What is Plasma Skin Tightening?
Plasma Skin Tightening (also called Fibroblast) is a low-risk, minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment that eliminates excessive or sagging skin and improves the tone and texture of the skin. It is a less expensive and safer alternative to invasive cosmetic surgeries (such as eye lifts, brow lift or tummy tucks), but it's just as effective with much less downtime.
Plasma Skin Tightening can also be used to remove skin tags and improve the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars. Although Plasma Skin Tightening is not surgery, it delivers similar results. It’s a win-win-win (cheaper, safer, less downtime) over plastic surgery.
Julie Lindh has been performing Plasma Skin Tightening for many years, but it’s only recently begun to catch on in the US.
How Does Plasma Skin Tightening Work?
Plasma is one of the states of matter (the others being gas, liquids and solids). During a Plasma Skin Tightening treatment, plasma is created by electricity generated by an extremely accurate hand-held device that ionizes with oxygen and nitrogen in the air to create an electrical arc. Think of this electrical arc as being like a lightning bolt. When this lightning bolt hits the skin, it vaporizes liquid in the skin at the point of contact. The area around that point of contact tightens and shrinks. This is how Plasma Skin Tightening works to lift the skin. It also removes damaged epidermal cells and stimulates the fibroblasts in your skin to produce new collagen.
Who is this treatment for?
Plasma Skin Tightening is very effective in treating several skincare issues. You would be a good candidate for this procedure if you are concerned about:
- Baggy lower eyelids
- Excessive upper eyelid skin
- Crows feet
- Thin lips
- Sagging jowl and neck skin
- Scars, including acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Loose stomach skin
- Deep line and wrinkles around the mouth
This treatment should not be used on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Plasma Skin Tightening works best on light-medium skin tones. Very dark skin tones sometimes experience hyperpigmentation (dark spots) or hypopigmentation (light spots) following treatment.
What can I expect?
On the day of your appointment, Julie Lindh recommends taking an antihistamine 30 minutes prior to your appointment time. This will help with any swelling that you may experience. You can also continue to take antihistamines for swelling a few days following your treatment.
A numbing agent will be applied to the areas that will be treated. Julie will use the hand-held device on the targeted area. You may feel some heat, which may be uncomfortable and slightly irritating. Immediately after treatment, the area will be red and mildly swollen with some discoloration (tiny brown marks that look like scabs), however you will see results immediately. The area may feel like it’s been sunburned, this feeling may last a few hours post-treatment, and the swelling may intensify and last up to 2-3 days. The eye area usually experiences to most swelling. All side effects should subside within 5 -12 days depending on the individual and area treated and the results will also improve over the course of 6 weeks.
Julie will provide you with aftercare instruction to ensure best results. For most people, driving immediately after the treatment is fine. However, if your eye area was treated, it may be best to come with someone that can drive you afterward.
How long is the treatment?
This procedure usually takes 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How often should I get this treatment?
The results are very similar to cosmetic surgery and should be just as long-lasting. However, like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of are not 100% permanent. The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, the desired results and the individual’s response to the treatment. Most people only need one treatment, but some may benefit from an additional treatment after 6-8 weeks for maximum results. It is very uncommon to need more than two treatments.