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Submitted: 20 August 2019 Modified: 22 August 2019
HERDIN Record #: 102255-19082011525773

Efficacy and safety of monopolar radiofrequency for the improvement of facial skin laxity and rhytides: A systematic review of clinical trials.

Maria Niña F. Pascasio,
Sharon Margaret V. Wong,
Camille Berenguer-Angeles,
Cindy  Jao-Tan,
Lian C. Jamisola,
Alma T. Amado

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Introduction There is a consistent increase in the interest and demand for non-invasive modalities to
improve facial skin laxity and rhytides. Monopolar radiofrequency is one of such non-invasive modalities.
This systematic review aimed to determine the efficacy and safety of monopolar radiofrequency in
improving facial rhytides and skin laxity.

Methods Clinical studies that assessed the efficacy of monopolar radiofrequency to address clinically
observable facial rhytides and skin laxity were included. Outcome measures included improvement
in rhytides and skin laxity as documented by patient satisfaction scores, and investigator and thirdperson
observer ratings based on clinical photographs and clinical scales.

Results Three studies involving 29 participants were included in this review. All studies reported 25-
50% improvement in facial rhytides and skin laxity. Participants from the three studies were satisfied
with the results. Transient erythema was reported in several patients.

Conclusion Monopolar radiofrequency appears to be beneficial and safe for patients with facial
rhytides and skin laxity. However, the evidence is inconclusive due to problems in the methodological
quality of each trial and the heterogeneity of the studies included in this review.

Publication Type
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
The Health Sciences Journal
Publication Date
January-June 2019
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