What is it?
Fibroblasts are a type of cell found in connective tissue that play a key role in wound healing, tissue repair, and the production of collagen and other extracellular matrix (ECM) components. They are responsible for the production of collagen, elastin and other fibers that give structure to the skin and support to other tissues in the body.
Fibroblasts are also known as fibrocytes and they are the most common type of cell found in connective tissue. They are responsible for producing and maintaining the extracellular matrix (ECM), which is a complex network of proteins and polysaccharides that provide structural support to cells and tissues.
In recent years, fibroblasts have been used in various non-surgical cosmetic treatments, such as skin tightening and lifting, known as fibroblast therapy. During this procedure, we use a small electrical current to the skin, which causes the fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin. The increased collagen and elastin help to improve the texture and tone of the skin, resulting in a tighter and more youthful appearance.
How does it work?
Fibroblast therapy, also known as fibroblast skin tightening, is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses a device to deliver a small electrical current to the skin. The current causes the fibroblasts in the skin to produce more collagen and elastin, which improves the texture and tone of the skin.
During the procedure, the practitioner will use a device that has a small needle-like electrode on the end. The electrode will be moved over the skin, delivering a small electrical current to the skin. This current causes the fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin, which helps to improve the texture and tone of the skin.
How long will the effects last?
The effects of fibroblast therapy can last for several months, but the duration of the results depends on a number of factors, such as the individual's skin condition and type, the number of treatments, and the technique used.
As the body naturally depletes collagen over time, the effects of fibroblast therapy will eventually fade. However, many people choose to have follow-up treatments to maintain their results. Typically, fibroblast therapy treatments are spaced about 4-6 weeks apart, and a series of 3-6 treatments are recommended for optimal results.
It's important to note that fibroblast therapy is not a one-time solution, it's a treatment that requires maintenance to keep the skin looking healthy and youthful. Additionally, maintaining a good skincare routine with appropriate products and sunscreen is crucial to prolong the effects of the treatment.
Does it hurt?
Fibroblast therapy is considered a minimally invasive procedure and is generally well-tolerated. The practitioner will apply a numbing cream before the procedure to minimize any discomfort. Some people may feel a slight stinging or burning sensation during the procedure, but this is usually mild. After the procedure, you may experience mild swelling and redness, but it usually subsides within a few hours.
It's important to keep in mind that everyone's pain tolerance is different, so the level of discomfort experienced may vary. It's important to discuss any concerns about pain or discomfort with your practitioner before the procedure, and to follow their post-treatment instructions carefully to minimize any potential risks and to ensure the best possible outcome. Overall, fibroblast therapy is considered a well-tolerated procedure with minimal downtime and discomfort.
What can I expect?
The procedure typically begins with the practitioner cleaning and preparing the treatment area. They will then apply a numbing cream to minimize any discomfort during the procedure. We will use a device that has a small needle-like electrode on the end. The electrode will be moved over the skin, delivering a small electrical current to the skin. This current causes the fibroblasts to produce more collagen and elastin, which helps to improve the texture and tone of the skin. The procedure usually takes around 30-60 minutes.
After the procedure, the practitioner will apply a soothing lotion or serum to the skin. The skin may be slightly swollen and red for a few hours, but this is normal and should resolve on its own.
How should I prepare?
Here are a few things you can do to prepare for a fibroblast procedure:
Schedule a consultation to determine if this is the right procedure for you and to understand the potential risks and benefits.
Inform us of any medical conditions or allergies you have and any medications you are taking.
Avoid sun exposure and tanning for at least a week before the procedure to reduce the risk of complications.
Avoid using any exfoliating products, such as scrubs or acids, for at least a week before the procedure.
Avoid taking blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, for at least a week before the procedure to reduce the risk of bleeding or bruising.
Avoid alcohol and any kind of anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen, for at least 24 hours before the procedure.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to the appointment, and avoid tight-fitting clothing or underwear that may put pressure on the treated area.
Make sure to get enough sleep and eat well before the procedure.
Are there side effects?
Fibroblast therapy is considered a minimally invasive procedure, and side effects are generally mild. The most common side effects of fibroblast therapy are mild and short-lived, such as mild swelling, redness, and some discomfort or pain at the treatment site. These side effects typically resolve within a few hours to a day.
Other possible side effects include:
Bruising: This is more common if blood-thinning medications have been taken before the procedure.
Hyper-pigmentation: Rarely, some people may develop hyper-pigmentation, which is an increase in skin color in the treated area.
Hypersensitivity: Rarely, some people may have an allergic reaction to the numbing cream or any other product used during the procedure.
Scarring: Scarring is very rare and only occurs in a small percentage of patients.