Fibroblast Skin Tightening 

(frequently asked questions)

What Is The Plasma Pen?

The Plamere Pen, used to perform Plasma Skin Tightening, also known as Fibroblast Skin Tightening (FST), is an FDA-approved non-surgical device that is used in a technique to tighten and smooth skin naturally.  The Fibroblast Skin Tightening treatment is a revolutionary, nonsurgical alternative to invasive facelift procedures.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Fibroblast Skin Tightening?

The best candidates for FST are patients who are looking to improve the appearance, volume, and elasticity of the skin. However, this treatment is limited to those with skin types ranging on the Fitzpatrick Scale from I-IV.  If you are unsure of your skin type, take this quiz here

The procedure is also not recommended for patients who have:

  • A Herpes Simplex Virus outbreak, or have any lesions in the treatment area

  • A pace-maker (requires physician approval for treatment)

  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding

  • Had Botox recently (within 6 months)

  • Diabetes

  • Used Accutane within the last year

  • Keloid scarring

  • Skin types V-VI on the Fitzpatrick Scale (can lead to hypopigmentation)

If you have any concerns, please consult with your physician to help you determine if FST is safe and right for you.

What Areas Can Be Treated?

Fibroblast Skin Tightening is commonly used to treat wrinkles and loose skin on the face, neck, and jaw line.  This breakthrough treatment is an effective alternative to invasive upper and lower eyelid surgery to reduce eye hooding and rejuvenate the eyes, with a procedure known as "blepharoplasty."  With the plasma pen, the patient avoids the deleterious side effects and risks of general anesthesia.

Other common areas treated include the abdomen, scars (acne or surgical, but not keloid), knees, and arms.

How Does Fibroblast Skin Tightening Work?

The Plamere Pen works by discharging a small electrical current through the probe into the air at approximately 1 mm above the skin. The electricity then interacts with the atmosphere to create a plasma arc. This arc strikes the epidermis, causing it to sublimate (change from a solid directly into a gas).  This micro-trauma affects the superficial epidermis, as well as a deeper zone within the dermis – particularly the fibroblasts.  The process stimulates collagen production for the next few months, and also activates and releases important proteins in the dermis.  Because this treatment predominantly impacts the superficial layer, there is minimal risk of scarring, infection or loss of pigmentation.


The treatment is extremely precise, meaning that the tissues surrounding the area of treatment remain untouched and intact. This results in the tightening of the skin in the desired area and, as a result, excess skin is reduced while the remaining skin is toned and tightened.

Unlike other methods of skin ablation, there are no open wounds during the healing phase.  In the first stages of healing, small dry spots called "echars" form on the skin and remain there for 5-7 days before falling off. 

How Long Do Results Last?

The results of the plasma pen are permanent, but because the aging process continues, clients can see a return of sagging skin and wrinkles within 2-5 years, depending on the person.  Clients see immediate results, with the best result occurring after 8-12 weeks.  The treatment can be repeated as necessary to obtain the desired results. In most cases, one to four treatments will produce the most optimal results. 

Risks Of Fibroblast Skin Tightening

The Plasma Pen is regarded as a safe treatment. However, no procedure is without its risks. These risks include:

  • Skin discoloration

  • Swelling/bruising

  • Scabbing/crusting

  • Scarring

Complications are more likely to arise during the 8-12 weeks following treatment if proper aftercare is not taken during the healing process. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the best steps to take for the best healing.

Is FST painful?

Fibroblast Skin Tightening is a quick and very tolerable procedure (duration depends on the size/area of treatment). A numbing cream is applied to the treatment area to ensure that you feel more comfortable during the procedure.  Some areas of the face are more sensitive and require a longer waiting period for the skin to become desensitized.  Even still, for some it can cause a mild tingling sensation but rest assured that it is completely tolerable.

This treatment is very low risk with minimal side effects and very short downtime. Most patients will be able to return to work the same day after the treatment.  The Plasma Pen can be used in a number of procedures to enhance looks without the need for expensive and invasive surgery.

Post-procedure side effects

FST has very minimal side effects from the procedure. Those include:

  • Carbon crusts (echars) covering the treated area for 5-7 days.

  • Mild burning sensation for up to 1 hour following treatment, similar to a sunburn.

  • Mild swelling and redness for up to 3 days. Most swelling and redness is gone within 24 hours.

  • Mild itching as the area heals and the echars fall off.

To schedule your FREE consultation, click the "Book Your Appointment" link below and select "Skin Tightening Consultation." 

Print, fill out, and bring your Intake Form with you to your consultation.


*pictures on this page were taken from other sources.  They will be replaced with Revive Nail Studio clients as they are accrued.

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