From Dermatology Times interesting comments
“Can we improve acne with Ultherapy?” It’s a question Dr. Michael Gold, MD, Nashville, TN, asked during his presentation, “Micro-focused Ultrasound and RF for Skin Tightening: New Clinical Concepts,” at Vegas Cosmetic Surgery 2014 today.
Ultherapy, he pointed out, is a technique many aesthetic doctors have embraced as part of their non-surgical treatment offerings because of the nature of results. The bottom line: Ultherapy delivers. While this technology currently has face and neck indications, the company continues to investigate others, he said. According to Dr. Gold, Ulthera has just submitted a clinical article for publication describing study results for chest skin tightening as well as to the FDA for approval. As an interesting aside, he also noted that the company has just completed a knee tightening study too. One of Dr. Gold’s focuses today, however, was on data from Ulthera’s acne study.
The Acne Study
In the study, 22 patients (average age 23) with moderate to severe acne were treated with Ultherapy using the 1 mm transducer (Amplify tip) for superficial skin treatment. At the 3 and 6-month follow-up, a significant number (80% to 90%) noticed improvement, with improvement reported as far out as 90 days. Patient satisfaction was very high, around 80%, he said.
Despite the positive results with Ultherapy for acne treatment, pain control continues to be an issue, Dr. Gold said. Most patients in the study reported moderate pain during treatment.
The new tip called Amplify, he said, helps to keep pain to a minimum. For anyone who does not have the new tip, however, the study examined cutting back on the power to help minimize pain. As for efficacy, although they did not have enough replication for these settings to make statistical inference, both inflammatory and non-inflammatory lesions resolved.
Will Ultherapy trump other acne therapies? Dr. Gold doesn’t believe so. Medicine, blue light and pulsed light still have their place, he said. However, Ultherapy may be the perfect solution for middle-aged patients suffering from adult acne and in need of skin tightening.
“I think we should be focusing our efforts there,” he concluded. “There are lots of opportunities in this patient niche.”