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J Drugs Dermatol. 2009 Aug;8(8):708-12.

Long-term evaluation of collagen and elastin following infrared (1100 to 1800 nm) irradiation.

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Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shinshu University School of Medicine, Matsumoto, Japan. yoheimd@yahoo.co.jp

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Infrared irradiation stimulates collagen production, but histological differences in its long-term effects on type I versus type III collagen and elastin in human tissue are unclear.

OBJECTIVE:

To investigate the effects of infrared irradiation.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

In vivo human tissues in sun-protected and sun-exposed areas were irradiated with infrared. Histological samples were analyzed, and visual changes were assessed up to 90 days post-treatment.

RESULTS:

Infrared irradiation provided long-term increases in collagen and elastin levels on post-irradiation days 30, 60 and 90 compared to controls. Significant increases in type I collagen persisted until 30 and 60 days, and in sun-protected and exposed skin biopsies, respectively. Significant increases in type III collagen and elastin persisted until 90 days in both sun-protected and sun-exposed skin biopsies.

CONCLUSION:

Infrared irradiation provides safe and effective long-term stimulation of collagen I and III and elastin, which is beneficial for improving skin laxity and wrinkles.

PMID:
19663107
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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