Scientists recently discovered that light and radiofrequency energy can be used to heat deeper layers of the skin while protecting the surface of the skin. This heating activates fibroblasts signaling new collagen to form and existing collagen to tighten over time.
Thermacool TC has been studied in US clinical trials for treatment of wrinkles of the face. This system is currently cleared by the FDA for this indication and in 2006 gained clearance for the non-invasive treatment of additional areas that allow for Eyes by Thermage, Body by Thermage, Hands by Thermage, and Tummy by Thermage to now be available at Advanced Dermatology.
For Eyes by Thermage plastic ocular shields will be inserted onto the eye for protection during the treatment. One eye shield will be inserted at a time to reduce anxiety or claustrophobia that could result during this treatment.