Dual wavelength treatment protocol with a picosecond laser for the reduction of facial wrinkles

J Cosmet Laser Ther. 2019;21(3):147-151. doi: 10.1080/14764172.2018.1481514. Epub 2018 Jun 8.


Introduction: The potential of a dual wavelength picosecond laser, as a new modality for treating photoaged skin, was investigated in this clinical study.

Material and methods: Subjects with bilateral mild-to-moderate facial wrinkling received four picosecond laser treatments, at 3-8 weeks apart, with a double-pass of both 532-nm and 1064-nm split-beam handpieces. Blinded evaluation of clinical photography, by two independent physicians, using the Fitzpatrick Elastosis Scale, was performed at 12 weeks after the fourth treatment.

Results: Twenty subjects (19 females; mean age 55 ± 7 years, Fitzpatrick Skin Types II-IV) were treated. Blinded evaluation demonstrated 75% (15/20) of the treated faces had improvement of at least one point. Investigator assessments showed a 100% improvement rate in the appearance of wrinkles and a mean elastosis score (ES) improvement of 2.1 ± 0.8 points. Subject satisfaction rate was 74%. Treatments were associated with no to mild discomfort with a mean score of 3.7 ± 1.9 on a scale of 0 (no pain) to 10. Common treatment responses included erythema (98%) and edema (7.5%) that generally resolved within several hours of treatment.

Conclusion: In this study, picosecond laser treatments resulted in significant improvement in facial wrinkles. There were no complications with treatment and minimal downtime.

Keywords: Photorejuvenation; photoaging; picosecond laser; wrinkle reduction.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Cosmetic Techniques* / adverse effects
  • Edema / etiology
  • Erythema / etiology
  • Face
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Lasers, Solid-State / adverse effects
  • Lasers, Solid-State / therapeutic use*
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / adverse effects
  • Low-Level Light Therapy / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Rejuvenation*
  • Skin Aging / radiation effects*
  • Treatment Outcome