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Elastometry and clinical results after bipolar radiofrequency treatment of skin.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20618372     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The healing process of a novel radiofrequency bipolar system was recently shown to produce a profound increase in collagen and elastin content.
OBJECTIVE: To determine the relationship between subjective clinical improvement scores and changes in objective measures of mechanical skin properties.
METHODS AND MATERIALS: Elastometry measurements were made at baseline and 3 months after treatment. All patients received a treatment zone on the lower face. Patient assessments of results and physician ratings of wrinkle and skin laxity were collected at baseline and 3 and 6 months after treatment. Elastometry and clinical results were then compared.
RESULTS: Three months after treatment, elastometry measurements showed statistically significant improvement (5-12% decrease in Young's Modulus and 10-16% decrease in retraction time). The average improvement correlated to a 2.6-year improvement in skin property. Physician scores at 3 months showed a statistically significant improvement of 1.42 grades on the Fitzpatrick scale for wrinkles and 0.66 grades on the Alexiades scale for skin laxity, increasing to 1.57 and 0.70 improvement, respectively, at 6 months. Eighty-nine percent and 91% of patients were satisfied or very satisfied with the procedure at 3- and 6-month follow-up, respectively.
CONCLUSION: Elastometry data showed an average decrease in Young's Modulus and retraction time, both of which suggest that radiofrequency bipolar treatment resulted in more youthful skin. Better mechanical characteristics were consistent with improvements in wrinkles, laxity, and skin quality and appearance.
Andrea Willey; Suzanne Kilmer; James Newman; Bradley Renton; Basil M Hantash; Basil Hantash; Suhas Krishna; Scott McGill; Dany Bérubé
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1524-4725     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-07-12     Completed Date:  2010-08-12     Revised Date:  2012-01-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  877-84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laser and Skin Surgery Center of Northern California, Sacramento, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Cohort Studies
Cosmetic Techniques*
Dose Fractionation
Elasticity / radiation effects*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Short-Wave Therapy*
Skin Aging / physiology*,  radiation effects*
Treatment Outcome
Erratum In:
Dermatol Surg. 2011 Dec;37(12):1821
Note: Hantash, Basil [corrected to Hantash, Basil M]

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