Laser Hair Removal with Icon MaxR Laser

How does Laser Hair Removal work with ICON MaxR?


The Icon™ MaxR™ laser utilizes optimized light technology to permanently reduce and eliminate hair on all skin types, including tanned skin. The Icon™ MaxR™ is also optimized to quickly cover larger areas of the body, such as the back, chest and legs. While some lasers are designed to treat lighter skin types, the Icon™ MaxR™ laser is designed for permanent hair reduction on all skin types. The Icon™ MaxR™ device delivers controlled, precise heat energy into the skin to destroy the hair at the follicle, preventing hair from growing back. Because the Icon™ MaxR™ is a larger device, the laser is better suited to treat larger areas of the body in a shorter amount of time. As an added benefit, the Icon™ laser system offers contact cooling technology, ensuring a more comfortable experience for all patients




What should I Expect during Laser Hair Removal treatment?


The Icon™ MaxR™ laser device is placed over the target area(s) in which the patient desires hair reduction. Most patients find the Icon™ MaxR™ a comfortable and tolerable treatment. Icon™ MaxR™ treatments take less than one hour, although, the length of the appointment is largely dependent upon the patients’ area(s) of concern. Because the treatment requires no downtime, patients are able to resume daily activities immediately following the treatment. The MaxR laser is ideal for patients that are resistant to traditional forms of laser treatment, and can contribute to more significant hair reduction. Within three to five treatments, the appearance of dark spots can be improved drastically. There is significantly less irritation than traditional hair removal methods, and larger areas can be treated at once which makes the procedure much shorter. The entire procedure is very short, and will be over just as quickly as it takes for you to shave. MaxR laser treatments are suitable for all skin types, including tanned skin.




Is Laser Hair Removal with Icon MaxR painful?


At LBC Laser MD the use of dynamic cooling, cryogen spray (in some systems), topical anesthetic cream makes your laser hair removal program comfortable.




How long will Laser Hair Removal results last and will I need maintenance treatments?


Hair follicles and bulges that are targeted and damaged by the ICON IPL laser light are killed permanently and will not regrow. The average percentage of hair that can be permanently killed ranges between 50-80%. The hair follicles that are killed will never grow back. For those hair follicles and bulges that are not permanently killed, a maintenance treatment program will be required. If the hair follicle is not killed, the sleeping phase is greatly prolonged, the growth cycles are synchronized and the hair shafts are smaller and lighter. You can join the SpaMedica Laser Hair Removal Club when you are done your ICON IPL- laser and combined laser hair removal program and receive an affordable maintenance treatment every 3-4 months.





Melasma and Skin Pigmentation Treatment

What is Pigmentation and Melasma?


PIGMENTATION The sun, skin ageing and genetics are among the main factors that influence skin pigmentation. In fact, from the age of 30, they can cause disruption to the production and distribution mechanism of melanin, the pigment that is responsible for the skin’s colouring. Melanin is therefore distributed unevenly in the skin and accumulates at the surface of the epidermis. Therefore, skin pigmentation becomes uneven and dark spots form on the surface. This can be the result of 3 different problems: Lentigo, is also called age spots if it is mainly due to the intrinsic ageing of the skin, or solar lentigo if it is caused by regular and considerable sun exposure. Liver spots, also called ephelids. Post-inflammatory pigmentation, following an acne spot for example. The mark is then due to an excess of melanin produced by the inflammation.
While these marks are completely harmless, they can be unsightly. Melasma Melasma is a common skin problem. The condition causes dark, discolored patches on your skin. It’s also called chloasma, or the “mask of pregnancy,” when it occurs in pregnant women. The condition is much more common in women than men, though men can get it too. Melasma causes patches of discoloration. The patches are darker than your typical skin color. It typically occurs on the face and is symmetrical, with matching marks on both sides of your face. Other areas of your body that are often exposed to sun can also develop melasma. Brownish colored patches usually appear on the cheeks, forehead, bridge of the nose, chin, neck, and forearms. The skin discoloration doesn’t do any physical harm, but you may feel self-conscious about the way it looks.




Which areas can be treated and are results permanent?


Any area of your body can be treated. The most common areas include the face, neck, chest, hands, shoulders and backs; these areas are typically the most exposed to the damaging effects of the sun. If the recommended post treatment procedures are followed and the treated area is cared for and correctly maintained then the pigmentation is unlikely to return. Pigmentation caused by sun exposure may gradually reappear overtime however SPF and tyrosinaise inhibitors can significantly reduce this.




Is the treatment painful and how long does it take?


Most patients find the procedure tolerable and require no numbing cream or anesthesia. They often compare the laser pulse to a snap of a thin rubber band. It can depend on the type and size of the area being treated, most treatments can be completed within 10 to 30 minutes. Most pigmented lesions will require only few treatments to be completely removed. Darker, deeper and larger pigmented lesions may require additional treatments. It will be depending on the type of pigmentation being treated. The effectiveness of the treatment will be determined by the type, colour and depth of the pigmentation along with the condition of the skin.




What precautions and products do I need to take after the treatment?


It is extremely important not to affect the skins pigmentation in any way prior to or after the laser treatments. Such exposure can cause hypo and hyper pigmentation, impairing the effects of the laser treatment. Please avoid the sun or solariums for 4 weeks prior to treatment and at least 4-8 weeks after treatment. Be sure to also apply SPF regularly while you are exposed to the sun and do also not use any form of tanning throughout your treatment, including tanning sprays or lotions.





Stretch Mark Removal

What are Stretch Marks and How are they removed with laser treatments?


Stretch marks appear as bands of parallel lines on your skin. The most common areas are on stomach, upper arms, thighs and buttocks. Although they are not dangerous, many people get frustrated to remove them. Stretch mark removal is often a difficult process. But with the help of advanced technology, stretch marks can now be easily treated – with minimal discomfort experienced. Stretch marks are a common problem for many women. When areas of skin stretch considerably over a short period of time, such as during pregnancy, puberty, or weight loss, noticeable lines appear on the skin surface. Using the ICON system, the appearance of stretch marks can now be improved. ICON uses fractional laser technology to deliver pulsed energy to the skin. This targets stretch mark discolouration and stimulates the production of new collagen to improve smoothness. While the exact cause of stretchmarks is unknown, a combination of hormonal factors associated with lateral stretch due to increased size of body areas is thought to be important. Stretchmarks occur as the result of a breakdown in the structures that provide the skin with its strength and elasticity. Stretchmarks are two and a half times more frequent in women than men and affect a high percentage of pregnant women. Stretchmarks are also commonly seen in body builders and any others who have experienced rapid weight gain. Obesity and rapid increases or decreases in body weight have been shown to be associated with the development of stretchmarks. In some individuals normal growth itself may be a cause with stretchmarks commonly developing during adolescence and associated with a rapid increase in the size of particular body regions. In certain people stretchmarks can be linked to higher levels of steroid hormones as a result of such things as treatment with steroid medications or illnesses such as Cushings Disease. The commonest sites for the development of stretchmarks are the thighs, upper arms, buttocks and breasts in women and outer aspects of the thighs and lower back in men. With pregnancy abdominal stretchmarks are very common especially with large babies or twins.




Which Stretch marks respond best to Laser?


Laser stretch mark treatment is appropriate for any skin type, including very light and very dark skin. Results may vary from patient to patient and may not be immediate. Importantly some patients do not get any significant improvement. Results from the laser treatment are generally progressive and typically require multiple treatments. About 70% of patients receiving laser treatments for their stretchmarks notice an improvement. Newer and shallower stretchmarks respond better than older deeper stretchmarks. The best results tend to be found with red stretchmarks (Striae Rubra) in lighter skinned individuals. Smokers do not tend to respond as well to stretchmark treatments as non-smokers. Our clinic uses Icon 1540 fractional laser from the company that invented and patented micro fractional laser technology. Pulses of fractional laser light are used to break down stretch marks, triggering new tissue production at the site and helping to improve stretch mark color. The new collagen can leave the stretch mark smoother in texture and reduce the appearance of the stretch mark on the skin.




How long does it take and is it painful?


The procedure is very quick – each treatment can be performed in as little as 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. Most people feel minimal pain during the laser procedure. Your provider may discuss pain management options with you. Typically, patients require between 4-6 treatments spaced about 4-6 weeks apart to restore skin smoothness and consistency and optimum results.




How quickly will I recover and what precautions do I follow after treatment?


There is little to no downtime and people typically resume their regular activities immediately following the treatment session. Typically, most people experience a temporary redness and swelling of the stretch mark which may last a few days. You will be discussed other potential side effects





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