While skin aging is triggered by multiple factors and typically presents with multiple manifestations, conventional treatment regimens deploy a single treatment modality. Typical approaches with ablative techniques involve considerable patient discomfort and downtime and can induce adverse events.

Non-ablative fractionated laser (NAFL) resurfacing provides significantly fewer complications and discomfort. At the same time, intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies have a marked impact on skin tone, with an effect on collagen deposition.

A study published recently in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM) evaluates the combined effect of same-day, sequential IPL-NAFL treatment on photoaging of the face, according to a media release from American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery Inc.

In the study, researchers led by J. Matthew Knight, MD, FAAD, found that more than 90% of the treated patients exhibited improved or much improved overall appearance. Good to excellent pigmentation responses were recorded for nearly two-thirds of patients and improvements in texture, brightness and tightness were recorded for over 80% of patients throughout the follow-up period.

‚ÄúThis paper reminds us that innovation is not always predicated on new science or new machines. New frontiers in cosmetic rejuvenation can be challenged by imagining established technologies deployed in novel ways, often in combination,” Knight says, in the release.