(HealthDay News) — Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing may be useful in the treatment of photoaging in Asian patients, according to research published online November 16 in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine.

Jun Tan, MD, of Hunan Normal University in Chang-Sha, China, and colleagues performed one fractional CO2 laser procedure on the full face in 56 patients with photoaging. For 30 of the patients, the degree of skin aging was evaluated before treatment and at one month, one year, and five years following laser therapy.

The researchers observed significant changes, compared with baseline, in the photoaging scores at one month, one year, and five years, after fractional laser treatment. Adverse effects were minimal and not considered to be clinically important.

“Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing in the treatment of photoaging in Asians is a useful modality with results, for the first time, being shown to have continued efficacy for up to five years,” the authors write.

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