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There’s no doubt that cosmetic surgery can be a valuable tool in the quest to stay looking younger for longer. However, many patients aren’t ready, willing, or able to go under the knife due to the cost, lengthy recovery process, and other factors associated with plastic surgery. For men and women seeking a nonsurgical treatment to address the signs of aging and rejuvenate the skin, fibroblasting can be a fantastic option. Read on to learn more about this exciting treatment, including how it works, where it can be used, and what results may be possible for you.

What is fibroblast skin tightening?
Fibroblasting is a completely nonsurgical skin tightening treatment that utilizes plasma microbeams to trigger the production of collagen and elastin, two essential components for healthy, firm skin.

Where can fibroblasting be used?
One of the most exciting aspects of fibroblasting is that it can be used across many areas of the body. Many women use fibroblast for stretch marks after pregnancy, while some patients primarily use fibroblast for wrinkles and lines on the face. Some of the most common concerns and areas that are treated using fibroblast plasma skin tightening include:

• Facial lines and wrinkles
• Lip lines
• Acne scars
• Stretch marks
• Hooded eyes
• Crow’s feet
• Neck
• Jowls

During your initial consultation at MF Aesthetics, one of our knowledgeable team members will thoroughly evaluate your skin, discuss your concerns at length, and answer your questions fully in order to determine if fibroblasting, or any another skin tightening treatment, is the most appropriate procedure to help you achieve your goals.

How does fibroblasting work?
Plasma fibroblasting is performed in one of our comfortable and private treatment rooms and typically takes about 30 – 90 minutes, depending on the area(s) being treated and the severity of the patient’s concerns. Most patients tolerate the mild discomfort associated with fibroblasting relatively well and do not require any numbing agents. However, the caring team at MF Aesthetics can offer a topical anesthetic for patients who are concerned about the possibility of pain. Once the skin has been thoroughly cleansed, a handheld fibroblasting device will be passed over the area several times to ensure complete and efficient treatment. The plasma microbeams that are delivered to the skin trigger the body to begin producing new collagen and elastin, which will, ultimately, result in tighter, firmer, more youthful-looking skin.

Can I go back to work after fibroblasting?
Patients are generally able to return to their daily routines following fibroblasting treatment, making it a convenient option for men and women who lead busy lifestyles. Patients may experience mild numbness, redness, or swelling at the treatment site, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days and can be relieved with a cooling gel that is applied after the session. Following fibroblasting skin treatment, it is important that patients keep their skin moisturized and avoid sun exposure.

When will I see results after fibroblasting?
While some patients may notice an improvement soon after fibroblasting, it typically takes a few weeks for changes to begin taking place. As the body continues to produce collagen and elastin, the results will continue to improve, with the final outcome usually becoming visible after 2 – 3 months.

How many fibroblasting sessions do you need?
The number of fibroblasting treatments a person needs depends on the severity of concerns, the body’s response to treatment, the patient’s individual goals, and other factors. The majority of patients are able to achieve their desired outcome with a single fibroblast session, though some may desire a second treatment after 2 – 3 months.

How long does fibroblasting last?

The results of fibroblast skin tightening can last up to two years in some cases. However, like any cosmetic treatment, the longevity of the results can vary from patient to patient. To maintain the results of fibroblasting for as long as possible, patients should:

• Practice routine skin care
• Keep the skin moisturized
• Avoid sun exposure
• Wear sunscreen
• Stop smoking
• Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
• Eat a healthy, balanced diet
• Stay hydrated
• Take advantage of additional skin treatments

Fibroblast Plasma Skin Tightening is inadvisable for the following: • Pregnancy
• Metal pins or plates
• Pacemakers
• Severe cardiovascular disorders
• Cancer patients
• Diabetes
• Uncontrolled blood pressure
• Blood disorders
• Autoimmune diseases
• Epilepsy
• Pigmentation disorders
• Fitzpatrick scale 5 and 6
• Lupus
• Keloids
• Herpes Simplex
• Shingles
• Psoriasis
• Active Eczema
• Colds
• Infections
• Accutane
• Retinal
• Allergies to lidocaine

How do you reduce swelling after a Plasma Pen treatment?
There are various things you can do to minimise swelling after a Plasma Pen treatment.

• To the swollen area, place an ice pack wrapped in a clean cloth. Ice should not be applied straight to the skin
• If you are in pain, take paracetamol instead of anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, or steroids
• To decrease swelling, sleep on your back with your head raised during the healing time.
• Do not clean the treated area till the next day
• Do not exercise or expose yourself to heat, steam, or sweat for 48 hours after treatment because this can worsen edoema
• To avoid difficulties, follow the aftercare recommendations provided by the technician

Fibroblast Aftercare

You may see some immediate tightening as well as some lifting, specifically if you have crepey skin. (thick, tough, sun-damaged skin may not show immediate results)

Please remember it takes a minimum of 12 weeks to see what will be close to the final result though you may still get improvements to the area for up to 6 months as collagen & elastin production is increased.

Face dots shed approximately 4 - 10 days following the treatment. Dots on the neck & body can take longer than the face, usually around 2 weeks. The new skin that is revealed will be pink from 5 days up to 3 months post procedure, increasingly fading until returning to original coloration. This is encouraged by the application Vitamin E oil. 

After the carbon crust dots fall away, the skin may be temporarily tender & peeling or even slightly textured. This is normal & will get smoother each day, return to its’ normal coloration & continue to tighten over the 3 month healing period. As skin returns to its’ original texture & color, the skin may appear healed, but that is just the beginning as the skin underneath does its work.

It takes 4 weeks for collagen & elastin production to begin. As a skin cycle is 4-6 weeks & will start to show results from any procedure or new skin care regimen. 
A skin cycle is where the new cells born at the deepest layer of the epidermis & mature as they rise to the surface of the skin, & then ultimately be shed off.
It will take two skin cycles or 12 weeks for healing process to be complete. The most tightening & lifting happens in weeks 6 -10.

Temporary swelling is normal due to the fact that the area will be recovering from a deliberate controlled wound.  Swelling cannot be avoided & will subside in a matter of days. Ice, Ibuprofen as well as an OTC antihistamine will help to minimize swelling. You will applying colloidal silver gel & will be instructed to follow a dry healing method, during which you will keep area dry until dots fall away by them selves. 

• You may resume most activities immediately after any treatment but you may not look your best during the healing process. Clients usually have 4 - 10 days of dots (5 - 7 days of dots on average), usually followed by some redness that will gradually diminish. Depending on your where your treatment is and your desired level of privacy, you may want to minimize in-person appointments until your dots fall (approximately a week).
• Do not pick scabs! Removing the scabs prematurely may result in scarring and discoloration. Allow scabs to come off on their own. This will ensure the best possible result and avoid scarring, hyperpigmentation and infection. If you feel the scabs are accidentally being rubbed off prematurely, then protect them with by covering them with Aquaphor to prevent falling off too early. The longer the scabs stay put the longer the skin has a chance to heal itself with the protection of the scab.
• Ice the treated area using a clean towel to cover the ice pack each use. Alternate 10 minutes on and off for up to 1 hour for the first 2 days.
  • Keep the treated area clean using a mild, unscented, alcohol free cleanser. PAT DRY- KEEP DRY! 
  • Ice, anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine medicines can also help with swelling in the early healing phases.
• Do not apply makeup (even mineral makeup) until the scabbing has fallen off completely. This is to avoid infection or disrupting the scabs prematurely.
• IMPORTANT! Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds to the treated area. Once the scabbing process is complete, always apply broad spectrum SPF 50 or higher to the area for a minimum of 3 months after your last treatment. This skin is still healing and can easily become damaged by any UV rays and may cause hyperpigmentation and/or premature aging.
• Dry healing is preferred but if your scabs become unbearably itchy, then you may safely apply aloe vera up to three times per day to help manage itchy sensation. Icing also helps manage itchiness.
• Taking collagen, vitamin c and L-lysine supplements over the course of your healing process can give your immune system and collagen production a boost. 
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Avoid shaving over any area that has been treated until the skin has fully healed.
• Exercising right after a treatment is not recommended because any heat, steam or sweat can add to inflammation. Do not use any pools, hot tubs or saunas until after the dots have fallen off and your skin returns to a more normal state.
  • After the dots have fallen off on their own, you may use makeup to cover any redness. If your skin is ready, using a gentle chemical/enzyme exfoliant can help to create a smoother surface from the peeling that is typical at this stage of healing.
• Do not use anything harsh on your skin (like acids, peels or physical exfoliants) until you have reached the 8 weeks post treatment healing point. Use common sense, if it doesn’t feel good, then don’t do it.

Day 1: Try to lay propped up with pillows. Some discomfort is normal. The swelling will likely be worse in the mornings and lessen towards the evening. If you have had eye treatments, you may find it difficult to open your eyes the following morning, however it will subside throughout the day. It will feel like a bad sunburn.
  Day 2: The swelling typically peaks by day 2. Swelling can also spread to the under eye area, DON’T PANIC, this is perfectly normal. The upper and lower eye are all connected, therefore the fluids from the upper eye will drain to the lower eye area. This too shall pass. 
  Day 3: You may notice an improvement in the swelling and the “dots” will start to crust/scab over. The scabs must not be picked, allow them to fall off on their own. Your level of discomfort will have subsided a bit. For those who experienced the under eye swelling, this will still be present.
 Day 4: Some mild residual swelling may still be present on the upper eyelids. Discomfort should diminish
Day 5: Swelling should be complete and scabs may still be present. Use Aquaphor to protect if scabs are accidentally getting rubbed off prematurely.
Days 6 - 10: You are patiently waiting for the remaining scabs to fall off on their own.  It is normal for the new skin under the scabs to be pink or red and peeling as the healing process continues.
 Weeks 2 - 8: After scabs fall off, you may have tender, peeling or textured skin for a few days or weeks. Once your skin is no longer tender, you may safety use a non-physical, gentle, enzyme exfoliant to slough off peeling skin. After scabs fall off, you may also use healing serums, lotions and make up. Each day, your skin will progressively return to its’ original coloration and texture.
-Remember it will take 12 weeks for healing process to cycle through completely and for skin to be refreshed and for healing to complete. (You may continue to see results for up to 6 months.)
-Depending on laxity & desired results, you may want to have multiple treatments on the same area. Areas may be treated every 3 months to let the collagen heal and the skin to turn over.
-You may book a fibroblasts touch up no sooner than 90 days post last procedure. If the toucup takes place 90-180 days post last procedure it is discounted 50%.

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