The Palomar Icon by Cynosure is an aesthetic system that features the Icon 2940 which is an ablative fractional laser. The Icon 2940 hand piece can be used to treat a variety of skin concerns such as age spots, rhytides, and volume loss.
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About the Procedure
Icon 2940 is an ablative fractional laser that is part of the Palomar Icon aesthetic system. The Palomar Icon system has a variety of hand pieces that can be used for skin resurfacing treatments. The Icon 2940 hand piece is effective in treating wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, brown spots, and volume loss due to natural aging and environmental factors such as sun exposure. The Icon 2940 is a wounding laser which ablates damaged skin and causes the treated areas to regenerate healthier skin throughout the healing process. Stimulated collagen production also improves the skin's volume and smooths fine lines and wrinkles. Since the Icon 2940 is a fractional laser, the recovery process is much less involved. Fractional lasers focus the heat energy into targeted columns surrounded by healthy tissue, allowing for a quicker healing process. Before the procedure begins, the skin will be examined, cleansed, and prepped with a numbing cream. Additional local anesthetic may be applied as needed. The laser will then be applied to the treatment area, targeting concern areas with uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections. The provider will closely monitor the skin to ensure an effective but comfortable session. Once the skin has been thoroughly treated, a soothing serum or ointment will be applied.
The goal of the Icon 2940 laser is to treat and diminish wrinkles, age spots, acne scarring, and volume loss.
What to Expect
The Icon 2940 ablative fractional laser is part of the Palomar Icon by Cynosure aesthetic system. The Icon 2940 laser improves signs of aging in as little as one treatment session. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an Icon 2940 treatment.
- A retinol cream or hydrocortisone pretreatment may be prescribed
- Avoid sun exposure
- Do not use tanning products
- Decrease alcohol consumption
- Discontinue use of any harsh skincare products, peels, and aggressive scrubs
- An antiviral medication may be prescribed
- Avoid eating or drinking for at least 6 hours prior
- Topical or local anesthetic
- Laser is applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections
- Once treated, a serum or ointment will be applied
- Bandage may be applied to the skin
Recovery after an Icon 2940 laser skin resurfacing treatment will vary depending on the intensity and depth of the laser settings. Most patients will experience some degree of skin redness and swelling which can last 1-2 weeks. While the skin is peeling, keep the treated areas moisturized. The skin may continue to appear red even after skin peeling has stopped. To prevent irregular pigmentation always use a broad spectrum SPF to protect skin from sun exposure.
The ideal candidate for an Icon 2940 treatment has photo-damaged skin with wrinkling and skin laxity issues. Candidates desire a non-surgical procedure to improve skin concerns and are willing to undergo multiple treatments if needed for desired results.
Not Recommended For
Icon 2940 laser resurfacing is not recommended for use on darker skin tones due to risk of hypopigmentation.
Side effects from Icon 2940 skin resurfacing may include burns or other injuries from the laser's heat, prolonged erythema, skin peeling, scarring, changes in the skin's pigmentation, and infection.