How Does NIR Work?
NIR uses an infrared light source that penetrates and heals the skin’s inner layer without harming the outer surface. The light heats the collagen under the surface of the skin, which causes the collagen fibers to contract, tightening skin laxity and improving the overall skin texture without damaging the surface or tissue.
The Near Infrared Light is hardly visible to the naked eye. It falls in the spectrum of 700 nm to 2500 nm. Powered by LED, it has a gentler delivery than laser.
NIR is applied with a precise hand-piece that causes the fibers to contract and tighten. The procedure heats the skin tissues but doesn’t destroy them; it kick-starts cellular repair and collagen production.
This unique light technology is adjusted to match the needs of each client. The hand-piece is passed over the targeted area of the skin. It heats the skin until it reaches a working temperature of between 39°C and 42°C. The temperature is then maintained for 10 to 15 minutes. The entire procedure is completed within 30 to 40 minutes.
It is proven to deliver targeted skin tightening and firming results for the forehead, neck, chin and crow’s feet. Furthermore, collagen production under the surface of the skin naturally adds volume to soften fine lines and wrinkles, making the skin look visibly youthful and tighter.
The NIR treatment is less aggressive than other methods like laser resurfacing and chemical peels. It also provides results and a quick fix solution without the risks associated with plastic surgery.
Does NIR Treatment Have Any Side Effects?
No, the treatment is not at all painful although you will feel a warm sensation. The hand-piece used in the procedure has a built-in cooling system, which prevents the surface layer of the skin from becoming too warm.
Following the treatment, you should expect slight redness over the treated area. The redness occurs because the treatment involves heating the skin at a relatively high temperature. Some people may experience mild swelling. However, both these side-effects diminish within 24 hours at most. Furthermore, there is no downtime, which allows you to continue with your daily routine immediately after the treatment is complete.
How Soon Are Results Visible with NIR?
Although the results are noticeably visible after the first treatment, the best results appear over two to three months as the skin forms new collagen. In most cases, one treatment is enough; however, some people may require three to six treatments at intervals of up to two weeks.