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Dermatol Surg. 2005 Aug;31(8 Pt 1):903-9.

Comparison of a 1,064 nm laser and a 1,320 nm laser for the nonablative treatment of acne scars.

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Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL 60611, USA. d-yaghmai@northwestern.edu

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

There have been many reports of the use of nonablative lasers for the treatment of acne scars.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the ability of the 1,064 nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser to treat acne scars and compare it with that of the 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser.

METHODS:

Twelve patients with Fitzpatrick skin types I to III were randomly selected to have half of the face or back treated with the Lyra 1,064 nm Nd:YAG laser (Laserscope Corporation, San Jose, CA, USA) and the other half with the CoolTouch II 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser (ICN Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Costa Mesa, CA, USA). Three treatments at 4-week intervals were performed. Patients were evaluated by photographic and profilometric methods before and 6 months after the last treatment.

RESULTS:

Immediate changes included mild erythema with the 1,064 nm Nd:YAG laser and mild edema and erythema with the 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser. No long-term adverse changes were seen with either laser system. Using the 1,320 nm system, 42% of the patients had 30 to 40% clinical improvement, 42% had 11 to 29%, and 16% had 10% or less. With the 1,064 nm system, 58% had 30 to 40% clinical improvement and 42% had 11 to 29%. Average improvement in acne scars evaluated by three independent observers was 22% with the 1,320 nm laser compared with 28% with the 1,064 nm laser. The subjects' own grading was 39% with the 1,320 nm laser compared with 37% for the 1,064 nm laser. Prolifometric studies demonstrated comparable improvement, with no statistical difference using either laser.

CONCLUSION:

These data indicate that both the 1,064 nm laser and the 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser are safe and effective systems for the nonablative treatment of acne scars, achieving similar improvement. There appears to be a greater response with the 1,064 nm laser system as assessed by the clinical investigators.

PMID:
16042934
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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