Dry Eye Spa: IPL and RF

How would you like to fix your dryness, improve your complexion AND reduce fine lines and wrinkles?

Sounds too good to be true right?  Well, thankfully it’s not.  RF which stands for Radio Frequency was originally used and FDA approved for fine line and wrinkle reduction. Along the way they realized their patients were noticing a difference in their eye dryness.  Now we have special protocols to maximize the effectiveness of that dry eye reduction.

For IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) it was first used to even out one’s complexion.  They also noticed a reduction in eye dryness and now we have protocols to maximize that effect.  

We find when the two technologies are used together you get the maximum effect in a shorter time. You can finally be rid of those uncomfortable dry eyes.

We aim to create a spa-like experience while you are having your treatments.  We have warm towels for during treatment. We have moist warm towels to wipe treatment gel off after. We give you a clicker so if you experience any discomfort just give us a click.

IPL and RF can treat so many things

Just to go down the list.  RF can be used to help get rid of chalazion, reduce dry eye, and reduce fine lines a wrinkles.

IPL can be used to make those pesky styes go away faster, to reduce redness in your upper cheeks, eyelids and around the eyes.    

Also: Please visit our FAQs a comprehensive list of answered questions of these treatments.

 

How does RF help with dry eye?

Short answer: RF will help the oily glands along the lid margin produce a better quality tear film making your eyes feel less dry.

Long Answer: RF heats the glands along the lid margin to melt the oils within, remove waxy deposits, and clear out (express) the glands so they can function properly.

There are 20-30 glands along the lower lid margin and ~30-40 glands along the upper lid margin.  These oily glands are called Meibomian Glands.  They produce the oily layer of your tear film.  This oily layer keeps your tear film from evaporating as quickly.  When we blink, this should naturally cause the glands to be squeezed and the oil to be released from the glands and spread over the top of the eye.  Long hours of computer work and contact lens overwear can cause those glands to function improperly or atrophy due to prolonged staring.

The glands should release an Extra Virgin Olive Oil consistency oil.  Over time, these glands can clog, the oil can become wax-like, or the glands can atrophy.  When this happens the outflow of the gland is clogged so no oil, very little oil, or oil of the wrong consistency reaches the surface of your eye.

When you have less oil of the proper consistency, the tear film will evaporate off faster between blinks.  For example, if you blink every 10 seconds but the tear film evaporates after 5 seconds, then you eyes will feel dry or uncomfortable.  

This poor tear layer will also affect the quality of your vision.  If you are not looking through a uniform front surface, you can experience glare, foggy vision (especially with contact lenses), or light sensitivity.

When our eyes are dry we can feel it several different ways. They can feel gritty, itchy, tired, strained, or sometimes they can water.

Why would they water if our eyes are dry? Well, our normal tears are like a sprinkler system that keeps things moist.  Tears that happen when our eyes are dry are like fire hose water that is salty.  It’s too much and not the right consistency.  Having a good sprinkler system will keep your eyes from watering from dryness.  You Meibomian glands are a critical part of this system. Fixing them will help the system work better as a whole. 

How does RF reduce fine lines and wrinkles?

This video give you a peak at how RF works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and why it takes about 4-6 weeks before you see your full results.

Tempsure Envi RF treatment

If you would like to see a full RF eye treatment watch the video to the left.  It takes about 10 minutes of treatment per eye at the target temperature.  It’s fairly relaxing and you’ll get the idea after about a minute or 2 but feel free to watch the full video.  

How many treatments do I need?

The doctor will recommend the number of treatments based on your history, lifestyle, and current symptoms.  Generally, it’s one treatment per decade of life.  Whether you need IPL, RF or both, the exact number will be determined at the work up.  We recommend doing the full treatment course and following pre and post-care instructions to have optimal results. (Visit FAQ for more details)

 

How does IPL help with dry eye?

If our eyes are dry for a prolonged period of time, it can cause inflammation and abnormal blood vessel growth along our lid margins. We can sometimes see signs of this in the form of redness in our cheeks. IPL  gets rid of these blood vessels and inflammation.  Reduce the inflammation and you reduce the dry eye symptoms. .

What exactly does IPL target?

IPL targets inflammatory blood vessels near the surface of the skin and prunes them back.  There are typically several layers, so to be truly effective, IPL needs to be done at least 4-6 times depending on the level of redness and inflammation.  On occasion with extensive redness and symptoms it may need to be done more. IPL can also remove dark spots on the skin. (Full disclosure the IPL we use in the office is a FormTK System not an InMode)

Dry Eye IPL Treatment

This is an IPL treatment around the eyes using disposable stickers as shields for the treatment and doing underneath the eyes only.  

Contraindications for RF:

Pacemakers (or other implantable electrical devices)

Active autoimmune disease

Active corneal or lid infections

Overly tight skin (post-blepharoplasty or very young patients)

*Before treatment we will have you read and sign off on a fairly thorough list but above is the gist of it.

 

Contraindications for IPL:

Recent sunburn

Pregnancy

History of seizures

Severe dermatitis eczema (within the treatment area)

Active infections

Roaccutane use in the last 6 months

Herpes 1 or 2 (within the treatment area)

Very dark skin, Our IPL instrument works well for Fitzpatrick Skin types I-III

Removing hair by the root e.g. waxing or tweezing

Photosensitizing medications are best avoided