by Jared Guichard, MD

Frequently Asked Questions About Fibroblasting

December 31, 2021 | Facial Treatments

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Fibroblasting isn’t necessarily a commonly discussed procedure, but we believe it should be! Short of plastic surgery, there are few other ways to lift the skin on the face and neck. Fibroblasting is both an anti-aging and tightening procedure, lauded for its quick results and ease. We’ll give you a comprehensive overview of how fibroblasting works, what fibroblasting can be used for, and what to expect from the procedure.

JAG Medical Spa offers fibroblasting services performed by our trained and experienced staff. If, by the end of this article, you’re interested in scheduling your first fibroblasting appointment–we look forward to hearing from you!

How does fibroblasting work?

Fibroblasting is used to target cosmetic concerns such as fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks, ptosis (drooping upper eyelids), sagging neck, and jowls. Fibroblasting is performed using a plasma pen, a non-invasive skin technology. To understand how a plasma pen tightens and firms the skin, we must first understand what causes the skin to loosen and sag. As we age, our collagen production slows down. This decline in collagen production leads to a loss of fullness in our face, which is how we end up with sagging skin.

The plasma pen converts electrical energy into electrostatic energy (think: what causes your hair to stick out from your head; what fills the air before a lightning strike). Oxygen and nitrogen in the air conduct the electrostatic energy from the probe of the plasma pen–when it’s positioned about 1 mm from the skin’s surface–into the epidermis. This causes the skin tissue to immediately contract, which gives the upper layer of the skin a tightened look. The thermal disruption caused by the discharge also stimulates collagen production within the deep layers of the skin, which lasts for a few months. Fibroblasting actually derives its name from the word fibroblast, which is the “most common type of cell found in connective tissue.” Fibroblasts are responsible for helping heal wounds and collagen secretion.

How long until I see results?

The superficial aesthetic results of fibroblasting (i.e. skin tightening, firmness) can be seen almost immediately, although it’s recommended you wait a week or two to see better results. The body needs time to produce collagen and elastin–the two proteins essential for supple, smooth skin–so the full extent of your fibroblasting treatment will not be fully visible for at least two or three months. For those who undergo the treatment, you might notice a significant reduction in the appearance of wrinkles, a lifted look around your eyes and cheeks, and an overall more youthful complexion. In this way, fibroblasting rivals neuromodulators and dermal fillers with its results. (Keep in mind, you can use fibroblasting in conjunction with neuromodulators and fillers, just be sure to consult with your medical provider beforehand.)

Does fibroblasting hurt?

Similar to microblading, a numbing cream is typically applied to the skin prior to treatment. This numbing effect significantly decreases any discomfort associated with fibroblasting. However, most patients find fibroblasting to be a mild, non-painful procedure. If you’re particularly sensitive to strange sensations on your skin, be sure to let your medical provider know so they can accommodate you.

What are the side effects of fibroblasting?

The electrostatic shocks delivered into the skin are considered “micro traumas.” As such, in addition to stimulating the body’s healing response, they can cause redness and slight swelling to the area treated. These side effects should subside within the first three days after treatment. If they do not, you should reach out to your medical provider.

The most noticeable side effect of fibroblasting is the carbon crust which forms on the skin following the treatment. These carbon crusts are, as the name suggests, made of carbon. They are a result of the conduction of the electrostatic energy and the body’s natural healing process. Carbon crusts resemble minuscule dots and usually slough off in the days following treatment. It’s important not to pick at these crusts, as this can cause hyperpigmentation and scarring. Instead, allow the crusts to fall off naturally and you’ll be left with the rejuvenated skin underneath. Other than these, fibroblasting is associated with no other side effects. Compared to invasive, surgical cosmetic procedures, we believe the side effects of fibroblasting are preferable!

Is fibroblasting safe?

The plasma pen is an FDA-approved device for performing fibroblast therapy. After your initial treatment session, you can return to work, exercise, and otherwise resume your normal daily life. There’s no downtime involved. You should keep your skin moisturized and protected from the sun, however. When the skin is healing, it can be more sensitive to the harmful UV rays found in sunlight. We recommend using a moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen above SPF 30. As well, every patient is different. If you have any health concerns, you should make your medical provider aware prior to treatment. They will be best suited to let you know if you are a good candidate for fibroblasting.

How long will my results last?

It’s not uncommon for fibroblasting results to last up to two years! The length of your fibroblasting results will depend almost entirely upon how your body responds to the treatment. Secondarily, how you care for your skin and body will also influence the longevity of your results. You’ll want to practice a daily facial care routine, protect your skin from skin damage, eat a well-rounded diet, stay hydrated and sleep well. Activities like drinking and smoking can speed aging processes, such as the breakdown of collagen. 

How often should I receive fibroblasting treatment? 

If, after two or three months, your fibroblasting results are not dramatic enough, you can undergo a second treatment. A majority of patients find one session to be enough but, once again, each fibroblasting journey is dependent upon a number of lifestyle factors. Once your fibroblasting results have begun to wane, it’s time to come in for another session!

Fibroblasting should always be performed by a licensed professional using an FDA-approved plasma pen. We cannot wait to help you achieve the sculpted, lifted look you’ve been dreaming of. What are you waiting for?

At JAG Medical Cosmetics, we’re happy to help you feel confident again. If you’re interested in learning more about fibroblasts or setting up an initial consultation, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re here to answer any questions you may have.

About the author, Jared Guichard, MD

Dr. Jared Guichard is owner and medical director of JAG Medical Spa. With over 10 years’ experience in anti-aging medicine, he is committed to providing clients with the best in Aesthetics care and Anti-Aging treatments. He has a passion for all areas of medicine and continues to practice as a medical doctor in local hospitals in the Charleston area.

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