Fibroblast Plasma Lifting

Plasma Lifting is the non-invasive aesthetic answer to surgical lifting procedures, as well as treatment of lines (yes, even deep ones), crepey skin, and drooping in areas that facelifts leave behind.  An arc of plasma is directed through a specialized device - in a highly customized grid configuration determined by the lift desired - to contract and tighten, prompting the fibroblasts to create new type 3 collagen, which matures into type 1 collagen over the 12 weeks following treatment.  The contracting action at the skin's surface is permanent and capable of quite literally pulling out wrinkles, so thoughtful placement is a must to assure the intended lift and contour.  Full results are seen at 12 weeks when new collagen has effectively matured and cross-linked.

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Fibroblasting FAQ:

  • Is this done all-over?

    • Plasma lifting can be used on almost any part of the face or body for lifting, tightening, and contouring, however during any one session, a distinct face or body area is targeted.  Two weeks should pass between areas treated for best healing, and areas may be retreated after 3 months for additional lifting.

  • Does it hurt?

    • With the use of a mild topical numbing agent, we would describe the sensation as "zingy."  The treatment involves repeated tiny strokes to the skin with the plasma device, so no one area is subjected to the sensation for very long.  The treated area typically feels tender like a sunburn for a day or two following your session.

  • Is it safe?

    • With a thorough intake consultation, the treatment is safe for a wide range of people, concerns, and life phases.  Some contraindications can be managed through timing and scheduling.

  • What if I have other cosmetic procedures done?

    • Most people interested in this treatment also incorporate other anti-aging modalities ranging from topical retinoids to peels and microdermabrasion to injections to surgical procedures.  These may compliment each other as long as we know exactly what you've had done and are planning to do, and when, so that we can plan for you to pause the use of certain topicals and organize the schedule for your treatment in such a way as to:

      • 1) maximize your chance of easy healing and minimize your chance of complications like hyperpigmentation;

      • 2) reduce the amount of treatment you might need with other modalities; and

      • 3) make a plan for you to resume your routine healthy skin maintenance when it is safe to do so.

  • Does it matter what I'm using on my skin?  Does it matter what I'm taking?

    • Absolutely - we need comprehensive information about both your topical skincare routine and your medications and supplements.  There is a pause period for hydroxy acid and retinoid home skincare that will depend on the type used and frequency of use.  Certain OTC supplements (anything blood-thinning like fish oil, photosensitizing like St. John's Wort, or anti-inflammatory like turmeric) require a pause of several days, and additionally, for well-managed patients, doctors often approve pausing certain prescription medications (anticoagulants like warfarin, photosensitizers like tricyclic antidepressants, strong anti-inflammatory medications) in order for you to safely receive treatment.  A doctor should be consulted for antiviral medications to take before treatment and during the healing period if we will be treating an area where you've had cold sores before.  We also need you to commit to the recommended home skincare post-procedure to ensure that your skin heals properly, and only resume active topicals when it is safe to do so.

  • What about the sun?

    • To safely treat with this modality, strict sunscreen and UV avoidance must be practiced for a minimum of 2 weeks in advance and for 12 full weeks afterwards to avoid pigmentation complications that could be permanent or require further treatment.  Of course as skin experts, we recommend a UV-free lifestyle anyway.

  • How about my health?

    • The collagen production triggered by Plasma Lifting is assisted by the body's own immune functions.  If you are sick or immune compromised, postpone having this treatment until you are healthy so that you can receive it safely and get the most benefit.  Current cancer patients should wait until 6 months post treatment with doctor's approval, and uncontrolled diabetes should be brought under control before attempting treatment.  Certain other conditions like heart disease preclude treatment unless approved by the doctor managing the condition.  Accutane patients must wait 6 months between the conclusion of that medication and any cosmetic procedure.  Pregnant/nursing individuals should wait until after birth and full weaning.

  • What if I have other skin issues like acne or rosacea?

    • We are all about skin at Spa Aeon, and while we can't do fibroblast treatment over active acne or otherwise compromised skin, we would love to work with you on restoring your skin to its healthiest state first and then using Plasma for lifting and contouring.

  • What if I pick at the treated area post treatment?

    • Picking can and usually will result in hyperpigmentation, if not bleeding, infection, permanent hypopigmentation, and other undesirable outcomes.  If you're going through a particularly stressful period of life and feel that picking might be tempting for you, consider other rejuvenation treatments at Spa Aeon such as our Infusion Facials and Microphototherapy which do not result in any crusts that might be tempting to pick.  These treatments are also very relaxing, and we can circle back around to Plasma when you're ready.

  • What about body areas?

    • We're delighted to treat body areas with Plasma!  Pricing is determined on a one-on-one basis since everyone is sized and shaped differently.  Areas treated successfully include loose abdominal skin with stretchmarks, crepey skin on the chest and breasts, and even tightening of upper arm skin!  Large areas begin at $1800 (full neck price), but sometimes must be spaced into two or more visits separated by a two week healing period.

  • Can anyone have Plasma?

    • Plasma cannot be performed safely on skin prone to hypopigmentation, keloid scarring, or darker pigmented skin, meaning Fitzpatrick classifications 4, 5, and 6 (although those individuals are eligible for many of our other treatments that do not involve heat).  Those with Fitzpatrick type 2 or 3 skin who have experienced hyperpigmentation should be patch tested and use pigment suppressors, and be aware that some follow up treatment may be needed should pigmentation arise.  The Fitzpatrick scale appears below: