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Evaluation of a nonsurgical, muscle-stimulating system to elevate soft tissues of the face and neck.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16703781     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Non-invasive procedures for tissue tightening and elevation are new frontiers in dermasurgery. Current methods for achieving a "nonsurgical face-lift" include radiofrequency and infrared light devices which disrupt non-covalent collagen bonds and stimulate collagen production. This study evaluated a novel treatment protocol designed to achieve a nonsurgical face-lift with electrical stimulation of muscle. Thirty-five women were treated with the Pan G Lift (Pan Germinal Systems, Clearwater, Florida) to enhance skin and induce soft-tissue lifting via hypertrophy of the facial musculature. The protocol consists of biweekly treatments for 10 weeks followed by monthly maintenance treatments. Results were evaluated by both the investigating physician and patients for up to 12 months. Estimates of percentage improvement were based on a scale of 1 to 4 (1 = 0%-25% [mild]; 2 = 26%-50% [moderate]; 3 = 51%-75% [good]; and 4 = 76%-100% [marked]). After 10 weeks (20 treatments), the median lifting improvement scores as assessed by patients and physician were the following: cheeks-2.0 and 2.0, jowls-2.0 and 2.0, and texture-2.0 and 2.0, respectively. Physician-evaluated eye lift and neck lift showed similar improvement. At 12 months (32 treatments), lifting and skin texture changes (assessed by patients and physician) reached 3.0 to 4.0, respectively, while physician-evaluated eye lift and neck lift achieved at least a 3.0 at 20 and 26 treatments. At one year (32 treatments), neck lift reached a 4.0. There was no downtime and no complications occurred. The non-invasive, muscle-stimulating Pan G Lift is a novel procedure that yields significant 3-dimensional improvements of the face and neck (nonsurgical face-lift), which demonstrates progressive improvement with continued monthly treatments over time.
Authors:
Amy Forman Taub
Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of drugs in dermatology : JDD     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1545-9616     ISO Abbreviation:  J Drugs Dermatol     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-17     Completed Date:  2006-07-18     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101160020     Medline TA:  J Drugs Dermatol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  446-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Advanced Dermatology, Lincolnshire, IL 60069, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Cohort Studies
Cosmetic Techniques / instrumentation*
Electric Stimulation Therapy / instrumentation*
Esthetics
Facial Muscles
Female
Humans
Middle Aged
Neck Muscles
Patient Satisfaction
Radio Waves / therapeutic use*
Rejuvenation
Rhytidoplasty / methods
Sensitivity and Specificity
Skin Aging / physiology*
Treatment Outcome

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