This Anti-Aging Treatment is Testing My Fear of Holes
Instagram is a weird place. My explore page is a motley crew of rescue puppies, Chris Evans stan accounts, a concerning amount of Halloween-inspired special effects videos, and extreme beauty treatments. The latter is how I found out about plasma fibroblast, an anti-aging treatment in which the skin is cauterized via electrosurgery, a widely used surgical technology that uses a high-frequency electric current passing through tissue. Yes, you read that correctly: the skin is lightly burned, and the result is firmer, lifted skin.
The photos and videos of the process, also known as plasma skin tightening, are equal parts traumatizing and mesmerizing. For anyone who has trypophobia, or a fear of holes, this might make you queasy. The tiny burn marks are made in rows, so they all look uniform — giving the illusion of tiny little holes all over the area treated. The term "plasma" comes from the light emitted — there is no blood taken for this treatment.
Plasma fibroblast initially caught my eye for obvious reasons (holes!), but also because it's touted as an alternative for lip filler. It's applied to the upper lip area, and as it heals over a few weeks, it lifts your lip upward, giving the appearance of a fuller lip sans injections — what many refer to as a "lip flip."
According to Plasma IQ's website — a popular plasma pen brand — it's a "medical device that uses microbeams of plasma working only on the epidermis level, without damaging the skin, therefore, with a limited downtime, allows to eliminate first signs of aging and restores a young look." The idea of having fuller, larger-looking lips without the need for injections is what's taking this treatment mainstream.
Treatments can range between $250 and $1,250, depending on where you live and what area you're getting treated.
Nathalie Nellange, a registered nurse based in Sweden, posted the videos that I found initially, but the treatment is offered all over the world. I reached out to learn more about the process, benefits, and what to be wary of. Keep reading to see more photos of plasma skin tightening and to learn about who it works best for, what to know before you get it done, and how long the results last.