Icon Laser Specialist

Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD -  - Dermatology


Samuel J. Pruden, MD, FACS, FAAD

Dermatology located in Lexington, KY

Whether you want to eliminate sun damage, treat fine lines and wrinkles, eliminate spider veins, or rejuvenate your skin, you can achieve your cosmetic goals with the Icon™ Aesthetic System. Dr. Samuel Pruden at SkinMD has extensive experience using the Icon laser to safely and effectively treat several cosmetic problems. Most Icon laser treatments only take 20-30 minutes and require little-to-no downtime. When you’re ready to regain a more youthful appearance, call the office in Lexington, Kentucky or book an appointment online.

Icon Laser Q & A

What is the Icon Aesthetic System?

The Icon Aesthetic System is a cutting-edge medical device that powers multiple laser handpieces. Having several laser options is important because each one uses a different wavelength or pulse.

With the Icon, Dr. Pruden can use one system to perform multiple aesthetic procedures, giving him the ability to customize treatments to meet the unique needs of each patient.

What aesthetic problems are treated using the Icon laser?

The Icon rejuvenates your skin and restores a more youthful appearance by:

  • Diminishing or eliminating fine lines and wrinkles
  • Removing hair permanently
  • Resurfacing skin to improve tone, tighten skin, and remove discolorations or scars
  • Abolishing facial veins (spider veins) and redness due to rosacea
  • Eliminating sun spots, age spots, and melasma (brown spots often caused by hormones)
  • Treating scars caused by acne, injuries, or surgery
  • Reducing stretch marks

How does the Icon laser achieve cosmetic results?

Depending on the type of Icon laser used, you can count on effective results through three key mechanisms:

Pigment removal

Certain laser wavelengths are only absorbed by colored pigments, such as melanin in your skin and the red-blue pigments in veins. When the pigment absorbs laser energy, the targeted cells break down without harming the surrounding skin and tissues. As your body naturally removes the destroyed cells, the problem is permanently eliminated.

Fine lines, wrinkles, and skin tightening

Over time, your body produces less collagen and elastin, two proteins that give your skin strength and resilience. With the Icon laser, Dr. Pruden targets structures beneath the surface of your skin, triggering the production of collagen and elastin, while boosting blood flow.

As old skin at the surface is replaced with new collagen- and elastin-rich cells, your fresh skin is stronger, tighter, and wrinkles are diminished.


Using specific Icon handpieces, Dr. Pruden can resurface your skin, precisely targeting one thin layer at a time and removing only enough to achieve your cosmetic goals. While removing only the top layer exfoliates, treats some discoloration, and smooths your skin, deeper resurfacing is needed to target problems like scars and wrinkles.

If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, chances are the Icon laser can help. To learn more about these quick, safe, and effective treatments, call SkinMD or book an appointment online.