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Ablative 10600 nm Fractional Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Scars

This study has been completed.
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Academisch Medisch Centrum - Universiteit van Amsterdam (AMC-UvA) Identifier:
First received: May 19, 2011
Last updated: February 6, 2013
Last verified: May 2010

Rationale: Scars can be highly disfiguring and may result in functional impairment and psychosocial problems. Recently, fractional laser therapy (FLT) has been introduced as a promising novel treatment modality for scars.

Objectives: The primary objective of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of 10600 nm FLT for the treatment of different types of scars.

Study design: Prospective observer blinded randomised controlled split-lesion trial.

Study population: Thirty consecutive patients, aged at least 18 years, with hypertrophic or atrophic scars who give written informed consent.

Methods: Two similar test regions of the scar will be randomly allocated to either 3 sessions of FLT (UltraPulse Encore 10600 nm Total FX) with an interval of 4 weeks or no treatment.

Main study parameters/endpoints: Blinded Physicians Global Assessment is the main outcome variable. Secondary variables are Patient's Global Assessment, blinded clinical assessment of the scar on a scale from 0-3 (erythema, pigmentation, texture, hypertrophy, atrophy, pliability), Patient and Observer Scar Scale (POSAS), objective colour measurements by reflectance spectroscopy (LAB) and chromameter (erythema index, melanin index).

Nature and extent of the burden and risks associated with participation, benefit and group relatedness: Subjects participating in the study will be requested to visit the SNIP (Amsterdam) 3 times for treatment and 2 times for follow-up. The time investment per visit will be 30 minutes for treatment sessions and 20 minutes for follow-up visits. FLT using a 10600 nm laser device is a minimally invasive laser procedure with FDA approval for both the device (Lumenis Encore 10600 nm) and the indication (scar). Local side effects are erythema (always; 1-2 weeks), oozing (often; 1-3 days), swelling (always, 1-4 days), blisters < 0.5cm (occasionally) and blisters > 0.5cm (very rare). No systemic side effects are known for this laser device.

All outcome measures involve non-invasive procedures. The laser treatment (FLT) requires local anesthesia. The amount of topical anesthetic used for infiltration is low (approximately 5% of the maximum dose) which minimizes the risk for local or systemic side effects due to the anesthetic agent.

All together the burden due to the study is moderate, side effects are generally local and mild. Systemic side effects are not reported with this treatment. There is an indirect benefit for the participating subject. In case of improvement of the treated test regions, this therapy can be directly utilized to treat the whole scar.

Considering the relative lack of alternative treatment options in many of these scars, the balance between burden, possible side effects and prospect for improvement is very favorable.

Condition Intervention
Device: ablative 10600 nm fractional laser therapy

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Ablative 10600 nm Fractional Laser Therapy for the Treatment of Scars; a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Further study details as provided by Academisch Medisch Centrum - Universiteit van Amsterdam (AMC-UvA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement of the scar [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
    Improvement of erythema, pigment, and structure of the scar assessed by a blinded dermatologist (blinded physician global assessment) and by objective colour measurements (chromameter)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patients satisfaction [ Time Frame: 18 months ]
    Improvement of the scar assessed by the patient(Patient's global assessment)

Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: May 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2012
Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: laser Device: ablative 10600 nm fractional laser therapy

Half of the scar, or one of two comparable scars, will be treated with the ablative 10600 nm fractional laser. There wil be 3 treatments, with 8 weeks apart.

Half of the scar, or one of two comparable scars, will receive no treatment at all.

No Intervention: no laser


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Atrophic or hypertrophic scars allowing for demarcation of two similar test regions of at least 2x2cm
  • Age at least 18 years
  • Subject is willing and able to give written informed consent
  • Interval between injury and start of study at least one year

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Suspected allergy to lidocaine
  • Use of roaccutane (isotretinoin) in the past 12 months
  • Subjects not competent to understand what is involved
  • Skin type V and VI
  • Pregnancy
  • Concomitant skin disease at the site of treatment
  • Presence of lesions suspicious for malignancy in the scar
  • High exposure to sunlight (vacation in southern countries) or UV light (UVA or UVB) during the first 4 weeks after treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01358838

The Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Academisch Medisch Centrum - Universiteit van Amsterdam (AMC-UvA)
  More Information

Responsible Party: Netherlands Institute for Pigment Disorders Identifier: NCT01358838     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: METC 10/026
Study First Received: May 19, 2011
Last Updated: February 6, 2013

Keywords provided by Academisch Medisch Centrum - Universiteit van Amsterdam (AMC-UvA):
Patients with either hypertrophic or atrophic scars
Efficacy of ablative 10600nm fractional laser therapy
Laser therapy compared to no treatment of (part of) the scar processed this record on April 21, 2017