Important Things You Should Know About Plasma Pen Device
Women looking for skin lifting or skin tightening solutions are often intimidated by the thoughts of surgical procedure being performed on their face to get rid of those fine lines or to get that youthfulness back. In addition to surgical procedures, a number of other products such as creams, lotions and ointments among other things are also sold in the market with tall claims. However, most people who have used these products are aware of the painful fact that most of these products simply do not work, especially in the long term. This is the reason, there has been an immense increase in the interest for a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment that offers real and long term skin lifting and skin tightening benefits at an affordable price.
What is a Plasma Pen?
You must have read the term plasma somewhere. Plasma is a state of matter. It is defined as a gas that is primarily made of positively charged ions. Plasma is generated when an inert gas is magnetized.
You must have seen several plasma appliances over the years such as those neon signs, fluorescent light bulbs as well as plasma televisions though the plasma TVs are a thing of the past. In case of plasma TVs, argon gas is injected between the glass panels and when an electrical current passes through the gas, the molecules emit specific colors that are visible on your TV screen. In short, plasma technology has been in use for many decades for various other purposes but now it is also available for beauty treatments.
A plasma pen is a handheld device that is capable of generating plasma gas and delivering it in a particular direction. These pens are capable of transferring plasma energy to the deeper layers of the skin where it disrupts the existing cell structure through thermal conduction. It is also known as fibroblast therapy.
Who Invented Plasma Pen?
The credit for the invention of plasma pen or as the inventor likes to call it, plasma pencil, goes to Mounir Laroussi. He has been working in the field of plasma science for many decades and he discovered the use of low-temperature plasma for inactivating certain proteins, bacteria and its use in wound care as well as in destroying particular types of cancer cells. The plasma pencil invented by Laroussi has a variety of biomedical applications.Enter your text here...
What Does a Plasma Pen do?
Simply put, a plasma pen is a device to convert electrical energy into a form of electrostatic energy by creating nitrogen plasma artificially. In this device, there are 2 electrodes that are separated by a dielectric barrier. When an electrical discharge is made inside the device, the dielectric barrier leads to creation of ionized plasma gas which is then released at a distance of around 1 mm above the skin. This produces an electrical discharge causing a micro trauma at the place where the pen is pointed.
In short, it can be said that a plasma pen heats up the neutral atmospheric gases (nitrogen and oxygen) enough to create an ionized gas cloud that is electrically conductive. This electrically conductive ionized gas is capable of transferring energy to the skin without coming in contact.
To understand how a plasma pen device works, you need to understand the structure of your skin. Your skin consists of several layers. The topmost or outer layer is known as the epidermis and inner layer is known as dermis. The basic principle behind the working of this device is that body eventually heals itself after suffering a trauma. The healing process creates new blood vessels and leads to regeneration of cellulose which leads to skin tightening and youthful appearance.
This plasma pen device causes micro trauma to the outer layer or the epidermis. The energy usually penetrates up to 50 µm though it can go up to 200 µm deep inside the skin. This micro trauma burns the skin which leads to contraction and eventual tightening. When this plasma energy penetrates into the fibroblasts in the inner layer of your skin, it results in formation of new blood vessels naturally and release of growth factors. It is believed that these growth factors help with regeneration of cellulose under the skin which eventually leads to natural skin tightening.
This tool does not touch the skin as it makes use of sublimation process where solid state is directly transformed into a gaseous state. The tissues including the fibroblasts inside the skin are targeted without damaging the deeper skin layers or surrounding areas.
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Where is Plasma Pen Device Made?
It is important to keep in mind that plasma pen is a highly technical device as it creates immense energy which is then transferred to the skin causing micro trauma. These pens are made by a number of companies all around the world. Some of the most well-known plasma pens in the world are made by German companies.
However, as is the case with everything else, wherever there is an opportunity to make a dollar or two, people will try to make money without caring for the end user. This is also the case with plasma pens. Due to the immense popularity of these plasma pens, a number of knockoffs have also arrived in the market. These are easily available for purchase online but these are cheaply made.
Also, no training is offered with sale of such pens. It is important to keep in mind that plasma pens that are unreliable can cause serious damage to the skin. In some cases, the damage can be permanent. Therefore, it is important for you to make sure that the plasma pen being used is of high quality and is made by a reputable company that also offers hands-on training before people are allowed to use the pen on their clients.
Which Companies Sell Plasma Pens?
If you start searching for plasma pens on your favorite search engine, you'll find that these pens are sold by hundreds of companies under different brand names. While the technology remains the same, not all the pens available for sale online are of similar quality. Therefore, it is important for you to check ratings and past customer reviews regarding the quality of different brands of plasma pens to make sure that you are buying the real product and not some cheap knockoff.
How Much Do Plasma Pens Cost?
As far as the cost of these pens is concerned, you can buy cheap knockoffs for a few hundred dollars but those pens are likely to do more harm than good. These are available in a wide price range that can be as low as $1000 to more than $4000. The price at the high end typically also includes hands-on training for the technician who is going to use the pen.
Are Plasma Pens FDA Approved?
The plasma pen is an FDA approved device but it does not mean that all the pens available in the market have been approved for use for FDA. In other words, there are plenty of knockoffs available in the market at cheap prices that might not be safe for use. Therefore, it is important for you to do your own research to make sure that the device you are planning to buy has been approved for use by FDA.
Are Plasma Pens Safe?
Plasma pens are completely safe for use only when they are used by trained technicians who have undergone necessary training to use this high-energy device. In other words, plasma pens are only as safe as the person who is using it on your skin. In the wrong hands, these pens can do a lot of harm and in some cases, even permanent scarring. An untrained technician can make contact with your skin or hold the pen at a spot for too long leading to permanent scarring. Similarly, if the pen is held too far away from the skin, you won't get any of the benefits associated with this treatment.
It is also important to know that not everyone is right for this treatment. For instance, women who are breastfeeding or are pregnant or have lupus or are epileptic or have hepatitis or HIV, of currently use Accutane, blood thinners or corticosteroids or are hypertrophic, should not get this treatment. Similarly, some delay is required in the treatment if you have undergone certain other procedures. If you have recently had Botox treatment, you need to wait for at least 3 weeks to have this treatment. Similarly, if you have had a facelift, you need to wait for a period of at least 3 months for this treatment. There is a five-week wait involved for people who have recently undergone chemotherapy or radiation therapy. There should be a waiting period of 6 months after use of Accutane.
In short, plasma pens are completely safe but there are also some restrictions on its use and this is the reason, you need to go to a trained technician who is aware of the risks associated with the use of this device to make sure you are completely safe and are able to get the desired benefits.
You should know that it's a slightly uncomfortable treatment. Therefore, the technicians apply numbing cream at the spot to be treated before beginning the procedure. The numbing cream works as a local anesthetic and allows you to get the treatment done without being too uncomfortable.
The procedure usually lasts anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes, depending on the area to be covered. It will lead to formation of little scabs. You might also experience slight tightness and itching but it should go away within a few days. The tiny scabs will begin to fall off in around 4 to 5 days and you will have some pink dots left behind. Once the scabs are off, you can resume wearing full make-up.
The healing will continue for some time and you should be able to see a noticeable difference from day 7 onwards, especially in the reduction of wrinkles. Usually, complete healing takes around 12 weeks which means complete results are visible only after 3 months of the treatment.
You can expect the results to last anywhere from 2 to 5 years though most people experience good results for a period of at least 3 years.Enter your text here...
Overall, plasma pen treatment is a highly effective, non-invasive and non-surgical treatment for long-lasting skin tightening and rejuvenation. It also helps in getting rid of wrinkles. However, it needs to be performed by a trained technician who is trained to use a high quality plasma pen device.
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