At Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, Illinois, we are pleased to offer plasma pen treatments to our growing clientele. While plasma pen treatments are a fairly new cosmetic offering, they are growing in popularity, and with good reason.
What Is a Plasma Pen?
Throughout the world, the plasma pen is known as one of the most advanced skin lifting and tightening devices available. The pen is used to rejuvenate the skin, treating everything from wrinkles to lost elasticity. Using the pen, aestheticians and doctors are able to dramatically enhance the appearance of the skin without the need for more invasive procedures.
The pen can be used to treat a number of issues without causing damage to any of the surrounding tissues. With FDA approval, the device is used to perform what is known as fibroblast therapy, targeting the fibroblast cells of the body. These cells are the most common cells found in the connective tissue of the body producing collagen.
How It Works
The plasma pen works by utilizing the power of plasma. You probably remember learning about solid, liquid, and gas as states of matter in school. Plasma is the fourth state of matter, which works by ionizing gases from the atmosphere to create a tiny electrical charge called an ARC. The pen distributes the ARC across the skin, although it never touches the skin itself. This is called Fibroblasting.
As the ARC moves across the skin, the skin’s natural healing properties are triggered, encouraging the release of collagen. Collagen then works to tighten and rejuvenate the surface and appearance of the skin.
Common Treatments Done With Plasma Pen
Fibroblast therapy is a great option that produces fantastic results for any area of the body. It is most commonly used, though, on the face and neck. There are literally dozens of great ways in which this therapy can offer relief, but some are more popular than others:
If you’ve begun to notice folds or creases in the skin around your neck, you are not alone nor abnormal. Neck lines are a natural part of the aging process and are made more prevalent by certain lifestyle choices.
Smokers and those who have had long and frequent exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays typically notice neck lines begin to develop sooner than others. They can also be strongly affected by your genetics. While the visibility of neck lines is inevitable, the extent of the lines and other signs of aging can be reduced by fibroblast therapy.
Moles and Freckles
Moles and freckles are common and present as small dots on the surface of the skin. Freckles are usually considered to be paler brown and are often found in conjunction with pale skin and red hair, although they are not exclusive to any skin tone or hair type. They are usually made darker and more evident by sun exposure. Moles, on the other hand, are darker pigmented and can sometimes be raised from the skin as small lumps of tissue.
Both are beautiful features that can change the unique appearance of the person blessed to wear them. There are circumstances, though, where they become a nuisance and a person would simply rather be rid of them. In these situations, fibroblast therapy can be used to lighten the spot or even remove it altogether.
Marionette lines are a fun name assigned to the lines that develop around the mouth, resembling the way in which string puppets are constructed with opposable jaws and moving facial features. The marionette puppet features a split jaw so that the puppeteer can add movement to the puppet’s ability to speak.
When you look in the mirror, you may notice that these lines have begun to form on your face, as well. Humans develop these creases over time, which run from the outer corners of the mouth to the outer corners of the chin. Because of the way these lines form, you may notice that you have a perpetually pouty appearance.
Fibroblast pen therapy can help smooth these creases, taking years off your face and improving your resting expression.
A skin tag is a piece of skin that is soft and hangs from the body. They may have what is called a peduncle or a stalk, which resembles the stem of a plant but is made of harder skin. Skin tags can be found anywhere on the body, but are especially common in areas where rubbing takes place.
These areas include places where the skin is rubbed by the waistline of pants or the straps of the bra and also where the thighs rub together while walking. Other names for skin tag include acrochordon, cutaneous papilloma, cutaneous tags, skin polyps, and soft fibromas. While very common, they usually don’t occur until after midlife, affecting both men and women with equal frequency.
Pen therapy can be used to reduce the size or even completely remove a skin tag, depending on the treatment required.
As you get older, you might notice small dark areas of the skin becoming more evident. Sometimes called “liver spots,” these areas vary in size and usually appear darker and more quickly on the skin that has been exposed to the most amount of sun. These areas include the face, shoulders, arms, and hands. They may also be called solar lentigines or sun spots.
These spots are most common in adults who are over the age of 50, but younger people can get them if they spend prolonged periods of time in the sun without protection. They often are alarming at first because they can look like cancerous growths, but if they are truly age spots, they won’t require any treatment and are actually harmless.
The skin has darkened in these areas as your body tried to protect itself from extended exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. For cosmetic reasons, though, you may want them removed or faded. Fibroblast therapy can fade age spots, returning skin to its original toning over time.
Scars are permanent patches of skin that develop over a wound as it heals. They are common over deep scrapes or cuts or burns. They are also common among old medical incisions and with certain infections such as acne or chickenpox.
Because the skin that develops as a scar is often thicker and more darkly pigmented than the rest of the skin, they are typically obvious at first glance. Typically, they will fade over time, but they rarely ever completely go away without help. Pen fibroblast therapy can help treat the affected area, improving the odds of a more complete recovery.
Stretch Mark Treatment
Stretch marks, often called striae, are streaks that develop across the skin as a result of rapid skin growth. They are commonly found in the abdomen area, breasts, hips, buttocks, or thighs, although they can be found anywhere on the body. Typically associated with women, they are also found on male and female bodies.
Stretch marks are not usually painful and are not harmful, but they can be distressing in appearance and cause feelings of embarrassment, particularly when wearing a swimsuit or more revealing clothing. As such, many choose to look for ways to minimize the appearance of their stretch marks. Pen therapy can reduce the appearance of stretch marks.
While these are just some of the great ways that fibroblast therapy can help, don’t be dismayed if you are in need of help with something that is not on the list. Instead, speak to your specialist about how the pen might be helpful for your unique situation.
Does It Work?
The Plasma Pen has earned a strong reputation throughout the world as a reliable means to achieve rejuvenating and reformative skin results. There is no doubt about it- fibroblast therapy works and works well for most individuals.
Using the Fitzpatrick skin type scale, which is a scale used to determine the darkness of a person’s complexion, aestheticians have determined the Pen as a great option for skin types I-III. Those who have darker skin tones may not be good candidates, however. Speaking to a trained Pen therapist will better help you determine whether your needs can be met by this device.
Benefits of the Plasma Pen
Because the pen doesn’t penetrate past the surface of the skin, there is no bleeding involved. This is a great benefit to those who struggle with the sight of blood or who are concerned about the length of time that will be required to heal after the treatment is completed. The entire process is less messy, less painful, and therefore less of a hassle than many other treatments.
You will be able to see the results of fibroblast therapy on the first day. Fibroblasting is a popular option for pre-wedding refreshers and early afternoon off appointments because it doesn’t take a long time for results to become apparent, and there is no concern for a lengthy healing time and no soreness to contend with on your way to the “finish line.”
No Stitches Required
Again, because there is no pushing beyond the surface of the skin, stitches are not required. Unlike with more invasive options, you don’t need to worry about aftercare suture maintenance or risk of infection. With Pen therapy, treatment is easy to heal from and does not require extended time off.
Safe and Effective
With FDA approval and proven results, the Pen has shown itself to be a fantastic alternative to invasive procedures. There is nothing to worry about in regard to safety or concerns about long-term effects.
The results of Pen therapy last for a very long time–even years in some situations! When even invasive procedures are also likely to require a refresher over time, it’s great to know that it’s far easier to undergo follow-up pen therapy than it is to continually be going under the knife.
By now, you should have a pretty strong idea of whether or not fibroblast therapy is the correct route to your desired aesthetic outcome. If so, the only thing left standing between you and the look you are hoping for is making an appointment to meet a specialist who can guide you through the process.
Schedule Your Consultation Now
Call Old Town Med Spa in Chicago, Illinois for a Plasma Pen consultation today. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are excited to help you and answer any questions you may have about whether fibroblast therapy is the right option for you.