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Plasma Pen/ Fibroblast Treatment

How does it work?

With our state of the art Plasma Pen under our highly trained practitioners, we force the skin tissue to contract virtually immediately by thermally disrupting the skin as well as fibroblasts. This micro-trauma stimulates new collagen (neocollagenesis) and helps release and activate essential proteins and growth factors like cytokines and fibroblasts, which makes more collagen than before it was disrupted. Eventually, excess skin dries off to form tiny crusts that fall off like dandruff in just a few days. New collagen is formed over a period of up to 6 months.

Is the Plasma Pen safe?

Our Plasma pen is one of the finest tipped 0.4mm probes to deliver super precision. The benefits of which are a great tightening effect, a quicker healing process and less down time to the client. The plasma pen can be used on most skin types for rejuvenation, but certain treatments, only skin types I to II are suitable. There is more information about skin types below, however, if you’re borderline skin type III to IV, your practitioner will assess your skin and offer a test patch prior to treatment.

The fact is that people with darker skins have melanocytes capable of making large amounts of melanin. When dark/black skin is injured (i.e. through the micro-trauma we create with Plasma Pen), these melanocytes can hyperpigment or hypopigment. This is because a combination of the inflammatory response and ultraviolet causes the inflammation to disrupt the basal cell layer. Melanin pigment is then released but subsequently it can become trapped by macrophages in the papillary layer. Once the wound healing has completed and the junction repaired then the melanin pigment granules can be caught within the dermal layer with no way of escape and this can cause pigmentation issues.

Does it hurt?

The treatment can be uncomfortable, and really depends on your pain threshold. For a comfortable experience we recommend attending your appointment on time to allow the topical anaesthetic application to have the required time to absorb and take effect in the areas you would like to have treated. The topical anaesthetic is applied for 30 mins for the best effect.

How much does it cost?

There is no one price fits all. Individual treatment costs vary and the type of treatment you require will also mean the price will vary. We promise as part of our guarantee to give you a full pricing structure, written down in your notes and explained prior to proceeding with any treatments. As a result of the variations and all clients being different, we have put together a common treatment package that will give you the flexibility to adjust the package to your needs. We offer a package to cover several treatments, however, individual treatment prices can be seen below:

For the muscle – To reduce the movement around the eyes, anti wrinkle injections cost £195 and £245 for the frown and the eyes when treated at the same time.

For the volume – This depends on every individual and where their volume loss appears to have occurred. Dermal filler to the temple would be £250 for 1ml, the forehead would be £250 for 1ml, the cheeks would be £300 per 1ml syringe or £700 for a 3ml syringe and the tear trough is £350 for 1ml.

To tighten the skin in the upper eyelid is £389 and the Crows feet is £349.

Do you offer a package price?

Yes we do. We offer the following packages

The Signature Lid Lift (Upper eyelids)

  1. Reducing Muscle movement around the eyes and frown (From £180 on it’s own)
  2. Plasma Pen Treatment Upper eyelid(£389 on it’s own)
  3. Brow and Temple Filler 2 syringes (£250 per syringe =£500 on their own)
  4. Package Price = £799 (£335 saving)

 The Ultimate Eye Treatment

  1. Reducing Muscle movement around the eyes and frown (From £180 on it’s own)
  2. Plasma Pen Treatment Lower Eyelid (£389 on it’s own)
  3. Plasma Pen Treatment Upper Eyelid (£389 on it’s own)
  4. Cheek and Tear trough 3 syringes (2 x£300 per syringe for cheeks & tear trough filler £350 =£950 on their own)
  5. Brow and Temple Filler 2 syringes (£250 per syringe =£500 on their own)
  6. PDO threads x 10 (£500)
  7. Neostrata Eye Cream (£34)
  8. Package Price = £1989 (£3007 when bought individually, £1018 saving when bought as a package)

What is involved with the treatment?

Your practitioner will apply topical anaesthetic to the skin’s surface for 30 mins prior to the treatment, the cream will be removed and the treatment using a small, hand help pen shaped device will apply the treatment. A 60 min appointment is allocated to allow you to relax and receive your after care advice prior to leaving the clinic.

How long will it be before I see results?

An immediate tightening will be seen with the plasma pen and dermal fillers. Once healing has taken place you will see an improvement in skin condition and tone.
Collagen production and skin tightening gets progressively better over 10-14 weeks and continues to improve up to a year later.

How successful is the treatment?

The fact is, the treatment works. However, success of a treatment to one client maybe failure to another. Skin tightening appears immediately, whereas collagen induction occurs over a period of time. For some clients more than 1 treatment may be required to achieve their desired results.

How long does it last?

Once collagen is formed, the natural ageing process of breaking down the collagen will then take place. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors can contribute to the collagen breakdown such as UV exposure and smoking. However, depending on the amount of sagging skin, sometimes it may require more than a single session.

How many treatments will I need?

This is a single treatment, but depending on the skin laxity, more than one treatment may be required.

How will my skin look?

The skin will have multiple millimetre trauma marks to the skin’s surface, and as healing occurs the skin will appear dry and flaky. In the first couple of days, redness and swelling will be present. Every individual will vary, others may have more swelling, whereas some may swell for over a week. Pigmentation from the small marks can be present for longer if the scabs come away earlier than expected, for example when lying on one side of the face whilst sleeping.

Here are some images before the treatment, then 7 days and 14 days after the treatment as it was healing. There is still further healing time to occur and maximum results will begin to appear over the coming months.

Before and after plasma pen

What are the side effects and risks involved?

Tenderness, redness and swelling are common side effects and are to be expected following the treatment. As the skin starts to heal, itching may occur. After care gel that is included in the price of the treatment, should be used to alleviate the side effects. Other side effects are not limited to, but may include slight redness for a few weeks after the treatment, with a risk of scarring, infection and hyperpigmentation (darker skin) or hypopigmentation (lighter skin), being rare but possible.

Are there any specific after care tips?

You will be required to stay out of direct sun light during the healing process. Whilst the scabs are still present you won’t be able to get the areas wet such as having a shower, steam room, swimming or sweating from exercising.   An aftercare gel will be given after treatment for you to use during the healing process (included in the cost). 

How do I prepare for the procedure?

It is important to have a test patch prior to the treatment. No active sun exposure is important with no active tan being present for the test patch and treatment. We suggest not to apply any cosmetics beforehand, and you should let us know about any recent medical conditions and medications taken. 

Is there anything I should do after the treatment?

We advise that you don’t take a hot shower on the day of the treatment, and to keep the area dry for the duration of the scabs being present. It is advised that you don’t apply make-up to the area for the duration of the scabs, as attempting to remove the makeup at the end of the day, can cause the microscabs to come away from the skin too early and cause scarring. Sun exposure should be avoided for 4 weeks after the treatment, sunblock application is highly recommended for 4 to 6 weeks after the initial treatment.  

What are the contraindications to having the treatment?

Reasons you may not be suitable for the treatment are due to the following. In which case, we would ask for a specialist’s letter stating that they are happy for you to proceed with the treatment, where applicable:
Metal plates or pins
Severe circulatory deficiencies inc. ischemic tissue, thrombosis, severe uncontrolled blood pressure
Severe Cardiovascular conditions
Pacemaker
Pregnancy
Current or recent haemorrhage
Malignancy and chemotherapy in the past 3 years.

We need to be cautious with certain illnesses, our nurse will confirm your full medical history prior to commencing any treatments. 

How long does the treatment take?

The treatment takes less than 30 mins, however, we allow 60mins per treatment to ensure that you’re happy with the treatment choice and to ensure you’re happy to proceed. The topical anaesthetic is removed and the skin is prepared with a hospital grade cleanser that is recommended by ACE Guidelines to minimise infection. The skin is treated and an after care cream is applied. This product is available for you to take home as part of your after care. The aftercare is explained and a fact sheet about how to look after your skin after the treatment is given.

Are the results after the treatment permanent?

Yes. Once new collagen is stimulated, new collagen is formed. It doesn’t however, stop the ageing process, therefore the natural ageing and collagen breakdown will occur. You can help reduce the natural ageing by protecting the skin from further UVA rays and external environmental damage.
What are the advantages over surgery?
No cutting of the skin
Very low risk procedure
No stitches
There is no thinning of the skin
No general anaesthetic
Far less recovery time
Significantly lower cost
Quick and easy treatment

How do I book?

We recommend you book in for a consultation prior to a treatment, to allow the practitioner to assess your needs and skin type and to give you a test patch a minimum of 7 days prior to the treatment. You can book in 3 ways, call us on 01633 462083, book online here, or download our app, by searching the ‘Sugarboxclinic’ in your app store. By far the easiest way, is online. Simply click this link: http://www.sugarboxclinic.co.uk/online-booking/ Select eye treatments and choose consultation.