Enlarged pores treated with a combination of q-switched and micropulsed 1064 nm Nd:Yag laser with and without topical carbon suspension: A simultaneous split-face trial

H. J. Chung, B. C. Goo, H. J. Lee, M. R. Roh, K. Y. Chung

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Abstract

Background and aims: Enlarged facial pores remain one of the major cosmetic concerns among Asian females. This study attempted to assess and compare the efficacy of a combination of the Q-switched and quasi long-pulsed (micropulsed) Nd:YAG laser to reduce the size of the enlarged pores with and without an exogenous photoenhancer. Methods: In twenty five female subjects mean age 34.04 yr and skin type II-IV, a carbon lotion as a photoenhancer was applied on one side of the face (Method 1) and the other side was used as the control (Method 2). The entire face was then treated with a single pass of the 1064 nm Nd:YAG laser in the micropulsed mode, pulse fluence and width of 2.3 J/cm2 and 300 μsec, respectively. Multiple passes were then delivered in the Q-switched mode (2.5 J/cm2 and 5 nsec). Results: Three weeks after the final treatment, 75% of the subjects showed improvement with method 1 whereas 67% showed improvement with method 2. No adverse side effects were reported with either method. Conclusions: Although histological confirmation was not performed, we were able to prove both subjectively and objectively that the use of the combination of the micropulsed and Q-switched modes of the Nd:YAG laser was useful in reducing pore size, and that the photoenhancer improved the efficacy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-188
Number of pages8
JournalLaser Therapy
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Biomedical Engineering

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