Plasma Pens (also known as “fibroblast” devices) promoted for cosmetic skin treatments are not approved for sale in Canada. However, Health Canada has been made aware that they are being used in spas and are being sold to consumer online and through esthetician training courses.
When the device is used properly, side effects can include:
- Swelling of the treated area
- Sagging skin (particularly in the upper eyelids)
- Hyperpigmentation (spots)
- Ultraviolet (UV) sensitivity
- Skin peeling and crusting.
If used improperly, these devices can have additional risks, such as:
- Skin punctures with the needle tip
- Excessive skin burns caused by overuse or prolonged use
- Burns to the eye
- Burn complications such as scarring and infection
For more information, see Health Canada’s Alert: Plasma pens are not authorized in Canada and may pose health risks