Novel Treatment Can Safely Rejuvenate Eyelids

Majority of patients see a 25 percent improvement in eyelid wrinkles, hooding

TUESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- A new monopolar radiofrequency treatment tip can allow doctors to safely rejuvenate the eye area in most patients, according to the results of a prospective, multicenter efficacy trial published in the December issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Brian S. Biesman, M.D., of Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues treated the eyelids of 72 patients using a 0.25 cm2 monopolar radiofrequency treatment tip and followed them for six months. Of the cohort, 88 percent showed upper eyelid tightening and 86 percent showed reduction of hooding. Moreover, 71 percent to 74 percent showed tightening in the lower eyelids.

The majority of patients treated achieved at least a 25 percent improvement, while a smaller percentage achieved more dramatic results. The factors separating patients who achieved the more impressive results from those who did not are not fully understood, the researchers point out. Age, gender, ethnicity, smoking history and total dose of energy utilized had no bearing on the results. No serious adverse events were reported.

"Further development and testing of this technology is warranted," the study authors conclude.

The device used in the study was manufactured by Thermage, Inc., of Hayward, Calif.

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