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Wrinkles Specialist

Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG

Gynecology & Aesthetics located in Upper West Side, New York, NY

Fine lines and wrinkles on your forehead, between your eyebrows, and at the corners of your eyes can make you look older or sterner than you feel. If you want to avoid surgery to reduce the appearance of your wrinkles, visit Gae Rodke, MD, FACOG, for treatment with Votiva by InMode® or Morpheus8®. Dr. Rodke offers these treatments to women of all ages on the Upper West Side of New York City to enhance their appearance and boost their confidence. Fall in love with your skin by scheduling a consultation online or by phone today.

Wrinkles Q & A

What causes wrinkles?

Wrinkles form for a number of reasons, which can be affected by sun exposure or genetics. Wrinkles form due to:

  • Repetitive facial movements, such as raising your eyebrows or frowning
  • Squinting in bright sunlight
  • Smoking
  • Decreased blood flow in the skin
  • Decreased collagen and elastin formation
  • Aging

The best way to prevent wrinkles is to wear sunscreen daily and avoid exposure to UV radiation, which is at its worst around midday. Unfortunately, some wrinkles are unavoidable, either due to your facial structure or genetics.

What noninvasive procedures treat wrinkles?

If you want to avoid injections, chemical peels, or surgery for your wrinkles, consider Votiva by InMode® or Morpheus8.

Votiva uses radiofrequency technology to emit radiofrequency waves that stimulate blood flow and collagen formation for smoother, tighter skin. Morpheus8 combines microneedling with radiofrequency energy to stimulate collagen growth for smoother, more youthful skin.

Compared to other procedures, such as facial massage and over-the-counter creams, Votiva and Morpheus8 produce more dramatic results more quickly. These results also last longer without the need for constant upkeep, which can save you time and money while giving you the results you want.

How does radiofrequency energy work on wrinkles?

Research has shown that the radiofrequency waves emitted by the Votiva and Morpheus devices work in three ways to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. First, radiofrequency waves increase blood flow to your skin. Radiofrequency naturally emits mild heat, which increases the diameter of your blood vessels, which in turn increases the number of blood vessels in your skin.

Second, radiofrequency increases collagen formation. Collagen is responsible for skin’s elasticity and tightness. Collagen formation decreases with age, resulting in sagging and loose skin. With radiofrequency energy, new collagen production increases. Third, elastin production increases. Similar to collagen, elastin adds additional elasticity to the skin for a tighter appearance.

What happens during the wrinkle treatment?

The Votiva and Morpheus systems use a hand-held device to apply radiofrequency waves to your skin. Dr. Rodke and her team gently wave the wand across your skin slowly for 20-30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. 

During Morpheus treatment, a set of tiny needles puncture the skin lightly, delivering radiofrequency energy into the sublayers of your skin. Dr. Rodke applies a topical numbing cream to ensure you remain comfortable during the microneedling.

You might notice a comfortable warming sensation while the radiofrequency device is in use. After the procedure, your skin could be slightly red for an hour due to the increased blood flow. In most cases, you can return to your normal activities immediately. Dr. Rodke might recommend follow-up sessions to produce the best results.

Find out how Votiva or Morpheus can help reduce your wrinkles by scheduling a consultation with Dr. Rodke online or by phone now.