Plasma Pen Gone Wrong: Risks & Side Effects

By PMUHub Editorial Team| Last updated on May 14, 2024

Although fibroblasting is a non-invasive skin rejuvenation method, there are still some plasma pen gone wrong scenarios you should be aware of before going into it. Let’s explain them.

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Plasma pen fibroblasting is one of the more popular ways to make your skin look younger. With the plasma pen, it’s also possible to achieve a lifting effect without the need for invasive surgery, while still getting an almost identical effect.

However, there are a few plasma fibroblast gone wrong you should look out for. We’re here to tackle the topic, while also pointing out which side effects of plasma pen treatments are to be expected.

Let’s dive in!

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Plasma Pen Risks

Most plasma pen gone wrong scenarios come either from unprofessional therapists or a lack of a stable aftercare routine.

When you get to your fibroblasting appointment, the first session should be a consultation with the therapist who will be treating your skin. It’s their job to warn you about all the specific fibroblasting risks that apply to your skin type and the exact procedure you plan on getting.

But since you’re here, doing your pre-treatment research, we can tell you about some of the more general risks and give you tips on what you can do to avoid them.

The plasma pen should never be handled by anyone other than a medical professional who is, on top of their formal medical education, certified to handle this tool. Otherwise, they may damage your skin

On the other hand, some risks are under your control as well. Not diligently following the instructions your therapist gives you for aftercare can result in some unwanted effects. During the fibroblast recovery process, your skin is vulnerable, so make sure to tend to your skin with care.

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Common Fibroblast Treatment Gone Wrong Situations

As with any other procedure, there’s always a small chance that something will go wrong along the way. Thankfully, none of these scenarios are very common.

It May Not Work

This is a risk with pretty much any cosmetic treatment.

The truth is that not every skin type and not every blemish is treatable with the plasma pen. If your wrinkles or acne scars are exceptionally deep, the plasma pen will lessen their visibility, but won’t clear them away completely.

Similarly, fibroblasting can be used to achieve a fox-eye lift effect – but not if your eyes are naturally more downturned.

In those cases where the skin you want to treat is mildly affected, the plasma pen will help. If not, you may need a more aggressive procedure.

Ultimately, your plasma therapist should assess how well the treatment will work and even recommend an alternative if they deem it necessary.

It Could Leave a Mark

Scarring and hyperpigmentation aren’t that common when it comes to fibroblasting.

However, this is still something you should be wary of, especially since these largely depend on your aftercare routine, meaning you have more control over this than any other risk we’re talking about here.

Scarring can occur if you pick the scabs that are formed over the fibroblast dots after a few days.

Be careful not to accidentally take them off when you’re washing the skin or putting your clothes on. The carbon crusts may feel itchy at times, but you have to resist the urge to pick at them, and instead find a good non-aggressive moisturizer to help ease your discomfort.

Hyperpigmentation can also happen as a result of the scabs being prematurely peeled. However, it can also happen even with proper aftercare, but that depends on your skin type and its natural tendency for hyperpigmentation.

If your skin falls under Fitzpatrick types 3, 4, or 5, you’re probably more vulnerable to hyperpigmentation as a result of plasma fibroblast gone wrong.

Type 6 is even more at risk, so it’s best to do a patch test with your therapist before going into the procedure. Figure out which Fitzpatrick type you are here.

The Fitzpatrick Scale by PMUHub

Plasma Pen Side Effects

Unlike the possible, more permanent, unwanted situations we talked about in the previous sections, the plasma pen treatment side effects we’re about to go through are all a typical part of the healing process and should go away on their own after a while.

Scabbing + Itchiness and Burning

We’ve already talked about the carbon crusts that will form over the spots that were blasted with the plasma pen. This will inevitably result in unpleasant burning and itching sensations, as well as an unsightly patch of skin – but don’t get alarmed.

The feeling is typically described to be akin to sunburn and will last up to a week. You can easily help alleviate this pain by applying a cooling and calming moisturizer, such as aloe vera or pennywort.


When it comes to plasma lift side effects, swelling is the one that will seem the most concerning at first.

In most cases, it will start to appear within the first hour after the treatment and could last for a few days.

If it seems that it’s been going on for far too long – around a week – it’s time to contact your therapist or another medical professional.

Redness and Irritation

After the appointment is over, the skin that was treated will inevitably be irritated. This should last for up to a week when the scabs will begin peeling off on their own.

However, after they’ve fallen off, the spots where they used to be will also be slightly discolored.

This is completely normal – it’s just a fresh layer of skin that is still recovering from what is essentially a small burn.

This will also fade away in time – around a week or two. If it doesn’t, then you may be experiencing some hyperpigmentation and should contact a medical professional.

How to Handle Plasma Pen Side Effects & Prevent the Risks

If you want to minimize the risk of suffering from any of these side effects, you’ll need to look into proper aftercare. Ideally, your therapist should give you detailed instructions and some product recommendations.

But you can find some general fibroblasting aftercare guidelines here.

To ease the burning sensation, you can look into aloe vera-based products, but make sure they don’t also contain other, more aggressive ingredients.

The swelling will go away on its own, but you can speed that process up by sleeping on your back and letting gravity help you out. Itchiness will be aided by using moisturizer.

If you want to be sure that you won’t suffer any unwanted permanent effects, the best you can do is do your research into the treatment and the professional who will perform it for you. You’ll learn more about how at-risk you are at the consultation, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Plasma Pen Gone Wrong – Main Takeaways

In short, there’s not a lot that can go wrong with fibroblasting. If you check how well your skin will respond to the treatment with a patch test and ensure that you’ve chosen a trustworthy professional, you should be good to go! When it comes to the temporary, usual side effects, you can find products and methods to ease the discomfort until they pass on their own.

Just like with any other procedure, with a good professional and a solid aftercare routine, you’ll be all set!



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