Volume: 2019 | Number: 1 | 2019
ISSN (print): | ISSN (web): 1855-9921
Safety and Effectiveness of the Combined Nd:YAG and Er:YAG Laser-assisted TightSculpting® Body Contouring Procedure
BACKGROUND: High-power lasers are a new option for non-invasive reduction of localized fat deposits.
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a combined Nd:YAG and Er:YAG laser-assisted body contouring procedure.
METHODS: 12 patients with abdominal fat and 20 patients with submental fat received 3–6 sessions of a two-step TightSculpting® laser body contouring procedure (SP Dynamis, Fotona, Slovenia). The first, Nd:YAG laser step provides deep tissue heating leading to hyperthermic laser lipolysis, whereas the second, Er:YAG step provides superficial skin tightening. Patients with abdominal fat also received supporting treatment including post-treatment massage and cycling exercise and use of a compressive garment. They were also instructed to diet and perform regular exercise. Abdominal and submental skinfold was measured at baseline and after treatment in both groups. Additionally, weight and waist circumference were measured at baseline and after treatment in patients with abdominal fat.
RESULTS: Skinfold thickness decreased significantly in both groups. In patients with abdominal fat, weight and waist circumference also decreased significantly compared to baseline. Results improved with the number of laser sessions applied. No complications were observed.
CONCLUSION: The combined Nd:YAG and Er:YAG laser-assisted tight-sculpting procedure is a safe and effective minimally invasive option for patients with localized subcutaneous fat deposits.
Key words: Nd:YAG, Er:YAG, non-invasive, laser assisted, body contouring.