Icon Specialist

Alex M. Mercado, MD

Board Certified Internal Medicine located in Flanders, NJ

Injections, fillers, and cosmetic surgery are not your only options for youthful-looking skin and a flawless complexion. At Alex M. Mercado, MD in Flanders, New Jersey, offers the Icon™ by Cynosure, an industry-leading cosmetic platform that reduces the appearance of wrinkles, blood vessels, pigmentation, stretch marks, surgical scars, and more. This comprehensive suite of services can improve nearly any skin condition without needles or surgery. To learn more about the benefits of Icon, call Alex M. Mercado, MD or book an appointment online.

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What is the Icon system?

The Icon is an array of intense pulsed light (IPL) and laser therapy that targets a wide range of skin conditions. It is the only device on the market that contains Skintel™, a live melanin reader that measures the average melanin density of your skin. This feature helps your provider choose the best setting to enhance the results of your treatment.

Which areas does the Icon system treat?

Designed to be quick, effective, and noninvasive, the Icon stimulates the production of collagen and elastin while breaking up age spots and hyperpigmentation. It treats a number of skin conditions, including:


  • Spider veins
  • Brown spots
  • Uneven complexion
  • Stretch marks
  • Cellulite
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Acne scars
  • Surgical scars
  • Redness
  • Unwanted hair


The Icon provides skin resurfacing and rejuvenation benefits that take years off your face, for a youthful, glowing complexion.

How does the Icon system work?

The Icon delivers controlled laser energy to the treatment area to stimulate elastin and collagen production, which generates skin cell renewal over time. This leads to tighter, smoother, younger looking skin, without injections, fillers, or surgery. This laser energy is even powerful enough to reach below the epidermis, your skin’s outer layer, to break up unwanted pigmentation.


During your first session, your provider targets the area you want to treat using the handheld Icon device. How long the session takes depends on your treatment, though it can range from a few minutes to one hour.


While the treatment radiates a warm sensation, it should not be painful. Mild redness around the treatment area is expected, but it typically disappears shortly after the session. You can return to your normal activities right away, with no downtime.

How long does it take to see results?

Some patients notice changes in their skin and complexion right away, but it takes a few months to see dramatic results. Depending on the type of treatment you want, your provider may recommend that you return to Alex M. Mercado, MD for additional sessions to achieve the best results possible. Because Icon therapy is completely nonsurgical and requires no preparation, it is safe to come back for additional maintenance sessions.


Alex M. Mercado, MD has the skill and experience necessary to transform your complexion and remove years’ worth of damage from your skin. To find out if Icon is the right treatment for you, call or book an appointment online today.

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