Heath Canada Approves Certain Plasma Pens

Heath Canada has updated its advice for plasma pens, noting that certain pens are approved for use in Canada.

In an update to a 2019 product warning, Health Canada said on Wednesday it has approved the sale of “certain plasma pens in Canada for use by healthcare professionals only.”

You can find a list of authorized plasma pens by searching Health Canada’s Medical Devices Active License Listing.

According to Heath Canada, plasma pens are small portable medical devices that generate electrical discharges on the skin’s surface, causing a controlled burn and spreading heat over a targeted area in a non-surgical, non-invasive skin treatment.

The pen sessions, also known as fibroblast, are promoted for cosmetic skin treatments such as eyelid lifts, wrinkle reduction and removal of moles, skin tags, scars and blemishes.

In 2019, after seizing plasma pens from spas in Calgary, Heath warned Canada that it had not authorized the sale of plasma pens in Canada because they had not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness or quality.

Health Canada first issued a warning about the risks of using unauthorized plasma pens in November 2018.

According to Heath Canada, side effects of plasma pen skin treatments include pain, swelling, redness, sagging skin, hyperpigmentation, sensitivity to ultraviolet and dander, and crusting.

The agency says these devices may have additional risks, such as skin punctures from the needle, excessive burns caused by overuse or prolonged use, and burn complications such as scarring and infection.

Health Canada says the likelihood and severity of side effects increase with the duration and frequency of treatment.

The agency says to avoid purchasing or using unauthorized plasma pens, or receiving services at spas and by estheticians who use these devices, and to check with Health Canada’s Medical Devices Active License Listing to ensure that the device is allowed for use.

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