Facial skin tightening with an 1100-1800 nm infrared device

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2008 Jun;10(2):67-71. doi: 10.1080/14764170801898840.


Background/objectives: To determine the efficacy of the 1100-1800 nm infrared device for facial and cervical skin tightening.

Methods: Ten female patients, with a mean age of 56.5 years, received two treatments 1 month apart with a chilled tip infrared device (Titan; Cutera, Brisbane, CA, USA). Individuals were examined and photographed prior to treatment and at 1 and 3 months post-treatment. Three treatment-independent evaluators compared the photographs and graded them on a standardized scale applied to seven regions subdividing the face and neck. After evaluating the photographs, the difference in pretreatment and post-treatment scores was expressed as a percentage. The patients also rated their results.

Results/conclusion: The greatest tightening was achieved over the malar region, the upper neck and the body of the mandible. In these areas the average tightening was 10%, 10%, and 12% respectively. The patients reported a 32% improvement in the appearance of their cheeks and a 20% visible improvement in their necks. Overall, they were pleased with the result of this non-surgical skin tightening.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Cosmetic Techniques / instrumentation*
  • Face*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infrared Rays / therapeutic use*
  • Middle Aged
  • Neck
  • Prospective Studies
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Skin Aging / radiation effects*