Random fractional ultrapulsed CO2 resurfacing of photodamaged facial skin: Long-term evaluation

Matteo Tretti Clementoni, Michela Galimberti, Athanasia Tourlaki, Maximilian Catenacci, Rosalia Lavagno, Pier Luca Bencini

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Although numerous papers have recently been published on ablative fractional resurfacing, there is a lack of information in literature on very long-term results. The aim of this retrospective study is to evaluate the efficacy, adverse side effects, and long-term results of a random fractional ultrapulsed CO2 laser on a large population with photodamaged facial skin. Three hundred twelve patients with facial photodamaged skin were enrolled and underwent a single full-face treatment. Six aspects of photodamaged skin were recorded using a 5 point scale at 3, 6, and 24 months after the treatment. The results were compared with a non-parametric statistical test, the Wilcoxon's exact test. Three hundred one patients completed the study. All analyzed features showed a significant statistical improvement 3 months after the procedure. Three months later all features, except for pigmentations, once again showed a significant statistical improvement. Results after 24 months were similar to those assessed 18 months before. No long-term or other serious complications were observed. From the significant number of patients analyzed, long-term results demonstrate not only how fractional ultrapulsed CO2 resurfacing can achieve good results on photodamaged facial skin but also how these results can be considered stable 2 years after the procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)643-650
Number of pages8
JournalLasers in Medical Science
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013

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Skin
Gas Lasers
Pigmentation
Retrospective Studies
Therapeutics
Population
Long Term Adverse Effects

Keywords

  • CO laser
  • Fractional laser
  • Photoaging
  • Wrinkles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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Random fractional ultrapulsed CO2 resurfacing of photodamaged facial skin : Long-term evaluation. / Tretti Clementoni, Matteo; Galimberti, Michela; Tourlaki, Athanasia; Catenacci, Maximilian; Lavagno, Rosalia; Bencini, Pier Luca.

In: Lasers in Medical Science, Vol. 28, No. 2, 02.2013, p. 643-650.

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Tretti Clementoni, M, Galimberti, M, Tourlaki, A, Catenacci, M, Lavagno, R & Bencini, PL 2013, 'Random fractional ultrapulsed CO2 resurfacing of photodamaged facial skin: Long-term evaluation', Lasers in Medical Science, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 643-650. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10103-012-1116-1
Tretti Clementoni, Matteo ; Galimberti, Michela ; Tourlaki, Athanasia ; Catenacci, Maximilian ; Lavagno, Rosalia ; Bencini, Pier Luca. / Random fractional ultrapulsed CO2 resurfacing of photodamaged facial skin : Long-term evaluation. In: Lasers in Medical Science. 2013 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 643-650.
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