Do sun damage, fine lines, stretch marks and acne or surgical scars bother you? If so, you are not alone. They may not seem like much to friends and family, but if you are bothered by these less-than-ideal aesthetic conditions, please know that at Skin MD we have 1540 fractional resurfacing to help reduce the appearance of many skin imperfections.
This rock star laser device is appropriately named Icon™ and is considered best-in-class for 1540 fractional resurfacing. The Icon™ boasts a variety of attachments that will allow your Skin MD practitioner to treat non-ablatively or ablatively under the supervision of our medical director, Dr. Flashner.
What are the benefits of 1540 Fractional Resurfacing?
Refreshing the appearance of your skin has never been easier. Icon™ 1540 fractional resurfacing will stimulate new collagen and elastin production, which will help to plump your facial skin, minimize facial wrinkles while improving skin laxity. Since the Icon™ device is more powerful than other competitor lasers, the Skin MD providers can treat deeper, which will promote a more significant treatment response! This means longer-lasting results that are more effective. Combined with minimal downtime, Skin MD clients are looking and feeling better…quicker.
The Icon™ laser can address and reduce the appearance of:
- Sun Damage
- Brown Spots
- Large Pores
- Uneven Texture
- Scarring (including Acne Scars!)
- Stretch Marks
- Unwanted Hair
- Sagging Skin
How many Icon™ treatments do I need?
This is a common question we are asked at Skin MD. The first answer we often give is ‘It depends’. It depends on YOUR goals. The second differentiator is what YOUR skin needs! During your consultation, we will explore your goals, analyze your skin, and come up with a treatment plan that is 100% customized for YOU. When it comes to aesthetic treatments, there are a million different protocols (and devices) to consider. If the Icon™ 1540 treatment is the best path for you, often a series of 3-5 treatments will be recommended, spread out 4 to 5 weeks between visits.
Although many Skin MD clients who receive Icon™ resurfacing treatments see a positive change within days, optimal results usually occur after 2 to 3 months. Allowing time for complete healing and for your body to produce new collagen and elastin is imperative to reap the full rewards of this game-changing procedure.
How does 1540 Fractional Resurfacing help with skin rejuvenation?
The Icon™ laser delivers targeted energy that stimulates the production of collagen deep within your skin. The energy delivered also targets pigment to cosmetically break up undesirable brown spots and sun damage. Your wrinkle depth and severity are also minimized, improving the tone and texture of your skin.
What about stretch marks, acne scars, and other imperfections I want to treat?
You know the adage that ‘two heads are better than one’? When this adage is applied to the Icon™ laser, we say two handpieces are better than one! (We actually have more than 2 handpieces…but you get our drift…) We may utilize different hand pieces to target multiple skin concerns during your treatment. To give you an example:
- Our MaxG handpiece uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to minimize sun spots, hyperpigmentation, vascular lesions, rosacea, and redness.
- Our 1540 fractional laser provides resurfacing to stimulate collagen and elastin production and will encourage your skin to be smoother and firmer while reducing (or eliminating) fine lines. The use of fractional laser light breaks down scar tissue in surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks triggering the production of new tissue.
- Side note – the Icon™ is the only FDA-cleared aesthetic device for treating stretch marks.
Because we have access to multiple handpieces, we can safely offer remarkable results on any skin type, including very dark and very light skin.
What types of scars can be treated with the Icon™ 1540?
Icon™ is designed to treat surgical and acne scars on any area of the body, including the face.
What types of stretch marks can be treated with the Icon™ 1540?
Icon™ is designed to treat stretch marks caused by pregnancy, weight gain and body changes due to puberty.
Am I a good candidate for the Icon™ 1540?
Icon™ 1540 can be safely used on most skin types. During your consultation, we will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure based on a variety of factors.
What type of result can I expect from an Icon™ 1540 treatment?
You can expect to see an improved appearance of your skin tone and texture over the first 6 weeks after your treatment. Because the laser targets only the area of skin that each patient wants to improve, the surrounding areas of skin are left unaffected by treatment. This dramatically improves the amount of downtime and discomfort that patients feel during the procedure.
How long does the Icon™ 1540 treatment take?
his is dependent on the size of the area and the condition being treated. However, most sessions take no longer than 30 minutes.
What does the Icon™ 1540 treatment feel like?
Most people feel moderate discomfort during the treatment. You may elect to reduce the discomfort by using numbing cream. Speak to your provider regarding prescriptions for numbing cream.
How many treatments from the Icon™ 1540 will I need?
Depending on the condition being treated, 1-3 treatment sessions are recommended for skin renewal and 3-5+ sessions are recommended for stretch marks and scars.
How far apart are treatment sessions?
Typically, treatment sessions should be scheduled 3-6 weeks apart.
How does the Icon™ 1540 laser resurfacing work?
Pulses of fractional laser light are used to break down old and damaged tissue, triggering your body to create new tissue at the area being treated. This new tissue will provide healthier skin that’s more even in both color and texture.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately after the treatment, redness, swelling and/or brown debris at the surface of the skin is common and typically lasts 2-24 hours but could last up to 3-5 days in some cases. We will discuss any other possible side effects and the necessary post-treatment care with you during your consultation.
Why Skin MD for your Icon™ 1540?
At Skin MD, we will always set realistic goals so that expectations are met and hopefully exceeded. We find joy in helping our clients and we hope to become your aesthetic and skincare partner on this lifelong journey to looking, feeling, and being your best.
Your Skin MD experience begins with a one-on-one consultation where we:
- Review treatments you’ve had in the past
- Address your overall health and concerns
- Assess your skin tone, texture and laxity
- Define your aesthetic goals
- Discuss treatment solutions
- Set appropriate expectations
Whether you are looking to treat visible sun damage, achieve a more uniform skin color, texture and tone, or reduce the signs of aging, the appearance of stretch marks, acne / surgical scars and pigment issues schedule a consultation to chat about if the Icon™ 1540 laser is right for you. Ready to start your journey?