Skin Resurfacing Specialist

Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc.

Diane M Kushnar, DO

Board Certified Family Medicine Physician located in Parma, OH

Even as you age, your body retains the ability to regenerate body tissue, though sometimes it needs a jump-start since these systems typically remain idle, waiting to respond to injury. Cosmetic lasers offer a way to stimulate the body’s healing response, and the CynoSure® Icon™ laser is the system Diane Kushnar, DO, prefers at Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. because of its fantastic results. Call the Parma, Ohio, office today to make an appointment to see how you can benefit from skin resurfacing with the Icon laser or book an appointment online.

Skin Resurfacing Q & A

How does the Icon laser system resurface skin?

The Icon laser is a two-part system. The base unit supplies the fundamental power of the system, which it harnesses to perform many cosmetic treatments, depending on the chosen handpiece. Each handpiece has optimal treatment targets, though there is often overlap owing to the versatility and flexibility of the Icon base.

At Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc., Dr. Kushnar uses the Icon as a fractional laser skin resurfacing system. Fractional lasers take a single beam of laser light and divide it into thousands of tiny beams. 

The handpiece delivers these fractional beams to spread the laser energy, avoiding widespread damage, but still triggering the body’s regenerating response to the treatment area. The Icon system supports both ablative and non-ablative skin resurfacing.

What can laser skin resurfacing improve?

As you age, several flaws begin to occur on your skin. These can include:

  • Scars, such as from acne, cuts, or surgical incisions
  • Discolorations, including dark spots, redness, and spider veins
  • Wrinkles, lines, and fissures

The Icon laser can trigger skin rejuvenation to treat each of these issues. The energy from the laser handpiece warms its target tissue. When that tissue reaches a certain temperature, usually five to 10 degrees Celsius above normal body temperature, your brain senses that damage has occurred, and your body’s regenerating systems kick into action.

Your body manufactures new collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid to replace the tissue in the treatment area. This new tissue fills in crevasses in the face, reducing the depth of lines and passive wrinkles. 

It breaks up the pigments of skin discoloration and flushes them from your body. Replacement collagen smooths the appearance of older scars, reducing or eliminating their effects.

The Icon laser can provide more intense energy, too, that can remove the outer layers of skin, similar to strong chemical peels or dermabrasion procedures.

What’s the difference between ablative and non-ablative laser skin resurfacing?

The gentle warming that triggers deep skin tissue regeneration is non-ablative. The outer skin is left intact. You can have a non-ablative treatment over your lunch break at Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. and return to work immediately after.

An ablative facial skin resurfacing treatment removes the outermost layers of aged or damaged skin. The benefits come from the replacement of your outer skin surface, as well as the deeper tissue effects. There’s a recovery period up to two weeks after ablative treatments.Dr. Kushnar can discuss with you which type of skin resurfacing can address your concerns the best.

To arrange an Icon skin resurfacing consultation, call Ridgepark Family Practice, Inc. today, or book an appointment online.