RFR Safe and Effective for Submental Contouring

Nuvellus RFR for Chin and Jawline

Hema Sundaram, MD, FAAD, presented positive 90-day results of Recros Medica’s Rotational Fractional Resection (RFR) technology for the improvement of submental contour at the 2019 American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) meeting this month. The CONFORM study included 68 subjects treated at multiple sites in the United States and was designed to assess the efficacy, safety and patient satisfaction of RFR for submental contouring. RFR is a novel, proprietary fractional technology that uses small rotating, cylindrical scalpets to resect lax skin and a small lipectomy cannula to perform focal lipectomy through fractionally resected access ports.

Adults with mild-to-moderate skin laxity and excess fat in the submental region were treated one time and followed for 90 days. At baseline, 99 percent of subjects were dissatisfied with their neck and jawline appearance. Seven days after a single RFR procedure, 84 percent were satisfied. At 90 days, 82 percent of subjects were satisfied with the appearance of their neck and jawline. In addition, 94 percent of patients at Day 90 indicated they were likely to recommend this procedure to friends and family.

“The initial results we have seen from the CONFORM study are promising,” said Dr. Sundaram. “In addition to presenting favorable safety and satisfaction profiles, RFR demonstrated visible improvements when assessed by independent, blinded physician evaluators not affiliated with the clinical trial. These physicians were able to identify 95 percent of Day 90 post-treatment images compared to baseline photographs. Digital image analysis performed by Canfield Scientific provided quantitative correlation with these blinded evaluations, indicating that 72 percent of treated patients had a significant reduction in measured surface area.”

The most common adverse events related to the RFR procedure included bruising (16 percent), erythema (6 percent), contact dermatitis (6 percent), hypoesthesia (6 percent) and bleeding (4 percent) at the treatment site. There were no serious device- or procedure-related adverse events.

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