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Rejuvenation of photoaged skin: 5 years results with intense pulsed light of the face, neck, and chest.
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PMID:  12472489     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Photorejuvenation involves the use of lasers or light sources to reverse signs of photoaging. Multiple devices have been shown to be effective over the short-term. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the long-term clinical results on the face, neck and chest at 4 years using filtered flashlamp intense pulsed light (IPL) for treatment of photoaging changes of telangiectasias, dyspigmentation, and rough skin texture. METHODS: A chart review of 80 randomly selected patients with skin types I-IV who were treated by IPL during 1996 and 1997 was performed. Photos and patient self-assessment were graded for features of textural smoothness, telangiectasia severity, and blotchy pigmentation into four categories of worse, no change, slightly better (less than 50% improvement) and much better (greater than 50% improvement). RESULTS: At 4 years following initial treatment, skin textural improvement was noted in 83% of the subjects. Telangiectasias were improved in 82% of subjects, while pigmentation remained improved in 79%. The median number of treatments was 3. The face responded slightly better than the chest or neck. Most common side-effects included temporary mild crusting (19%), erythema (15%) and purpura (6%). CONCLUSION: Signs of photoaging including telangiectasias and mottled pigmentation of the face, neck, and chest, can be improved by IPL with a long-lasting result. Minimal or no downtime with minimal adverse effects can be achieved with the settings reported. Skin textural smoothing, although not easily quantified, is an additional benefit observed long-term.
Robert A Weiss; Margaret A Weiss; Karen L Beasley
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Evaluation Studies; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2002 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-12-10     Completed Date:  2003-01-14     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1115-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Facial Dermatoses / pathology,  therapy*
Hyperpigmentation / pathology,  therapy*
Longitudinal Studies
Medical Records
Retrospective Studies
Skin Aging / pathology,  radiation effects*
Telangiectasis / pathology,  therapy*
Treatment Outcome

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