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New Study Published in Journal of Drugs in Dermatology Finds Artefill Effective in Treating Atrophic Acne Scars
Date:10/7/2010

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Suneva Medical, a privately-held aesthetic medical device company, today announced the publication of an open-label, single center, pilot study on Artefill® for the treatment of atrophic acne scars conducted by James M. Spencer, M.D. M.S. and sponsored by Suneva Medical. The article, which appears in the September 2010 issue of Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, shows Artefill to have a significant and lasting effect on patient atrophic acne scars after an eight month period.

The study consisted of fourteen (n=14) healthy male and female patients between the ages of 18 and 60 who met all inclusion and exclusion criteria and had atrophic acne scars amenable to correction with Artefill.  Patients were evaluated at six weeks and eight months after the initial injection. The investigators concluded that 96 percent of the treated acne scars noticeably improved and 70 percent improved by two grades. Patients reported being highly satisfied with Artefill with the vast majority or 93 percent willing to have a repeat procedure. No adverse events or side effects were evident over the course of the study.

Dr. Spencer, lead study investigator commented, "Our patients saw an outstanding correction with Artefill and we believe it will provide them long lasting and possibly permanent results.  We will continue to follow these patients over a three-year period but the data indicates Artefill is safe and effective for these challenging scars."

Acne is a disorder that effects up to 80 percent of individuals between 11 and 30 years of age and up to 5 percent of older adults. Atrophic acne scars result when there is a loss of tissue and will create a pitted or pockmarked look of the skin. While not all patients will develop acne scars, when they do occur ninety-five percent are on the face, potentially affecting a patient's self-confi
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