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The eyes have it

Hi, I'm 54 years old and have puffy eye bags.

The eyes have it

Thanisorn Thamlikitkul, MD

What can I do about them? I don't want to undergo surgery.

Treating eye bags and reducing the puffiness with medical devices such as Thermage and ReFirme may help.

Thermage is today's effective "lift" treatment for all sagging areas - under eyes, face, legs, thighs - even buttocks. In the eye area, results can be dramatic as it will reduce "hooding", improve texture and tone, and smooth and soften fine lines. Thermage is a safe, effective and unique radio frequency technology for eyelid rejuvenation.

The other device, the ReFirme Skin Tightening Procedure, is also proving to be a popular alternative for patients with skin laxity. It combines bi-polar radio frequency with diode lasers. ReFirme is a non-invasive treatment with FDA approval for painless skin tightening via wrinkle treatment.

Splitting hairs

Is it better to use a conditioning shampoo or a separate shampoo and conditioner?

This is an excellent question because facing the plethora of haircare products on the market can be bewildering.

The answer depends on your hair type. If you have curly and relaxed hair, both a conditioning shampoo and a separate conditioner should be used because the hair requires concentrated conditioning to reduce friction between the hair shafts. But if you have straight and fine hair, the use

of a conditioning shampoo and a conditioner will leave the hair limp and difficult to style.

As a general rule, the curlier the hair, the more conditioning required; the straighter the hair, the less conditioning.

Thanisorn Thamlikitkul is a member of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology & Aesthetic Surgery and qualified in laser surgery. Her column appears twice-monthly on the Fashion and Beauty page.

 E-mail your question to info@romrawin.com.

Thanisorn Thamlikitkul, MD

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