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Our Palomar Icon 1540 laser is one of our non-ablative fractionated resurfacing lasers. There are multiple skin conditions that this laser can treat. Anywhere from fine lines and wrinkles, “smokers lines”, melasma, enlarged pores, acne scars, skin texture, stretch marks, crepey skin and new or pre-existing scars. Most patients need 6 treatments of this laser to see optimal improvement.

What to avoid before & after your treatment?

  • Stop the use of all Salicylic and Glycolic Acids as well as any Retinol, Tretinoin & Retin-A for 3-5 days pre/post treatment.
  • Staying out of the sun when the UV rays are at their peak as any chemical peels make your skin more photosensitive.
  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment
  • No sun-tanning or self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment (includes spray tans, tanning lotions, tanning beds, sun exposure, etc.)
  • Some medications or supplements may increase the risk of bruising. Consult with your physician.
  • Notify clinic with any changes to your health history or medications since your last appointment
  • History of herpes or cold sores may require an antiviral prescription prior to treatment

How much down time will I have with a Fractionated 1540 Laser (Fraxel)?

As with any non-ablative resurfacing lasers, most patients have a mild-moderate ‘sunburn’ look & feel anywhere from 2-3 days. On day number 3, your skin will feel very dry, similar to a fine sandpaper like texture. Slight swelling is normal for this treatment and can last up to 5 days. This is completely normal and should subside after the 7th day. We recommend moisturizing daily to help with this process.