Simulines Non-Inferiority Pivotal Study

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Ulthera

Status

Terminated

Conditions

Skin Laxity

Treatments

Device: Ulthera System with prototype 2 simulines transducer
Device: Ulthera System with standard transducer

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Industry

Identifiers

NCT02736825
ULT-146

Details and patient eligibility

About

Up to 260 subjects presenting with skin laxity on the face and neck will be randomized to one of two treatment groups. Subjects meeting all entrance criteria will receive study treatment, then complete two post treatment phone contacts and follow-up study visits at 90, 180 and 365 days post treatment. Study images will be obtained pre-treatment, immediately post-treatment, and at each follow-up visit for qualitative and quantitative assessments of efficacy.

Full description

This is a prospective, randomized, double blinded, multi-center, parallel arm, non-inferiority, pivotal clinical trial to demonstrate the efficacy of the Ultherapy treatment with prototype 2 simulines transducers (4-3.0 Smm and 4-4.5 Smm) at energy level (EL) 2 is non-inferior to treatment with standard transducers (7-3.0 mm and 4-4.5mm) at EL 2 for lifting the lower face and neck and to demonstrate the safety of treatment with prototype 2 simulines transducers is similar to treatment with standard transducers. Changes from baseline in quantitative measures of neck and submental lift will be assessed at study follow-up visits. Global Aesthetic Improvement Scale scores, Merz Jawline Grading Scale scores, 3D volumetric changes from baseline to post treatment, patient satisfaction and patient-reported improvement will be obtained.

Enrollment

262 patients

Sex

All

Ages

30 to 70 years old

Volunteers

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Male or female, age 30 to 70 years.

  • Subject in good health.

  • Body Mass Index (BMI) of ≤30.

  • Skin laxity in the area(s) to be treated as determined by trained physician assessors.

  • Willingness to avoid excessive or prolonged exposure to sunlight, tanning booths, sun lamps, or ultraviolet (UV) light sources.

  • Willingness to apply study provided sunscreen (Neocutis Micro-Day Rejuvenating Cream) daily until study exit to help limit sun exposure.

  • Willingness to avoid or periodically stop use of Sunless Tanners (washout period of two weeks prior to each study visit is required).

  • Understands and accepts the obligation not to undergo any other procedures in the areas to be treated through the follow-up period

  • Willingness to avoid non-emergent dental procedures in the 3 weeks prior to/ post treatment.

  • Willingness and ability to comply with protocol requirements, including returning for follow-up visits and abstaining from exclusionary procedures for the duration of the study.

  • Subjects of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test result and must not be lactating at the Screening Visit and be willing and able to use an acceptable method of birth control (e.g. barrier methods used with a spermicidal agent, hormonal methods, intrauterine device (IUD), surgical sterilization, abstinence) during the study. Women will not be considered of childbearing potential if one of the following conditions is documented on the medical history:

    a. Postmenopausal for at least 12 months prior to study; b. Without a uterus and/or both ovaries; or c. Bilateral tubal ligation at least six months prior to study enrollment.

  • Absence of physical or psychological conditions unacceptable to the investigator.

  • Willingness to refrain from use of aspirin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) prior to study treatment and chronic use during the entire post-treatment study period. Washout period, if chronic user, for 4 weeks prior to the study treatment. After study treatment is completed, limited acute NSAID use, i.e., a maximum of 2-3 doses in any 2 week period, is allowed if needed.

  • Willingness and ability to provide written consent for study-required photography and adherence to photography procedures (i.e., removal of jewelry and makeup).

  • Willingness and ability to provide written informed consent and HIPAA authorization prior to performance of any study-related procedure.

Exclusion criteria

  • Presence of an active systemic or local skin disease that may affect wound healing.

  • History of Bell's Palsy.

  • History of chronic or frequently recurring episodic (recurrent episode in past 12 months) autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn's Disease, Psoriasis, Myasthenia Gravis, Lambert-Eaton Syndrome that has required immune suppressant therapy (such as biologic drug or corticosteroid treatment).

  • Palpable thyroid lesion, lymphadenopathy, or other pathological changes within the treatment area.

  • History of skin cancer in the areas to be treated, basal cell nevus syndrome, or jaw cysts.

  • Known allergy or sensitivity to Ibuprofen.

  • Severe solar elastosis.

  • BMI > 30.

  • Significant changes in weight (e.g. more than 5 pounds) over the past 6 months or anticipated significant changes in weight or diet over the course of the study.

  • Pregnant within the past year.

  • Excessive subcutaneous fat in the area(s) to be treated.

  • Excessive skin laxity in the area(s) to be treated as determined by trained physician assessors.

  • Significant scarring in the area(s) to be treated that would interfere with assessing results.

  • Open wounds or lesions in the area(s) to be treated.

  • Severe or cystic acne on the area(s) to be treated.

  • Active implants (e.g., pacemakers or defibrillators), or metallic implants in the treatment areas (dental implants not included).

  • Inability to understand the protocol or to give informed consent.

  • Microdermabrasion, or prescription level glycolic acid treatment to the treatment area(s) within two weeks prior to study participation or during the study.

  • Marked asymmetry, ptosis, excessive dermatochalasis, deep dermal scarring, or thick sebaceous skin in the area(s) to be treated.

  • History of chronic drug or alcohol abuse.

  • Concurrent therapy that, in the investigator's opinion, would interfere with the evaluation of the safety or efficacy of the study device.

  • Subjects who anticipate the need for surgery or overnight hospitalization during the study.

  • Subjects who, in the investigator's opinion, have a history of poor cooperation, noncompliance with medical treatment, or unreliability.

  • Concurrent enrollment in any study involving the use of investigational devices or drugs.

  • Current smoker or history of smoking in the last five years.

  • Current user of any nicotine-containing products, e.g., e-cigarettes, Nicorette gum, nicotine patches, etc.

  • History of the following cosmetic treatments in the area(s) to be treated:

    1. Any energy based device (radio-frequency (RF), micro-focused ultrasound (MFU), etc.) procedure for skin tightening within the past year;
    2. Injectable filler of any type within the past:

    i. 12 months for Hyaluronic acid fillers (e.g. Restylane)

ii. 12 months for Ca Hydroxylapatite fillers (e.g. Radiesse)

iii. 24 months for Long Lasting Hyaluronic acid (e.g. Voluma) and Poly-L-Lactic acid fillers (e.g. Sculptra)

iv. Ever for permanent fillers (e.g. Silicone, ArteFill)

c. Neurotoxins within the past six months (neuromodulators are allowed in the glabella and forehead, not allowed in the temples, crow's fee or anywhere below the lateral canthus);

d. Fractional and fully ablative resurfacing laser treatment within the past two years;

e. Nonablative, rejuvenative laser or light treatment within the past six months;

f. Surgical dermabrasion or deep facial peels within the past two years;

g. Facelifts, neck surgery (e.g. thyroid, neck lifts, neck liposuction, etc.) within the past two years;

h. Micro needling within the past year;

i. Kybella, Coolsculpting, or Mesotherapy within the past two years; or

j. Any history of contour threads.

  • History (in the prior year) or current use of the following prescription medications:

    1. Accutane or other systemic retinoids within the past six months;
    2. Initiation of topical retinoids within the past 6 months or throughout the course of the study;
    3. Antiplatelet agents/Anticoagulants (Coumadin, Heparin, Plavix);
    4. Systemic steroids including prednisone;
    5. Dermal regulators of collagen;
    6. Initiation of bioidentical hormones or human growth hormone (HGH) within the past 6 months or throughout the course of the study; or
    7. Psychiatric drugs that in the investigators opinion would impair the subject from understanding the protocol requirements or understanding and signing the informed consent.

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

Randomized

Interventional model

Parallel Assignment

Masking

Double Blind

262 participants in 2 patient groups

Group A, Ulthera System with standard transducers
Active Comparator group
Description:
Subjects randomized to Group A will receive an Ultherapy® treatment to the lower face and neck with a total minimum pulse count of 672 pulses (+5%) at the 4.5mm and 3.0mm depths using standard transducers. Energy levels for each transducer will be set to EL2: Deep-See (DS) 4-4.5 at 0.9 Joules (J) with pitch of 1.5mm and 17 Thermal Coagulation Points (TCP)s per line DS 7-3.0 at 0.30J with pitch of 1.1mm and 23 TCPs per line
Treatment:
Device: Ulthera System with standard transducer
Group B, Ulthera System with prototype 2 simulines transducers
Experimental group
Description:
Subjects randomized to Group B will receive a Ultherapy® treatment with a total minimum pulse count of 336 pulses (+5%) using the prototype 2 simulines transducers at the 4.5mm and 3.0mm depths. Energy levels for each transducer will be set to EL2: Deep-See 4-4.5 Simulines (DS 4-4.5S) at 1.23J with pitch of 1.5mm and 17 TCPs per line DS 4-3.0S at 0.88J with pitch of 1.3mm and 20 TCPs per line
Treatment:
Device: Ulthera System with prototype 2 simulines transducer

Trial documents
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Trial contacts and locations

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