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Plasma Pen Specialist

Sakoon The Spa

Medical & Day Spas located in Omaha, NE

Plasma Pen Q&A

Plasma Pen is the world’s most advanced, non-invasive, skin lifting, skin tightening and rejuvenation device. It is the newest cosmetic procedure to combat wrinkles, loss of collagen, and sagging skin. As we age, the dermal layer of our skin thins, we produce less collagen, which results in decreased elasticity. These factors produce sagging and wrinkling of the skin. Plasma Pen is a soft-surgery procedure targeting a wide variety of skin conditions including loss of elasticity, sagging, and wrinkles that have been traditionally treated with fillers or plastic surgery. The Plasma Pen is an FDA approved, CE approved device used to perform fibroblast therapy, a technique used to stimulate production of collagen in the skin.

HOW DOES PLASMA PEN WORK?

The plasma pen converts electrical energy into gaseous diatomic molecular nitrogen and transmits that energized gas in a non-contact way to the skin’s surface from above. This causes a micro-trauma to the skin’s epidermal layer (top layers) while simultaneously heating and disrupting the deeper dermal structure via thermal conduction. This treatment is also known as fibroblasting. Fibroblasts are the most common cells of connective tissue in the body that produce collagen.

WHAT AREAS OF THE BODY CAN BENEFIT FROM PLASMA PEN?

Fibroblasting produces excellent results for any area of the body, particularly the face and neck regions. It is important for anyone considering Plasma Pen Fibroblasting to consult with one of our nurse practitioners to assess suitability and to discuss expectations prior to proceeding. Some areas we recommend are:

  • Acne scars
  • Accordian lines - lines around the mouth
  • Crow’s feet lines around the eyes
  • Forehead lines
  • Jowl / jawline tightening
  • Marionette lines – creases or folds that run vertically from the corners of the mouth down to the chin
  • Nasal labial folds / smile lines – folds that run from the sides of your nose down to the edge of your mouth
  • Necklines, turkey neck
  • Smoker’s lines – vertical wrinkles also known as lipstick lines around the mouth
  • Stretchmarks anywhere on the body including abdomen
  • Upper and lower eyelids – bags and hoods

PLASMA PEN VS COSMETIC SURGERY

  • No injectable anesthetic required
  • No scalpel, no cutting and no ablation of the skin
  • No stitches and no scars
  • Very low risk procedure with minimal side effects
  • Short downtime
  • No thinning of the skin and more uniform that ablative resurfacing using lasers
  • No asymmetries and no risks of any overcorrection
  • Cost effective
  • Long lasting results – usually around 2-3 years

WHAT IS UNIQUE ABOUT PLASMA PEN VS OTHER FIBROBLASTING TECHNIQUES?

Other fibroblasting devices are often referred to as Plasma Pen but are not the actual trademarked device. Other devices can be purchased for as little as $10 and are not true plasma technology. At best, they are designed for personal skin tag and mole removal. These pens are not suitable for professional use and can be dangerous. Our nurse practitioners are certified in Plasma Pen Fibroblasting techniques.

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Plasma Pen skin tightening results are impressive but should not be proposed as an alternative to surgery in cases of moderate to severe skin laxity. Only surgery can achieve these kinds of results. You will typically see immediate tightening along with cumulative improvements over the next three months in the appearance of saggy skin. In some cases, it may require more than one session depending on the desired results.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

The Plasma Pen is a relatively safe treatment, particularly when compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures. However, no procedure is without risks and it’s important to review and understand the contraindications and risks. Risks include:

  • Swelling and bruising
  • Scabbing and crusting
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scarring

WHAT CAN I EXPECT?

We use heavy topical numbing cream prior to procedure and people report varying levels of discomfort. It is important to continuously inform your provider of your comfort level. There is downtime. “Downtime” is very subjective. Comparing the Plasma Pen procedure to surgery, the downtime would be less. Comparing this to a chemical peel, the downtime would be more. You can expect:

  • Redness, swelling and scabbing in the treatment area
  • Average of 8 days downtime on the face and neck areas
  • Average of 10 to 14 days on the body, depending on the area being treated and the intensity of the treatment
  • Swelling usually begins the second day following your treatment, and peaks around day 3
  • After day 3, swelling subsides and scabs form.
  • Scabs normally begin to fall off around day 6 and 7 (for face and neck)

Please be aware that the days indicated are simply guidelines for average healing time. Healing time and results may be negatively compromised by not following the aftercare protocol: no drinking alcohol, no smoking and no picking/scrubbing. If your health is compromised in any way, this can also extend your healing time and negatively affect your results. Most clients can expect an average of 8 days of downtime in the face and neck areas.

AM I A CANDIDATE?

Darker skin tones (African American, African, Latin, Native American, Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian ancestry and people of mixed ethnicities) may not good candidates for Plasma Pen.