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New Research Confirms Effectiveness of Laser Treatment to Fight Signs of Aging

Fractional high intensity focused radiofrequency (HiFR) proved safe and effective in the treatment of mild to moderate laxity of the lower face and neck

By Stephanie Grauden | Aug 09, 2016

Wausau, WI (August 9, 2016) – Research conducted by Matteo Tretti Clementoni, MD and Girish S. Munavalli, MD was selected as Editor’s Choice in the July 2016 issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM).

The manuscript titled, “Fractional High Intensity Focused Radiofrequency in the Treatment of Mild to Moderate Laxity of the Lower Face and Neck: A Pilot Study” was published in LSM, the official journal of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS).

Sagging jowls and lax neck skin is a common issue associated with aging and is considered one of the most troublesome areas to patients. It’s also one of the most difficult areas to treat. Surgery has traditionally been the solution to improve appearance, but is invasive and does not address skin laxity.

Recently gaining attention are procedures using fractional high-intensity focused radiofrequency (HiFR) delivered to the dermis with insulated microneedles for facial rejuvenation. The study presented by Drs. Clementoni and Munavalli was designed to access the efficacy of HiFR for skin laxity of the lower face and neck.

“Device treatment of neck and lower face laxity is certainly in the spotlight of late. Unfortunately, photographic comparison and other quantitative assessment methods of documenting improvement in laxity have proven to be challenging. In our study evaluation, Dr. Clementoni and myself used a novel method of comparing two of the most important angles that define the shape of the neck. This method is reproducible, a great marker for visual improvement, and accurately highlights the utility of fractional high-intensity focused radiofrequency.” stated Dr. Munavalli.

Dr. Munavalli is medical director/ founder of Dermatology, Laser, and Vein Specialists in Charlotte, NC. He trained in dermatology at Emory University, Dermatologic Surgery fellowships in Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Laser Surgery at the University of California-San Francisco. He also completed a Phlebology and advanced laser surgery fellowship at the Maryland Laser, Skin, and Vein Institute. He is a member and fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, and the American College of Phlebology. His current affiliations include Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the Wake Forest University Department of Dermatology and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at UNC School of Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center.

Editor’s Choice is an exclusive article published in LSM, the official journal of the ASLMS. View the complete manuscript.

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