The Palomar Icon™ XD Aesthetic System comes with a patented device—the Skintel Melanin Reader—for accurate assessment of the skin’s melanin density, which helps determine the patient’s exact skin type. This can be done either during the initial consultation or immediately prior to the treatment.
As a multi-platform laser system, this machine uses a variety of dedicated handpieces that are specifically optimized for certain skin concerns. For effective scar removal, the Palomar Icon is fitted with a fractional non-ablative laser handpiece:
- 1540 nm spectral range
- used for fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing, soft tissue coagulation, and removal of acne scars, melasma, surgical scars, and stretch marks
In preparation for the treatment, a topical anesthetic will be applied to the scarred area to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the procedure. A pair of laser goggles will also be provided to protect the patient’s eyes from the laser light.
To begin, Dr. Sedgh will place the handpiece against the scarred surface. The device will then emit concentrated beams of light into the skin, targeting scar tissue without damaging the surrounding tissues. For larger scars, the doctor will pulse light in small sections until the entire target area has been treated.
Once the treatment is complete, a cooling serum may be applied to the affected area to soothe the skin, along with a generous application of sunscreen to protect the scar from further pigmentation.