The 1060 nm diode laser SculpSure (Cynosure) is safe, effective and offers another option for noninvasive treatment of submental fat, according to research presented in April 2018 at the 38th Annual Conference of the American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery (ASLMS), in Dallas.
“This is really the first laser that has been shown to work when removing fat in the submental area,” says Bruce E. Katz, M.D., clinical professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, and director of the director Juva Skin & Laser Center. “The great thing about it is it’s a quick treatment. It’s about 25 minutes. We found that in addition to removing fat, it actually tightens the skin.”
The SculpSure device, which is FDA cleared to treat the abdomen, flanks, back, inner and outer thighs and the submental area, includes changes to the device’s software, so the heat from the laser is more superficial under the chin than it is for treatment of other body areas, according to Dr. Katz, who presented on the topic at ASLMS.
David H. McDaniel, M.D., a dermatologist based in Virginia Beach, Va., presented clinical study findings on the safety and efficacy of the 1060 nm diode laser for treating the submental area. He and colleagues initially studied eight healthy male and female subjects between ages 20 and 65 years of age, with significant submental fat and body mass indexes of 45 or less. Each received two 25-minute treatments. Physicians graded patient outcomes on a 5-point scale at the 12-week followup. Subjects also completed a satisfaction questionnaire based on a 6-point scale. Physicians also used 2D and 3D digital images to do a subset analysis of three of the subjects.
The physicians’ assessments of the images were an average score of 4, which is much improved, for all eight participants. No subject scored less than 3. And subjects’ satisfaction scores were an average 2.5, which is between satisfied and extremely satisfied. In the subset analysis, researchers reported an average improvement of -21.5% in lift; -3.0% in skin tightening; -5.3% minor strain median measurements; and an average reduction of 5.6 cc in volume.
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Dr. McDaniel has consulted, been an advisor or researcher for Canfield Scientific, Cynosure, Allergan and Kythera. Cynosure sponsored both studies.