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Advanced Laser Skin Center -  - Medical Spa

Advanced Laser Skin Center

Medical Spa & Skin Care Specialists located in Columbus, OH

You can trust the health care professionals at Advanced Laser Skin Center in Columbus, Ohio, to use only the most effective and safest laser technology available to improve the way your skin looks and feels without a lengthy healing process or downtime. Whether you’d like to remove the brown spots and other pigment changes that often appear with pregnancy, aging, and sun exposure, or you’re a teen or adult with acne scars, the Icon™ Aesthetic System can help. Call the center today for an appointment or take advantage of their convenient online scheduling service.

Photofacials Q & A

What is the Icon Aesthetic System?

The Icon system is the next generation of advanced cosmetic laser technology offered by Cynosure. It combines high power laser light energy with a superior cooling system that provides fast results while keeping you more comfortable during your session.  

The Icon uses a non-ablative fractional laser. This approach delivers enough heat to the underlying dermal layer to promote healing of damaged skin without injuring the skin’s surface. What this means for you is faster recovery without the significant redness and other complications often associated with other types of skin rejuvenation or laser treatments.

Advances in the Icon system also include the ability to “read” the melanin density of your skin pigmentation prior to treatment. This is valuable because darker skin absorbs energy differently than lighter skin. Some lasers are not suited for darkly-pigmented skin due to the risk of burns. Because the Icon’s laser energy is adjustable, it’s effective and safe for all skin types.  

How does a laser promote skin healing?

Whenever your skin is damaged, your body goes into healing mode and produces natural substances such as collagen to create new tissue. The controlled heat from the laser causes enough damage to your tissues that they signal your body to begin repairing the damage. It’s a similar process to what you experience when you slice your finger on a knife, and the wound eventually closes over with new tissue.

What conditions does the Icon treat?

The Icon fractional laser system is an excellent tool for skin resurfacing and can be used for numerous skin conditions, including:

  • Surgical scars and acne scars
  • Active acne and other blemishes
  • Age spots, redness, hormonal pigmentation, and other pigment changes
  • Wrinkles, fine lines, and other skin changes associated with aging and sun exposure
  • Stretch marks, which often result from pregnancy

What is a treatment like?

Depending on the area and condition being treated, you can expect a session to last from 15-30 minutes. Most patients find the procedure painless, other than a slight stinging sensation as the laser device moves over the surface of your skin. Topical anesthetic ointment may be applied to relieve even that discomfort.

Recovery time after the procedure is minimal, and most patients return to work or routine activities immediately. Improvement is gradual because of the natural processes involved, and it may take several weeks to months to see the full effects.


Nothing shows the effects of years of sun exposure like the skin – particularly skin on the face, neck, chest and hands. When the skin suffers sun damage, it often develops brown spots, redness and early onset of wrinkles. Fortunately, there is a treatment available to help reduce the appearance of sun damage, smoothing the skin and fading away pigmentation. It is called intense pulse light therapy, or IPL, and it is a completely safe way for people  in Columbus to address the effects of extensive sun damage.

Did you know…

that the ultraviolet rays produced by the sun are a form of radiation? These rays pass directly into the skin, damaging and killing cells. Worse, the effects of sun damage take years to appear and could cause early signs of aging. Everyone should take preventative measures to avoid sun damage beginning at an early age, including the daily use of sunscreen, protective clothing and avoiding the sun when its rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Who is a candidate for IPL in Columbus?

Intense pulse light therapy works by stimulating collagen, targeting brown spots and reducing redness in the skin. It is most effective for individuals with light skin in whom broken capillaries, brown spots, freckles and rosacea are most apparent. Darker spots respond best to IPL, though lighter spots may resolve over the course of several treatments.

What should I expect during a Columbus IPL treatment?

IPL treatments are non-invasive and performed from the comfort of our office. A cool gel is applied before a wand is passed over the treatment area. The wand gives off bright flashes of light, which is why everyone in the treatment room must wear protective eyewear. These flashes of light are converted to heat energy, where it stimulates the collagen and destroys broken blood vessels beneath the skin. Depending on the size of the treatment area, IPL sessions typically last between 20 and 30 minutes. Most people experience little or no discomfort during treatment and resume normal activity immediately.

What should I expect after undergoing intense pulse light therapy?

There is no ‘down time’ associated with IPL, though it is normal to experience some treatment area redness in the hours following a treatment. Since intense pulse light therapy provides progressive results over time, most people require between 4 and 6 treatments to achieve their desired results. For more information about IPL in Columbus, contact our office to schedule a consultation. We look forward to helping you reverse the effects of sun damage and help you achieve a smoother and more even complexion.