Fractional Laser Treatments in Orange County

1540 Fractional laser treatment for skin resurfacing, stretch marks, and scars

Revitalize your skin with non-invasive 1540 Palomar fractional laser treatment. This ICON™ nonablative erbium laser effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles, stretch marks, scarring, pigmentation, skin laxity, enlarged pores, sun damage, and irregular skin texture. It’s also the only FDA-approved laser for skin resurfacing.

The 1540 fractional laser produces highly focused energy microbeams to penetrate deep layers of skin. The microscopic treatment zones leave surrounding healthy skin intact while triggering collagen production in the desired area. The damaged tissue will regenerate, resulting in a smoother, tighter, more youthful glow. You’ll quickly see a reduction in the appearance of discoloration, scarring, fine lines, and uneven skin texture.

Many patients see visible improvement after one session– though multiple, targeted treatments will help you achieve beautiful, long-lasting results. 

Benefits of 1540 Fractional Laser Treatments


The Icon fractional laser delivers energy pulses into your skin, signaling cells to produce new collagen in the target area. This stimulates the body’s natural healing process, improving the appearance of stretch marks. We can reduce spots and redness in just a few treatments, but mature stretch marks may require additional sessions.

The ICON™ 1540 Fractional Laser is the only FDA-approved laser for stretch marks. 

Laser scar treatment uses focused micro-fine light to treat surgical and acne scars on your body and face. The light reaches into the skin’s sub-layers to remove damaged tissue and replace it with new collagen and elastin.

Redness and swelling after treatment should go away within 3-5 days. Ice the treated area for 10-20 minutes every 2-3 hours the first two days. The redness may turn into bronzing and darkening of brown spots, gradually disappearing over 1-2 weeks on the face and 3-4 weeks on the body.

1540 Fractional Laser treatment is appropriate for most people unless you:

  • Are taking photosensitivity-increasing medications, like Accutane or certain antibiotics
  • Are undergoing chemotherapy currently or within the last six months
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Have a history of seizures or bleeding disorders

What to Expect from Fractional Laser Treatments

  • Let your doctor know if you are actively suffering from cold sores. You’ll need a prescription to heal them before your procedure.
  • Stop using Accutane or other acne-fighting antibiotics 12 months before the procedure. 
  • You should avoid sun exposure, tanning beds and creams for two weeks before your appointment.
  • Don’t wax, get a chemical peel, or use any exfoliation treatments 10-14 days prior. This includes Retinol and glycolic acid.
  • Arrive at your appointment without perfume, makeup, or contact lenses.
  • Avoid taking drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen that increase your bleeding risk.
  • Expect your session to last 20 or 30 minutes, though larger areas could run an hour or longer.
  • Apply ice immediately and every 2-3 hours after treatment to alleviate itchiness, stinging, or swelling. 
  • Once your skin has cooled down, you may use serum or gel to cover the treated skin and keep it hydrated.
  • Sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling and avoid alcohol or high-sodium food products for up to 72 hours.
  • Use gentle lotions and cleansers as long as your skin remains sensitive. Refrain from using Retinol products for two weeks.
  • Avoid heavy makeup or moisturizers until 24 hours post-treatment.
  • Do not scratch, pick or scrub treated areas. Do not apply adhesive dressing without direction from a doctor. 
  • It is essential to avoid strenuous activity for 48-72 hours post-treatment.
  • Wear a wide-brim hat if you must go outside. Sun exposure should be minimal for two weeks following your appointment. 
  • You must apply sunscreen every day between treatments. We recommend sunscreen for sensitive skin with SPF 45 or higher containing UVA/UVB protection. You’ll want to continue this for up to 6 months.
  • Do not shave or take a hot shower for three days post-treatment. You should also avoid saunas and hot tubs.
  • Some itching or dryness may occur after the treatment area has healed, but this will gradually clear. Using non-comedogenic moisturizers may provide relief.
  • Talk to your provider if you’re unsure if your skincare routine is safe post-treatment. We’ll work with you to develop an effective treatment regimen.