Infrared Skin Tightening
Skin tightening with near infrared light utilizes heat energy during a noninvasive procedure to stimulate collagen production and firm the skin. During treatment, a hand piece delivers infrared light to heat the dermis which triggers the natural wound healing cascade within the body, producing collagen and elastin for a tighter appearance to the skin over time.
Infrared Skin Tightening
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About the Procedure
Due to the natural aging process, the skin on the face begins to sag causing drooping jowls, eyes, and cheeks. For some individuals, invasive procedures such as a face or neck lift are not ideal, and a completely non-surgical treatment is preferred. Near infrared skin tightening delivers infrared energy deep into the dermis, heating the tissue. The heating causes the body to initiate the healing process which stimulates collagen and elastin production. Infrared skin tightening—like ultrasound, radiofrequency, and laser treatments—reveal gradual improvement of the skin over the course of several months. Before the procedure, a gel will be applied over the treatment area for easier application of the device. The wand of the device will be applied to the treatment area in a constant motion, delivering infrared energy (broadband spectrum of light in the range 1100 - 1800 nm) to the skin. Most patients will feel a warm sensation akin to a hot stone massage. To keep the skin from overheating, the tip of the device wand typically has a cooling feature to ensure optimal patient comfort. Desired results will take multiple treatments with upkeep sessions needed once yearly.
The goal of infrared skin tightening is to stimulate the creation of new collagen while contracting and tightening existing collagen for the appearance of firmer, younger skin.
What to Expect
Skin tightening with near infrared light utilizes heat energy during a noninvasive procedure to stimulate collagen production and firm the skin. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a near infrared skin tightening treatment.
- Stop taking blood thinning and anti-inflammatory medications for 2 weeks
- Discontinue use of prescription retinoid creams for 6 months before treatment
- Shave area to be treated
- Gel applied to treatment area
- Wand delivers infrared energy to treatment energy in constant motion
- Sessions last 30-45 minutes
No recovery is needed after an infrared skin tightening treatment. Some patients may experience redness and discomfort up to 24 hours after the procedure.
The ideal candidate for infrared skin tightening has mild to moderate skin laxity and facial lines. Patients of any skin type can be treated. Men and women of all ages and skin types are potential candidates.
Not Recommended For
Infrared skin tightening is not recommended for patients who are pregnant, have vitiligo, have tattoos in the area to be treated, or are undergoing treatment for skin cancer.
Side effects from infrared skin tightening may include discomfort, swelling, bruising, changes in skin color, and scarring.