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Near [corrected] painless, nonablative, immediate skin contraction induced by low-fluence irradiation with new infrared device: a report of 25 patients.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16706753     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Nonablative radiofrequency (NARF) has been the only method for producing noninvasive skin tightening. Nevertheless, significant pain during the procedure is an important downside of this technology. A new nonablative medical device, Titan (Cutera, Inc., Brisbane, CA, USA), capable of fluences much lower than those possible with NARF, was tested as a less painful alternative. OBJECTIVES: To produce skin contraction leading to lifting of eyebrows and/or improvement of lower face and neck skin laxity using fluences below pain levels. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty-five patients were treated. Standardized photographs were obtained preoperatively, after a few days, a few weeks, and up to 12 months after the procedure. RESULTS: Immediate changes were obtained in 22 of 25 patients. Examination of photographs revealed that the initial improvement was maintained throughout the follow-up period. CONCLUSION: Immediate true skin contraction persisting through the immediate, intermediate, and long-term follow-up was found in the vast majority of patients in this group. Edema as an artifact simulating immediate improvement was excluded by serial photographs taken during the follow-up period. Skin contraction occurred at low fluences, below the threshold of pain. This, to the best of our knowledge, has not been previously described in the medical literature.
Javier Ruiz-Esparza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2006 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-05-18     Completed Date:  2006-06-28     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  601-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of California, San Diego, California, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
Infrared Rays / therapeutic use*
Middle Aged
Skin / radiation effects*
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Dermatol Surg. 2006 Jun;32(6):preceding 773

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