Fibroblast and Plasma Pen Technology. Should you try it?

Hi Dr. Irwin, What are your thoughts on the Fibroblast/Plasma Pen treatments that are popping up everywhere? They seem promising. Thanks, Jen

It seems like almost every month a new “miracle” treatment with a new, easy, no surgery, hand held device that can fix everything pops up.  We all know to be cautious, so we’ll investigate this more.  Is it really FDA approved, and in what category is my first question?  Not that the FDA is always right, but I love that they are generally careful.

Also, as far as I can tell, there are no fibroblasts involved, except your own.  These fibroblasts get stimulated with any procedure that penetrates the skin.

Here are some of the red flags

  • It can do “everything.”  According to the marketing, it can tighten skin, make it look younger, help with pigmentation, stop wrinkles in their tracks, etc.
  • The marketing I’ve seen doesn’t mention pain and it’s done with no anesthetic?
  • There doesn’t seem to be much mention of downtime which is key for many patients.
  • What are the complications?  All procedures have things that can go wrong like infection, unexpected scarring, pigmentation problems, etc.

Here are some things to ask if you are considering this.

  • If you, as their client, have a complication, who is taking care of that and working to correct it?  The aesthetician, or a board-certified dermatologist, or ….etc.
  • Do they have any actual studies they can show you, with complications listed, not just before and after photos?
  • Pigmentation problems can occur any time an incision is made in the skin.  How do they prevent those?  A plasma pen creates an incision, it’s just not created with a scalpel or needle.
  • How do they sterilize the skin prior to the plasma pen?
Hope this helps,
Dr. I
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Director, Madison Skin & Laser Center
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