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Treatment of wrinkles and elastosis using vacuum-assisted bipolar radiofrequency heating of the dermis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17338687     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Reduction of wrinkles is increasingly becoming one of the most sought after aesthetic procedures. A variety of treatment modalities are available for this application, including radiofrequency energy in various modes of action. OBJECTIVE: The goal of the reported study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a new device, which implements an innovative combination of bipolar radiofrequency and vacuum. METHODS: Forty-six healthy adults at two clinics underwent eight facial treatments every 1 to 2 weeks. For 6 months after treatment, patients were assessed directly by two evaluators at each clinic (the treating physician and an additional reviewer) using standard evaluation tools-the Fitzpatrick-Goldman Classification of Wrinkling and Degree of Elastosis and a visual analog scale. RESULTS: Significant improvement in the skin's appearance and texture was observed during the treatment course and continued to increase during the follow-up period. The mean elastosis score on the wrinkling and elastosis scale before treatment was 4.5 and was reduced to less than 2.5 by 6 months after treatment, representing a drop of an entire wrinkle class (from II to I) on this scale. The reported pain levels were low, and the subjects expressed their satisfaction with the treatment and its outcome. The adverse responses consisted mainly of transient erythema and burn/blistering; there were also a few occurrences of edema, purpura, and crusting and one transient hyperpigmentation. No permanent complications had occurred. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate the safety and efficacy associated with use of this radiofrequency and vacuum device, employing Functional Aspiration Controlled Electrothermal Stimulation (FACES) technology, for reduction of facial wrinkles and elastosis.
Michael H Gold; Mitchel P Goldman; Jaggi Rao; Alex S Carcamo; Michelle Ehrlich
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Multicenter Study; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Dermatologic surgery : official publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et al.]     Volume:  33     ISSN:  1076-0512     ISO Abbreviation:  Dermatol Surg     Publication Date:  2007 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-03-06     Completed Date:  2007-04-17     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9504371     Medline TA:  Dermatol Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  300-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Gold Skin Care Center and Tennessee Clinical Research Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Electric Stimulation Therapy / methods*
Hot Temperature / therapeutic use*
Middle Aged
Patient Satisfaction
Prospective Studies
Radio Waves / therapeutic use*
Skin Aging / radiation effects*
Treatment Outcome

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