Skin rejuvenation with 1,064-nm Q-switched Nd:YAG laser in Asian patients

Mei Ching Lee*, Sindy Hu, Min Chi Chen, Yi Ching Shih, Yau Li Huang, Shih Hung Lee

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BACKGROUND In recent years, using the 1,064-nm Q-switched neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser (QSNYL) with or without exogenous topical carbon solution application for facial skin rejuvenation has become popular in Southeast Asia, but there has not been any published clinical report discussing the rejuvenation effect of QSNYL for Asian patients. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the efficacy of QSNYL in improvement of pore size, sebaceous secretion, skin texture, and skin tone of Asian patients. We also observed whether there is any enhancement of application of topical carbon solution before the therapy. METHODS Twenty-four female patients completed four sessions of treatments at 4-week intervals. The assessment was evaluated by the patients, two independent physicians, and Canfield VISIA Complexion Analysis. In addition, we conducted a split-face study such that, in each case, topical carbon solution was applied to the right side of the face before the laser treatment. RESULTS All evaluations showed significant improvement in rejuvenation effect. There was no difference in improvement in skin texture even after the application of topical carbon solution in our split-face study. CONCLUSION The QSNYL is a safe and effective rejuvenation modality in Asian patients. Topical carbon solution application did not enhance laser efficacy. The authors have indicated no significant interest with commercial supporters.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)929-932
Number of pages4
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - 06 2009
Externally publishedYes


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