They say the eyes are the windows to your soul, but they may also be your most attractive physical feature. Women in particular spend an awful lot of time caring this area, since it tends to age faster than their faces. They spend beaucoup bucks on lotions, creams, and cosmetics that claim to reduce wrinkles, but rarely do. The goal for most of these girls is not to turn back the proverbial clock, but simply to look their age.
Why does it happen?
The skin of the upper eyelid loses elasticity as we age and becomes looser, baggier, and more wrinkled. This growing rugosity often leads to a loss of total skin volume around the upper face, and almost always results in crow's feet on the sides of the eyes and wrinkles both above and below the eyelids. While most women treat this almost inevitable condition with over-the-counter lotions and skin creams, a significant number of them opt for a surgical option.
Eyelid surgery, also known as blepharoplasty, was the third most popular cosmetic procedure last year. More than two hundred thousand of them were successfully performed! As popular as it may be, non-invasive (non-surgical) options are on the rise. From botox to dermabrasion, patients are far more likely to undergo a procedure if it means they don't have to actually go under the knife.
What is Thermage for eyes?
A truly non-invasive procedure that can be completed on your lunch hour, Thermage was created by a company that shares its name. They claim that Thermage eyes can help tightened the skin on the upper eyelid itself without surgery and without lasers. The procedure is presently the only non-surgical option the treats the skin on the upper eyelid, since treatments that rely on lasers steer clear of this delicate area.
Using radio-frequency to tighten your skin might sound like a new concept, but it has actually been around for decades. Thermage eyes works by applying a small electric current to the outer layers of the facial skin, which causes the collagen to contract or tighten. The result is smoother skin around the eyes. The treatment does not cause swelling, bruising, scarring, or any of the sometimes permanent side effects that are associated with cosmetic surgery.
What result should you expect?
Because it is a relatively new cosmetic procedure, the success rate of Thermage eyes varies widely. The good news is that both doctors and patients agree that the treatment is relatively pain and side effect-free. The results are rarely as dramatic as surgery, but most patients report mostly positive or pleasing results.
According to a recent survey of Thermage eyes patients, over 80 percent of respondents were happy with the results six months after initial treatment. Of course, like Fraxel treatment or Botox, Thermage is not permanent. Some patients have one or two procedures completed each year. This helps them maintain that 'fresh eye' look far longer than they would have without it. In particular, Thermage has proved remarkably effective at treating swelling under the eyes and the dreaded crow's feet lines on the outsides.