Dr. Hootan Daneshmand
Plasma Fibroblast Therapy in Bakersfield, CA
Plasma Fibroblast Therapy
There are dozens of cosmetic procedures and skin rejuvenation products out there that all claim the same thing: anti-aging. One of the newer skin treatments on the market uses a plasma pen device to cause tissue contraction, and therefore, tighter and smoother skin. But how exactly does plasma fibroblast therapy work? How much does it cost? What are the risks and complications? Below, we answer these questions and more.
If you’re interested in undergoing plasma fibroblast therapy with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Daneshmand, call 949-359-8397 today.
What is Plasma Fibroblast Therapy?
Plasma fibroblast therapy is basically a skin tightening treatment that targets fibroblasts in the outermost skin layer. Fibroblasts are cells that allow all sorts of connective tissues to form in our bodies. These cells also secrete collagen, which is an essential protein for maintaining skin firmness, youthfulness, and beauty. Fibroblasts and collagen also help our skin (and other connective tissues) heal from wounds.
The plasma fibroblast treatment uses high heat to create little holes – AKA micro-injuries – in the skin which leads to more collagen production. After several treatments, many patients notice tighter, smoother, younger skin.
Benefits of Plasma Fibroblast Therapy
Plasma skin regeneration technology can treat a variety of skin insecurities, including:
- Wrinkled or sagging skin around the eyes, lips, jawline, neck, etc.
- Age spots or sun spots
- Acne scars
- Seborrheic keratosis, which is a type of noncancerous skin growth
Some plastic surgeons and dermatologists even use plasma fibroblast therapy instead of lip fillers in order to plump up the lips. If you’re looking for fuller lips, be sure to talk with Dr. Danesmand about your wide variety of treatment options.
How Does Plasma Fibroblast Therapy Work?
The plasma fibroblast skin tightening treatment uses a plasma pen that discharges a high-frequency electric current which heats up the top layers of skin. Basically, this thermal disruption damages the upper skin’s layer. Similarly to other skin treatments, this temporary heat damage encourages tissue regeneration, breaks down skin proteins, stimulates fibroblast activity, and causes the skin to tighten according to a 2019 article.
Before your treatment begins, Dr. Daneshmand will apply numbing cream to the treatment area for the sake of your comfort. Once your skin is sufficiently numb, he’ll then begin treating the designated skin area with the pen-like device. It’s important to note that the plasma tip of the pen device never actually touches the skin. Even with the topical anesthetic, you may feel a mild tingling and burning sensation. The entire aesthetic procedure shouldn’t take longer than an hour.
Plasma Fibroblast Skin Tightening Treatment Recovery
The treated area may be sore, swollen, red, scabby, and peeling during the healing process. Although it may be tempting, do not peel or pick at your skin while it’s healing. This could cause permanent damage and a longer recovery time. It’s also important to avoid makeup and prolonged sun exposure as your skin heals. Overall, you can expect your skin to fully heal between 1 to 3 weeks.
Is Plasma Fibroblast Skin Tightening Effective?
There are countless skin rejuvenation products and cosmetic procedures out there that all claim to do the same thing: give you young, beautiful, smooth skin. But most cosmetic procedures and products can cost a small fortune. If they don’t actually work, you could waste tons of your hard-earned money.
So does plasma fibroblast therapy actually work? There aren’t a whole lot of studies on the treatment because it is fairly new, but the research that has been done is promising. In a 2007 study, 8 people went through one plasma fibroblast treatment every three weeks. Once the study concluded, the participants noticed a 37% reduction in wrinkled skin and a 68% improvement in their skin’s surface and appearance.
Meanwhile, a 2014 study claims that the effects of plasma fibroblast skin firmness can stick around for about a year after one treatment.
How Many Treatments of Plasma Fibroblast Treatment Do I Need?
The answer to this question depends on your unique skin cells and skin texture. Every body and skin type reacts differently to nonsurgical and surgical therapies. Generally, most patients require multiple treatments in order to to see optimal results. Some patients see significant improvement in their loose skin, forehead lines, dark spots, and wrinkled upper and lower eyelids after only one treatment. Dr. Daneshmand will thoroughly examine your skin during your initial consultation to not only determine which skin treatment is right for you, but also how many treatments you should undergo.
How Much Does Plasma Fibroblast Therapy Cost?
The average cost of a skin tightening procedure like plasma fibroblast therapy is approximately $2,456 according to 2020 data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. It’s important to note that the price will vary from clinic to clinic. The best way to find out how much your plasma fibroblast skin tightening treatment will cost is to call Silhouette Plastic Surgery Institute and make an appointment with us.
Plasma Fibroblast Therapy Side Effects and Complications
Every nonsurgical and surgical procedure comes with its own set of risks. It’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you actually receive plasma fibroblast therapy. Possible side effects and complications from this skin tightening treatment includes:
- Second and third-degree burns at the treatment site
- Skin infection
- Skin color changes in the treated area
- Nerve damage
- Chemical injury from the local or topical anesthetic
One of the most serious complications from this plasma pen treatment is a bilateral chemical eye injury. A 2020 study claims that a patient who underwent plasma fibroblast therapy later began experiencing eye pain, reduced vision, light sensitivity, and difficulty in opening their eyes. Doctors determined that this eye injury was caused not by the plasma pen or the high-frequency electric current, but by the numbing cream that accidentally got into the patient’s eyes. So far, this complication is considered rare.
Possible side effects and complications like these should highlight the importance of selecting an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Daneshmand, for all your cosmetic procedures. When you undergo any surgical or nonsurgical treatment with him, you can rest assured that he will take care of your, your skin, and your overall health.
Am I a Good Candidate for Plasma Fibroblast Therapy?
If you’re suffering from the health issues listed below, you probably shouldn’t undergo plasma fibroblast skin tightening.
- Severe acne that’s being treated by the medication called isotretinoin
- Autoimmune conditions or immunosuppression
- Body dysmorphia
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Open wounds in the desired treatment area
- Frequent scarring
Those who aren’t candidates for plasma fibroblast therapy may be able to enjoy a microneedling PRP treatment instead.
Should I Try Plasma Fibroblast Therapy At Home?
When you do a simple Google search of plasma fibroblast therapy, you may see lots of different plasma pens for sale online. These devices are designed to use on your skin at home. It’s important to remember that skin treatments like this can be incredibly dangerous if they’re not performed by a professional. All of these plasma pen devices are manufactured differently, so there’s no way of knowing if it’s truly safe or even effective. There is always the potential of suffering from significant facial burns from skin treatment devices sold on the internet. Allow experienced cosmetic specialists, dermatologists, or plastic surgeons to give you the smooth and youthful skin that you desire.