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Tri-split face study of skin resurfacing modalities for the treatment of melasma, comparing the medium depth trichloroacetic acid peel, CO2 laser and Qs-NdYag laser.


Clinical Trial Description

Melasma is an acquired chronic and relapsing hyperpigmentation disorder, with a significant negative impact on the quality of life of patients. Melasma is more common in patients with skin of color and has also been linked to chronic ultraviolet (UV) and heat exposure, family history and hormonal factors. There are several studies in the literature using various therapies for melasma, including sun protection, topical therapies, lasers and chemical peels. However, many of these studies vary greatly in their efficacies and side effect profiles, due to varying and undelineated pre and post-op procedure regimens. Side effects of post-inflammatory hyper and hypopigmentation and rebound are reported in these studies. The investigators would like to conduct a tri-split face study that compares a 22% trichloroacetic acid (TCA) deep medium peel with an ablative fractionated CO2 laser and more pigment selective Q-switched (Qs) Nd:YAG laser. To minimize possible post-procedure side effects and melasma rebound, the investigators will perform above treatments in conjunction with an optimal skincare regimen, starting 6 weeks before and continuing after the treatments. The investigators will perform the 22% TCA chemical peel, CO2 laser and Qs-Nd:YAG at 6 weeks after the start of the skincare regimen, and repeat treatments with Qs-Nd:YAG at weeks 8, 10, and 12. The investigators will assess participants using standardized photos in conjunction with UV imaging (Visia CR) at weeks 0, 6, 16, 20 and 24 (6 months), by measuring the modified melasma area and severity index (mMASI) scores and visual analog scale (VAS) scores as graded by participants as well as by blinded physicians based on photos and UV imaging. ;


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NCT number NCT02892071
Study type Interventional
Source University of Pittsburgh
Contact Suzan Obagi, MD
Phone 7249407546
Email obagis@upmc.edu
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 1
Start date December 2018
Completion date September 2020

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