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vol. 30
 
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Monopolar radiofrequency versus pulsed dye laser for treatment of acne scars: a randomized clinical trial

Nesma M. Allam
1
,
Radwa T. Elshorbagy
2, 3

1.
Department of Physical Therapy for Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
2.
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department, College of Applied Medical Sciences, Jouf University, Sakaka, Saudi Arabia
3.
Department of Physical Therapy for Musculoskeletal Disorder and Its Surgery, Faculty of Physical Therapy, Cairo University, Giza, Egypt
Physiother Quart. 2022;30(1):73–77
Online publish date: 2022/03/29
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Introduction
The main aim of the current study was to compare the effect of monopolar radiofrequency (MRF) and pulsed dye laser (PDL) in reducing acne scars and improving the cosmetic appearance.

Methods
Overall, 30 patients suffering from mild or severe acne scars evaluated with the échelle d’évaluation clinique des cicatrices d’acné (ECCA) grading scale were randomly distributed into 2 groups. Group A (MRF group) was subjected to 1 session (8 minutes for each cheek) per month of MRF for 4 months. Group B (PDL group) received 1 session (5 minutes for each cheek) per month of PDL for 4 months. Pre- and post-treatment acne scar severity was assessed by using the ECCA grading scale and the self-assessment of clinical acne-related scars (SCARS) scale. Quality of life and the emotional impact of acne scars were evaluated by the facial acne scar quality of life (FASQoL) scale.

Results
Both groups presented a significant decrease in ECCA scale, SCARS scale, and FASQoL scale after the treatment compared with the pre-treatment status (p < 0.001). There was a significant reduction in scores of ECCA scale, SCARS scale, and FASQoL scale in group B compared with group A after the treatment (p < 0.001).

Conclusions
PDL is highly more effective than MRF in patients with acne scars.

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acne scars, monopolar radiofrequency, pulsed dye laser


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