There is a famous quote on the age that says “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art”. As true as it can be, there are also other things age brings on, such as wrinkles, loose skin, sun spots, and other signs of meeting a new era of our lifespan.
Of course, in the 21st century, we do not have to necessarily face these issues. We are protecting our youth by wearing colorful masks, putting on daily body lotions, following a specific skincare routine, and spending hours in front of the bathroom mirror to fight aging and avoid meeting wrinkles any time soon.
Plasma Pen treatment is one of the effective ways to fight aging alongside other cosmetic methods. It is a non-invasive, cost-effective method with a short healing process. Plasma Pen combats with saggy skin, facial wrinkles and loss of collagen.
In this article, we go all around this treatment and look into different aspects of it to have a better understanding of the procedure, side effects, and whether you are a perfect candidate for it.
What exactly is Plasma Pen treatment and how does it work?
Plasma Pen is a non-surgical treatment, but as fascinating as it can be, the result of this treatment is comparable to surgical solutions. This is a high-tech treatment, using advanced plasma energy to achieve smooth younger-looking skin.
Plasma is the fourth state of matter and is an ionized gas. In this treatment, the ionized gas is what makes the results. Plasma Pen is a device releasing this ionized gas that holds an electrical charge. With a high or low atmosphere, moving manually, the device can target many skin concerns.
The Plasma Pen device practically burns a small part of the outer layer of the skin, forcing it into regenerating itself, increasing skin elasticity, and producing collagen. Hence the younger look for the result.
What is the PHI-ION Plasma Pen?
There are a few types of Plasma Pen. The Phi-Ion device is one of the most famous brands. The device was originally used for blepharoplasty treatment, which is eyelid skin correction. Now it is used for not only upper and lower parts of the eye, but for other areas too. The Phi-Ion has no age-limit and has no scarring as an aftermath.
The procedure for applying the device is simple. The operator manually hovers the device over the patient’s skin and the Phi-Ion Plasma Pen creates a series of minute dots adjacent to the tension lines on the skin. The process triggers skin tissue into instant results by forcing it to contract and tighten the skin fibers. The outcome will be visible soon. The treatment also irons out facial lines and lifts the skin.
What skin problems does Plasma Pen treatment solve?
There are numerous uses for Plasma Pen treatment other than the fight against aging signs. One of the benefits of plasma pen treatment could be healing clinical skin problems. But mainly, the Plasma Pen treatment aims to cure any possible facial skin tissue problems. In general, these are some of the usages for Plasma Pen:
- Acne scars
- Facial lines and aging wrinkles; such as crows feet, smokers line, smile line, etc.
- Hooded eyelids and eye bags
- Mole treatment
- Surgery scars
- Stretch marks
- Milia removal treatment
- Increasing the wound healing process
- Cure for skin tags
- Warts and Verruca treatment
- Trans dermal product delivery
- Fatty eye deposits treatment
- Skin Sterilization
- Broken capillaries
All those treatments set aside, Plasma Pen has some main effects regardless of what the goal was:
- Skin regeneration
- Collagen production
- Skin elasticity
So keep in mind, in case you want to achieve one of the above effects on your skin, Plasma Pen can be one of your top solutions.
What is Plasma fibroblast?
Plasma fibroblast therapy is another new procedure for tightening the skin or improving its appearance. It is mostly known as an alternative way instead of laser treatment, injections, and surgical therapies.
This method targets fibroblasts, which are protein-producing cells in the dermis, the second layer of the skin. Fibroblasts are practically collagen cells. They can speed up the wound-healing process and maintain the skin-firmness. So targeting them can give us fascinating results.
Now, Plasma fibroblast therapy is achieving those goals by using a handpiece device like a pen. It releases high-frequency electric currents into tiny portions of the skin tissue. Similar to the Plasma pen treatment, the tip of the device does not touch the skin itself, but the created current hits the outer layer of the skin tissue and makes micro holes. This minor injury will force the body to produce more collagen into that area.
Although many will assume Plasma Pen and Plasma fibroblasts are the same, they are not. The main difference between the two methods is that they use different devices.
The main thing that you should know about this Plasma fibroblast before trying it, is that it is still new to the cosmetic industry. Therefore there are only a few types of research on the subject, leaving dermatologists to guess around the possible effect of that.
Some assume fibroblasts treatment has more contraindications than other methods, which has not been proved yet. But so far we know it is not limited to different skin types, certain medical conditions, age, or taking special medications. Although make sure you have enough information on that, in case you chose this method for your cosmetic needs.
What is the difference between Plasma Pen treatment and microneedling treatment?
Aside from the expected result, these two methods have nothing in common. True, they both are non-surgical solutions and use handpiece devices. But other than that, Plasma Pen and microneedling pursue different paths.
Plasma Pen triggers the body to produce more collagen by applying an ionized gas hovered over the skin, while microneedling achieves the same goal by inserting multiple micro-sized sterile needles into the first layer of the skin.
They both aim to force the skin into healing the small controlled wounds to get wanted results, and that is one of the few things these methods have in common.
How much does Plasma Pen treatment cost?
The cost of this cosmetic solution mainly depends on the location of the treatment on the face and the body. Of course, alongside other factors such as the operator’s skills, the clinic, and number of sessions required to get the final and visible outcome.
Here we’ve provided a location-based table for Plasma Pen treatment costs:
|Forehead line||Up to 600$|
|Frown lines||Up to 400$|
|Upper eyelids||Up to 600$|
|Crows feet||Up to 600$|
|Under-eye||Up to 600$|
|jawline||Up to 1000$ to 1400$|
|Upper lip||Up to 400$|
|Nasolabial fold||Up to 400$ to 600$|
|Lower lip||Up to 400$|
|Jowl||Up to 600$ to 800$|
|Neck||Up to 600$ to 1500$|
What is the Plasma Pen price in Perth?
Plasma Pen treatment cost in Australia is similar to other clinics around the world. The average price for doing a facial Plasma Pen treatment is about 625$ worldwide. The price list in Australia is a bit lower than the average. Here is the table of prices for each location in the treatment:
|Upper and lower eyelids||980$|
|Perioral Wrinkles for mouth||490$|
|Perioral Wrinkles in front of the ear||350$|
Check out these Plasma Pen before and after photos
Does Plasma Pen treatment have any side effects or risks?
Plasma Pen treatment is non-invasive. Therefore all the possible side effects show up instantly after the process. Just like the actual result.
The first and most common side effect is the small yellow burn dots marking the area. These carbon crusts will not scar the face and are completely normal. The dots will drop off 5 to 7 days after the treatment. Feeling redness on the dots, face irritation, and swelling on the dots are also normal in the first 2 days after the treatment. In some cases, it could go on until a full week too. But there is nothing to worry about.
If you follow the aftercare routine, it should not cause any problem. But if you take poor care of the skin, there is a potential risk of getting an infection, and it might leave a scar.
Other than the situations mentioned above, there are not many reported side effects to the treatment, leaving it to claim to be one of the best cosmetic non-surgical solutions with a minimum amount of side effects. However, Plasma Pen requires specific aftercare.
Plasma pen aftercare
After the treatment, the area must remain dry for at least 48 hours. The cleanliness and dryness will assist the body to proceed with its natural healing. Even mineral makeup routines, such as applying creams and lotions, start after this essential period. Also, after the treatment, the area must remain untouched for 8 to 12 hours to avoid any contamination.
How should I prepare for Plasma Pen treatment?
There are a few steps you can take before your treatment to prepare your skin or protect it and to get the better results. Here is the pre-treatment checklist:
- Apply SPF-40 sunblock 2 to 4 weeks before your plasma pen treatment. This is highly recommended for darker skin types.
- Avoid sun-tanning, spray-tanning, sunbeds, and tanning injections.
- You can apply pre-treatment products such as Tyrosinase Inhibitor to prevent the overproduction of pigment in the skin.
- Stop applying any Retin-A product at least 4 days before your treatment.
- Take off contact lenses and any eyelash extensions prior to treatment.
- Avoid any other type of skin procedure on the exact location 3 to 4 weeks before you attend your Plasma Pen treatment.
How long does Plasma pen’s result last?
Plasma Pen is considered one of the longest-lasting treatments among cosmetic solutions. The result can last up to 9 months. It can even stay more visible if the skin is receiving proper skin routine.
On the other hand, some factors can shorten the treatment effects. Mostly they are based on lifestyle choices, such as smoking, improper food diets, sun damaging, and following wrong or poor skin care. Although other factors are also involved, i.e. genetics, age, and body health.
How many sessions of Plasma Pen treatment are required to achieve visible results?
The number of sessions needed is highly dependent on the condition that the area has. For healthy skin and healthy patients, it could be up to 2 sessions to get the final and satisfying result. But it is not an absolute number and differs from each individual.
When can I expect the result of Plasma Pen treatment?
The immediate result of Plasma Pen treatment is one of its perks. Even with crust marks on the area after the treatment, patients have reportedly claimed they felt the skin more tightened and firmer than before.
The better result is visible after the crusts fall off. Although the Plasma Pen treatment needs more time to reveal the main outcome in the following weeks, so keep an eye on your treated spots even 6 weeks after your plasma pen appointment.
How long does each Plasma Pen treatment take?
Plasma Pen treatments are known to be very quick. Each session lasts no longer than approximately 15 minutes in every area it is applied. So if you have more than one spot in mind, then you may lay a bit longer on that bed in the clinic.
However, note that the treatment itself is not the whole procedure. First, the operator will cleanse your skin from any contamination and that can take at least 15 minutes to half an hour before your treatment, considering how many areas need Plasma Pen. And then there is a topical anesthetic cream. The operator will apply that in another half an hour before the treatment starts, to give time to the anesthetic cream to take off.
Is Plasma Pen treatment painful?
Non-surgical solutions are mostly pain-free with mild discomfort during the treatment. Plasma Pen treatment is as painless as it can be. Despite the burn marks on the skin, the patients mostly say they were comfortable during the procedure. The topical anesthetic cream which is applied before the treatment will fade away any sense of pain. After the treatments, the skin might get a little sensitive, but other than that there is not any pain to expect from this treatment.
Conclusion: Is Plasma Pen treatment the right path for me?
Let’s go back to aging. As spiritual as this life period can be, the saggy wrinkled skin is not a highlight of it. The skin needs more attention and attending, and the body fails to produce enough collagen. Therefore cosmetic treatments like the plasma Pen can be helpful.
Although Plasma Pen has no age limit, save for the fact that it is not suitable for juveniles, it is mostly recommended for solving skin aging problems. Scard skin is also a good candidate for this treatment, but if you have no wrinkles, loose skin, or acne marks, try other treatments for skin formation, such as microneedling.
If you are still unsure of the appropriate treatment for your skin, book a free consultation with us.