Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology

APR 2017

An evidence-based, peer-reviewed journal for practicing clinicians in the field of dermatology

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24 JCAD journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology April 2017 • Volume 10 • Number 4 b O bjective: The objective of this study was to examine the efficacy and safety of the latest m ultisource radiofrequency handpiece, specially designed for body area skin treatments. The new handpiece features six concentric electrodes, each connected to an independently controlled radiofrequency generator. Design and settings: This was an international multicenter study across two sites. Twenty-five patients were enrolled into the study. Patients underwent at least five sessions of body skin tightening and circumference reduction. The first four sessions were held at one-week intervals and the other 1 to 4 remaining sessions, at two-week intervals. Participants: Twenty-five patients (23 women and 2 men). Measurements: overall change was graded by the physicians using the global aesthetic improvement scale. Patients were asked to complete satisfaction questionnaires at the end of the treatment sessions. Images were taken prior to the treatments, before every treatment session, and at the follow-up visit. Results: no adverse events were reported as a result of the treatment. Measured body weight of the patients, as monitored during the study period, was stable (±2kg). ninety-two percent of the patients were pleased with [Abstract continued on next page] A b S T R A C T o R I g I n A L R E S E A R C h Body Contouring and Skin Tightening Using a Unique Novel Multisource Radiofrequency Energy Delivery Method a ISABELLE ROUSSEAUX, MD; b SAM ROBSON, MRCGP a Cabinet de Dermatologie Esthétique, Lille Côté Sud, Loos, France; b Temple Medical, Aberdeen, United Kingdom Body skin laxity and an increase of abdominal and thigh circumference with age are a growing cosmetic concern. Skin laxity occurs at the age of 35 to 40, mostly on the inner arms and legs and in the abdominal area. The impact of these problems on patient' self-esteem may affect quality of life both psychologically and socially. 1–3 Basic science shows that body skin laxity is related to loss in quantity and function of dermal collagen fibers. Histological studies of lax skin show dermal atrophy, primarily due to loss of collagen, degradation of elastic fibers, and loss of hydration. 4–6 Multiple studies have shown that raising dermal temperature to >46°C and maintaining this temperature for at least three minutes triggers the release of heat-shock proteins (HSPs). This increase will start a healing cascade and subsequently production of new collagen and elastic fibers. 7–10 Radiofrequency (RF) energy uses the tissue's resistance within the various skin layers to produce heat. In Disclosure: The authors report no relevant conKicts of interest. Author correspondence: Isabelle Rousseaux, MD; E-mail: irousseaux@wanadoo.fr

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