Icon Laser Resurfacing1540/Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing
The Icon is a multi-modality IPL and Laser platform that can perform several functions based on the advanced hand pieces that attach to it. The addition of this device has allowed us to greatly expand our light-based treatments, and to further complete the spectrum of treatments we offer. In our practice, the Icon is used for PhotoFacials, Laser Resurfacing, Laser Hair Removal and Laser Vein Treatments.
The Icon also has a Non-ablative laser resurfacing hand piece, which is an excellent device for patients who would like to have skin rejuvenation but cannot afford to have downtime. The 1540 hand piece delivers laser in a fractional method into the skin, promoting significant collagen production and skin revitalization. It can be used all over the body, and a series of treatments can significantly improve skin quality, appearance and texture, remove wrinkles, and decrease the appearance of scars and stretch marks. It is a useful tool for patients who desire resurfacing without the time off.
Perfect for our clients who desire the beneficial effects of laser resurfacing, but cannot afford to take any downtime, our 1540 non-ablative laser provides significant improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, scars, and is our primary tool for improving the appearance of melasma. Treatments are often performed in series, with minimal downtime or discomfort, and can provide excellent results.
HOW DO LASER SKIN TREATMENTS REJUVENATE THE SKIN?
The ICON 1540 laser delivers heat to the deeper layers of the skin. This initiates the body’s natural healing process to promote new collagen and elastin production. This new collagen and elastin helps to improve the skin tone and texture, while also plumping the skin.
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF THE ICON 1540 LASER, AND WHAT IS IT USED FOR?
By increasing the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, the ICON 1540 can increase the volume of the skin, improve the skin’s texture and tone, and decrease wrinkles and fine lines. The following conditions can be treated with the ICON 1540: sun damage (wrinkles, crow’s feet, and aging skin), acne scars, surgical or traumatic scars, melasma, skin texture and tone issues, stretch marks, and other skin irregularities. Because it is a non-ablative laser, healing time is minimal.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THE ICON 1540 OVER OTHER FRACTIONATED LASERS?
The ICON 1540 is more powerful than other lasers of its kind, delivering greater energy per micro-beam (up to 100 mJ) and a greater depth of penetration (up to 1 mm) than other competing devices. This can promote a more significant response in the skin, with more effective and longer lasting results.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The ICON 1540 treatments are more effective if performed in a series of sessions. Each session treats approximately 20 – 25 % of the skin. Clinical studies indicate that an effective treatment regimen involves 3 to 5 treatments, spaced 2 to 4 weeks apart. Certain conditions, such as severe acne scarring, may require more treatments for optimal results.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO SEE A BENEFIT?
Although many patients will see a positive change within a few days, due to the swelling effect from the treatment, optimal results usually occur after 2 to 3 months. This allows for complete healing and replacement of new collagen and elastin.
HOW ARE THE ICON 1540 TREATMENTS PERFORMED?
The skin is first cleansed to prepare it for treatment. During treatment, the laser hand piece is applied directly to the skin. The hand piece uses a strong built-in cooling technology to the protect the outer skin and minimize any discomfort.
ARE THE ICON 1540 TREATMENTS PAINFUL?
While there is some discomfort, this is minimized by the cooling mechanism of the hand piece and the use of topical numbing.
WHAT SHOULD PATIENTS EXPECT AFTER ICON 1540 TREATMENT?
During the first 24 hours after treatment, the skin may feel mildly sunburned, sensitive, and somewhat swollen. Since the treatments are non-ablative and the skin surface is intact, there is no oozing from the skin. Over the next few days, the skin may appear slightly bronzed, which can be easily covered with makeup. There may be some flaking as well, which can be improved by using a moisturizer.
SHOULD I OBSERVE ANY PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT?
Patients should avoid direct sun exposure during the healing process and during the first 3 months after treatment. Application of sunscreen is also recommended.
WHAT AREAS OF THE FACE AND BODY CAN THE ICON 1540 BE USED ON?
The ICON 1540 can be used on scars and stretch marks anywhere on the face or body. However, when used to address fine lines and skin texture, the best results are seen when used on the face.
CAN ICON 1540 BE USED TO TREAT DARKER SKIN?
Due to the 1540 nm wavelength of the laser, the ICON 1540 can be used to safely treat patients with darker skin.
CAN THE ICON 1540 BE USED TO TREAT SCARS?
The ICON 1540 is an excellent treatment option for surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks. Since the laser induces the production of new collagen, it can be used to plump the skin and resurface depressed scars.
WHAT KIND OF ACNE SCARS CAN THE ICON 1540 BE USED ON?
The ICON 1540 works best for shallower acne scars, such as rolling scars. It works by heating the deeper layers of the skin in order to promote the growth of new collagen in the dermis. With deeper acne scars, ablative fractionated laser resurfacing may be a better option.