What is Near Infrared skin tightening?
Near Infrared (NIR) skin tightening is a non-surgical, non-invasive skin rejuvenation treatment.
It uses infrared light energy to penetrate the tissue under the skin’s surface, leaving the top layer of skin unaffected.
NIR helps ageing, sagging and crepey-looking skin (as well as skin with cellulite) appear firmer and more youthful. It is suitable for all skin types and most areas of the body.
The areas we treat most often are:
- chin and jowls
- crow’s feet
- neck and décolleté
- upper arms and hands
Advantages of NIR skin tightening
NIR skin tightening works with your body to naturally stimulate the production of new collagen.
It can rejuvenate ageing skin painlessly and with only mild, if any, side effects or downtime.
It achieves effective results without the risks and costs associated with plastic surgery or Botox anti-wrinkle injections.
It is a less aggressive procedure than chemical peels or laser resurfacing, which can leave your skin red and swollen for a few weeks afterwards.
And it provides a longer-lasting solution to ageing skin compared to ‘quick-fix’ solutions such as facials and home-use firming creams.
How does it work?
The NIR procedure uses a safe level of infrared light that is able to penetrate the deeper layers of skin. The light energy heats the water in the skin tissue and causes collagen fibres to contract and tighten.
It also stimulates fibroblasts to repair skin cells and produce new collagen. This helps to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, and gives long-lasting firmness to sagging skin.
Because the NIR light energy only heats the deeper layer of skin that contains collagen, it leaves the top, surface layer unaffected.
What happens during the treatment?
Before we start the treatment, we apply a cooling gel to your skin.
We then pass the NIR handpiece over the targeted areas of your skin.
This heats up your skin until it reaches a working temperature of between 39 and 42 degrees C. We maintain this temperature for a further 10 to 15 minutes.
Depending on the size of the area we are treating, the whole procedure should be completed in about 30 to 40 minutes.
Is the treatment painful?
You should not feel any pain during NIR skin tightening.
You will feel a warm sensation, similar to being on a sun bed, which at most might be slightly uncomfortable.
The handpiece has a built-in cooling system to prevent the surface layer of your skin becoming too warm.
We can apply more cooling gel, though, if you do start to feel uncomfortable.
Are there any side effects?
Because the treatment involves heating your skin to a relatively high temperature, you should expect some redness afterwards.
You may also have some mild swelling, but this and the redness should settle down within a few hours (24 hours at most).
Other than this, there is no downtime and you can continue with your day immediately after treatment.
How soon will I see the results?
You should notice your skin looking firmer immediately after the treatment. This is partly due to the slight swelling that is a normal side effect of NIR skin tightening.
When this swelling has gone down (within 24 hours), the treated skin will feel smoother and you will see some improvement.
However, the most significant results happen gradually over the following 2 or 3 months. In this period, the tightening becomes more visible as the skin forms new collagen.
How many treatments will I need?
Some patients have achieved their expected results after only one treatment.
Most people, though, benefit from a course of 3 to 6 treatments, at intervals of up to 3 weeks.
A few patients may need up to 8 treatments, depending on their skin condition and expectations.
During your consultation for the procedure, we will discuss the number and frequency of treatments that you need to achieve optimal results.
How long do the results last?
NIR skin tightening treatment can help to reduce some of the visible signs of ageing skin.
We normally expect the results from the treatment to last for a year at the least, and more often up to 2 years.
NIR can’t, however, completely halt the ageing process, and you may continue to need top-up treatments to maintain results.
For more information about Near Infrared (NIR) skin tightening, and to book your consultation with one of our specialists, please contact us at Dr MediSpa.