Three of the most popular cosmetic treatments incorporating lasers are hair removal, facial anti-aging, and wrinkle reduction. Due to the advances of modern technology over the last few years, laser treatments have significantly advanced. The procedure is more effective, requires less time and is safe. One of the most recent advances is called the Palomar ICON™ laser. This treatment is non-invasive, already gaining in popularity and an excellent corrective alternative for numerous issues. Skin resurfacing through the use of a fractional laser has been very successful, requires only minimal downtime and provides a lot of different options for the treatment of numerous skin conditions and issues. The laser is a part of the Palomar Aesthetic System, a well-respected and established brand of cosmetic lasers.
Light is delivered to your skin from the laser in a variety of high precision microbeams. This is how the laser penetrates deeply into your skin. The laser creates skin coagulation in deep and narrow columns. Untreated and healthy skin surrounds the columns. This activates the natural repair process of your skin to replace the damaged, old skin with healthier, more youthful and newer skin. Your treatments are safe, consistent, and effective due to the fractionated light delivered by the laser. This type of resurfacing is far less ablative in comparison to the ablative procedures. This means your recovery period will require a much shorter period. The majority of individuals who have had procedures with this laser were not only satisfied with their results, they resumed their regular activities fairly quickly.
To receive optimal results, a small series of treatments are necessary. This is because the procedure is less invasive due to the fractionated laser. You should schedule your treatments every few weeks. Another reason for the popularity of the Palomar ICON™ laser is because it is much safer than the non-fractionated lasers. You will not have to worry about the complications and side effects because the laser is fractionated as opposed to non-fractionated. There are a lot of issues you can have treated with this laser. Some of the most popular treatments include:
• Skin resurfacing improves the tone and texture of your skin and any irregularities. The treatment helps reverse the signs of aging including damage from the sun, wrinkles and fine lines. The result is smoother, tighter, and brighter skin.
• If you have acne scarring, you already know there are a lot of different treatments currently available. Once your scars have become depressed, the best and most effective treatment is with a laser.
• Melasma can be treated using lasers. This is a condition of the skin resulting in brown patchy discolorations appearing on the face. The cause is generally direct sunlight, medications, pregnancy or hormones.
• The laser can help improve traumatic and surgical scars resulting from C-sections, general, orthopedic and cosmetic surgery, trauma, and burns.
• The laser treatment is effective for helping diminish the appearance of stretch marks resulting from weight fluctuations, spurts of growth and pregnancy.
The ICON™ laser is considered the newest generation of technology because there are numerous devices contained in just one machine. This enables your specific issues and concerns to be treated with both fractionated non-ablative and ablative wavelengths, numerous IPL wavelengths and the power necessary for success. A cooling system has been built right into the laser to ensure your treatment is both very effective and safe. Some of the additional conditions treated include:
• Skin rejuvenation
• Leg veins
• Hair removal
• Pigmentation issues
• Enlarged blood vessels
The results of the procedure are usually excellent and the treatment is fast. The cooling technology is fully adjustable. This is important because it keeps the temperature of your skin lower. This means the chances of the laser damaging your skin are virtually nonexistent. The micro lens enables high speed fractional resurfacing that is non-abrasive with an increased coverage of your skin. Your treatment will be performed by an experienced and skilled medical professional who understands the exact capabilities of the laser. In many instances different tools are used to increase the effectiveness of the procedure even more.
IPL is an abbreviation for intense pulsed light. This is what decreases the appearance of vascular lesions and pigmentation on your skin. This light can be used on all different areas of your body where a discoloration has resulted from exposure to the sun. This includes your face, chest, legs, and arms. The procedure can also even out the tone of your skin and decrease the look of pigmented lesions. The main purpose of non-ablative, fractional laser treatments is to effectively resurface your skin. Your results will last for a long time without the side effects and pain so commonly linked to invasive surgeries. The best part is the significant improvement in the appearance of your skin.
The Results of the Palomar ICON™ Laser
The process begins when you have a private and personal consultation with the medical professional. Once you decide to move forward with the treatment, a customized plan will be created to meet your specific desires and goals. This is the time to ask any questions you have about the procedure and your expected results. The medical professional will ask about your medical history, the specifics of any laser treatments you have had in the past and examine your skin. It is important to be honest about the concerns you have regarding your skin and which issues worry you the most. You will be given the opportunity to look at before-and-after photographs so you can see the changes possible with the Palomar ICON™ Laser. The difference in the complexions of these individuals is extremely impressive.
Microbeams of energy are an important part of fractional technology. This enables the creation of affected areas of tissue extending through your skin into the deeper layers. This causes a reaction from the natural healing process of your body to enable the creation of healthy, new collagen. Collagen is a type of protein naturally occurring in your body. As your body begins to age, your production of collagen decreases. Collagen is what provides your skin with a youthful, hydrated and healthy glow. Once your production increases, you will start to notice a difference in the overall quality of your skin. The laser will decrease dark spots and redness and eliminate facial veins and undesirable pigments through the of a gentle IPL light treatments. This may reduce or eliminate your need for cosmetics.
Optimized pulses of light are delivered by the laser to safely target rosacea and dark spots. Your body’s healing process is activated by the laser energy for a natural improvement of imperfections in your skin with no damage to the surrounding skin. The laser treatment is safe for numerous areas including your neck, face, hands, legs, chest, and arms. The result is a rejuvenation leading to beautiful skin. You will experience an improvement in the texture and tone of your skin leading to a more youthful appearance. A treatment plan can be customized no matter what your current lifestyle. Several sessions are usually recommended based on your skin type to ensure your receive the best possible results. In most cases, only three treatments are necessary to see improvements in:
• Acne scars
• Pore size
• Skin texture
• Stretch marks
• Damage from the sun
• Surgical scars
The technology encompassed by the laser combines a fast recovery period with a comfortable treatment. The majority of individuals are able to go right back to their regular daily activities. As time passes, the natural healing process triggered by the tissue coagulation from the microbeams will help blend stretch marks and scars with the surrounding skin. You should see a notable improvement in the texture of your skin, sun damage, and wrinkles. All of this happens in approximately four to five days. Your skin is actually being renewed. You will continue to see the benefits of the stimulation of healthy new elastin fibers and collagen for about six months after your treatment.
The Facts Regarding the Palomar ICON™ Laser
The laser is very popular both with the patients and the medical professionals. This is because one machine offers a wide assortment of benefits without the need for numerous different machines. The machine has combined the technology of intense pulsed light with the benefits of a fractional laser. Different treatments can be performed depending on the handheld attachment selected by the medical professional. This includes improving scars, photo-rejuvenation, removing hair, pigmentation and vascular treatments, skin resurfacing and decreasing the appearance of wrinkles. The machine has the ability to provide treatments in a variety of levels. This ensures any time necessary for recovery and the comfort level meets the needs of each individual for the ultimate in true customization.
The melanin reader is built-in to make certain your melanin density is detected, your skin tone is diagnosed accurately and the laser application is correct. This means you will receive the best possible results from your treatment. The cooling system provides you with additional comfort and skin protection. One of the most unique features of the Palomar ICON™ laser is the customization enabling adjustments to be made to help ensure you receive the results you want. The medical professional will determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure during your initial consultation. If you are interested in smoothing out rough scars and wrinkles, improving the overall texture and tone of your skin and fading out issues with pigmentation, this treatment may be your ideal solution.
Upon the request of the individual, a topical anesthetic can be provided approximately ten to thirty minutes prior to the treatment. This will help ensure the person does not feel any pain during the laser procedure. Additional comfort is provided by the cooling system. A handheld device will be placed against your skin by the medical professional. The pulsed laser is provided through the smooth, glass surface. The device will be consistently removed and placed onto the adjacent areas during the course of the treatment. The pattern zig-zags, with no two sections overlapping. This is a method of application referred to as stamping. Fraxel laser treatments roll the laser over the targeted areas. A cold compress is often applied for a few minutes after the procedure to soothe your skin. The final step is moisturization and application of sunscreen.
Your actual results depend on which type of treatment was provided. In most cases, only a few weeks are necessary after your treatment to see a more even complexion and softer feeling and looking skin. The improvement in your skin will continue after three or more treatments. Your skin’s texture and tone will improve in addition to a decrease in pore size, fine lines, dark spots and redness. Age spots and freckles will gradually begin to fade within a couple weeks. Optimal results are usually seen after three to five treatments scheduled apart by three to four weeks. Two treatments per year are recommended to maintain your results.
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If you are interested in a Palomar ICON™ Laser treatment, we warmly invite you to make an appointment with Skin Deep Solutions. At our convenient location in Vacaville, CA, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!