A multicenter study for a single, three-step laser treatment for cellulite using a 1440-nm Nd:YAG laser, a novel side-firing fiber, and a temperature-sensing cannula

Barry Dibernardo, Gordon Sasaki, Bruce E. Katz, Joseph P. Hunstad, Christine Petti, A. Jay Burns

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Abstract

Background: Historically, treatments for cellulite have not been able to address all of its physiological components and require multiple sessions. Objective: The authors evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single, subdermal procedure to treat the underlying structure of cellulite. Methods: Fifty-seven patients underwent a 3-step cellulite treatment with a 1440-nm Nd:YAG laser with a side-firing fiber and temperature-sensing cannula. Efficacy was measured by the ability of blinded evaluators to distinguish baseline photos from those taken at 3 and 6 months posttreatment, as well as their rating of the results on a 5-point, 2-category ordinal photonumeric scale when comparing baseline photos to those taken at 2, 3, and 6 months posttreatment. Patient and physician satisfaction was assessed based on completion of a satisfaction survey at 2, 3, and 6 months posttreatment. Adverse events (AE) were recorded throughout the study. Results: At 6 months posttreatment, blinded evaluators rated at least a 1-point improvement in the appearance of cellulite in 96% of treated sites. Blinded evaluators were also able to correctly identify baseline versus posttreatment photos in 95% of cases. At least 90% of patients and physicians reported satisfaction with the results of treatment throughout 6 months. AE were mild in intensity and transient to treatment. Conclusions: A single, 3-step, minimally invasive laser treatment using a 1440-nm Nd:YAG laser, side-firing fiber, and temperature-sensing cannula to treat the underlying structure of cellulite proved to be safe and maintained effectiveness at least 6 months posttreatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-584
Number of pages9
JournalAesthetic Surgery Journal
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2013

Keywords

  • Nd: YAG laser
  • cellulite
  • cellulite laser treatment
  • cosmetic medicine
  • minimally invasive treatment

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