Non-Surgical Skin Tightening in Santa Barbara

Plasma Pen Before and After

Your skin plays a crucial role in your appearance. Over time, the dermal structure weakens, and your face tends to lose its youthful tone and texture. The natural aging process, combined with the effects of sun damage, gravity and harmful toxins, can leave your skin looking tired and worn. When it comes to turning back the clock for your skin, there are numerous treatment options available today. But the next level procedure that can make a lasting difference on a cellular level is the Plasma Pen.

The Plasma Pen is an FDA approved device that is used to stimulate the production of collagen in the skin using fibroblast therapy. It is known as the world’s most advanced non-invasive skin-tightening rejuvenation device. We are pleased to offer this low-downtime treatment as an option for our patients in Santa Barbara, Bakersfield and beyond, who want excellent, natural-looking anti-aging outcomes that last much longer than other non-surgical alternatives.

What is Fibroblast Therapy?

By now, everyone has probably heard about the importance of collagen in creating and maintaining a healthy and youthful skin barrier. The loss of collagen as we age is one of the reasons that the skin begins to sag, and lines and wrinkles start to form. Dermal fibroblasts are the cells that play a vital role in the production of collagen in our skin. As we age, skin fibroblasts stop producing collagen and repairing skin damage as efficiently, often resulting in worn, dull and lax skin. The Plasma Pen is a non-surgical procedure that kicks dormant fibroblast cells back into action, providing skin rejuvenating and tightening results that were previously only achievable through surgery. When fibroblasts are stimulated, white blood cells work to repair the tissue damage on the surface, and collagen production regenerates to produce supple, firm and youthful skin.


Plasma Pen Treatment Patient Undereye

How Does the Plasma Pen Work?

The Plasma Pen does not use blood plasma – instead, it uses the 4th state of matter, which is ionized gas. The unique technology in this device turns the air into an ionized gas delivery system that allows the application of this plasma to the skin in the treatment area. The device does not touch the patient’s skin. The heat energy delivered by the plasma induces controlled “damage” to the upper layer of the skin, triggering a healing response, which stimulates the fibroblasts in your dermis to restart collagen production. This controlled energy delivery provides the “sweet spot” of energy to the skin, providing just enough energy to induce collagen and elastin production without the excessive damage that other treatments such as laser can produce. The result is a significant tightening without scarring or pigment issues. The points on the skin that are treated by the Plasma Pen form small point-like scabs, which flake away over the following week to reveal firmer and smoother skin.

What Does the Plasma Pen Do?

A Plasma Pen treatment can be used not only to tighten loose skin but also to target unwanted melasma and scars, as well as lines and wrinkles. Instead of a facelift, eyelid lift or neck lift, the Plasma Pen offers a great alternative to surgical correction. While a few days of downtime will be required to allow your skin to heal, it is far less than the downtime and recovery process necessary after surgery. Non-irritating makeup can also be used to disguise the treated area, allowing you to resume your daily routine and activities relatively soon after the treatment.


What Concerns Can Be Treated?

The Plasma Pen is an innovative and versatile procedure that can be used for various areas of the face and neck. The most common concerns treated include:
  • Smile lines around the mouth
  • Crow’s feet around the eyes
  • Forehead lines
  • Jowls and droopy jawline
  • Marionette lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Necklines and sagging skin on the neck (“turkey neck”)
  • Loose, droopy skin around the face
  • Smoker’s lines
  • Stretch marks
  • Bags and hoods on the upper and lower eyelids
  • Age spots
  • Facial scarring

Plasma Pen Post-Procedure Recovery

Some patients experience a slight stinging sensation immediately after the procedure, though this generally disappears after an hour. A degree of swelling is also to be expected with the Plasma Pen, which will subside within three to four days after treatment. The tiny scabs that occur at each treatment stage will begin to flake away several days after the procedure. It is imperative that you apply sufficient sun protection, even on cloudy days, for at least two weeks following. If the Plasma Pen has been used on your face, you can help to reduce swelling by sleeping on your back and elevating your head. For at least 48 hours, you should avoid exercising or exposing yourself to any heat, steam or sweat, as this can intensify the existing inflammation. Patients will be given detailed aftercare instructions to ensure a smooth recovery period and optimal results.


Plasma Pen Device

Plasma Pen Results

While you may seem some improvement immediately after the procedure, the best results generally become visible after four weeks. The results from a Plasma Pen treatment are considered permanent, and for most patients, one session is sufficient to achieve their desired results. For more dramatic improvements, subsequent procedures can be performed three months after the preceding treatment, though it is rarely needed. The plasma pen can turn back the clock on your skin and is effectively a new “reset point” for your appearance. Maintenance of Plasma Pen results may require further treatments in the years after it has been performed to preserve the desired look.

Benefits of the Plasma Pen

The Plasma Pen offers a myriad of benefits for men and women seeking to rejuvenate and tighten their skin. Some of the primary benefits of this treatment include:

  • No bruising or bleeding
  • No incisions or stitches
  • Long-lasting results
  • Safe and effective procedure
  • Minimal downtime and side effects
  • Immediate and dramatic results
  • Comfortable and non-invasive procedure
  • No thinning of the skin
  • Even and consistent results

Who is a Suitable Candidate for the Plasma Pen?

The Plasma Pen can address a range of skin conditions and concerns for men and women of almost any age. The treatment is most suitable for those seeking to correct loose or droopy skin around the face and achieve a firmer, smoother and more youthful complexion. The Plasma Pen is also an appropriate option for those seeking to address acne scarring, stretch marks, blemishes or other textural irregularities. While this procedure can be performed on most skin types and textures, certain contraindications may affect your suitability to treatment. Patients who are prone to scarring or suffering from any severe skin conditions, such as open wounds, acne or psoriasis, will be assessed during the initial consultation to ensure it is safe to proceed. Your medical history and overall health will also be examined, as well as any allergies, sensitivities or current medications.

As we age, our dermal layer thins, collagen production diminishes and elastin fibers wear out, leading to wrinkles, sagging and lax skin. Since the Plasma Pen draws on non-invasive technology to tighten and smooth out the skin, it is an ideal treatment for those wanting to avoid surgery for the face, neck, eyes or forehead. For men and women seeking a quicker, more convenient option that is just as effective and long-lasting, the Plasma Pen offers an excellent alternative.

Achieve Dramatic, Long-Lasting Results at Montecito Plastic Surgery

Dr. Adam Lowenstein is a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience performing various anti-aging treatments. From aesthetic surgeries to reconstructive procedures, he has helped countless patients in Santa Barbara and beyond achieve life-changing results. At Montecito Plastic Surgery, we are committed to delivering the highest-quality care to our patients. We are proud to offer both exceptional service and outstanding surgical results, allowing patients to feel and look their best at every stage of life.

The Plasma Pen is a revolutionary non-invasive device that can provide truly transformative results for patients with aging, dull or lax skin. With minimal downtime and quick results, this procedure can help you achieve firm, smooth and supple skin that can enhance your entire appearance. If you are interested in experiencing the benefits of this breakthrough device, contact Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara at (805) 969-9004 to schedule your consultation today.

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