ULTRAFORMER Study: High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound and Crow’s Feet Wrinkles
Published in the Medical Lasers, the full title of this clinical study is: High-Intensity Focused Ultrasound: A Satisfactory, Non-invasive Procedure for Crow’s Feet Wrinkles (Gyu Sik Jung, et al.)
Here’s a brief rundown of the study:
Background and Objectives: High-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) has been developed as an effective, non-invasive, skin-tightening method in response to the increasing demand for improvements in skin laxity and tightening with minimal risk and recovery time. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of HIFU for noninvasive skin tightening of crow’s feet wrinkles, with the aim of determining how long the tightening can be maintained.
Materials and Methods: Between January and March 2019, 21 female patients with crow’s feet wrinkles were treated with HIFU. The treatment involved 200 shots, three times every 2 weeks. Three blinded, experienced plastic surgeons and patients evaluated satisfaction at 2 weeks after the first procedure, 2 weeks after the second procedure, 2 weeks after the third procedure, and 6 weeks after the first procedure based on photographs according to the Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale (GAIS). The Friedman test was used to compare data.
Results: Of the 21 patients treated using HIFU, one was lost to follow-up for nonstudy-related reasons. Therefore, 20 patients were evaluated and ranged in age from 28 to 48 years. Plastic surgeons’ GAIS scores were 2.6, 2.3, 1.7, and 1.3 and patients’ GAIS scores were 2.6, 2.2, 1.8, and 1.4 at 2 weeks after the first procedure, 2 weeks after the second procedure, 2 weeks after the third procedure, and 6 weeks after the third procedure. No serious adverse effects were observed.
Conclusion: The aging face with crow’s feet wrinkles can be improved by using HIFU, while minimizing epidermal and dermal injury.
KEY WORDS: Skin aging; High-intensity focused ultrasound therapy; Skin wrinkling
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