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Clinical evaluation of non-ablative radiofrequency facial rejuvenation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15545097     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical efficacy of non-ablative cutaneous radiofrequency (RF) facial rejuvenation. DESIGN: Prospective study with longitudinal follow-up of a validation cohort set in an urban, private practice of an ambulatory facial plastic surgery center in southern California. METHODS: A consecutive sample was enrolled of 35 healthy adults with moderate facial aging, manifested by skin laxity, rhytids, and ptosis (brow, midface, jowls). Following intravenous sedation anesthesia, the study area was treated with 115-144 J/cm2 using the non-ablative RF device (ThermaCool TC). The main outcome measures were the objective measurement of brow height, investigator evaluation of skin parameters, a patient satisfaction questionnaire, and standardized photography, at fixed time intervals. RESULTS: At 12 weeks, a statistically significant increase in mean vertical brow height of 1.6-2.4 mm was observed in patients treated exclusively with the RF device (p<0.0001). All skin parameters (laxity, wrinkles, clarity, pore size) were improved. Complications and side effects were minimal. Patients were uniformly satisfied. CONCLUSIONS: The ThermaCool TC RF system represents a promising non-invasive method of obtaining moderate facial rejuvenation in the appropriately selected patient. Long-term results are pending.
Manoj T Abraham; Scott K Chiang; Gregory S Keller; Jeffrey D Rawnsley; Keith E Blackwell; David A Elashoff
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology     Volume:  6     ISSN:  1476-4172     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-16     Completed Date:  2005-04-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136419     Medline TA:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  136-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Keller Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic and Laser Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Radio Waves / therapeutic use*
Skin / pathology
Skin Aging* / pathology

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