NEW ORLEANS — At the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting,
William Philip Werschler, MD, FAAD, FAACS, presented positive results from his clinical trial of micro-focused ultrasound with visualization for the lifting and tightening of facial and neck skin.
Wm. Philip Werschler
Werschler, an associate clinical professor in medicine and dermatology at the University of Washington, enrolled 20 patients in the prospective, single-center, non-randomized, open-label, single-treatment design study. Patients received one micro-focused ultrasound (MFU) treatment on the face and neck using three transducers: 4 MHz at a depth of 4.5 mm with 1.2 J, 7 MHz at a depth of 4.5 mm with 1.05 J and 7 MHz at a depth of 3 mm with 0.45 J. Werschler assessed patients’ level of pain using a validated scale (0-10) during the treatment, and photographs were taken prior to and immediately after treatment, as well as at follow-up visits on day 90, 180 and 365. The treatment’s efficacy was measured based on improvement in overall lifting and tightening of the skin in treated areas as determined by a blind, masked assessment that compared baseline photos to photos from the 90-day follow-up.
At the 90-day follow-up, 71% of patients demonstrated improvement, as per the results of the masked assessment.
In terms of patient satisfaction, 100% of patients at day 90 and 95% of patients at days 180 and 365 reported overall improvement. Ninety-five percent of the patients at day 90 and 100% of patients as of day 180 were satisfied with the results of a single treatment, according to the researchers. By day 365, 95% of patients noted improvement and 89% were satisfied.
Werschler also reported that 95% to 100% of patients said they would recommend the treatment to family and friends.
Patients reported moderate discomfort, which was managed with oral pre-treatment medications, according to Werschler.
Masked assessment results demonstrated improvement in 71% of patients’ photos at 90 days compared with baseline. – by Abigail Sutton
Werschler WP. Micro-focused ultrasound with visualization (MFU-V) for lifting and tightening of facial and neck skin laxity using a high-density, vectoring approach. Presented at: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Annual Scientific Meeting. Jan. 13-17, 2015; New Orleans.
Disclosure: Werschler has no relevant financial disclosures.