Combination of Ultrasound Treatment and Neck Liposuction for Skin Tightening

This study is not yet open for participant recruitment. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified February 2016 by Northwestern University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Murad Alam, Northwestern University Identifier:
First received: November 5, 2012
Last updated: February 24, 2016
Last verified: February 2016
The purpose of this study is to find out the effectiveness of ultrasound treatment and liposuction combined on skin tightening around the neck.

Condition Intervention
Skin Laxity
Procedure: Neck Liposuction and Ultrasound Treatment
Procedure: Sham Treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluating the Combined Skin Tightening Benefit of Non-Invasive Ultrasound Treatment and Neck Liposuction

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Further study details as provided by Northwestern University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from baseline in photo ratings at 8 weeks. [ Time Frame: Baseline and 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Two blinded raters will compare baseline and 8 week photos of subjects that received the combined treatments or the sham treatments.

Estimated Enrollment: 36
Study Start Date: March 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: August 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2016 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Neck Liposuction and Ultrasound Treatment
Subject will receive neck liposuction and ultrasound treatment.
Procedure: Neck Liposuction and Ultrasound Treatment
Sham Comparator: Sham
Subject will receive sham treatment
Procedure: Sham Treatment


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years to 60 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Women 35-60 years old
  • Exhibit mild to moderate neck skin laxity on clinical examination
  • No other serious health problems, including psychiatric illness.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Prior neck surgery or face lift.
  • Bleeding disorders or coagulopathy.
  • Botulinum toxin or filler injections to neck area within past 6 months.
  • Severe neck skin laxity or sagging
  • Other serious medical conditions that in the opinion of the surgeon could compromise safety
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01735929

Contact: Emily Poon, PhD 312-695-4761

United States, Illinois
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Dermatology Not yet recruiting
Chicago, Illinois, United States, 60611
Contact: Emily Poon, PhD    312-695-4761   
Principal Investigator: Murad Alam, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Northwestern University
Principal Investigator: Murad Alam, MD Northwestern University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Murad Alam, Professor in Dermatology, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery and Surgery-Organ Transplantation, Northwestern University Identifier: NCT01735929     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: STU68167 
Study First Received: November 5, 2012
Last Updated: February 24, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board processed this record on April 27, 2016