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 date: July 24, 2014; Accepted date: August 26, 2014; Published date: 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.
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.