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J Cosmet Dermatol. 2017 Jun;16(2):205-209. doi: 10.1111/jocd.12322. Epub 2017 Feb 8.

Enhanced high-energy protocol using a fractional bipolar radiofrequency device combined with bipolar radiofrequency and infrared light for improving facial skin appearance and wrinkles.

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1
Tennessee Clinical Research Center, Gold Skin Care Center, Nashville, TN, USA.
2
Nashville Laser and Facial Surgery, Nashville, TN, USA.
3
Gateway Aesthetic Institute and Laser Center, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Fractional bipolar radiofrequency treatment and treatment with bipolar radiofrequency combined with infrared light have been shown in previous trials to safely and effectively improve the appearance of facial wrinkles.

AIMS:

To evaluate a high-energy protocol with combined bipolar radiofrequency and infrared light energies for improvement in photoaged facial skin.

PATIENTS/METHODS:

Seventy-two patients presenting with mild to moderate facial wrinkles underwent a single full-face treatment (n=54) or two treatments (n=18) at 6-week intervals. Independent blinded assessment and investigator assessment were performed, using the Fitzpatrick Wrinkle and Elastosis Scale (0-9) and the Global Aesthetic Improvement scale. Patients also completed a self-assessment questionnaire concerning satisfaction with the treatment.

RESULTS:

All patients achieved some degree of improvement in their wrinkles and skin appearance, following a single treatment or two treatments with the enhanced-energy protocol. Blinded evaluation demonstrated 71% and 70% of the patients showing improvement of one unit or greater on the Fitzpatrick Scale, at the 12-week and 24-week follow-ups post-treatment, respectively. Similar results were reported by investigators. Under the Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale, investigators observed 87%, 91% and 81% of patients showing improvement at the 6-, 12-, and 24-week post-treatment end, respectively. Patients tolerated the treatments well and were satisfied with the clinical results.

CONCLUSION:

The enhanced-energy treatment protocol, with fractional bipolar radiofrequency treatment and treatment with bipolar radiofrequency combined with infrared light applications, yields significant improvement of skin texture, wrinkling, and overall appearance following a single treatment. The results appear gradually over time and are maintained for at least 6 months' post-treatment.

KEYWORDS:

Bipolar radiofrequency; laser treatment; photoaging; photorejuvenation; wrinkle treatment

PMID:
28181398
DOI:
10.1111/jocd.12322
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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