I caught up with Dr Steven Weiner at the Non-Surgical Symposium 2017 on the Gold Coast last month about the Infini for skin tightening. Listen to the podcast, watch the video or read below to find out more.

Trish: Alright. Well we’re here today with Dr. Steven Weiner who’s a facial plastic surgeon based in …

Steven Weiner: Florida.

Trish: Florida in the US of A. Welcome, and thank you so much for being here today.

Steven Weiner: Oh yeah.

Trish: I just want to ask you about the Infini laser. Would you tell us a bit about it?

Steven Weiner: Okay. It’s actually not a laser, but it’s a radio frequency, which is energy. What it’s used for is for skin tightening, for laxity, for wrinkles and particularly good for scars, particularly acne scars.

Trish: Okay. So you can use it all over the face and neck?

Steven Weiner: Yes.

Trish: Alright.

Steven Weiner: In fact, you can use it on any part of the body.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative).

Steven Weiner: I failed to mention it’s also good for sweating. So underarm sweat. It can take care of that in a permanent fashion as well. So you can use it safely on the face, neck, chest, arms, legs, etc.

Trish: And what kind of results do you expect, like if I’m going to have it on my face, like why would I want it? Is it for rejuvenation?

Steven Weiner: That’s correct.

Trish: Get rid of fine line and wrinkles.

Steven Weiner: Yes. There’s a whole variety of patients who come and have this done. Some are in their thirties, early forties, who don’t have a lot of problems but they just want to keep up and do prevention.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Steven Weiner: And then you have your older patients between 45 and 60 who want to have a little tightening along the jawline and in the submental area.

Trish: Don’t look at me when you say that.

Steven Weiner: And help with the fine lines and wrinkles of the face.

Trish: And I was looking at some of the pictures before and I noticed that one thing it does is it brightens the face, as in, it just gives you a vibrancy.

How does it actually work?

Steven Weiner: What it does is it puts energy below the surface of the skin.

Trish: Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Steven Weiner: So the beauty of this versus lasers is lasers have to actually penetrate the skin and they cause a surface injury as well. This uses microneedle and puts the energy below the surface of the skin. So that equates to less downtime and less after care and much less risk. It’s about a 45-minute procedure, 35-minute to do the face. And there’s about a day to three days of some mild redness and swelling.

Trish: Okay. So basically are they insulated or anything? Does it hurt is the big question.

Steven Weiner: Okay we usually just use topical anaesthesia, numbing cream, and that takes care of about 95% of patients. Other patients require a little injection to make them more comfortable.

Trish: Okay.

Steven Weiner: So there’s 49 needles that are insulated, which is key because there’s other competitors that aren’t insulated. The insulation protects the skin surface as the energy goes deeper so that makes it safe for all skin types. In general, the darker skin types have problems with laser or with increasing the heat to the skin because they can end up with hyper-pigmentation, which is darkening of the skin.

Trish: That would be me.

Steven Weiner: Right.

Trish: Totally, yeah.

Steven Weiner: Right. There’s a Fitzpatrick scale that’s 4, 5, and 6. So Asian skin and African-American skin are at risk with devices that don’t protect the skin.

Trish: Okay.

Steven Weiner: But this was developed in Korea so therefore it’s tuned to even the darker skins of Asian locations.

Trish: Of course, cause they have light skin all the way through to dark skin, really.

Steven Weiner: Right, exactly.

Trish: Alright, so you said treatment takes 25 to 35 minutes?

Steven Weiner: Yes.

Trish: Is it a one-off treatment or is it something that you should do like a series of however many over a certain time to get the best results?

Steven Weiner: Well, that varies upon the problem that we’re trying to treat. If you’re doing a prevention in your twenties or thirties, one is probably good enough.

Trish: Okay.

Steven Weiner: But if you really need correction, usually we recommend three separated by about a month apart. Your results should last for two to three years. Maybe add a touch-up every year, year and a half.

Trish: Okay, so three treatments one month apart and then probably every year just going to have one more treatment just for a bit of a shoosh-up and just to maintain that level of skin beautification that you’ve got from it.

Steven Weiner: I forgot to address a question you had earlier is that this causes coagulation, which is heat beneath the skin. And that causes the body to repair that area so it rejuvenates the area because it brings in all these new reparative tools so that’s why the skin looks brighter as well because it has all this new collagen laid down.

Trish: Sure. And I did notice on one the pictures, one of your patients that the effect … I think she’s about 60 years old and the effect on her neck. There’s a tightening effect as well so it does that as well.

Steven Weiner: Yes. It’s particularly good in the jawline and what we call the submental area. So people that have laxity or even excess fat in this area, it does seem to cause a tightening there.

Trish: Yep.

Steven Weiner: And It makes the cervical mental angle, which is this angle right here, more acute so it’s not as …

Trish: Floppy, or I know what you mean.

Steven Weiner: Yes.

Trish: Tightening things up. But yeah, I saw the before and afters. They’re like amazing.

Steven Weiner: Yeah, so then the jawline where it’s less distinct makes it almost shrink-wrap a little bit on the jawline.

Trish: Okay. Awesome. Well thank you so much for all that information.

Steven Weiner: Sure.

Trish: And if you guys are looking for an Infini practitioner in Australia, you can just drop us an email at help@plasticsurgeryhelp.com.au or you can go onto the website in the non-surgical treatment section and just look up Infini and see some before and afters. Thank you so much!

Steven Weiner: Thank you.

Trish: Thank you.

Steven Weiner: Bye-bye.

If you’d like to check out my own personal experience with the Infini check out this blog:
Dr Laniewski’s ‘My Face Clinic’ in Bella Vista showcasing the INFINI Laser

To find an Infini practitioner near you click here.

Trish

Trish is a plastic surgery blogger. She is passionate about wellbeing, health and beauty, and doesn't mind a little bit of 'help' from the amazing cosmetic and beauty procedures that are available today. Trish spends her days talking to women and men who are looking for suggestions and advice on procedures that are available to them. Cutting through the sales pitch and hype, a down-to-earth response on general information is what you will get.

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