Beautiful, flawless looking skin that glows is the goal of women and men of all ages. At times, environmental damage, scarring, hyper-pigmentation or simply the aging process can impede our efforts for a beautiful complexion. The Icon, non-ablative fractional laser provides a solution to many skin care concerns by restoring collagen and smoothing out irregularities on the skin. A benefit of the Icon laser is that it is an office procedure that offers zero to minimal downtime while offering impressive results for visible skin rejuvenation.
What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?
Fractional laser resurfacing is recent laser technology that rejuvenates skin and offers minimal recovery time and low risk of complications. The laser utilizes a very precise resurfacing technology that is sometimes called “fractional” because it is able to treat specific areas of the skin while sparing others, resulting in smoother, rejuvenated skin.
What Does Non-Ablative Mean?
Lasers today target very specific molecules and structures in the skin to achieve a desired outcome. Lasers operate with various wavelengths for different results and outcomes. Ablative lasers target the outer skin layers and mid-level skin layers. By targeting and resurfacing these areas (the dermis and epidermis) the lasers are said to be ablative. The most common ablative lasers are erbium with wavelengths of 2940 nm and the carbon dioxide with 10,600 nm. Healing time with ablative lasers is typically in the range of 7-10 days with redness of the skin for several weeks.
Non-ablative lasers specifically target the epidermis and dermis, while leaving the outermost epidermal layer intact. Most non-ablative lasers deliver wavelength energy of around 1,300 to 1,600 nm. Healing time with the Icon non-ablative fractional laser is typically a day or two with zero to no downtime.
Why would I choose non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing?
Those seeking a safe and effective method of skin resurfacing with little or no downtime choose non-ablative fractional resurfacing. Many skin conditions can be enhanced with the Icon laser, including: acne scars, surgical scars, stretch marks, fine wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Who is a good candidate for non-ablative fractional laser resurfacing?
Men and women of various ages and all different ethnicities benefit from the Icon laser treatment. Those with realistic expectations of what the laser can and cannot accomplish are the best candidates for the procedure.
How many treatments are required for me to see results?
Results depend upon the areas being treated and skin condition. Dr. Ringler will discuss recommended treatment protocol with you at the time of your consultation.
What can I expect during and after my treatment?
The Icon laser is not considered painful and is typically very well tolerated and depending upon treatment level and your own comfort level, a topical numbing cream may be provided. Most people experience some light redness or swelling to the area for a couple of hours with most fully recovering within a day or two.