For many people the focal part of the face are the eyes and the areas that surround them. When we start a conversation, we tend to look directly into a person’s eyes. We tend to notice when he or she looks tired and run down, and sometimes as we age we can adopt that appearance even when we’re feeling wide awake and full of energy. However, for individuals who wish to examine the options available to reduce the appearance of aging around the eyes, there are a number of different eye rejuvenation treatments available. Popular options include fillers to treat the tear troughs, or Botox to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
One of the more popular treatment areas is directly around the eyes. When the skin in this area starts to sag it can make an individual look prematurely old or tired. Typically, this is treated with a skin tightening procedure called Thermage. This is a common method for helping to reduce wrinkles in the eye bag area, and can make the eyes appear more “awake.”
Thermage Before/After Photo (6 months, combined with Voluma & Restylane Lyft)
How Thermage Works
Thermage works by using Radiofrequency (RF) technology to safely heat the area under the skin, while cooling the surface at the same time. The heating helps tighten existing collagen to give the appearance of smooth looking skin. Another benefit of having Thermage is that it also helps stimulate the collagen in the treatment area which in turn further helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
When it comes to the eye area, an individual may have issues with a number of different aspects and these are typically treated using different methods. For example, Thermage will not help treat the tear duct area. However, one of the benefits of undergoing Thermage is that it is a procedure that works well when done in combination with other techniques too. So, for some it may be appropriate to use eMatrix® in addition to Thermage in order to help reduce under-eye wrinkles.
Ultimately the best treatment or combinations of treatments are selected on an individual basis and dependent on your own requirements as to what areas you wish to treat. Dr. Green can discuss the options that are open to you with a consultation where you can discuss your needs and any concerns you may have.
Thermage can be used in other areas of the body and face too. One area that many people are interested in these days, is a “Thermage browlift.” In this case sometimes Thermage can be used in the brow area to help reduce the appearance of sagging in this area. Typically, this area is treated with procedures such as Botox but this is not always appropriate for everyone. A big benefit of undergoing Thermage treatments is that results can last up to two years which can be a major benefit when it comes to time and confidence for many busy individuals in New York (we also get many patients from outside NYC, or visitors from other countries).
When it comes to the aging process, each of us ages slightly differently. For some people one area where we may first show the signs of aging is around the eye area. This can be an issue for a number of different reasons. Perhaps you keep having people tell you that you are looking tired, even when you’re feeling alert and awake, while for others wrinkles and crepey skin around the eye area can make it more difficult to apply eye shadow and makeup. Or we may simply not like the look of the crow’s feet and wrinkles that appear at the side of our eyes, or the dark eye bags that can be seen under the eye area. Ultimately, we all have our own reasons for wanting to improve the appearance of the eye area and eyelids. The question is what can be done to help?
Thermage Procedures for the Upper Eyelids
There are a couple of issues that can affect the eyelids specifically. The first is common to the entire face which is fine lines and wrinkles. Another issue that is commonly associated with the eyelid area is hooding. This is where there is visible loose skin and sagging of the upper eyelid skin. This can make the eyes appear more closed and is one of the reasons people may tell you that you are looking a little tired.
Thermage is a treatment that uses radiofrequency technology to help stimulate collagen production within the skin, and in turn this new collagen can tighten up loose skin. The good news is that modern dermatology practices such as Thermage can help give you the appearance of an eye lift and avoid you having to go through invasive eyelid surgery, which requires a lot of downtime. Thermage FLX is a newer version of this which works faster due to the larger tips. It also has been a more comfortable option with patients.
Eyelid Thermage can help regenerate the collagen in the layers of the skin, which in turn will help reduce the sagging, fine lines and wrinkles. Skin tightening will also occur, and this can make the eyes appear more ‘open’ and reduce the appearance of hooding. If you are experiencing issues with your eyelids where they are making your eyes appear more closed than you would like, then Thermage can help make your eyes appear more open by tightening the drooping skin. With Thermage, once you’ve had the treatment you can resume your normal activities since there is no downtime. Most people will require a single treatment but in some cases more than one may be required. Thermage is also a long-lasting treatment and you can expect the results to remain for a few years.
Other Eye Rejuvenation Treatments & Solutions
Often when it comes to the eye area, we need to take a flexible approach to rejuvenation treatments, in that one procedure cannot deal with every issue that might be occurring. Typically, if we have issues with the upper eyelid, then we may also need to look at treatments for other areas. Common issues with the eye area include, wrinkles and sagging of the lower eyelid, crow’s feet and wrinkles at the side of the eyes, and dark circles and eye bags that are unsightly. Typically we can use Thermage to tackle the upper eyelid and brow area but we may also consider alternative options, such as Botox, eMatrix for wrinkles under the eyes, or Fraxel laser treatments and Juvederm injectables in the same treatment session to help with the appearance of our eyes in general.
If you’re frustrated with the appearance of your eyes and surrounding area, there’s finally a solution that can help. To learn more about Thermage in the eye area, eye lid area, or Thermage brow lifts, contact us online today or call 212-535-3088.