A mum splashed £800 on therapy to tackle her ‘droopy’ eyelids and eyebags – only for her whole face to balloon up for parents’ evening.
Mariana Janse, from Northampton, East Midlands opted for plasma fibroblast therapy – where a device zaps a high-frequency electric current through the skin to encourage tissue regeneration.
The 40-year-old spent the huge sum as an early birthday treat, last week in the hope of ‘taking some years off’ before turning 41.
But she woke up the following morning to an extremely swollen face that made for an embarrassing parents’ evening – and left her 13-year-old son unable to be in the same room as her.
The marketing consultant has now shared photos of her healing process to warn people about the realities of the treatment, saying promo photos fail to capture the full extent of what to expect.
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Mariana Janse, 40, from Northampton, East Midlands opted for plasma fibroblast therapy – where a device zaps a high-frequency electric current through the skin to encourage tissue regeneration. She wanted to get rid of her ‘droopy eyes’, left, but ended up with a very swollen face, right
The 40-year-old said she knew what to expect from the treatment, but was still shocked to see how swollen her skin got
Mariana said: ‘I’m turning 41 next week and that was the whole idea. I wanted to take a couple of years off, hoping I’d look like I was turning 35 instead of 41.
‘I’ve got really droopy eyelids on the top and they literally hang on my eyelashes and I can see it. So it’s not just looking at it, it literally annoys me for my vision.
‘I’ve also got excess skin and dark circles under my eyes so I was hoping that would help tighten the skin a little bit because it’s difficult to put make-up on because there’s so much skin.
‘Right after I just had red skin and little dots but when I woke up the next morning it was really, really swollen.
The skin around Mariana’s eyes and on her forehead was covered in dots, which faded over time
Mariana, who turns 41 this year, wanted to freshen up her skin before hitting the milestone birthday. PIctured: Before her treatment
Plasma Fibroblast Therapy: The alternative to laser that’s rising on social media
Plasma Fibroblast Therapy is a fairly new cosmetic treatment that’s an alternative to laser, injections, or surgical therapies to tighten and improve the appearance of skin.
It targets fibroblasts, which are cells that produce protein and collagen in the layer of skin just below your outermost skin layer.
These cells play an important role in the healing and regeneration of the skin.
This form of therapy uses a pen-like device that discharges a high-frequency electric current to small areas of the skin.
The pen does not directly touch the skin, but releases the current just above it.
The heat creates small holes, or micro-injuries, in the skin’s layer.
According to a 2019 study, this thermal disrupts has several positive consequences on the skin:
It breaks down proteins in the skin, encourages tissue regeneration, stimulates fibroblast activity and causes tissue contraction (tightening).
It is believed this treatment can help with
- acne scars
- photo aging, including age spots
- seborrheic keratosis
- wrinkled skin, including the eyelids, neck, jawline, and above the lips
If performed in a safe environment by a qualified professional, the procedure can help improve skin texture, offer mild-to-moderate skin tightening effects and result in some degree of skin facial contour change.
However, very little literature exists on a procedure and only a handful of studies have explored this new cosmetic technique.
After the procedure, the small dots of burn should scab and fall off in about a week. It will take several more weeks for the skin to heal, after which it will look tighter and firmer.
‘On the second day I woke up it was super swollen everywhere – top and bottom – and then as the day progressed and the next day the swelling stayed but then my eyes became quite droopy as well.
‘I knew what I was expecting but it was still a shock waking up and realising, “I’ve got to go to parents’ evening and face my child’s teachers looking like that”.
‘The teachers asked me if I had an allergic reaction and I said, “No I’m just trying to look younger”.’
The mum-of-four says she couldn’t help but laugh about her extremely swollen eyes and having to face the teachers on parents’ evening just one day after the appointment.
Most of her family also found it funny, but she says her 13-year-old son seemed to uncover an unknown phobia, with the sight of the burnt dots around her eyes made him feel ‘uncomfortable’.
This left the teen unable to be in the same room as his mum for a few days and still unable to look at her face on Mother’s Day.
Mariana said: ‘My family thought it was really funny but my son must have a fear of holes or something because he literally couldn’t even look at me or be in the same room as me.
‘It made him feel really uncomfortable and it was funny because it was Mother’s Day on Sunday and he was worried about how he was going to spend it with me, looking like that.
‘Luckily some of the spots had gone by then and he could at least be in the same room as me even if he couldn’t look at me.’
The anti-ageing treatment works by targeting the collagen and protein-producing cells in the skin, stimulating them and causing the area to tighten up.
The hot current creates small holes in the skin’s layer which have to be allowed to heal properly to avoid complications like scarring and pigmentation.
This means that Mariana was unable to wash her face for five days while the scabs healed and flaked off and only after ten days could she begin wearing make-up again.
Mariana says that although she expected some swelling after the procedure, she was ‘shocked’ by how extreme it was.
She now hopes to warn anyone else considering the treatment about the realities of the healing process, warning that promotional ‘after’ shots appear to be taken immediately after the procedure, before the swelling sets in.
Mariana said: ‘They have a special fibroblast device that kind of burns you – it smells like your skin is burning when you do it.
‘They put a bit of numbing cream on first but it is still quite painful and I’m tough, I can take quite a bit of pain.
While her skin healed from the non-surgical procedure, Mariana still had to attend her son’s parents’ evening
The 13-year-old’s mother was able to see the funny side of her misadventure, even after her son’s teacher asked her if she was having an allergic reaction
Before the treatment, Mariana wanted to tweak her looks to appear fresher, left. She had to wait for her skin to stop swelling, right, to see the final results
The marketing consultant said she wants to share her story so that other women know what to expect from the treatment
While the swelling, pictured, is now gone, Mariana is still waiting to see how her treatment compares to the injections she used to get before
‘I knew the swelling was going to happen because I was advised by the beauty therapist but when you Google it, it doesn’t actually ever show that.
‘You’d think twice about it if you saw a picture on Google of what my face was like because that’s the reality but it’s not what you see when they promote it.
‘It does take quite some time to heal properly and before you can see results so it’s not a quick fix either.’
The mum now has to wait three months to see the full results of the procedure, but says she can already see a difference in her under-eyes now that the swelling has begun to subside.
She says that if the treatment has worked it will be worth the hefty price tag, compared to the less expensive anti-wrinkle injections that she has previously had, which have to be topped up every couple of months.
Mariana said: ‘The swelling is basically gone and I look pretty much like I did before my treatment – I’m just waiting to see the results but my eyes have lifted a bit already.
‘I don’t want to change the way I look, I just don’t like the way my eyes are sagging and I just want to have back what I used to have and take a couple of years off.
‘I don’t believe you should have to age gracefully – if you want to have something done to make yourself feel better, then do it.’
Mariana before her treatment. The mother explained she does not want to alter the way she looks, but is not happy with the way her eyes have been ‘sagging’
The marketing wiz’s skin has now healed, and she said she can see that her eyes have lifted already
Mariana a few days after the treatment, when the skin around her eyes finally stopped swelling
The mother of one, pictured on a night out, said she does not believe in ‘ageing gracefully’ and that people can tweak how they look if they feel like it