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Application of a New Intense Pulsed Light Device in the Treatment of Photoaging Skin in Asian Patients

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Intense pulsed light (IPL) technology has long been used in the treatment of photoaging skin. OBJECTIVE

To evaluate the efficacy and safety of a new IPL device in the treatment of photoaging skin in Asian patients. METHODS

One hundred fifty-two Chinese women with photoaging skin were enrolled in this open-labeled study. Subjects received four IPL treatments at 3- to 4-week intervals. Changes of photoaging were evaluated using a global evaluation, an overall self-assessment, a Mexameter, and a Corneometer. RESULTS

One hundred thirty-nine of 152 patients (91.44%) experienced a score decrease of 3 or 2 grades, according to the dermatologist. One hundred thirty-six of 152 patients (89.47%) rated their overall improvement as excellent or good. The mean skin melanin index (MI) and erythema index values deceased with each session. MI on forehead and EI on cheilion decreased most significantly. Adverse effects were limited to mild pain and transient erythema. CONCLUSION

IPL treatment is a safe and effective method for photoaging skin in Asian patients. Adverse effects were minimal and acceptable.

The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Dermatology, No.1 Hospital of China Medical University, Shenyang, China; 2: Sheftel Associates Dermatology, Tucson, Arizona; 3: Department of Dermatology, Binzhou Medical College, Binzhou, China; 4: Department of Biostatistics, China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Publication date: November 1, 2008


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