1320 NM ND Yag Laser
The neodymium:yttrium-aluminum-garnet (Nd:YAG) laser is a popular non-ablative treatment used for skin rejuvenation. The purpose of this
prospective study was to evaluate the clinical effects, coupled with a quantitative assessment, of the histological changes in response to Nd:YAG 1320-nm laser treatment of periocular wrinkles. Six volunteers with Fitzpatrick skin types III and IV and Glogau class I-II wrinkles were subjected to 3 months of Nd:YAG 1320-nm treatment in the periocular area (six sessions at 2-week intervals). Volunteers were photographed, and skin biopsies were obtained at baseline as well as 3 and 6 months after the start of treatments. Quantitative evaluation of total elastin, newly synthesized tropoelastin, collagen types I, III and VII, and newly synthesized collagen was performed using a computerized morphometric analysis. A noticeable clinical and histological
improvement was observed after Nd:YAG 1320-nm treatment. Collagen types I, III and VII, as well as newly synthesized collagen, together with tropoelastin showed a statistically significant increase in response to treatment, while the mean level of total elastin was significantly decreased after treatment. Our data suggest that Nd:YAG 132 nm is an effective treatment for skin rejuvenation as it stimulates the repair processes, and reverses the clinical, as well as the histopathological, signs of skin aging.