Danbury
New Milford
Ridgefield
Southbury
Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut, PC
Dermatology Associates of Western Connecticut, PC
Danbury
New Milford
Ridgefield
Southbury

Icon™ Aesthetic Platform

  • What is the Icon™ Aesthetic Platform?

    The Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System is a pulsed-light and laser system that delivers a precise pulse of light energy that is absorbed by a chromophore in skin, for example, hemoglobin in the blood or pigment in a lesion, causing a thermal reaction. It provides a comprehensive suite of the most popular treatments, including:

    pigmented lesions (sun spots, age spots, and other skin discolorations)
    Vascular lesions (red spots, leg veins, and small spider veins),
    Wrinkles (rhytides), furrows, fine lines, textural irregularities
    Scars (including acne scarring), and stretch marks.

  • What can I expect during and after treatment?

    The sensation of light is sometimes uncomfortable and may feel like a moderate to severe pinprick or flash of heat. Anesthesia or sedation (calming medication) may be advisable for laser skin resurfacing treatments. If the practitioner or physician elects to use an anesthetic to reduce discomfort during any light-based treatment, all options and risks associated with the anesthetic will be discussed. The treated area may be red and swollen for two to twenty-four (2-24) hours or longer. Cooling the area after the treatment (for example, ice packs, and topical gels) may help reduce discomfort and swelling.

  • Are there any side effects?

    Common side effects include temporary redness (erythema) or mild “sunburn”-like effect that may last a few hours to 3-4 days or longer. Other potential side effects include, but are not limited to, crusting, irritation, itching, pain, burns, scabbing, swelling (edema), broken capillaries, bronzing, scarring, and acne or herpetic breakouts. There is also a risk of resulting unsatisfactory appearance and failure to achieve the desired result. Pigment changes, including hypopigmentation (lightening of the skin) or hyperpigmentation (darkening of the skin), lasting one to six (1-6) months or longer or permanently may occur. Freckles may temporarily or permanently disappear in treated areas.

  • How many treatments are necessary?

    The number of treatments with vary greatly depending on the type and severity of condition being treated as well as the individual’s response to treatment. Your doctor can discuss the particulars of treatment with you at a consultation.


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