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Is Plasma Pen Skin Tightening Right For Me?


What is Plasma Pen Skin Tightening?

The Plasma Pen Skin Tightening is a no-contact procedure with an FDA-approved device that results in improved tightening of skin. Since no cuts, sutures, or general anesthesia is involved, the risks and downtime are minimal. Yet, the results are impressive without the need for surgery.

How Does Plasma Skin Tightening Work?

Plasma skin tightening utilizes radio frequency (RF) energy to ionize, or break down, gas into plasma. When this plasma comes into contact with your skin, it will produce heat and remove oxygen from the surface without damaging the epidermis.

Moreover, the generated heat collapses the collagen and activates fibroplasia, your body’s wound-healing response, increasing collagen production.

What areas of the body can be treated with a Plasma Pen?

Plasma pen or fibroblast procedures can effectively treat almost any area of the face and body, including:

  • Lines around eyes (crow’s feet)
  • forehead lines
  • The jawline
  • Marionette lines
  • Smile lines
  • The necklines
  • Lipstick lines or the vertical wrinkles around the mouth
  • Stretchmarks
  • Eye bags and hoods
  • Milia
  • Nasolabial folds

How long will the process take?

The plasma pen process will depend on the treatment area. On average, it can take from 60 to 90 minutes but may last longer depending on the target area or size of the treatment.

The first thing your provider will do is apply a topical numbing cream to help you reduce the uneasiness. But this will depend on the type of energy. Low-grade energy doesn’t require too much anesthesia, but your provider may use local anesthesia or oral sedatives for treatments with higher energy.

The practitioner will then treat each region one at a time, holding the device 1mm from the skin’s surface. Zones with thinner skin, such as around the eyes, are typically treated with a smaller amount of energy than other body areas, such as the forehead or cheeks. Moreover, a plasma pen can be controlled to how deeply the heat is sent into the skin, limiting dermal injury.

Is plasma pen skin tightening painful?

The pain accompanying the Plasma Pen Skin Tightening treatment is minimal. Pain tolerance is different from person to person, and some parts of the body are more sensitive than others. That’s why we use a physician-grade topical anesthetic to lessen or minimize discomfort or tingling sensation.

Because the process can be uncomfortable you should be honest with your practitioner when you cannot handle the sensation. This will help them to give you the appropriate amount or type of anesthesia or breaks while performing the treatment.

Is this procedure right for me?

The plasma pen is considered safe for people with Fitzpatrick skin types I–III (very pale to white skin that can tan). If the patient is more olive skin tone or a Fitzpatrick skin type IV, they may be able to treat, however, they will have to be evaluated further.  Unfortunately, if you are darker skin toned (Fitzpatrick V- VI ) or have any of the following, this procedure is not suitable for you.

  • Open lesions in the area to be treated.
  • Conditions that affect healing, such as diabetes or an autoimmune disease.
  • Prone to keloid scarring (raised scar)
  • Poor circulation
  • Cardiovascular conditions, epilepsy, or cancer
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding

 What are the possible risks of the Plasma Pen treatment?

The Plasma Pen is a relatively safe treatment compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures. But it is still essential to analyze and understand the possible contraindications and risks of the treatment. You may experience the following:

  • Redness
  • Scabbing and crusting
  • Skin discoloration
  • Scarring
  • Burns and blisters
  • Swelling

Note that swelling, especially around the eyes, is expected. But this will start to subside after day two and will improve in the next few days.

What Should I Do After Treatment?

After the Plasma Pen treatment, you should avoid:

  • The treated areas getting wet. Follow the instructions provided after the procedure.
  • Forcing the scabs to fall off – let them heal and fall off naturally.
  • Putting on makeup until the scabs have healed.
  • Exposure to UV rays and use a broad-spectrum SPF every day.

How long should I wait for the result?

Plasma Pen skin tightening results can be remarkable for cases of moderate skin laxity. You will likely see results and improvements over the next three months in the appearance of loose skin. You may need more than one session, depending on the desired results.


Plasma Pen Skin Tightening is an innovative, non-operative skin tightening method that treats sagging skin, skin tags, fine lines, and wrinkles. This significantly enhances your look without invasive surgery.

Plasma pen skin tightening of fibroblast procedures should be performed by professional skilled technicians with hands on training, to get the most optimal result. Here at White Pearl Medical Spa located in Des Plaines, IL we strive to provide you the newest and revolutionized skincare treatment suited for your needs.

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