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What is Fibroblast Plasma?
A Fibroblast is the most common type of cell found in connective tissue. Fibroblasts secrete collagen proteins that are used to maintain a structural framework for many tissues. They also play an important role in healing wounds.
Plasma is called the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid, and gas containing a significant portion of charged particles (ions and/or electrons). The presence of these charged particles is what primarily sets plasma apart from the other fundamental states of matter. It is the most abundant form of ordinary matter in the universe, being mostly associated with stars, including the Sun.
Now to put them together
FB Fibroblast (skin cell) x P Plasma (electric charge) + Treatment = Skin/Cell Revitalization + Rejuvenation / Non-Invasive micro resurfacing
Skin/Cell Revitalization + Rejuvenation / Non-Invasive micro resurfacing = Tighter Brighter Smoother Skin
(FBP = Fibroblast Plasma) = (TBS = Tighter Brighter Smoother Skin)
FBP = TBS
A closer look at Fibroblasts in your skin
Cool right? This is a microdot of skin under a microscope. See all those Fibroblasts? Oh yea baby!! Can you say “rejuvenation”!?
How does Fibroblast + Plasma Rejuvenate My Skin?
The “plasma” in fibroblast plasma, is a surge created the Plamera Plasma Pen in relation to the proximity of your skin. It doesn’t have to touch you because you are an electrical conductor and Plasma = energy, is attracted to your skin.
Once the electrically charged needle gets within 1-4mm of your skin a tiny plasma arc will penetrate the epidermis and the dermis layers of your skin placing tiny superficial burns (dots) at the point of contact.
The pin-pointed arc penetration creates a zone of thermal modification.
Basically, an area of 2-4 micro meters wide/deep that will excite and reinvigorate the Fibrocytes in that area. So, all fibrocytes within the thermal modification zone will come out of hibernation and once again become collagen and elastin excreting Fibroblasts, that in turn will reinvigorate other fibrocytes which in turn will do the same, so the effects spread to increase the modification zone. Which is why the effects of FBP slowly increase over time.
Yes, I said elastin and collagen excreting Fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are the DJ, if the rest of the cells are at the club, known as “the skin”. Fibroblasts not only reinvigorate and revitalize collagen and elastin but they also secrete them. Scientifically said, the main function of fibroblasts is to maintain the structural integrity of connective tissues by continuously secreting precursors of the extracellular matrix.
So, to summarize, Fibrocytes are the dormant state of Fibroblasts and Fibroblast Plasma Treatments bring them out of hibernation. This is a slow vibratory process, like a drop of water in a still pond, that slowly reverberates out.
Dots… Tell me about the dots!
And to give you and idea of how tiny “tiny” is, here is a picture of fingers with “dots” on them. The dots are generally in a 5 pattern unless they are going around an indention line, a sun spot, acne scar, etc. These rows down the fingers were about 8 7 8 7. It isn’t the burn on the top of the skin that makes the most impact in most cases, so the point of contact doesn’t need to be very big.
But ultimately the best part is
Fibroblast Plasma replaces constant Botox use and cosmetic surgery for basic procedures, such as: wrinkle treatments, acne scars, stretch marks, facial scars, face lifts, lifestyle lifts, etc. Reason being is the results are very similar and last years, but FBP is non-invasive, non-surgical and rejuvenates without altering.
Cosmetic Surgery Quick Comparison
You may be saying, CS (Cosmetic Surgery) lasts years also, so if the price point is similar why should I get FBP versus CS?
The top five reasons are:
- You are rejuvenating your own skin, so you aren’t altering dermal topography (as in, your phone will still recognize you when you are healed)
- FBP is non-invasive. So, no surgery, no anesthesia, no scalpel
- The results compound over time due to the cellular excitement, so initially it’s only a small change, but in 6-12 weeks it’s significant, then within a year, even more so. So it kind of goes unnoticed to people around you, but one day they’ll be like, “okay.. what are you using for skin care products, you seem to be aging in reverse.”
- Minimal downtime. Not only is it nearly painless, but the downtime is 1-3 days as initially there is usually some swelling and discomfort, then onto tingling and itchy, and within 6-10 days the dots are gone and you can wear sunscreen, makeup, or whatever and go on with your life. Meanwhile, the rejuvenation just slowly gets better and better over time.
- Because of #1, if you have deep scars, indention lines, acne or severe stretch marks, you can get additional treatments in the same area and it will only compound the effects of the treatment, as in, continue to improve from the updated baseline.
Anesthesia + Scalpel + Sponge + Altered Carbon
Numbing Cream + Plasma Pen + Conversation + Dots (no altering of the carbon)
Botox Quick Comparison
You might also be like, yea okay, you have a few valid points there with the surgery vs non-invasive, but Botox is easy, quick, painless and compared to surgery, Botox is non-invasive, right? I mean, why would I want to go through getting dots, swelling, healing and pay more than my Botox just to stop doing Botox when it lasts months? Not like I’m going overboard here – right?
Well, here’s the thing…
Using “glabellar lines” for example as that is the most popular Botox area.
Average Botox Treatment cost: $200 (average glabellar treatment utilizes 20 units of Botox @ approx $10/unit)
Average time between treatments: 90 days
Botox per year: $800 (keep in mind this is average)
Botox in five years: $4000 (we’re only calculating for 11’s, not including other areas)
Average Fibroblast treatment cost – same area: $275
Average time between treatments: 3-5 years
FBP per year: $275
FBP in five years: $275 – $715
Kind of a No-Brainer
I mean honestly, by the time you get Botox for five years, you could have rejuvenated your entire face, jawline, neck, and upper chest/décolletage/cleavage area (man or woman, this area needs rejuvenation) for the same price! ($4000 not $350)
Even if you have to get 2-3 treatments to get your 11’s perfectly smooth (under $1K), you’re still not even close to what you’d be doing with Botox, and Botox is injected into your skin, which eventually damages your nerves and has been known to have other latent adverse effects.
Adverse Effects You Say?
Yes, one of the most common side effects of extended Botox use is Ptosis, which is when your upper eyelid droops over your eye
This also happens around the mouth, which causes droopy lips and drooling. That sucks! It also causes headaches and other weird nerve damages, like phantom pain, numbness, loss of muscle control, etc. Not sure about you, but I’ll take a hard pass on all that.
Yes, I know what you’re thinking, nothing is perfect, Fibroblast Plasma isn’t Glenda, the Good Witch of the North, while Botox is, Evillene, the Wicked Witch of the West (even though in actuality, it kind of is. Though, I can understand the need for a legit argument here). FBP probably also comes with some cautionary tales of mishap, right, cause who (I mean) what doesn’t?
Of course it does, but I can truthfully say that 99.9% of the time, this is due to technicians who are inexperienced and/or simply don’t know what they’re doing. Which is why you should always make sure you go with someone who you trust and have seen their work and/or results. The other .1% is life, but those are pretty good odds. Your Botox tech can probably agree that .1% is straight life errors. Anyone who denies they don’t make mistakes ever – is a liar and you should whole heartedly avoid them. Also .3% for someone who is busy, is a VERY small percent. .1% of 1000 is 1
That being said, if you go to someone knowledgeable (like me and many other wonderful FBP techs I know), you have very low odds of experiencing adverse effects because we do our due diligence. If you don’t want to schedule with me, no hard feelings, just let me know and I can get you to someone else who I trust.
What Does Due Diligence Look Like?
- I’m going to do a full assessment during consult, and make sure you are a good candidate for FBP before scheduling.
- If you have a darker complexion, I’m going to do a test patch and wait two weeks, to ensure you heal properly before I do your whole face and leave you looking like you have vitiligo. However, darker complexions can indeed get FBP treatments done. They are doing this in South America every day all day long.
This is your skin. . and I take it seriously!
To Summarize the Benefits
As stated above, FBP is non-invasive, so we aren’t injecting, or cutting, nor are we resurfacing with Co2 blasts that just skim (erm fry) the surface. And the BEST part is that,
- The results continue to increase over time due to cellular excitement, so by the time you’d need more Botox this will just be getting on a roll
- Minimal pain and downtime
- FBP results last 3-5 years, and in some cases much longer (up to 10), and
- You can compound the effects! So, depending on the individual goals and skin condition, should you want/need multiple treatments, you can do them in the same area and the effects simply continue to compound. Like the team under your skin just keeps getting stronger versus cancelling each other out. In physics when referring to waves we’d call this constructive interference (versus destructive interference). If curiosity makes you want to dive into a wave particle rabbit hole, here’s a cool place to start!
Before & After
Fibroblasts play a major role in your skin
Fibroblasts aren’t just for tightening and brightening skin and removing wrinkles, they actually help heal wounds and regulate skin tone and skin clarity; So, revitalizing them is a win-win for your skin!
For the rabbit holer like me
Here are some cool initial experiments I found. Fibroblast plasma treatments started in Europe about 15 years ago and really got to a good place and took off over the last 5-6 years, then made it to the US the last two years.
In the beginning: Some cool studies conducted and documented
- Effectiveness in the overall skin improvement: wrinkles, lines, hyper pigmentation (Alster, 2007) 10 patients had one treatment on the total of 30 skin areas. RESULTS: “Mean clinical improvements of 57, 48, and 41% were observed in chest, hands, and neck sites, respectively. Significant reduction in wrinkle severity, hyperpigmentation, and increased skin smoothness were achieved.”
- Acne scarring effectiveness (Gonzalez, 2008). Nine patients with acne scarring and Fitzpatrick skin types I-III were included in the study and completed a 6-months follow up. All patients underwent a single Plasma treatment with two high-energy passes (3.5-4.0 J). “Improvement was determined by patient questionnaires and physician evaluation of digital photographs taken prior to treatment and at 3 and 6 months post-treatment. RESULTS: On average, patients reported 34% improvement in their acne scarring at 3 months and 33% improvement at 6 months. Blinded physician ratings of patient photos demonstrated 19% improvement at 3 months and 34% at 6 months.” There were no serious adverse side-effects. Epidermis (upper layer of the skin) was fully restores 4 to 6 days after the treatment.
- Effectiveness in a full face lifting and resurfacing (Bogle, 2008). Eight volunteers underwent three full-face treatments at 3 weeks intervals. The energy settings were 1.2 to 1.8 J. Full-thickness skin biopsy specimens were obtained from 6 patients before treatment and 90 days following the last treatment. Patients were seen for follow-up 4 days after each treatment and 30 and 90 days after the third treatment. RESULTS: Three months after treatment, investigators found a 37% reduction in facial rhytids and study participants noted a 68% improvement in overall facial appearance. Re-epithelialization was complete in 4 days. Patients assessed redness to persist an average of 6 days after treatment. Epidermal regeneration from the first treatment was longer than from the following treatments (9 vs 4 and 5 days, respectively). One patient developed localized hyperpigmentation after the first treatment, which resolved by follow-up at day 30. No scarring or hypopigmentation occurred. A histologic evaluation 3 months after treatment revealed a band of new collagen at the dermo-epidermal junction with less dense elastin in the upper dermis. The mean depth of new collagen was 72.3 mum.