“It’s important to note that response was variable, but many patients were satisfied with the treatment,” Hana Jeon, MD said at the annual conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. “Further studies are needed to identify the clinical characteristics of neck laxity that would most benefit from this treatment.”
The researchers enrolled 25 patients with an average age of 58 years. The laser treatment settings were a 6-mm spot side-delivered at a fluence of 0.71 J/cm2 in a pulse width of 750 picoseconds. The patients were treated five times on the neck every 2-4 weeks, and follow-up visits were scheduled for 1 month and 3 months after the last treatment. Digital photos were taken at each visit. Formal assessment tools included patient and physician satisfaction scores and the Global Aesthetic Improvement. In all, 21 women and 3 men completed the study. The majority (72%) had II, while 16% had type III, 8% had type I, and 4% had type IV. An average of 5,042 pulses were delivered during each treatment session. The majority of patients (84%) required no anesthesia, while the rest used topical numbing medicine from 30 minutes to an hour prior to the procedure.
Dr. Jeon reported that the average pain score during the procedure was 4.7 on a 10-point scale. Forced-air cooling was used for comfort, and on average, mild redness following the treatment lasted less than 1 day (a mean of 0.6 days, with a range of 0-5 days). Mild pain also lasted less than 1 day (a mean of 0.1 days, with a range of 0-2 days). No swelling, crusting, bruising, bleeding, infection, blistering, scarring, burn, or dyspigmentation occurred.
On the Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale at 1 and 3 months, physicians described 43% and 23% of cases, respectively, as “improved,” 17% and 18% of cases as “much improved,” and 4% and 9% of cases as “extremely improved.”