Photorejuvenation for Asian skin by intense pulsed light

Dermatol Surg. 2001 Jul;27(7):627-31; discussion 632. doi: 10.1046/j.1524-4725.2001.01002.x.


Background: Dermabrasion and deep chemical peeling are used in the treatment of photoaged skin. These ablative procedures are effective enough to produce a certain improvement but have often caused postinflammatory hyperpigmentation among Asian patients. To avoid such adverse effects, a new, nonablative procedure has been sought.

Objective: To determine the effectiveness of photorejuvenation for Asian skin using intense pulsed light (IPL). The specific parameters used, improvement ratios, side-effects, and downtime required are also discussed.

Methods: Ninety-seven patients were treated for photoaging using IPL. The cutoff filters of 550 nm and 570 nm were utilized for three to six treatments at intervals of 2 to 3 weeks.

Results: Treatment results were evaluated and rated by both patients and physicians at the end of the third treatment based on improvement in pigmentation, telangiectasia, and skin texture. A combined rating of "good" or "excellent" was given to more than 90% of the patients for pigmentation, more than 83% for telangiectasia, and more than 65% for skin texture. There were some minor complications in four cases: one had erythema that continued to the next day and three had minor blisters leaving no marks.

Conclusion: Photorejuvenation using IPL is a completely safe and effective procedure even for Asian skin. It will be increasingly used for skin rejuvenation in the future.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Asian People*
  • Face*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperpigmentation / therapy
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phototherapy* / adverse effects
  • Phototherapy* / methods
  • Skin / pathology
  • Skin Aging*
  • Telangiectasis / therapy