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Laser skin resurfacing, sometimes called laser peeling, is a popular dermatological treatment to reduce the signs of aging and improve scars or natural blemishes. Early laser therapies were known for being uncomfortable, and carried a risk of scarring, particularly for dark-skinned individuals. The advanced Icon 1540nm by Palomar utilized fractional laser technology, providing excellent results with less discomfort, faster recovery, and a dramatically reduced risk of scarring.
How 1540 fractional laser resurfacing works
The Icon 1540nm is a non-ablative, fractional laser, which means that abnormal skin is not vaporized, but, instead, is heated in tiny columns resulting in new skin forming in those areas. This treatment targets scarring, brown spots and blood vessels by focusing very tiny columns of laser light at the skin to remove the abnormal tissue, whilst leaving areas of normal skin in-between the columns. This makes the procedure much less painful and healing much faster than the old non-fractional lasers.
This procedure is an excellent treatment for:
- Fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging and the sun
- Scarring from acne, surgery or trauma
- Brown spots (age spots/sun spots) on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands
- Red blood vessels from rosacea or sun damage on the face, neck and chest
- Large oil glands on the face (sebaceous hyperplasias)
- Improving skin tone
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a good candidate?
For most people, the answer is yes. The 1540 laser, in the skilled hands of our certified technicians, is safe for most skin types. However, we will not know whether you are a good candidate, or not, until we have had a chance to see you for a consultation in order to determine your skin type.
How long will the treatment take?
The exact length of the appointment will depend on the location and size of the treatment area, but, typically, can be as quick as a few minutes to as long as 30 minutes.
Is it painful?
During the treatment, it will feel like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Most patients don’t need anything for pain. However, if you would like, we can place a topical anesthetic on your face, which will make the procedure very tolerable.
How many laser treatments will I need?
Every patient is different. For some people, one session is sufficient, for others a series of three or more treatments is needed.
How much downtime can I expect?
Most patients are able to go right back to work after the procedure. You will have what looks like mild sunburn for a day or two. There may be lingering pinkness for about another week, but it is easily camouflaged with cosmetics. If you have many brown spots, you may also experience some mild crusting, which may last for a few days to a week.
If you think laser skin resurfacing may be right for you, please call North Sound Dermatology Aesthetics at 425-954-2437. You can schedule a consultation at any of our five locations, in Mill Creek, South Everett, Monroe, Smokey Point, and Everett.