Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health

Dr. Brendan Hanley


Last Updated: February 15, 2019

The office of the Yukon Chief Medical Officer of Health is responsible for the Department of Health and Social Services' legislated responsibility to protect and promote the public's health in a variety of areas.

Chief Medical Officer warns against use of plasma pens for cosmetic treatments

Yukon’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Brendan Hanley, is advising Yukon residents to avoid the use of plasma pens, also known as fibroblast devices, for cosmetic skin treatments.

Health Canada has not approved the use of these pens in Canada and recently issued a safety bulletin outlining the risks of plasma pens. A plasma pen is a small medical device that heats a targeted area on the skin for cosmetic purposes such as the treatment of wrinkle reduction, removal of moles, skin tags, scars and spots, and may pose health risks.

Risks include pain, swelling, ultraviolet sensitivity and burns.

Environmental Health Services is responsible for monitoring the safety of personal services facilities in Yukon and advises that these devices cannot be used in Yukon under the Personal Services Establishment Regulation (OIC 1984/124). If people are offered Plasma Pen services they should contact Environmental Services at 867-667-8390.

“We are aware that these pens have been used in Yukon, as well as throughout Canada and are being sold online,” Hanley said. “People need to be aware that these pens have not been evaluated for safety, effectiveness or quality and responsible salons or spas should not be using them.”
For more information, please visit: https://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/68366a-eng.php

A Culture of Risk: Dr. Brendan Hanley at TEDxWhitehorse
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