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Is Radiofrequency Treatment Safe for Eyes?

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A visit to your optometrist is no longer limited to eye care alone! In addition to treating your ocular health concerns, The Eye Care Team provides light medical aesthetic services such as radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening treatment. 

RF skin tightening technology is designed to be used on the skin and to treat ocular concerns like dry eye. Due to its nature, it’s fair to question whether it’s safe to use around the eyes. In short, yes, RF skin tightening treatment is safe and gentle for the eyes and skin around the eyes. 

What Is Radiofrequency Treatment & How Does it Work?

Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening treatment is a safe, noninvasive, FDA-approved procedure that can be used to tighten the skin around the eyes to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. RF skin tightening treatment works on all skin types and most areas of the body. In addition to the cosmetic benefits, radiofrequency can be used to treat chronic dry eyes!

RT skin tightening technology uses safe levels of low-frequency electromagnetic waves to produce heat that penetrates the layers of the skin to stimulate cellular turnover, collagen, and elastin production. This helps to tighten and firm the skin gradually over time, giving a natural result. This treatment is most effective for people just starting to show signs of aging. 

What Are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Treatment?

One of the major benefits of RF treatment is that it’s noninvasive. This makes the skin tightening procedure relatively quick, as it can take about an hour. And there’s no recovery period! 

The treatment is meant to work gradually, which gives natural-looking results. You may begin to see changes in the texture of your skin (concerning wrinkles and fine lines) and overall appearance in 2-6 months. The required sessions needed to achieve the desired result will best be determined by the eye doctor administering the sessions. 

Your skin should not scar or peel, but you may experience some dryness and slight redness for 1-2 days after treatment. Therefore, It’s important to stay hydrated, moisturized, and out of the sun!  

While the side effects of RF skin tightening treatment are minimal, in rare cases, the heat from the treatment can cause burns or skin discoloration. For best results, be sure to visit a professional who is experienced in administering RF skin tightening treatment, like your optometrist at The Eye Care Team

Radiofrequency Treatment for Dry Eyes

The cosmetic benefits of RF skin tightening treatment result in a gradual, youthful, and natural-looking appearance of the skin through a non-invasive and simple procedure. Yes, it’s safe for the skin surrounding the eyes. RF treatment can also help treat chronic dry eyes.

There are a variety of reasons why you may be experiencing dry eyes. Consult your eye doctor to learn why you may be experiencing dry eyes and the effective treatment options available. One potential cause of dry eye may be because of blocked meibomian glands (oil glands). 

These glands are found on the edges of the eyelid near the eyelashes. These glands secrete oil that covers the eye and tear film to help keep the eye lubricated. When these glands are blocked, we can experience dryness. The heat generated from RF treatment is used on the area surrounding the eyes to help melt and remove any blockage in these oil glands. RF treatment for dry eyes is similar to warm compress therapy.  

Your eye doctor can determine how many sessions of RF treatment are required to alleviate dry eyes. After 3-4 sessions, you may start to feel a positive change in your dry eyes. 

Even if RF treatment is used for dry eyes, the skin surrounding the eyes can still reap the benefits of cellular turnover, meaning you may notice subtle changes in the firmness of your skin! 

A woman receives radiofrequency treatment to her face and eyes

Consult your Optometrist about Radiofrequency Treatment

Radiofrequency skin tightening treatment can be used to address both cosmetic and ocular health needs. Skin tightening procedures using RF treatment provide individuals with natural-looking results. 

When treating dry eyes with RF treatment, you may notice firmer-looking skin. Regardless of the condition you would like to treat with RF technology, the process is safe, quick, and noninvasive, but the results will manifest gradually. 

From youthful appearances to healthy eyes, consult your optometrist to develop a radiofrequency treatment plan for the concern you would like to address. The Eye Care Team is here to help! 

Written by Dr. Daniel Evans

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