Palomar Icon Aesthetic System
What is IPL?
Unlike lasers that generally work with a single wavelength of light , IPL uses many wavelengths of specifically filtered light. Both lasers and IPL devices are designed to treat specific unwanted targets in the skin like pigment from sun damage, broken blood vessels or hair.
What are the benefits of IPL?
IPL can provide laser-like results on a variety of unwanted conditions. Treatment sessions are fast and easy, and little to no downtime is required for recovery. Depending on the level of treatment, you can have an IPL or laser treatment session on your lunch break and return immediately to work or your daily activities.
What is Fitzpatrick Skin Typing?
The Fitzpatrick Skin Typing is a visual examination and interview that is used to assess the melanin content of your skin. This information helps to determine the most effective treatment strategy using laser and IPL devices for treating a variety of skin conditions.
What is a melanin reader and how can it improve my treatment outcomes?
The Skintel™ Melanin Reader™ provides an additional element of treatment confidence by determining the average melanin density of skin, in a quantitative manner, prior to laser or IPL based aesthetic treatment – such as hair removal or photorejuvenation. Understanding how much melanin is in the skin helps the aesthetic professional to better choose the treatment settings on laser and IPL devices for enhanced treatment outcomes, while minimizing risk of over treatment.
*The Skintel™ Melanin Reader™ is FDA cleared and is only available from Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc.
The Palomar Icon Aesthetic System is the most advanced laser and pulsed-light (IPL) system available. The Palomar Icon™ Aesthetic System is the next generation of platform technology, with state of the art cooling and the Skintel™ reader – the only FDA-cleared melanin reader. The Palomar Icon system provides fast treatments with excellent outcomes and user experience. The Palomar Icon system redefines the standard of light-based cosmetic and dermatologic care to improve patient outcomes and treatment satisfaction.
How Skin Renewal Works
Our laser and light based laser delivers energy to target and destroy vascular and pigmented lesions associated with spider veins, reticular veins, rosacea, telangiectasias, hemangiomas, sun damage, age spots, dyschromia, melasma, poikiloderma, and angiomas from hands, legs, chest, arms and face.
Using the principle of selective photothermolysis, these treatments target different chromophores in the skin, which selectively absorb the laser or light energy as heat and yield the desired response. These optimal wavelengths of light clear vascular and pigmented lesions by targeting the chromophores of hemoglobin (for vascular lesions) and melanin (for pigmented lesions). These damaged lesions are then cleared by the body, removing the appearance of the lesion from the skin. Pigmented lesions undergo a mild desquamation and slough off within two or three days, while the vascular lesions blanch and then resolve within 10 to 14 days.
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. Photo-Rejuvenation is not limited to the face. Our patients experience fantastic results when treating their neck,decollete/chest ,as well as, the hands.
IPL treatments use 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 three treatments to obtain the best results. Some patients may benefit from more treatments, depending on the severity of the condition treated. Treatments are given 4 weeks apart.