Key Laser Institute Finds Laser is Better than Radio

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New study discovers Gentle YAG® laser treatment more effective than Thermage® radiofrequency treatment for skin tightening in most cases.

The latest research in aesthetic medicine has found that in most patients, a single treatment with the long-pulse YAG laser at a higher fluence than used in multiple treatment studies improves skin laxity more than a single treatment with the Thermage RF device. This is particularly significant because, despite the dramatic improvements associated with surgical face-lifting, the recovery time and high expense remain significant drawbacks of these procedures.

“Patients seeking cosmetic improvement prefer procedures with little downtime yet are safe, effective, and reasonably priced,” Dr. Douglas Key wrote in a recent study. “If downtime is short, patients can receive these treatments without revealing to friends and associates that they’ve ‘had a procedure.’” As Dr. Key’s research shows, new Gentle YAG protocols have become available that could increase the treatment safety, rapidity, cost effectiveness, and patient comfort. Dr. Key’s research findings were reported to a national audience at the recent American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) meeting in Boston.

About Key Laser Institute® and Dr. Douglas J. Key

Dedicated to the specialty of Aesthetic Medicine, the Key Laser Institute® is focused on advances in non-invasive laser and light-based applications for skin renewal. Aesthetic Medicine is an area of expertise that combines body and facial contouring for the removal of unwanted fatty tissue; restorative and preventative skin care; and the newest skin laser treatments. Dr. Key, a Board-Certified Dermatologist, is one of the nation's leading authorities, and a prominent speaker worldwide, in the fields of facial aesthetics and laser medicine. He has been active in some of the most important breakthroughs in non-surgical lifting and tightening, including the use of Thermage™, Gentle Lifting YAG® laser treatment, Fraxel®, and, most recently, Plasma Skin Regeneration (PSR)®. For more information:

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