What is Fibroblast Skin Tightening?
Fibroblast Skin Tightening (also called Plasma) is a low-risk, minimally-invasive cosmetic treatment that eliminates excessive or sagging skin and improves the tone and texture of the skin. It is a less expensive and safer alternative to invasive cosmetic surgeries (such as eye lifts, brow lift or tummy tucks), but it's just as effective with much less downtime.
Fibroblast Skin Tightening can also be used to remove skin tags and improve the appearance of stretch marks and acne scars. Although Fibroblast Skin Tightening is not surgery, it delivers similar results. It’s a win-win-win (cheaper, safer, less downtime) over plastic surgery.
Amy Grossman has been trained by FibroblastUSA. This treatment has been very popular in Europe for many years, but it’s only recently begun to catch on in the US.
How Does Fibroblast Skin Tightening Work?
Plasma is one of the states of matter (the others being gas, liquids and solids). During a Skin Tightening treatment, plasma is created by electricity generated by an extremely accurate hand-held device that ionizes with oxygen and nitrogen in the air to create an electrical arc. Think of this electrical arc as being like a lightning bolt. When this lightning bolt hits the skin, it vaporizes liquid in the skin at the point of contact. The area around that point of contact tightens and shrinks. This is how Plasma Skin Tightening works to lift the skin. It also removes damaged epidermal cells and stimulates the fibroblasts in your skin to produce new collagen.
Who is this treatment for?
Plasma Skin Tightening is very effective in treating several skincare issues. You would be a good candidate for this procedure if you are concerned about:
- Baggy lower eyelids
- Excessive upper eyelid skin
- Crows feet
- Thin lips
- Sagging jowl and neck skin
- Scars, including acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Loose stomach skin
- Deep line and wrinkles around the mouth
- wrinkled skin on upper arms and knees
What can I expect?
On the day before your appointment, Amy recommends no alcohol, or omega 3 fatty acids. Please come hydrated to your appointment for an optimal result. Dehydrated skin does not perform well with any skin procedure.
A numbing agent will be applied to the areas that will be treated. Amy will use the hand-held device on the targeted area. You may feel some heat, which may be uncomfortable and slightly irritating. Immediately after treatment, the area will be red and mildly swollen with some discoloration (tiny brown marks that look like scabs), many clients see results immediately. The area may feel like it’s been sunburned, this feeling may last a few hours post-treatment, and the swelling may intensify and last up to 2-3 days. The eye area usually experiences to most swelling. All side effects should subside within 5 -12 days depending on the individual and area treated and the results will also improve over the course of 6 weeks.
Amy will provide you with aftercare instruction to ensure best results. For most people, driving immediately after the treatment is fine. However, if your eye area was treated, it may be best to come with someone that can drive you afterward.
How long is the treatment?
This procedure usually takes 10-40 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Fully face is not recommended due to the use of topical anesthetic.
How often should I get this treatment?
The results are very similar to cosmetic surgery and should be just as long-lasting. However, like all surgical and cosmetic procedures, the effects of are not 100% permanent. The number of treatments required will vary according to the area being treated, the desired results and the individual’s response to the treatment. Most people only need one treatment, but some may benefit from an additional treatment after 6-8 weeks for maximum results. It is very uncommon to need more than two treatments.
Costs for each area:
Upper Eyelid $200
Lower Eyelid $150
Crows Feet $150
Total Eye Area $300
Upper Lip Area $200
Lower Lip Area $200
Total Mouth Area including chin areas $300
Lip Flip $250
Under Chin $200
Full Neck $400 +
Forehead with Glybella (area between brows) $250
Areas that may need second treatment 6-8 weeks later- $100+