Non-ablative fractionated laser skin resurfacing for the treatment of aged neck skin

Pier Luca Bencini, Athanasia Tourlaki, Michela Galimberti, Giovanni Pellacani

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Background: Aging of the neck skin includes poikiloderma of Civatte, skin laxity and wrinkles. While the vascular alterations of poikiloderma of Civatte can be effectively treated with lasers or intense pulsed light, a successful treatment of dyschromia, skin laxity and wrinkles is still difficult to achieve. Objective: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of non-ablative fractional 1540 erbium glass laser for the treatment of aged neck skin, also by means of in vivo reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM). Methods: A prospective study for neck resurfacing in 18 women with aged neck skin. Six laser treatments were performed in 4-week intervals with a 1540-nm erbium-glass fiber laser. Results: By using a 6-point grading scale, the mean score (±SD; range) at baseline was 3.6 (±1.5; 1-6) for skin dyschromia, 2.9 (±1.4; 1-6) for laxity and 3.3 (±1.3; 1-5) for wrinkles. Three months after the last laser session, we found a significant clinical improvement of dyschromia (p-=-0.0002; Wilcoxon test), and wrinkles (p-=-0.0004; Wilcoxon test), with a mean (±SD) reduction of 2.5 (±1.0) and 1.9 (±1.1) points in the 6-point grading scale, respectively. No change was observed in laxity. These results were also supported by structural changes documented by RCM. Conclusion: Non-ablative fractional 1540 erbium glass laser was both safe and effective for the treatment of dyschromia and wrinkles, but not effective for the laxity of the neck skin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)252-256
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Dermatological Treatment
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015


  • 1540-nm erbium-glass fiber laser
  • In vivo reflectance confocal microscopy
  • Neck resurfacing
  • Neck skin aging
  • Non-ablative fractionated laser
  • Poikiloderma of Civatte

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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