Plasma Pen Use in Alberta

Environmental Public Health

Alberta Health Services will not permit the use of plasma pens in the absence of a medical device license and adequate manufacturer's instructions.

Health Canada recently released a safety bulletin outlining the risks of plasma pens (also known as fibroblast devices), small medical devices that heat a targeted area on the skin for cosmetic purposes. Risks of the device include pain, swelling, ultraviolet (UV) sensitivity and burns. While Health Canada is focused on sale and distribution of these devices, Alberta Health Services monitors the safety of personal services facilities in Alberta.

The public is advised to avoid the use of plasma pens in spas, clinics, or home environments, as they may pose health risks.

Operators and the public can contact Environmental Public Health for more information.