Plasma Pen

Plasma Pen At A Glance

  • Best Results2-3+ sessions
  • Treatment Recovery3- 14 days
  • Procedure Time30 to 60 min
  • Skin SpecialistNot performed @cutis
  • Duration of ResultsYears
  • AnaestheticTopical
  • Back to WorkNext day
  • Cost$ By aestheticians

Plasma Pen

Plasma pen is a popular entry level method to reduce skin tags, eye wrinkles, age spots, as well as providing skin tightening. This procedure is also called fibroblasting skin tightening, plasma fractional therapy, & fibroblast induction therapy. I do not perform this procedure, however I regularly treat scarring from plasma pen therapy. This page is designed to give an accurate portrayal of plasma pen indications & use.

FactsFacts on Plasma Pen

  • Plasma pens & devices are cost effective treatments for skin rejuvenation
  • Sea salt & coarse grit sandpaper are also cost effective modalities for rejuvenation
  • Plasma pens generate plasma gas through electrical conductivity
  • Plasma non-selectively desiccates tissue
  • Heating of tissue can contract collagen, leading to tightening & wrinkle removal
  • Heating can also destroy moles, tags, & age warts
  • I do not perform plasma pen, however I will be more than happy to manage scars from this device. A referral from your doctor will be required

What is a plasma pen?

Plasma is a cost-effective method of converting electrical energy into plasma consisting of oxygen & nitrogen. As the gas hits the surface of the skin it creates trauma, in turning causing collagen to denature & contract. Collateral damage can also damage skin cells, in turn ‘vaporizing’ warts & skin tags.

Plasma also goes by the name of fibroblast therapy or ‘fibroblasting’ due to its effect on collagen producing cells. To be correct, peels, microneedling, derma rollers & lasers call have a similar effect on collagen & fibroblasts.

Plasma is not laser, hence in Australia there is no regulation surrounding it’s use. A pen can be purchased for around 60 to 120 AUD online. No formal training is needed to operate plasma energy.

What areas can plasma pen treat?

The most frequently treated areas include the face, neck and chest. Plasma pen users often treat it in a dot like pattern. This pattern is given so that adjacent skin can heal up faster- much akin to fractional resurfacing or even microneedling.

The most common application of plasma include-

Face concerns: Eyelid laxity, eye bags, skin tags, wrinkles

Chest & neck concerns: Tags, lines & laxity

Body treatments: include senile warts, tags (safe) & moles (unsafe)

What are the PROs of plasma pen treatment?

The biggest PRO of plasma pen treatment is the PRICE POINT. As the cost of the pen is around $100, operators can easily recoup the cost of equipment with one or two sessions. This compares favourably with lasers that frequently cost between $120,000 to $250,000 AUD.

Plasma is akin to a swiss army knife, it can do many things but not one thing properly. Plasma can be used to treat warts, age spots, skin tags (probably the safest way to use plasma), as well as providing collagen induction or stimulation. The low- cost of a pen, coupled with many mediocre uses is a real plus for many entry level spas & entrepreneurs.

Degree of licencing & training required to perform this procedure is nil. If one has the inclination to provide treatments for eye rejuvenation, plasma pen compares favourably to say a medical degree, research time & thesis, speciality training in ophthalmology then subspeciality training in oculo-plastics. As you can see there are many PROS of starting a plasma pen service.

What are the CONS of plasma pen treatments?

I am not here to divert patients to lasers & surgery performed by the surgical fraternity of plastics, dermatologist or ophthalmologist, this page on Plasma Pen is to give a balanced view on the risks and benefits of this device. The main drawback of this treatment is the imprecise collateral damage plasma delivers which results in a higher case load of complications such as scarring & pigmentation problems. The fact that as this is NOT a laser device, there are no legislative measures prohibiting its use, nor sale in Australia & many other countries.

If budget is the primary driving factor for choosing Plasma Pen treatments, please consider seeing an aesthetician for Dermarolling, microneedling or peels. If you have warts, skin tags & barnacles, you are far safer applying over the counter wart kill carefully to the specific lesion.

For unbiased feedback on the pros & cons of plasma pens, visit realself.com & look under plasma pen. Make your decision based upon the risk benefit ratio of your research.

Davin’s Viewpoint on Plasma Pen

This is the number one energy device that gives me (and fellow dermatologists) the most grief when it comes to scarring. I see 1-2 cases per week without fail. Scars range from hypopigmentation (white), deep hyperpigmentation, hypertrophic scars as well as ‘divots’ or atrophic scars. Most of the scarring is on the neck & chest, followed by the face.

I understand that costs are probably the number one factor for patients, however if I can guide patients to see aestheticians who perform peels & microneedling, you would be in a safer environment. Lack of regulation with plasma energy as it is not a laser is partially to blame for the amount of side effects seen with this therapy.

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