Another week here and we needed to talk about F I B R O B L A S T I N G. This is a fairly new topic but that's developing like wild fire. If you haven't listened to the episode yet CLICK HERE then head back here for the show notes.
♡ What is F I B R O B L A S T I N G?
In a nutshell, Fibroblasting is a non-invasive treatment that works to lift the skin, tighten and rejuvenate. Why it's popular? It is a less expensive alternative with minimal downtime as compared to your typical facelift.
The Fibroblast Plasma Lift removes or reduces fine lines, wrinkles and scarring. It also helps with uneven discoloration or skin tone, helps with sagging skin on either your neck or abdominal area, and eliminates skin imperfections like skin tags as well as, our least favorite; sun damage.
♡ What is a fibroblast?
Before getting into the actual treatment we need to understand where this idea came from. Let's start with the fact that our body is made up of different types of cells and fibroblasts are cells that are normally present. The role of a fibroblast is that it makes up your connective tissue and maintains the integrity of this tissue. Fibroblasts make up the ECM (or extracellular matrix) and collagen which is crucial in wound healing! DUH. These cells are also the early initiators of your bodies inflammatory response which typically gets released due to times of stress.
♡ What is this procedure known for?
Tightening and lifting the skin
Shrinking excess skin
Targets crow’s feet, under eye bags and wrinkles by smoothing and tightening eyelids as well as, reducing the hoods that typically develop on your eyelids as you age.
The upside is that it is a lot cheaper than surgery. A typical facelift will run you around 7,000 - 10,000. Some places can go up to 80,000 but we won't discuss that right now. On the other hand, fibroblast procedures are typically between $150 to $800 for now.
♡ How does the procedure work?
It is a pen-like device that has a high frequency electric current which is delivered to small areas of the skin. It doesn’t touch the skin directly but you have a targeted current that is released above the skin. This activity is supposed to stimulate your fibroblasts which causes tissue contraction or as we see it, tightening. Typically you complete between 1 to 3 sessions and this depends from person to person. During the treatment, you will start to see little brown dots form which fall off as your skin heals. The results are permanent but please know that this does not stop the natural process of aging. Side note: neither does a surgical face lift. You will be healed and see results within 2 weeks of the procedure but it can take up to 6 weeks to fully see the difference. If you need repeat treatments you will do them 6 weeks or more after the previous procedure.
♡ Expert Research
One small study conducted in 2007 used plasma fibroblast therapies on eight participants. Each patient received one full-face treatment every 3 weeks. At the end of the trial, patients reported a 37 percent reduction in facial wrinkling and a 68 percent overall improvement in facial appearance!
Take this with a grain of salt as it was a small study with a small amount of participants but something that was worth mentioning.
♡ Side Effects
You may see little spots which is normal and will turn brown as well as, crust over.
It typically takes a week for these scabs to fall off and no scarring should be left behind.
Other common side effects:
Swelling and inflammation 1 to 5 days after the treatment is normal
Sagging skin (upper eyelids)
♡ Secret Tips
Do NOT wash or get water over the treated areas until the scabs are off
Use the facial sponge with the face wash provided by your healthcare provider to clean areas of the face or neck that were not treated also known as, a "dry heal”.
Apply a cold compress up to 4 times the first hour after treatment
This helps assist with inflammation and excess heat
Sleep elevated the first night
Avoid hot showers for the first 3-4 days
Apply Phyto, spray Colloidal or dab Aquaphor over the treated sites
Until the crusts fall off
Avoid wearing makeup
Don't forget to wear SPF
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