IPL Plus Oral Isotretinoin for Facial Rejuvenation

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Intense pulsed light (IPL) and oral isotretinoin (ISOT) are both effective in treating the effects of facial photoaging — but how does IPL stack up as a solo treatment against a combination of the two? To find out, a research team led by Enrique Hernández-Pérez, M.D., of the Center for Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery in San Salvador, El Salvador, conducted an open, randomized, comparative and descriptive trial involving 18 hispanic women with grades II- and III-level cutaneous aging. Researchers divided the patients into two groups. Those in the first group underwent solo IPL treatment with an Alma Laser Harmony XL machine over five sessions with a two-week interval between each. Starting fluence was 12 J/cm2, and was increased to 13 J/cm2. The second group received the same number and type of IPL sessions, but the researchers added 20 mg of oral ISOT, three times a week for 10 weeks. Read more at Cosmetic Surgery Times.