The world of minimally invasive cosmetic procedures seems to change every day. The field is also growing extremely rapidly to meet customer demand. In 2000, there were fewer than 5 million minimally invasive cosmetic procedures performed in the United States. By 2018, this number had grown to nearly 16 million. Newer and better procedures have certainly been a driving factor in this massive growth. Plasma fibroblast skin tightening is one of the newer minimally invasive technologies that have fast become popular for anti-aging and skin tightening applications.
With all of this in mind, today we will define plasma fibroblast skin tightening, review the efficacy of plasma skin tightening, compare plasma skin tightening techniques to other popular non-invasive cosmetic options, and finally review the future of plasma skin tightening.
What is Plasma Fibroblast Skin Tightening?
Plasma fibroblast skin tightening procedures can be defined as “is a new skin tightening procedure that is generating a lot of buzz in the medical aesthetics industry. It delivers tiny arcs of plasma created by an electrical discharge via a “plasma pen” to the skin, singeing the surface and tightening the underlying tissue. Unlike a typical light or other energy-based skin tightening treatment where a large area of skin is treated with each firing, a Fibroblast Plasma Therapy treatment only affects a tiny pin-point of tissue with each firing.”
Cosmetic surgeons can use these plasma pens to create a series of small marks on the skin in a grid pattern. This precise methodology is highly efficient and controllable. The “fibroblast” part of the name refers to the fact that plasma skin tightening triggers the body’s natural fibroplasia process. In other words, plasma fibroblast skin tightening tricks your skin into healing and tightening itself.
Does Plasma Skin Tightening Really Work?
While plasma skin tightening is a relatively new technology, studies have shown that it is quite effective in the following applications:
- Stimulating collagen growth: collagen production has been shown to be at increased levels for well over a year after plasma skin tightening procedures. Collagen production in the skin is critical for tighter, more youthful, and more elastic skin.
- Patients have experienced a noticeable reduction in the visible appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and other signs of aging.
- As the name suggests, the most notable improvement in many patients comes from a tighter feeling and appearance in the treated areas.
It should be noted that no two plasma fibroblast skin tightening procedures are exactly alike. Cosmetic surgeons generally treat patients over multiple visits for optimal results. Patients and practitioners might opt for a high-energy plasma treatment that requires less time (and the potential for greater complications/discomfort) or a lower-energy plasma treatment that will require additional treatments with lesser risks.
Plasma Skin Tightening vs. Other Non-Invasive Options
So plasma skin tightening procedures are effective. But does this necessarily mean that it is a more appealing option than other minimally invasive skin tightening options available today? While there isn’t one answer, here are a few quick comparisons to keep in mind:
Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox)
Botox is the most popular cosmetic procedure in America. It has been proven to effectively give similar results to a traditional facelift without going under the knife. Botox results typically last between 3-6 months and do not promote healthy skin repairs. Instead, it retards muscles, resulting in the appearance of tighter, younger skin.
Another common procedure for skin tightening is chemical peels. Chemical peels use chemical exfoliation to remove the superficial layer of skin, leaving a new, “fresh” layer underneath. Many chemical peels actually cause the skin to blister or burn, which allows the old skin to peel off. Hence the name: chemical peel. Chemical peels are similar to plasma skin tightening in that they only impact the top layer of skin, but differ in how they go about skin tightening.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Much like chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing works by essentially removing the top layer of skin. This allows the body to grow back a healthier, more youthful layer of skin beneath. The results of both laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels are relatively similar to plasma skin tightening procedures but do not last quite as long.
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