Icon™ Laser

In the quest for a smooth, youthful complexion, you might find yourself exploring various options. Icon™ emerges as a sophisticated choice, particularly for those desiring minimally invasive procedures with effective outcomes. This technology addresses a range of concerns, from wrinkles and scars to unwanted hair, making it a versatile solution to signs of aging and other cosmetic skin problems.

What Is the Icon™ Aesthetic System?

Icon is a cutting-edge aesthetic platform developed by Cynosure®. It operates on advanced laser technology, delivering precise and controlled IPL (intense pulsed light) and laser energy to targeted areas. This versatility allows for customized treatments based on individual skin types and concerns.

What Can the Icon™ Platform Treat?

Icon’s versatility allows it to address various conditions, including: 

  • Pigmentation concerns (sun spots/age spots)
  • Visible facial and leg veins (spider veins)
  • Unwanted hair

Treatment Options Available

Icon offers a suite of treatment options using the following handpieces:

MaxG for Pigmentation and Facial Veins

The MaxG attachment with Icon is specifically designed to target and treat pigmentation issues and visible blood vessels in the face. This IPL handpiece utilizes optimized light technology to deliver precise energy to the targeted areas. This energy is absorbed by excess pigment and damaged blood vessels in the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of sun spots and visible veins. The MaxG is ideal for those looking to achieve a more even skin tone and reduce visible signs of aging and sun damage.

MaxR, MaxRs and MaxYs for Laser Hair Removal

Icon’s MaxR, MaxRs and MaxYs handpieces are dedicated laser solutions for laser hair removal. They are designed to cater to various skin types, making the hair removal process safe and effective for a wide range of clients. The MaxR is particularly suited for larger areas like the back and legs, while MaxRs and MaxYs are optimized for small to medium or more delicate areas. All three attachments use light-based energy to target and destroy hair follicles, reducing hair growth over time. These options represent a comfortable and long-term solution for those seeking to reduce unwanted hair.

The Skintel™ Melanin Reader

Icon’s Skintel™ Melanin Reader represents a significant advancement in aesthetic technology, being the industry’s first live melanin reader. This innovative device offers a unique tool for accurately assessing your skin type, a critical factor in customizing laser and light-based treatments. By precisely measuring your skin’s melanin density, Skintel ensures that treatment parameters are optimally tailored to your skin’s characteristics, enhancing the procedure’s safety and effectiveness. This level of customization not only elevates the standard of care but also gives you further peace of mind in the treatment process.

Who Are Good Candidates for Treatment With the Icon™ Laser System?

Icon treatments are suitable for individuals seeking non-surgical solutions for skin concerns. Ideal candidates include those with the following characteristics:

  • Overall Good Health: Candidates should be in generally good health without any active skin infections, uncontrolled health conditions or a history of poor wound healing.
  • Realistic Expectations: Patients should have realistic expectations about the outcomes of the treatments. Understanding that results can vary and multiple sessions might be needed is crucial.
  • No Recent Tanning or Sunburn: Candidates should not have recent tanning or sunburn in the area to be treated, as this can affect the efficacy of treatment and increase the risk of side effects.
  • Non-Smokers or Willing to Quit Temporarily: Smoking can impede the healing process. Candidates who are non-smokers or those willing to quit smoking for a period before and after the treatment may experience better results and quicker healing.

Commitment to Follow-Up Care: Candidates should be willing to commit to post-treatment care instructions, including sun protection and skin care, to ensure the best results and minimize potential side effects.

Preparing for Icon™ Laser Treatment

Before undergoing an Icon treatment, certain steps are required:

  1. Consultation: A detailed discussion with our specialist to understand your goals and evaluate your skin condition.
  2. Skin Care Regimen: Follow any pre-treatment instructions from your specialist, which may include avoiding harsh or irritating products.
  3. Avoid Sun Exposure: Minimize sun exposure to ensure your skin is in its natural state for the treatment.

What to Expect During Your Icon™ Laser Procedure

Procedure Steps

  1. Skin Cleansing: The treatment area will be thoroughly cleaned to remove dirt and oil.
  2. Application of Laser: The Icon laser device is applied to the skin, with sensations varying from mild warmth to a quick snapping feeling.
  3. Duration: Treatment time depends on the area and condition being treated.

Recovery After Icon™ Laser Treatments

Your specific recovery and downtime details will vary based on the Icon treatment you undergo. Our team at Montecito Plastic Surgery will review these and specific aftercare instructions with you in detail before your treatment.

Timeline and Tips

  • Immediately After: Mild redness and swelling may occur
  • A Few Days After Treatment: Any irritation typically subsides
  • Long-Term Care: Follow post-treatment guidelines for optimal results


Downtime is minimal. Most people resume their routine shortly after the procedure, making it a convenient choice if you have a busy lifestyle.

Expected Results From Icon™ Treatments

  1. Visible Improvement: Results may be noticeable after the first session, with progressive improvement.
  2. Longevity: The longevity of results varies based on the treatment area and individual skin conditions.

How Much Do Icon™ Laser Treatments Cost? 

At your consultation, we will be able to provide you with the specific cost of your Icon treatment. Pricing is influenced by factors such as:

  • Treatment Area: Larger areas may cost more
  • Number of Sessions: Multiple sessions may be required for optimal results
  • Specific Conditions: Unique skin concerns might necessitate specialized treatment plans

Rejuvenate Your Skin With Icon™ Laser in Santa Barbara

Feeling excited about the possibilities with Icon laser? Your aesthetic goals are closer than you might think. Our expert team is ready to guide you through a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Schedule a consultation at Montecito Plastic Surgery in Santa Barbara and discover the transformative power of the Icon laser system.

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