Get rid of fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation or unwanted hair with Elite iQ, a state-of-the-art laser system from Cynosure. Thanks to two unique wavelengths and SkinTel smart melanin reader technology, the Elite iQ is safe and effective for patients of all skin tones and hair textures.
What Is Elite iQ?
Elite iQ is a laser system that can perform many of the most-requested aesthetic treatments. Two wavelengths–a 1064 nm Nd:YAG and a 755 nm alexandrite–are employed separately or at the same appointment to achieve your goals.
The Elite iQ platform is equipped with SkinTel smart melanin reader technology, the first and only FDA-cleared melanin reader. The SkinTel device assesses your levels of melanin (the pigment that gives skin and hair its color) to determine the optimal laser parameters for you, delivering faster, more accurate results.
Elite IQ can address multiple skin concerns and conditions, as well as permanently reduce hair.
Laser hair removal
The Elite IQ can achieve permanent hair reduction in only a few sessions. It targets a precise wavelength of light at the melanin in your hair follicles, heating the follicle until its ability to grow new hair is reduced or destroyed.
By undergoing several laser hair removal treatments spaced 6–8 weeks apart, you can effectively reduce the thickness and density of hair almost anywhere on the body. For some people, the hair reduction is permanent; others will require follow-up sessions every 6–12 months.
Elite iQ laser hair removal can be performed almost anywhere on the body, including the:
- Bikini area
As a solution for hyperpigmentation, Elite iQ emits precise pulses of light to clusters of melanin in the skin. The light causes the pigment particles to break up, be absorbed by the body and become less visible.
You can treat:
- Age spots
- Benign pigmented skin lesions such as moles
- Cafe-au-lait macules
- Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH)
The Elite iQ device treats a wide array of skin concerns related to aging. The laser energy is converted to heat in the skin, triggering collagen and elastin production. Over time, the skin in the treated area becomes smoother, healthier and younger-looking.
With a single treatment, you can achieve noticeably brighter skin; regular sessions spaced 6–8 weeks apart can gradually turn back the clock and help you achieve total skin revitalization.
- Firmer, tighter skin
- Reduced facial wrinkles, neck wrinkles and jowls
- Improved skin tone and texture
- Fewer dark spots and sunspots
Vascular lesions & other skin concerns
Elite iQ can treat most vascular lesions on the face and body. The laser heat breaks down the walls of a lesion’s blood vessels, causing the blood to flow elsewhere and the veins to become less visible.
Vascular lesions Elite iQ can treat include:
- Broken blood vessels
- Cherry angioma
- Port wine stains
- Spider veins
Why Choose the Cynosure Elite iQ?
The Elite iQ is equipped with SkinTel technology, the world’s first and only FDA-cleared melanin reader. This revolutionary technology takes the guesswork out of establishing the best treatment settings for each patient, setting it apart from other laser systems on the market.
Elite iQ’s two wavelengths are each considered the gold standard for their intended purposes–removing skin imperfections, building new collagen and eliminating unwanted hair.
Ideal Candidates for Elite iQ
Men and women of any age can be good candidates for this treatment. Elite iQ is safe for all skin types, including dark and tanned skin. Use it to address:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Mild skin laxity (looseness)
- Pigmentary issues
- Pseudofolliculitis barbae
- Sun damage
- Unwanted hair
- Vascular lesions
Note that laser hair removal may not be effective at removing very light hair, as there must be sufficient melanin in the hair follicle to be targeted.
Before & Afters
What to Expect from Your Elite iQ Treatment
At your treatment session, you’ll lie down on a comfortable treatment table and be given eye protection. Your provider will use the SkinTel melanin reader to obtain optimal settings for your treatment, then pass the Elite IQ laser handpiece over the area being treated. The sensation isn’t painful, resembling a rubber band snapping against your skin. The process can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour, depending on the size of the treatment area.
Recovery and aftercare
An Elite iQ treatment doesn’t involve any downtime. During the 24 hours afterward, you may experience redness and mild swelling. Follow all aftercare instructions given by your provider; depending on the skin concerns you’re treating, you may need to avoid sun exposure and wear sunscreen for the next few days.
Cost of Elite iQ
The cost of a single Elite iQ session depends on multiple factors, including the size of the area being treated, the provider you choose and your geographic location.
According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the average cost of laser hair removal in 2020 was $389, while the average cost of non-ablative laser skin resurfacing was $1,445.
The Elite iQ device is a safe, effective solution for skin revitalization, pigmentary disorders, vascular lesions and other skin imperfections along with unwanted hair.
Two optimal wavelengths work separately or together to treat a wide range of skin concerns, and the first-of-its-kind SkinTel melanin reader creates treatment protocols that exactly match your hair and skin type. Elite iQ requires minimal downtime and generates superior results in as little as one session.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments you’ll need depends on the severity of the skin concern being addressed. In the case of laser hair removal, thick, coarse hair will require more sessions than thinner, lighter hair. For other indications, people with darker skin types may require more sessions than those with lighter skin, as the laser system uses gentler settings for highly melanated skin. Individual results will also vary according to your body’s response to treatment.
How long until I see results?
For most Elite iQ indications, you’ll start seeing results a few weeks after treatment. For rejuvenation, hyperpigmentation or vascular lesion treatments, your skin needs a few weeks to build collagen or absorb shattered melanin particles or blood vessels. For hair removal, the treated follicles need 6–8 weeks to return to their growth phase.
Are there any side effects?
Elite iQ has an excellent safety profile. Possible side effects include redness, swelling, crusting or scabbing. By choosing a reputable provider, you minimize your risk of side effects caused by incorrect use of the device.