The ICON 1540, a fractional non-ablative laser, can promote skin tightening, reduce wrinkles, and clear unwanted pigment with little pain and no down time. The technique is based on fractionation of the laser beam. Instead of a solid laser beam treating the surface of your skin, the ICON fractional laser divides the laser energy into an array of microbeams.
These microbeams create microcolumns of treated skin; instead of resurfacing a large continuous layer, 1000 tiny treatment zones per centimeter are created. Surrounding each of the treatment microcolumns, untreated skin is present that allows the treated skin to heal faster with little discomfort and fewer unwanted side effects.
The laser microbeams penetrate the skin and stimulate cells to produce more collagen and beneficial skin growth factors. In this way the skin is rejuvenated, pigment spots resolve, and collagen production is stimulated in the lower layers of your skin. The effect of the treatment is to plump and remodel the sagging skin, reduce wrinkles, pore size and pigment changes Tightening of the jaw line and neck can also be accomplished. The ICON laser is also used to treat acne scars, stretch marks as well as the loose skin of your upper arm, abdomen, buttocks and thighs.
The best results are attained with 4-6 treatments which are spaced about one month apart. Results will be apparent after the first three or four treatments and become more noticeable about a month after the treatment program is completed. Collagen remodeling and consequent skin tightening as well as skin rejuvenation continues for several years after the series of 4-6 treatments.