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Low-Fluence Radiofrequency Technique Can Tighten Skin

Multiple-pass treatment improves lower-face laxity in up to 92 percent of patients

THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) -- A low-fluence, multiple pass radiofrequency technique can be used for tightening the skin of the lower face, researchers report in the March issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Melissa A. Bogle, M.D., of SkinCare Physicians in Chestnut Hill, Mass., and the Laser & Cosmetic Surgery Center of Houston, Texas, and colleagues studied 66 patients with moderate facial laxity who were treated with up to five passes over the lower face and neck. The average treatment level was 62.0 (83 J/cm2) with 556 pulses per treatment.

After six months, the researchers found that 92 percent of patients had significantly improved overall appearance. They also reported that an independent photographic review found that 84 percent of patients had measurable improvement. However, only 70 percent of patients said they were satisfied with the procedure six months later.

"While patients are naturally happier with better results, there may be a perceived dissatisfaction on the patient's part with subtle but significant changes in skin tightening," the authors write. "It is essential to evaluate and understand in the initial consultation what the patient would like to achieve, and to counsel them prior to the procedure what they might expect in terms of treatment success."

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