Fractional Surgical-Free Skin Tightening
Dermatology & Laser Center of Charleston is also first in Charleston to feature the LuxDeepIR Fractional Infrared Handpiece. This new hand piece is faster, more powerful and has improved skin cooling over the LuxIR, which it replaced. Now, results are even better, safer and faster than before.
How does Skin Tightening work?
The Palomar Fractional Infrared Handpiece delivers infrared light deep into the dermis. Soft tissue coagulation leads to remodeling and shortening of the collagen within the skin. The remodeled collagen fills in wrinkles and sagging, for overall skin tightening.
How are Treatments Performed?
Usually, a series of treatments at 4-6 week intervals is required to achieve the desired result of smoother, tighter skin in the face, arms, abdomen, and other areas. No specific preparation is required for treatment. Treatment may be combined with other aesthetic options for best results. Treatment is not painful.
What should I expect after treatment?
You may experience lingering warmth, tightness, or redness in the treated area, which fades within a few hours after treatment. Because the fractional method leaves unaffected skin between 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.
What are the results?
Fractional skin tightening produces about a 30% improvement in the appearance of the skin, safely and with no downtime. This is certainly enough of a result for you to see and feel. Since collagen remodeling takes place over a period of time, the best results are seen 3-6 months after your treatment series is completed. The results are expected to last for an extended period of time as the remodeled collagen breaks down slowly with aging and sun damage. Extending your result is helped by using an effective post-procedure regimen and protecting your skin from the sun.
The Palomar LuxIR Fractional™ Handpiece sends infrared light pulses deep into the dermis, where it creates a carefully controlled area of elevated temperature. The LuxIR Fractional method is much safer and more comfortable than the bulk heating approach of many other systems because it leaves so much of the skin unaffected by the light pulses.
Skin Tightening through Soft Tissue Coagulation*
These areas of elevated temperature cause soft tissue coagulation, which can lead to collagen remodeling in the deep dermis. Remodeled collagen can smooth out fine wrinkles and tighten sagging skin. Deep heating with infrared light can also stimulate increased collagen production, to create long term results.
The LuxIR’s infrared light is delivered as an array of small, regularly spaced beams, with depth of treatment ranging from 1.5 to 3 mm into the deep dermis. This Fractional Heating creates a lattice of hyperthermic islets, with each islet surrounded by unaffected tissue. Right: view from above of the beams emanating from the rectangular LuxIR treatment window.
The LuxIR has several additional safety features, including a Contact Sensor attached to the handpiece tip, which will not allow pulsing until the handpiece window is in full contact with the skin. Once in contact, the LuxIR delivers 3-Stage Contact Cooling – before, during, and after each pulse – with the handpiece tip cooled down to 5º C. Compared to competing systems, the LuxIR offers superior skin protection and comfort. Left: LuxIR cooling the skin as it pulses.