Palomar Icon Laser

The Palomar Icon Aesthetic System is the most advanced laser and pulsed-light system available redefining the standard of care for laser treatments of the skin. The Palomar Icon system redefines the standard of light-based cosmetic and dermatologic care to improve patient outcomes and treatment satisfaction. With the Palomar Icon system, we can provide the most popular treatments including laser skin resurfacing, laser wrinkle reduction and laser scar treatment.

Housing the region’s only Palomar Icon Laser, UC Health Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery delivers excellent aesthetic results with minimal redness or swelling.

PhotoFacial Treatments – Intense Pulse Light (IPL)

Intense Pulse Light (IPL), also called Photo-rejuvenation PhotoFacial, has become one of the most popular cosmetic treatments. The daily pleasures and stresses of life, and as time passes, cause our skin to appear older. IPL is a non-ablative, non-wounding laser treatment customized to your needs, with superior results and satisfaction, and your skin feels smoother and more evenly toned after only one treatment.

IPL treatments uses intense visible pulsed light to effectively treat skin conditions. The experienced physician operating a pulsed light device can customize settings to select the wavelengths, number of pulses, duration of pulses, delay between pulses, and power delivered to best match the relative depth, size, and absorption characteristics of the imperfection.

The process begins with a consultation and a treatment plan. A treatment schedule is designed for specific skin types and areas that will respond best to IPL technology. The informed consent process involves a discussion of the procedure, enumeration of risks, discussion of anticipated results, and presentation of alternative options. During this consultation, you have an opportunity to ask questions. Your understanding of benefits and risks is necessary for informed consent to take place.

An IPL treatment package consists of a series of five to eight treatments. A series of at least five treatments is needed to obtain the best results. Some patients may benefit from more treatments, depending on the severity of the condition treated. Treatments are given 3-4 weeks apart.

Laser Resurfacing

Performed using local or sedation anesthesia in our state-of-the-art Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery suite. Depending on specific needs or laser selected, recovery ranges between two to 10 days. For the next three to four weeks, your skin will look bright pink or red which will fade over several months. Makeup can be applied to conceal the redness after the first two weeks.

Most patients will see a significant difference in the tone and texture of their skin. The new Icon Aesthetic System allows for faster treatment sessions and quicker results. Although the results will be long lasting, We do recommend continuing the use of skin care products and sun protection to maintain the results.

A smoother and more even-toned complexion can be attained with laser resurfacing. The best candidates are those with fair, healthy and non-oily skin. You will see results for conditions such as:

  • Fine lines around the eyes
  • Vertical lines around the mouth
  • Facial scars from acne or injuries
  • Areas of uneven pigmentation including age spots
  • Lines on the cheeks from sun damage

Scar Treatment