Welcome to the JAG Medical Cosmetics blog, where you’ll find in-depth information about our services, educational resources concerning aesthetics, and helpful tips for looking and feeling your best. As always, we hope you’re doing well and enjoying this wonderful time of year! With clinics located in Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, and St. George, our practice seeks to serve the Lowcountry with high-quality, affordable care. According to our philosophy, our patients come first. We aim to educate our patients on the most clinically relevant treatments to prevent aging. That’s why we take the time to develop a relationship based on trust with each person who walks through our doors. When you feel comfortable and informed, you’re able to make optimal decisions for your internal and external wellness. Since our job is to provide expertise and support, we allow our patients the freedom to express their unique desires. By working together as a team, our patients can feel confident about reaching their aesthetic goals!
If you’ve never heard of microblading, we suggest giving our last article a quick read! In ‘Behind the Popularity of Microblading,’ we explored why this semi-permanent tattoo technique is taking the cosmetic industry by storm. Microblading is performed using a pen-like tool with minuscule blade-like needles attached to the tip. These blades create fine incisions in the brows, in which pigment is deposited, creating the appearance of hair strands. For those with light-colored, fine hair, microblading can give them the noticeable brows they’ve always wanted. Likewise, for those with patchy brows or unevenly-shaped brows, microblading can be a godsend. Contrary to popular belief, microblading isn’t painful, especially after numbing cream is applied. Results can last between one and three years before a touch-up is needed and, during this period, you don’t need to worry about penciling in your brows! There are several kinds of microblading techniques, each of which achieves a different look, and we explained each in detail. JAG Medical Cosmetics offers microblading services performed by trained estheticians. Start the new year off right with thick, beautiful brows!
Today, we’re discussing a skin firming and lifting procedure known as fibroblasting. 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 Cosmetics 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 (which we outline in another article here), 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. We have an article on preventative skincare and the tips available there are key to maintaining your fibroblasting results.
How often should I receive fibroblasting treatment?
If, after two or three months, you’re 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 achieve the brows you’ve been wanting forever. 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 our services! Thank you for reading and we hope you’ll return to the JAG Medical Cosmetics blog for more posts about aesthetics, skincare, and more!