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Lasers Med Sci. 2013 May;28(3):935-40. doi: 10.1007/s10103-012-1179-z. Epub 2012 Aug 14.

Efficacy of minimally invasive nonthermal laser-induced optical breakdown technology for skin rejuvenation.

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Department of Dermatology, Medisch Centrum 't Gooi, Bussum, The Netherlands.


We demonstrate the efficacy of a novel minimally invasive nonthermal skin rejuvenation technique for wrinkle and fine-line reduction based on laser-induced optical breakdown. The optical breakdown caused by tightly focused near-infrared laser pulses creates a grid of intradermal lesions without affecting the epidermis, leading to skin rejuvenation. The pilot in vivo efficacy test performed on five subjects successfully demonstrates wrinkle and fine-line reduction, and improvement of other skin features without pain or any other unpleasant sensations or any social downtime associated with the treatment. The efficacy is evaluated objectively and subjectively by assessing the improvement of wrinkles and/or fine lines or skin texture after the treatment. The treatment is safe without side effects or social downtime, and all test subjects reported that the treatment is "perceptible but not painful." Four out of the five subjects who participated in this pilot study were assessed to have "minor" to "significant" improvements of wrinkles and fine lines by the professional panels. The results of this clinical study are expected to bring a paradigm shift in the present laser- and light-based skin rejuvenation methods by introducing a safe treatment procedure without damaging the epidermis, with no or little social downtime and with an efficacy that might be comparable to ablative techniques.

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