What is Near Infrared Skin Tightening and how does it work?
The Soprano XL Near-Infrared Skin Tightening laser is a new and effective treatment for improving skin laxity without surgery or downtime. The procedure uses a safe infrared light to heat the water content in the tissue deep below the skins surface causing collagen fibres to contract and tighten to smooth out fine lines and sagging skin. The heat also stimulates fibroblasts which repairs cells in your skin to produce new collagen, creating long term results.
What areas can be treated?
It can be used for most body areas where tighter skin is desired, reducing the signs of ageing. It is commonly used for the face, neck, upper arms, abdomen and hands.
What is the treatment like?
Just prior to the treatment protective eye wear will be provided and a cool gel will be applied to the area to be treated. The NIR hand piece is then passed over the treatment area in a sweeping motion. During the treatment the skin temperature of the treated area will be closely monitored with a special infrared thermometer to ensure that your skin is receiving a sufficient level of heat necessary to warm up the water content of your skin and stimulate collagen production.
During the skin tightening treatment, you will feel a warm sensation as the infrared energy is delivered to the deeper layers of the skin. While the infrared energy is heating the dermis, continuous contact cooling is keeping the skin’s outer layer cool and comfortable. The treatment is generally considered by most to be ‘near’ painless, with only a warm sensation or feeling of heat felt during the treatment.
How long does a Skin Tightening treatment take?
The treatment typically takes 20-30 minutes depending on the body area being treated.
How does my skin look after the treatment?
After your treatment, you can expect the treated area to be slightly flushed. For most patients this normally subsides within a few hours, although for some it may last for 24 hours. Make up can be applied after the treatment and generally you can go back to work or to other activities without any recovery time.
How many treatments do I need?
Multiple treatments are required depending on your skin’s laxity, the area to be treated and the results you desire. Typically a course of up to six treatments is recommended at 3-4 week intervals. The complex process of new collagen formation means that the results will continue to improve and develop for up to 6 months after completion of your treatment course. Due to the continual ageing process, results typically last 1-2 years, however, we recommend that you have a maintenance treatment once or twice a year to maintain the stimulation of your collagens reproduction.
Who is suitable for Infrared Skin Tightening treatment?
The effectiveness of laser Skin Tightening treatments is dependent on the characteristics and severity of your loose skin. Laser Skin Tightening works best if you have mild to moderate laxity and sagging in the cheek, jawline and/or neck and mild looseness with minimal stretch marks on your abdomen. Patients between 30 and 65 are generally good candidates for this type of procedure.
Who is not suitable for Skin Tightening treatment?
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding, have taken Roaccutane in the past 6 months or you are taking any photosensitising medication you should not receive laser treatment.
It is always important to follow all the pre and post treatment guidelines to ensure that you receive optimal results from your treatment.