Infrared skin-tightening treatment involves a non-invasive technique that uses light energy to purportedly lift sagging skin and smooth deep wrinkles on the face and body. The procedure is typically performed at a medical spa, cosmetic medical center or dermatology practice. Clinical results vary and more research is needed to determine the long-term benefits.
How It Works
When infrared light is applied to the skin, it delivers heat into the dermis — the skin’s foundation layer — without damaging the outer layers. The dermis is where elastin and collagen create structure for the rest of your face. The heat may stimulate rebuilding and rejuvenation of collagen and elastin, and result in tightening that gives you a more youthful skin tone. Although some patients see immediate results, it can take as long as three months for others to see maximum results.
Possible side effects of infrared treatments include mild bruising, blistering, redness and discomfort during the treatment. Each treatment session typically costs between $1,200 and $4,000, and there are no guarantees that you’ll see noticeable results. According to the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, only 66 percent of patients see moderate to significant results, while many see no improvement in skin tone and tightness.
References and ResourcesForget the Facelift; Doris J. Day, MD with Sondra Forsyth
National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine: Update on Tissue Tightening
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Skin Tightening
The MedSpa at Hendrick: Laser Skin Tightening