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J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2018 Nov - Dec;20(7-8):449-453. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2018.1427870. Epub 2018 Feb 22.

Combined treatment for skin laxity of the aging face with monopolar radiofrequency and intense focused ultrasound in Korean subjects.

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1
a Oaro Dermatology Clinic , Seoul , Korea.
2
b Seoul Institute of Clinical Cosmetology , Seoul , Korea.
3
c Department of Dermatology, Dongtan Sacred Heart Hospital , Hallym University College of Medicine , Hwaseong , Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although various minimal invasive approaches are available for aging skin laxity, they alone may not lead to notably satisfactory results.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of combination regimen with monopolar radiofrequency (MRF) and intense-focused ultrasound (IFUS) in facial lifting and tightening.

METHODS:

Twenty-two Korean participants with aging face received a sequential single session of MRF and IFUS treatment. Objective and subjective assessments for improvement were performed at the 20-week post-treatment. Safety profiles were also recorded, and skin biopsies were taken at baseline and follow-up visit.

RESULTS:

Based on the objective assessment for the overall facial skin tightening and laxity, 19 patients (90%) demonstrated "moderate" or better improvements (more than 25%) compared with baseline. Specifically, improvements of skin laxity and sagging, and droopy jaw line were more noticeable compared with that of superficial skin texture (P < 0.05). Subjective satisfactions were generally consistent with objective findings, and no serious adverse effect was observed. Histologic evaluation showed increased dermal collagen fibers throughout the dermis after treatments (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION:

Combination treatment of MRF and IFUS has cumulative benefits for skin lifting and tightening with satisfactory safety profiles in Asian subjects.

KEYWORDS:

Monopolar radiofrequency; anti-aging; intense focused ultrasound; rejuvenation

PMID:
29469595
DOI:
10.1080/14764172.2018.1427870
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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