Icon™ for Skin Enhancement and Hair Removal
Smooth, evenly toned skin is something men and women of all ages strive for, but genetics, sun exposure, and other influences can impede this goal. If you have unwanted hair, hyperpigmentation, spider veins, or another skin imperfection, non-surgical laser and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) skin treatments and hair removal can help. Dr. Mark Richards, our board certified plastic surgeon, utilizes the most advanced technology available to address these common concerns. The Icon™ Aesthetic System by CynoSure™ Palomar has a multitude of settings that can improve the appearance of almost every skin type. Versatile and customizable, the Icon™ Aesthetic System can help you achieve the skin you’ve always wanted.
What is the Icon™ Aesthetic System?
The Icon™ Aesthetic System is a type of IPL (intense pulsed light) technology that can achieve multiple cosmetic goals, from reduced hair growth to improved skin tone and texture. IPL therapy, also known as photorejuvenation, uses targeted light to gently stimulate cell turnover and improve the appearance of the skin in other ways. The Icon™ is a special type of IPL platform that can achieve a wide range of benefits by adjusting the treatment settings to best suit the individual characteristics and objectives of the patient. As a result, one system can perform what could otherwise take several different techniques to achieve.
Benefits of Icon™ Aesthetic System
Designed to improve the appearance of the skin and reduce unwanted hair, the Icon™ Aesthetic System is a multifaceted technology that can be tailored to suit your needs and goals. Some of the most popular treatments include:
- Hair removal
- Leg and facial spider vein clearance
- Melasma, red spot, and sun spot treatment
Additionally, the Icon™ Aesthetic System is designed to provide enhanced comfort as a result of the incorporated cooling system and computerized melanin reader. This device can be used on the face, neck, chest, hands, and other areas to address pigmentation issues, as well as virtually any region of the body to reduce hair growth. Furthermore, downtime is typically minimal, if there’s any at all. Most patients can return to normal activity shortly.
How does the Icon™ Aesthetic System work?
Your care, comfort, and results are our highest priorities, so when you arrive for your initial consultation, our office will develop a customized treatment plan based on your skin type, individual needs, and desired outcome. The Icon™ utilizes different handpieces for each type of concern. Each one works a little bit differently due to different wavelengths of light in each, but in general they will be held against the skin and moved gently across the treatment area in a smooth motion. This process can precisely and consistently deliver light energy into the skin to help break up pigment and redness, or stop hair growth. The cooling mechanism maintains the temperature of the skin to minimize discomfort during the treatment, with most patients reporting little to no pain.
Procedure time will vary from person to person based on the size of the treated area and other factors. Treatment usually takes 30 minutes or less, although addressing larger sections of the body for hair removal can take more time. Dr. Richards or one of his skilled medical team members can give you a more specific timeframe during your initial consultation. The CynoSure™ device can work on a wide range of skin types and tones. We will let you know if the Icon™ or other techniques can optimize your outcome. We welcome your questions. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.
How does the Icon™ remove hair?
While shaving can last days at most, and waxing a few weeks, hair reduction with Icon™ offers a much longer-lasting outcome that may continue for years or a lifetime. With IPL, the hair cells responsible for growth are targeted and disrupted, resulting in reduced hair growth in that area. This is accomplished without harming the surrounding skin. Unlike razors that can nick and irritate, and wax that can burn and cause ingrown hairs, the Icon™ offers a gentler option that many patients report feels virtually painless and limits skin inflammation.
How much does hair removal cost?
The price of hair removal with the Icon™ Aesthetic System will depend on your unique skin care treatment plan. Factors like the size and number of areas being treated, the number of treatments needed to achieve the desired outcome, and whether you are combining other treatments with your procedure will ultimately determine the cost of the program. We believe you should have as much information as possible before making a decision about your skincare. Therefore, Dr. Richards and our medical team will review the details with you, including the estimate for each session as well as the total cost of your procedure, during your initial consultation. We also offer appealing financing options to help bring the cost of hair removal into your budget.
If you would like to learn more about the Icon™ Aesthetic System, please contact our friendly and knowledgeable medical team. We can answer your questions and help you schedule a consultation with Dr. Richards.