In 2018 the beauty industry, sometimes known for its trendy and avant-garde services, saw itself in a frenzy over a new skincare treatment. This particular treatment was being marketed to resolve everything from fine lines to wrinkles and sagging. The treatment was known as fibroblast pen treatments, and trademarked by some brands as PhiLings or Phi Ion Plasma.
The benefits of fibroblast were said to include everything from skin hydration, to even treat alopecia. But professionals were waiting for the evidence, and physicians were cautioning everyone to avoid this treatment.
“Anything involving heat is to be avoided if we are to quench the flames of inflammation” said one source. Burning the skin to encourage restoration is the exact opposite of what we are aiming for. When it comes to treating the skin cautious physicians encourage milder, more gentle approaches to skincare.
How Does Fibroblast Plasma Treatment Work?
Plasma fibroblast therapy targets fibroblasts. These are collagen– and protein-producing cells in the dermis, the layer of skin just below your outermost skin layer.
Fibroblasts play an important role in helping skin wounds heal as well as maintaining skin firmness and tightness.
Plasma fibroblast therapy uses a pen-like device that discharges a high-frequency electric current to small areas of the skin.
The plasma tip doesn’t directly touch the skin, but instead releases a targeted current just above the skin. The hot current creates small holes, or micro-injuries, in the skin’s layer.
According to an 2019 article published in the PMFA journal, the thermal disruption, or heat damage, from plasma fibroblast therapy:
- breaks down proteins in the skin
- encourages tissue regeneration
- stimulates fibroblast activity
- causes tissue contraction (tightening)
Healthcare providers may also call this approach plasma skin resurfacing.
Are Fibroblast Plasma Treatments Available in Canada?
PhiLings, Phi Ion Plasma, and Fibroblast Plasma Pens are not available in Canada. On November 26, 2018 Health Canada issued a statement clarifying that Plasma Pens Are Not Authorized In Canada, and May Post Health Risks.
Health Canada warns that:
Possible side effects—even when the device is used properly—include pain, swelling of the treated area, redness, sagging skin (particularly in the upper eyelids), hyperpigmentation (spots), ultraviolet (UV) sensitivity, and skin peeling and crusting.
If used improperly, these devices can have additional risks, such as:
- skin punctures with the needle tip;
- excessive skin burns caused by overuse or prolonged use;
- burns to the eye; or
- burn complications such as scarring and infection.
The likelihood and severity of side effects increase with the duration, frequency and intensity of treatment.
What Are The Alternatives To Fibroblast Plasma Treatments?
At Ivonne Sanchez Beauty fibroblast plasma treatments were never part of our service offering. Our philosophy and our goal is to embrace gentle, milder skincare treatments for our clients and never to incorporate intense heat as a means of resolving cosmetic concerns.
If clients are searching for solutions to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin, then there are options in microneedling, chemical peels, and professional skincare treatments can help. When it comes to skincare it is always best to seek out the advice of a physician before choosing any skincare treatment.