Sunday, August 28, 2011

Frequently Asked Questions on Skin Tightening

Q: How does skin tightening work? What should I expect after treatment?

A: The fractional infrared method delivers infrared light deep into the dermis. This light causes soft tissue coagulation which leads to remodeling of the collagen with-in the dermis. The remodeled collagen fills in wrinkles and sagging, for overall skin tightening. You may experience lingering warmth, tightness, or redness in the treated area, which fades within a few hours of treatment. Because so much of the skin is unaffected by the light pulses, there is a quick healing process. Generally, you can receive a treatment and go back to work or to other activities without any recovery time. A series of treatments at 4-6 week intervals may be required to achieve the desired result of smoother, tighter skin in the face, arms, abdomen & other areas.

Q: What makes these treatments different from others?

A: Rather than using one large beam to deliver infrared light into the skin, we uses the "fractional" approach: delivering an array of small beams. Each beam creates a heated column in the dermis, which is surrounded by an unaffected area. The unaffected tissue stimulates quicker collagen remodeling, and faster healing.

Q: Are these treatments safe? Are they painful?

A: The fractional method is much safer and more comfortable then the bulk heating approach of many other systems because it leaves so much of the skin unaffected by the light pulses. This method also uses 3-stage cooling. It cools the skin before, during, and after each light pulse, so you feel little discomfort during treatment.

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