Infrared Skin Tightening

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Infrared skin tightening is a minimally invasive skin resurfacing technique using heat energy to stimulate the body’s natural healing cascade for tighter, firmer skin.

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

0 days

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Laser/Light Therapy

Surgical

No

Cost

$500 - $6500

The Specifics


What is infrared skin tightening?

Infrared skin tightening is a minimally invasive skin tightening procedure taking advantage of the body’s natural healing response to tissue damage. Near infrared light is delivered directly to the dermis to cause controlled tissue damage that activates the healing cascade. During the healing process the body produces new collagen and elastin, two important skin matrix proteins, to create a tighter, firmer, and more youthful appearance. The results of infrared skin tightening laser treatments naturally improve over time as the body heals.

What cosmetic concerns does infrared skin tightening treat?

  1. Neck & Jaw Definition: Improving skin laxity firms and tones the neck and jaw.
  2. Facial Skin Laxity: Increased production of new collagen and elastin in an Infrared Skin Tightening procedure naturally contract, firm, and tighten skin.

Who is the ideal candidate for an infrared skin tightening procedure?

The ideal candidate for infrared skin tightening has mild to moderate skin laxity and early signs of aging (like fine lines). Men and women of any skin type are safe to undergo an infrared skin tightening. Infrared skin tightening is not recommended for those who have vitiligo, tattoos in the treatment area, are on active cancer treatments, or women who are pregnant.

What is the average recovery associated with an infrared skin tightening procedure?

There is generally no recovery time needed following an infrared skin tightening treatment. Some individuals may experience skin redness lasting up to 24 hours following the cosmetic procedure.

What are the potential side effects of an infrared skin tightening procedure?

Possible side effects following an infrared skin tightening procedure include scarring, changes in skin pigmentation, bruising, swelling, and discomfort.

What can someone expect from the results of an infrared skin tightening procedure?

The results of an infrared skin tightening procedure develop over two to three months as the body heals, and produces collagen and elastin. Typically four initial treatment sessions are needed, and then candidates can switch to yearly maintenance treatments.

What is the average cost of an infrared skin tightening procedure?

An infrared skin tightening procedure can cost anywhere from $500 to $6,500. The actual cost of infrared skin tightening is dependent upon location, board certified plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.

thumbs-upPros

  • No Recovery Time
  • Non Invasive
  • Quick Procedure
  • Suitable For All Skin Types

thumbs-downCons

  • Multiple Treatments
  • Not As Dramatic Results

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

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.

The Takeaway


Infrared skin tightening is a non-invasive laser skin tightening treatment for new collagen production, improved skin laxity, and skin rejuvenation.

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  1. American Academy of Dermatology Many Ways to Firm Sagging Skin
  2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Skin Tightening americanboardofcosmeticsurgery.org
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