By Sharon See
Channel News Asia
June 9, 2006
You can now have your crow’s feet ironed out without having to go under the knife.
Medical device company Thermage has developed a technology that tightens the skin of the eyelid by just applying heat to it.
Dr Martin Huang, a plastic surgeon, explained about the treatment: “It involves delivering radio frequency energy into the skin of the eyelid and we’re referring to both the upper and lower eyelids. When that energy goes into the skin, it causes tightening of the collagen fibers as well as stimulates the skin cells to produce new collagen.
“So over a period of time, the tightened collagen and the new collagen together result in a tightening of the skin. So this will allow us to rejuvenate the skin in that area.”
Beverly Bird is one person who has received such eye treatment.
She said: “You just feel a bit of heat when he’s doing it, and when he got to certain parts, you can feel more heat…. where it’s closer to the bone, that’s when you feel more heat. Otherwise, it was fine.”
On why she chose the treatment, Beverly Bird said: “I was also looking for something non-drastic so that if I go and see a friend or client after that, they don’t look at me and say, ‘oh! Beverly, what have you done?’. (For this eye treatment), the difference is very subtle. So nobody can actually say, ‘oh, you’ve had a job done’, or ‘you’ve had some kind of drastic procedure done’.”
“The next day (after the treatment), I went for a meeting. I was talking to a client and he just looked at my eyes but he didn’t say anything…..he just looked and you could tell that he was just kind of looking at your brighter eyes. So, it’s good, it’s working!” Beverly Bird said.
The result of the treatment, which costs at least $3,000, can last for up to two years but there are possible side effects.
Dr Huang said that burns and mild swelling might occur immediately after treatment.
It was only in January this year that this technology received clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration.
But this technology has been used to tighten skin on other parts of the body for the past two years.
Dr Huang said: “The eyelid area tends to be one of the first places where the signs of ageing tend to show up as we get older. And amongst our patients, it is probably the commonest area that is of concern, and requests for eyelid rejuvenation are highest amongst cosmetic surgery patients.” – CNA/ir
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