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The aesthetic applications of intense pulsed light using the Lumenis M-22 device.

AbstractBACKGROUND:
Fifteen years have passed since the first Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) devices were introduced into the market. A variety of devices that use light energy for aesthetic puposes are currently manufactured by several companies, and newer devices offering improved performance and features are periodically being introduced. Herein we present our experience with the MP-22 device (Lumenis Ltd., Yokneam, Israel) for cosmetic treatment of benign skin lesions.
PATIENTS AND METHODS:
We collected patient data from all patients who received IPL and Nd:Yag laser treatments with the MP-22 over a one year period (Jan 2009-Jan 2010). The study group included 92 patients who were treated on the face, neck, trunk and hands. The main indications for treatment were lentigo and superficial vascular lesions. Patient age ranged from 16 to 72 years old, and 89 patients were female. Exclusion criteria for treatment were suspicion of skin cancer, isotretinoin treatment during the previous 6 months, and pregnancy. Satisfaction after treatment was evaluated by the patients on a scale ranging from 0 to 5, with 5 = excellent, 4 = very good, 3= good, 2= moderate improvement, 1= mild improvement and 0= no improvement.
RESULTS:
Ninety-three percent of the patients were satisfied (rating 3, 4 or 5 on the above scale). Ninety-five percent of the patients had one or two treatment sessions. Of the treatments, 82 were on the face, two on the neck, four on the trunk and 13 on the dorsal aspect of the hands. Minor side effects such as erythema for longer than 24 hours and facial edema for more than one day were reported by 9 patients. Major complications such as scars, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation were not recorded. The fluence delivered varied from 14-18 J/cm(2).
CONCLUSION:
IPL is an effective and safe method for skin treatments, namely removal of vascular and pigmented lesions.
AuthorsYehuda Ullmann, Rania Elkhatib, Lucian Fodor
JournalLaser therapy (Laser Ther) Vol. 20 Issue 1 Pg. 23-8 ( 2011) ISSN: 0898-5901 [Print] Japan
PMID24155509 (Publication Type: Journal Article)

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