Combination Laser Therapy Helps Reduce Wrinkles

Patient satisfaction was much higher than that of a blind assessor, with few complications

MONDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- A combination of infrared and radiofrequency irradiation produces mild to moderate improvements in facial skin laxity with few complications, according to a report published July 20 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Carol Yu, MRCS, of the Division of Dermatology, University of Hong Kong, and colleagues treated 19 volunteer Chinese women, with skin types III-V, with a combination of infrared and radiofrequency irradiation. Patients received three treatments at three-week intervals, after which blinded assessors and patients rated improvement.

At three months, assessors observed statistically significant, mild to moderate improvement in the cheek, jowl, and nasolabial fold areas (47.3 percent, 36.8 percent, and 26.3 percent, respectively). Patient responses were more positive, with 89.5 percent noting moderate to significant improvement in laxity of the cheek, jowl, periorbital area, and upper neck, and 78.9 percent in the nasolabial fold. These improvements were seen after the first treatment, with no significant additional improvement on the second or third treatments. Fifteen subjects reported mild pain following treatment, and three reported moderate pain. No post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation was noted in any patient.

"The combination of broadband infrared light and bipolar radiofrequency produces mild improvement of facial laxity in Asians with no serious adverse sequelae," the authors concluded.

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