Time, age, stress, and constant sun exposure can have negative effects on your facial skin. Over time, due to several different factors, you might find that your skin is left with blemishes, scars, pigmentation, wrinkles, and sun damage.
Laser skin resurfacing is a popular cosmetic treatment that leaves you with younger, tighter, and rejuvenated skin with just a few treatments. There are several types of laser treatments for the face. The Icon fractional laser is a popular procedure at Houston Oculofacial for the removal of scars, wrinkles, and spots.
What Is Icon Fractional Laser Technology?
The Icon fractional laser uses pulses of laser energy to precisely remove damaged skin cells layer by layer. The process leaves new undamaged skin cells exposed, resulting in younger-looking skin.
How Is the Treatment Performed?
The Icon fractional laser treatment at Houston Oculofacial is essentially a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. It uses a type of laser known as an Erbium laser. Pulses of energy are delivered to the skin using precise targeting. The layers of skin that are exposed to the laser develop deep coagulation. The coagulation is surrounded by healthy skin. As the skin cells repair themselves, the damaged skin cells are gradually replaced.
Benefits of Icon Fractional Laser Treatment from Dr. Sami
In addition to restoring the youthfulness of the skin by removing dark spots, blemishes, and wrinkles, the Icon fractional laser is commonly used to remove scarring. The Icon fractional laser is quite effective in treating scars left by acne, surgery, and melasma. The Icon laser is also used to treat stretch marks.
What to Expect During the Procedure
Treatment using the Icon fractional laser is relatively painless, although patients report a mild stinging sensation at the start of the treatment. Immediately after the treatment, ice packs are applied to the treated area.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Anyone over the age of eighteen and not suffering from any life-threatening illnesses is a good candidate for Icon fractional laser treatment. Pregnant and nursing women are advised to refrain from receiving laser treatments.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Immediately after the treatment, patients are likely to observe redness and swelling around the treated area. In addition to this, some mild sloughing and itching can also be expected. These are the temporary side-effects of the procedure and will subside within a few days. Results are visible once these side-effects have ameliorated.
We may prescribe topical medications to help you manage the symptoms. It is advisable to refrain from stepping out in the sun for a couple of days. Sunscreen is a must at all times.
How Many Sessions Will Be Needed?
The number of treatments depends on the type of skin and the condition to be treated. In some cases, candidates need only one to three sessions, while in other cases, they may need at least five sessions. Each session is spaced by a time span of two to three weeks.
Results of the treatment last longer when a proper skincare routine is followed after the treatment.
Set Up Your Icon Consultation
The Icon fractional laser treatment may be the perfect choice for you and your skin. To find out, visit Dr. Mirwat Sami, a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Sami will be happy to help you remove those unwanted blemishes. Schedule your consultation by contacting our office.