Lift treatment(s).
Skincare products with ingredients such as retinols, alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs), tretinoin or any type of Vitamin A derivatives should be avoided.
Stay out of the sun, tanning salons and refrain from using any self-tanning products for 3 weeks.
Your practitioner may prescribe medicine even if you do not have a history of cold sores or if you have other contra-indications which may put you at risk of developing side effects following treatment.
As a patient, I understand that all treatment, medical history, hold harmless and waiver forms must be completed and signed to ensure that you have understood the potential benefits and risks associated with the Plasma Lift procedure(s). I also understand that I will receive the best, safest, and most successful treatment possible.
Photographs will be taken by the technician “before and after” treatment (standing or sitting up) as well as at a later date for comparison.
Most people will experience a mild burning sensation immediately following any Plasma Lift procedure.
This is similar to a sunburn that should resolve within a few hours. However, this depends upon your sensitivity tolerance and this discomfort may last longer. If you feel particularly uncomfortable, anti-inflammatories such as Advil or anti-histamines such as Benadryl is suggested. It is up to the individual to decide on self-medication.
As a natural healing response, it is usual for the treated area to become swollen, especially around the more delicate area such as the eyes. Ice packs not only soothes but also helps the swelling. Recovery can vary depending on your natural rate of recovery. Most people find it only lasts a few days. In extreme cases (specifically if clients do not follow aftercare guidelines), the swelling can last several days longer and may interfere with vision if Plasma Lift treatment was performed in the eye area.
Initially after treatment and up to 3 days later, there may be occasional weeping. This is the natural healing response to the plasma lift procedure.
As the treated area begins to heal, you will notice the drying out process whereby a brown/black crust develops on the surface of the skin. This will flake off after a few days but in some cases can take up to 10 days.
DO NOT PICK the crusting as it can lead to infection or scarring. It is important to keep this area clean.
It is strongly advised that you use an SPF 30-50 sunscreen (throughout the year including the coldermonths) to avoid sunburn as the area’s sensitivity to sunlight will be heightened for up to 3-4 months post Plasma Lift procedure. Boiled lukewarm water is best for cleaning the treated area(s). DO NOT use alcohol-based cleansers as this will slow down the healing process.
If at any time the treated area(s) become too hot, red or shows sign of pus, please contact us or your doctor for advice as you may be developing an infection. For optimum results, more than one Plasma Lift treatment is usually needed and can be performed typically 8-12 weeks onwards after the initial procedure.
It is important that these crusts are not removed (never scratch, otherwise a scar will remain). Instead, twice daily in the morning and in the evening, carefully clean the areas, then disinfect it with distilled water spray and gently dab with a clean, lint-free cloth. Then apply provided ointment twice daily.
After the independent peeling of the scab crusts (typically the 5t-8 days), pink/red skin forms.
Sunscreen lotion of SPF50 is recommended 6 months post Plasma Lift treatment.
Swimming and sauna activities are only permitted 2 weeks post treatment and once all the crusts have fallen off the skin surface and the wound is completely healed and closed.
Smokers may experience a significant worsening of the blood flow, which increases the risk of wound healing and/or slowed healing.
Note that after the crusts are lost, slight redness may remain in the following weeks to months. It
usually takes 4-6 weeks (sometimes longer) until the skin has reached its normal color again.
Follow up treatment will not be before 8 weeks from the first treatment date.
DO NOT SCRATCH or PICK!!!