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General Purpose:

Skin wrinkles naturally occur as part of the aging process, however, they tend to be most prominent on areas of skin that have received increased sun exposure over time. Such areas include the face, neck, hands, and forearms. They can also be caused by smoking, repetitive facial expressions, and malnutrition.

Due to their prominence in some of the body’s most outwardly-visible areas, many individuals seek out ways to decrease the appearance of their wrinkles, or even eliminate them altogether. Today there are a number of therapies available for such purposes, including medications, skin resurfacing procedures, injections, and surgery.

As graceful aging gains popularity and more people turn to medicinal or surgical interventions to slow the progression of their wrinkles, researchers are hard at work refining existing treatments and drugs, as well as searching for new and better methods of improving the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines 

What Will A Clinical Trial For Wrinkles Be Like?

The types of procedures used in wrinkle-related clinical trials will ultimately depend on the specific nature of the study and what type of treatment is being studied. Provided below is a list of common procedures, tests, and assessments that may be incorporated into such clinical trials:

  • Detailed physical examination
  • Photographs of your wrinkles to document before-and-after progress of treatment
  • Topical prescription medications that contain derivatives of vitamin A
  • Non-prescription anti-wrinkle creams
  • Surgical procedures such as a face-lift, in which the excess skin and fat in the lower face is removed and the underlying muscles and connective tissues are tightened.
  • Skin resurfacing techniques such as the following:
    • Dermabrasion: a procedure by which the top layer of skin is “sanded-down” by a brush that rotates rapidly, causing a new top layer of skin to re-grow.
    • Microdermabrasion: a procedure similar to dermabrasion, but involves the use of vacuum suction and targeted blasting with aluminum oxide crystals.
    • Laser and radiofrequency treatments: these methods also remove the top layer of skin, but also heat the underlying skin in order to promote the growth of collagen.
    • Chemical peels: a procedure by which a mild acid is applied to affected areas. The acid burns the outer layer of the skin, which is eventually replaced by a new layer.
    • Botox (botulinum toxin type A): this procedure involves the use of injecting tiny amounts of botulism toxin into specific muscles, which prevents the muscles from contracting. This leads to flatter and smoother-appearing skin.
    • Soft tissue fillers: these techniques involve the injection of fat, collagen and mild acids into deep wrinkles, which plumps the skin and gives it more volume.
    • You may be asked to complete a questionnaire to determine how much of an impact your wrinkles have on your emotional-well being, self-confidence, and self-esteem.
    • Dietary interventions
    • Smoking cessation interventions
    • Vitamin supplements

Typical Wrinkle-Related Clinical Trial Protocol:

Specific examples of clinical trials for wrinkles might include the following:

  • A randomized clinical trial in which smokers with significant neck wrinkles are randomized to receive a newly-developed biological drug or a placebo, to determine if the new drug is able to decrease the appearance of neck wrinkles in smokers when used daily for a three month period. In such a study, before and after photos would be taken and evaluated by study physicians to objectively document the efficacy of the drug.
  • A clinical trial to determine if using a vitamin A-derived facial cream following dermabrasion is more effective at improving the look of wrinkles than simple dermabrasion alone in women over the age of 50 with moderate to severe facial wrinkles.
  • A study to determine the safety and efficacy of using Botox to treat facial-expression related wrinkles around the corners of the mouth and eyes.
  • A study designed to evaluate the utility of a newly-developed tool for grading and rating the appearance of wrinkles and uneven skin color.

A brief word about randomized trials and placebos:

Many clinical trials involve the comparison of an investigational treatment to a “standard” treatment. Some studies determine which therapy a patient receives through a process known as randomization, in which patients are randomly assigned to receive either the investigational treatment or the standard treatment.

On occasion, a trial will investigate the use of a standard treatment plus a new drug compared to standard treatment plus a placebo. Placebos are inactive or “sham” treatments that are identical in appearance to the active treatment but have no therapeutic value.

Placebos are necessary to help determine if adverse effects that occur during the clinical trial are the result of the investigational treatment or due to some other factor. They also allow researchers to measure the effects of the active treatment and observe what would have happened without it.

In rare instances where no standard therapy exists, or when a new drug or therapy is being investigated, the investigational treatment might be compared to a placebo alone. In these types of trials, those patients who are randomized to the placebo group do not receive an active treatment.

It is important to know that placebo-only trials are only conducted when scientifically necessary and when patients have been adequately informed that they may end up receiving the placebo rather than the active treatment.

It is very important to note, however, that no one should ever participate in such a placebo trial when there is a widely available and highly effective standard treatment already in existence for their particular disease or condition.

Trial Eligibility and Medical Information Needed:

The type of clinical trial you may be eligible for often depends on many factors. Therefore, it is important to know as many details as possible with regard to your specific circumstances when searching for clinical trials.  Examples of information you may want to have on hand include the following:

  • Your prior and current diagnoses of any other health conditions or diseases
  • Your current medications (including vitamins, minerals, and other dietary supplements)

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 “wrinkle treatment,” “wrinkle prevention,” “wrinkle surgery,” “skin resurfacing,” “wrinkles vitamins,” “wrinkles sun exposure,” “wrinkles smoking,” “eye wrinkles,” “face wrinkles,” and “neck wrinkles.”

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Evaluation of the Efficacy and Tolerance of a Light Therapy Mask on Mild to Moderate Brown Spots and Moderate to Severe Facial Wrinkles

Condition:   Skin Aging
Interventions:   Device: Active Mask;   Device: Sham Mask
Sponsor:   Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. (J&JCI)
Enrolling by invitation

Pivotal Study of the Cutera truSculpt Radiofrequency Device for Wrinkle Reduction

Condition:   Wrinkle Reduction
Intervention:   Device: arm-1
Sponsor:   Cutera Inc.

The Use of J-Plasma® for Dermal Resurfacing

Conditions:   Facial Wrinkles;   Rhytides
Intervention:   Device: J-Plasma
Sponsor:   Bovie Medical Corporation
Not yet recruiting

Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Micro-coring Device for Treatment of Facial Wrinkles and Skin Laxity

Conditions:   Wrinkle;   Facial and Neck Skin Laxity
Intervention:   Device: micro-excisional skin removal with coring needle
Sponsor:   Cytrellis Biosystems, Inc.
Active, not recruiting

Clinical Trial of YYD701-2 for Treatment of Nasolabial Folds

Condition:   Wrinkle Severity Rating Scale(WSRS) Grade 3 (Moderate) or 4 (Severe) of Nasolabial Folds
Interventions:   Device: YYD701-2;   Device: Restylane Perlane Lidocaine
Sponsor:   Yooyoung Pharmaceutical Co.,Ltd.

The Effect of Almonds on Skin Lipids and Wrinkles

Condition:   Rhytides
Intervention:   Other: Almonds
Sponsor:   University of California, Davis

Emervel for the Correction of Lower Face Wrinkles & Folds

Conditions:   Nasolabial Folds;   Marionette Lines;   Wrinkles
Intervention:   Device: Emervel Classic and/or Deep Treatment Group
Sponsor:   Galderma Laboratories, L.P.

Evaluate the Performance of the PicoWayTM Picosecond Fractional Laser for Wrinkles Reduction

Condition:   Unwanted Wrinkles
Intervention:   Device: PicoWayTM
Sponsor:   Syneron Medical
Active, not recruiting

Perception of Facial Expressions Following Correction of Wrinkles and Folds

Condition:   Wrinkles and Folds in Lower Face
Interventions:   Device: Emervel Classic Lidocaine;   Device: Emervel Deep Lidocaine
Sponsor:   Q-Med AB

TEOSYAL® PureSense Redensity [I] Injection Using MicronJet® Needle in the Treatment of Crow's Feet Wrinkles

Condition:   Crow's Feet Wrinkles
Intervention:   Device: TEOSYAL® PureSense Redensity [I]/MicronJet®
Sponsor:   Teoxane SA

A Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of HA IDF Plus Versus HA IDF in Nasolabial Fold Injection

Condition:   Wrinkles
Interventions:   Device: HA IDF plus;   Device: HA IDF
Sponsor:   LG Life Sciences

A Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of HA IDF II Plus Versus HA IDF II in Nasolabial Fold Injection

Condition:   Wrinkles
Interventions:   Device: HA IDF II plus;   Device: HA IDF II
Sponsor:   LG Life Sciences
Unknown status

A Safety and Efficacy Study of OnabotulinumtoxinA in Upper Facial Rhytides

Conditions:   Facial Rhytides;   Glabellar Rhytides
Interventions:   Biological: OnabotulinumtoxinA;   Drug: Normal Saline
Sponsor:   Allergan

A Safety and Efficacy Study of OnabotulinumtoxinA in Forehead and Glabellar Facial Rhytides

Conditions:   Forehead Rhytides;   Glabellar Rhytides
Interventions:   Biological: OnabotulinumtoxinA;   Drug: Normal Saline
Sponsor:   Allergan

Injectable Filler for Facial Soft Tissue Augmentation

Condition:   Wrinkles
Sponsor:   Panaxia Ltd
Enrolling by invitation

A Pilot Study Testing Onabotulinum Toxin A Versus Incobotulinum Toxin A Injections for Facial Wrinkles

Condition:   Wrinkles
Interventions:   Drug: Onabotulinum Toxin A;   Drug: Incobotulinum Toxin A
Sponsor:   Northwestern University
Active, not recruiting

Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of TriPollar Device for Treatment of Wrinkles

Condition:   Facial Wrinkles
Intervention:   Device: TriPollar
Sponsor:   Pollogen
Unknown status

Safety and Efficacy of XP200 Radiofrequency Treatment of Wrinkles

Condition:   Periorbital Wrinkles
Interventions:   Device: RF XP200;   Device: XP200 RF device
Sponsor:   BTL Industries Ltd.

Lateral Canthal Rhytides With Medium Depth Chemical Peel With or Without Pretreatment With Botulinum Toxin A

Condition:   Wrinkles
Interventions:   Drug: Botulinum Toxin;   Procedure: Chemical Peel Only
Sponsor:   Loyola University

Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of the 3F Applicator (A3F) for Treatment of Facial Wrinkles

Condition:   Facial Wrinkles
Intervention:   Device: A3F
Sponsor:   Pollogen

Fractional Laser vs. Ultrasound for Periorbital Wrinkles

Condition:   Wrinkles
Intervention:   Procedure: Laser treatment
Sponsor:   Northwestern University
Active, not recruiting

Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of the Apollo™ System for Treatment of Wrinkles and Rhytides

Condition:   Facelift
Intervention:   Device: apollo device
Sponsor:   Pollogen

Evaluation of Safety and Efficacy of Using Venus Freeze™ (MP)2 V2 System for Wrinkles Rhytides and Cellulite Treatment

Conditions:   Wrinkled Structure;   Circumference Reduction
Intervention:   Device: Venus Freeze (MP2 V2 System
Sponsor:   Venus Concept

Safety Study of Cosmetic Tissue Augmentation in People of Color

Condition:   Wrinkles
Intervention:   Device: Elevess
Sponsor:   Anika Therapeutics, Inc.

Safety and Efficacy of the Full Face Applications of Variable Doses of a Commercial Botulinum Toxin Type a (Dysport®)

Condition:   Dynamic Wrinkles
Intervention:   Drug: Botulinum toxin
Sponsor:   Brazilan Center for Studies in Dermatology
Unknown status

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