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Patient satisfaction and reported long-term therapeutic efficacy associated with 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser treatment of acne scarring and photoaging.
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PMID:  16640677     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Nonablative laser treatments have become increasingly used for the treatment of acne scarring and photoaging. While nonablative laser treatments are more convenient and relatively safer than ablative laser resurfacing, efficacy and patient satisfaction with the level of improvement of textural abnormalities in acne scarring and rhytids associated with photoaging needs further study. DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS: Structured interviews were performed with 34 patients from a referral-based academic practice who each previously received a series of 6 monthly treatments with a 1,320 nm neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for treatment of acne scarring or photoaging. Topical anesthesia was applied 1 hour before each treatment. Patients were interviewed at least 3 months after cessation of treatment (range 3-12 months). RESULTS: Patients tolerated the treatments well. Combined results for acne scarring and photoaging patients were as follows: (a) patient satisfaction with treatment was rated at 62%, and (b) textural improvement was reported at 31% at the end of the six treatments, and 30% at the date of interview. When results were stratified by diagnosis, patient satisfaction was slightly higher for treatment of acne scarring than for photoaging. Overall degree of improvement on a 1-10 scale was 5.4 for acne scarring and 3.8 for wrinkling. CONCLUSION: Nonablative treatment with the 1,320 nm Nd:YAG laser induced significant patient-reported improvement in both acne scarring and photoaging. The majority of patients reported satisfaction with the degree of improvement.
Ashish C Bhatia; Jeffrey S Dover; Kenneth A Arndt; Brigitte Stewart; Murad Alam
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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:  32     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-04-27     Completed Date:  2006-05-25     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  346-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Dermatology, Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acne Vulgaris / complications*
Cicatrix / etiology,  pathology,  radiotherapy*
Follow-Up Studies
Laser Therapy*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction*
Retrospective Studies
Skin Aging / pathology,  radiation effects*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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