Fitzpatrick scale and Plasma Fibroblast treatments
Everyone needs to learn as much as possible about skin and skin types so they can safely perform Plasma Fibroblast treatments and get the best possible results. For that reason we also need to pay extra attention to the Fitzpatrick scale, a numerical classification schema for human skin color that was developed in 1975 by Thomas B. Fitzpatrick as a way to estimate the response of different types of skin to ultraviolet (UV) light. Let’s get the basics…
LIGHT PALE I – FAIR WHITE II
Individuals with light pale to fair pale skin type are conducive to the usual aesthetic treatments and most of them can safely be done without the danger of adverse side effects such as hypopigmentation occurring.
Naturally, proper preparation of the skin and sun avoidance is recommended after all aesthetic treatments.
MEDIUM WHITE TO OLIVE III – MID BROWN IV
Skin type III (white to olive) individuals are conducive to the usual aesthetic treatments and most treatments can safely be done without the danger such as hyper – or hypopigmentation occurring.
Skin Type IV (mid brown) can be prone to an overactive production of melanin which can result in an uneven pigmentation. Proper preparation of the skin and sun avoidance is recommended before and after aesthetic treatments. This can help prevent permanent discoloration or scarring of the skin.
BROWN TO DARK BROWN V – VERY DARK BROWN VI
Brown to dark brown and very dark brown react differently, at times more severely, which can lead to potential problems with pigmentation – uneven darkening or lightening of skin colour as the formation of melanin is a dynamic process and responds to various stimuli. Thus the skin is more reactive to an insult which can lead to dark marks called Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation PIH.
Skin type V – VI can also produce less pigmentation – Hypopigmentation or lightened areas. There is also a greater risk of keloid scar development because darker skin has a better bed of collagen. The fibroblasts which make the collagen are larger, more numerous and active.
In cases where you’re not quite sure, make a test patch before to see how the skin reacts. You know what they say, better to be safe than sorry.