Clinical Effectiveness of Broad-band Infrared Light Therapy for Wrinkles and Skin Laxity of the Face
|Ayaka Hirao, Ryoko Morita and Akira Kawada*|
|Department of Dermatology, Kinki University Faculty of Medicine, Osaka, Japan|
|Corresponding Author :||Akira Kawada
Department of Dermatology
Kinki University Faculty of Medicine
377-2 Ohno-Higashi, Osaka-Sayama
E-mail: [email protected]
|Received July 24, 2014; Accepted August 26, 2014; Published September 2, 2014|
|Citation: Hirao A, Morita R, Kawada A (2014) Clinical Effectiveness of Broad-band Infrared Light Therapy for Wrinkles and Skin Laxity of the Face. J Clin Exp Dermatol Res 5:233. doi:10.4172/2155-9554.1000233|
|Copyright: © 2014 Ayaka Hirao et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.|
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Background: Infrared light therapy, as a nonablative phototherapy, is known to improve wrinkles and skin laxity. Objectives: To investigate the efficacy and tolerability of broad-band infrared light therapy in patients with wrinkles and skin laxity of the face.
Methods: We performed an open study in 29 patients who received broad-band infrared light therapy with onemonth interval up to 5 times.
Results: Twenty-one percent of patients had marked improvement, 30% had moderate improvement, and 28% had slight improvement in wrinkles at the corners of the eyes, while 21% unchanged. Wrinkle grades in the tested area significantly reduced more than pre-treatment (p<0.005). Thirty-one percent of patients had marked improvement, 31% had moderate improvement, and 28% had slight improvement in laxity of the cheek skin, while 10% unchanged. No patients discontinued due to adverse effects and no patients showed hyperpigmentation or scarring after the treatments. Patient's satisfaction revealed satisfied to very satisfied rates in 76% of subjects.
Conclusion: Phototherapy using this broad-band infrared light source was effective and well tolerated in the patients, suggesting that this phototherapy may be a new modality for the treatment of wrinkles and tightening of the face.