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Infrared and Broadband Light for Skin Aging

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03243981
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : August 9, 2017
Last Update Posted : November 17, 2017
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anne Chang, Stanford University

Brief Summary:
In this exploratory study, we hope to learn if treatment of broadband light with infrared light can alter the molecular pathways associated with aging. Secondary exploratory objective is to see if there are any visible effects of this light treatment on human skin.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Aging Device: Broadband Light Technology: The Sciton SkinTyte (800-1800nm) Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Studies in model organisms suggest that aged cells can be functionally rejuvenated, but whether this concept applies to human skin is unclear. Recently, we applied 3'-end sequencing for expression quantification ("3-seq") to discover the gene expression program associated with human photoaging and intrinsic skin aging (collectively termed "skin aging"), and the impact of broadband light (BBL) treatment. We found significant changes in 2,265 coding and noncoding RNAs, of which 1,293 that became "rejuvenated" after BBL treatment, whereby they became more similar to their expression level in youthful skin. Rejuvenated genes (RGs) included several known key regulators of organismal longevity and their proximal long noncoding RNAs. Hence, BBL treatment can restore gene expression pattern of photo-aged and intrinsically aged human skin to resemble young skin.

However, the duration of these effects and the potential to augment these effects through increases in particular wavelengths of light have not been explored. The Sciton SkinTyte (800-1800nm) is the ideal technology to examine these questions, since this device has been used in the clinical setting to reduce cheek and submental laxity (Gold, 2010). It incorporates the broadband light technology with an emphasis on 590 nm filter to achieve these clinical results.

This study will be conducted in accord with Declaration of Helsinki principles. After Institutional Review Board approval and informed consent is obtained, six female participants over the age of 55 years will undergo BBLST treatments to the left forearm. Inclusion criteria included Fitzpatrick skin type II or III, and a global assessment of forearm skin aging consistent with moderate or severe forearm skin aging (modified validated instrument from McKenzie et al., 2011) for treated participants. Treatments will be performed on the Sciton Joule Platform using BBL in Skintyte mode with 590ST filter. On a separate part of the arm that is clearly marked, Skintyte alone will be applied. Untreated areas will also be marked. All markings will be photographed. The same investigator will perform the treatments at 4-week intervals for a total of 3 treatments. At each treatment session, two or more passes were performed. Four weeks after the third BBL treatment, 4 mm skin biopsies will performed by Keys punch technique from the BBLST treated, ST treated and adjacent untreated skin. These specimens will be bisected and placed into either RNAlater (Ambion Cat# AM7022) or formalin solution for with H&E, von Giesen or PAS staining.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 6 participants
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Intervention Model Description: Application of Skintyte and/or broadband light to skin
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Other
Official Title: Augmentation of Skin Aging Reversal By Broadband Light With Skin Tightening Properties Via Gene Expression Analysis
Actual Study Start Date : November 20, 2016
Estimated Primary Completion Date : March 30, 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : March 30, 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Skin Aging

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Open label study-- single arm
all patients will receive Skintyte treatment as well as Skintyte plus broadbandlight
Device: Broadband Light Technology: The Sciton SkinTyte (800-1800nm)
since this device has been used in the clinical setting to reduce cheek and submental laxity (Gold, 2010). It incorporates the broadband light technology with an emphasis on 590 nm filter to achieve these clinical results.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Description of skin from biopsies [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
    The endpoint consists of clinical inspection of skin and skin after three treatments biopsies.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   55 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 1. Female 2. Age 55 years or older (total 6) 3. Fitzpatrick skin type 2-3 4. Photo-aging at least moderate on the extensor forearms

Exclusion Criteria:

  • 1. Unable to understand and sign informed consent form 2. Unable to comply with study procedures 3. Pregnant or lactating 4. Prior treatment to forearms including topical retinoid, laser treatment, photodynamic treatment, prescription topical agents x 1 month 5. Active skin conditions that precluding treatment including zoster, blistering skin disease, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, abnormal scarring, skin cancer in the area of study treatment 6. Currently on hormone based therapy (both systemic and topical)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03243981

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United States, California
Stanford University
Redwood City, California, United States, 94063
Sponsors and Collaborators
Stanford University

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Responsible Party: Anne Chang, Associate Professor of Dermatology, Stanford University Identifier: NCT03243981     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IRB 37776
First Posted: August 9, 2017    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: November 17, 2017
Last Verified: November 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: Yes
Device Product Not Approved or Cleared by U.S. FDA: No
Pediatric Postmarket Surveillance of a Device Product: No
Product Manufactured in and Exported from the U.S.: No