Volume 31, Number 2 (9-2007)                   Research in Medicine 2007, 31(2): 169-175 | Back to browse issues page


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Ghalamkar F, Ghorchiani Z. Role of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) in the rejuvenation of photo-aged skin . Research in Medicine. 2007; 31 (2) :169-175
URL: http://pejouhesh.sbmu.ac.ir/article-1-396-en.html

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Background: Photo-damaged skin is characterized not only by wrinkles and creases but also by epidermal and dermal atrophy, rough skin texture, irregular pigmentation, talengiectasis , laxity and enlarged pores. There is growing interest in the development of noninvasive methods to treat photo-damaged skin. Intense Pulsed Light (IPL), a non-coherent, broadband, pulsed light source is effective in the treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions of the skin. This study evaluates the role of IPL in the rejuvenation of photo-aged skin. Materials and methods: Full face skin of 20 women was treated for photo-aging using IPL. Light emitted at the cut off filter of 560nm and energy emissions varying from 28-32 j/cm2 were utilized for 3 or 4 treatment sessions at intervals of 4 weeks. Patients and physicians evaluated rhythids, mottled pigmentation, and talengiectasis. Reviscometer & Mexameter devices were used to assess treatment results. Results: Two aspects of photo-damage including wrinkling and mottled pigmentation showed mild to moderate improvement in 25% and 20% of subjects respectively. Talengiectasis showed mild improvement in 5% of subjects. Twenty-five percent of subjects were satisfied with the overall result of their treatments. Conclusions: Non ablative skin remodeling using IPL is in its infancy. Results of this study showed that photo-rejuvenation by intense pulsed light is not an effective method of skin rejuvenation.
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Type of Study: Original | Subject: General
Received: 2008/02/18

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