Intense Pulsed Light (Lumecca™ IPL)
Skin texture & acne scar treatment
Years of intentional or unintentional sunlight exposure accumulate in our skin in the form of wrinkles, brown pigment spots, redness due to broken capillaries, and rough skin. Thanks to a revolutionary innovation in light technology, we have a safe and non-invasive way to help restore the skin’s youthful appearance.
Traditional laser resurfacing and deep chemical peels – while effective for reducing the signs of aging – are associated with significant recovery time and risk of complication. IPL Photorejuvenation does not involve any breach of the skin’s outer layer, thus resulting in a low risk of complication ideal for people who cannot afford any down-time.
How does IPL work?
InMode's Lumecca IPL technology has multiple options for the doctor/service provider so that each patient's treatment can be tailored to their unique needs. In general, IPL technology uses broad spectrum light in the visible and near infrared range from 515nm to about 1200nm. Targets in the skin such as the pigment in age spots and the blood cells in broken capillaries pick up the heat from this transmitted light and break down. The body then either absorbs the remaining fragments or they are sloughed off in the normal skin cycle.
A series of 4–6 treatments* is usually prescribed. The energy parameters are gentle, keeping in mind our desire for a non-invasive, no down-time method of rejuvenation. The energy is, however, increased with each visit to progressively treat deeper or larger targets.
InMode Lumecca IPL Video: How It Works
How is the treatment done?
A layer of cooling gel is applied over the affected area, and the patient dons protective goggles. A small handpiece is placed gently on the skin and the light is transmitted in pulses controlled by the operator to cover the area of desired treatment. The sensation with each pulse of the laser is like the snapping of a rubber band over the skin, and is generally well tolerated without the use of any analgesia. However, a topical anesthetic can be applied prior to treatment.
A typical treatment over the entire face takes about 20 minutes. After the treatment, the gel is wiped off and routine activities can resume.
There may be mild redness which is generally short-lived, and areas of pigmentation can become darker before sloughing off in a week's time. Treatments are generally spaced three weeks apart, with results starting to show after the first or second treatment.
What are the advantages of IPL over other similar treatments?
Because it is a non-invasive procedure, there is no recovery time or down-time necessary following treatment, and the procedure can be performed quickly. The IPL procedure also employs the use of filters, allowing the clinician to specifically target individual lesions and areas to truly customize your treatment to your unique needs.
What is the difference between InMode IPL and BBL?
Lakeshore Vein & Aesthetics Clinic has the latest generation of IPL, the premier technology from industry leader InMode. InMode's IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a medical technology that typically surpasses most older IPL or Broadband Light (BBL) devices in efficacy and comfort. For more information, talk to us, or visit the InMode website: inmodemd.com
What will the results be like?
Initially you may notice some redness, which will disappear after a few hours. However, your pigmentation may appear darker for several days before it fades. Once the redness dissipates, your skin will appear firmer and more evenly textured and fine lines will be reduced or eliminated. Pores will appear smaller and tiny vessels that cause redness will be less noticeable. Increased production of collagen will also help your skin appear firmer and more resilient over time.
How many treatments are necessary?
While even a single treatment can produce visible results, most clients will need up to five treatments – which can be spaced three weeks apart – to achieve the greatest benefits of the IPL Phototherapy procedure.
For further information on IPL photorejuvenation, make an appointment with one of our skin treatment experts who can evaluate your skin and give you realistic expectations on what IPL can do for you.
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What areas of the body does IPL treat?
The IPL procedure can be used to treat just about any area of the body, based on a personal expert consult. Most patients choose the procedure to treat the face, chest, shoulders and hands – where sun damage is most likely to have occurred.
IPL has been used to improve the texture and appearance of scars, including those caused by acne. It is also recognized as an effective treatment for the redness of rosacea.
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