IPL, (a.k.a.Photofacial, BBL, LimeLight, Fotofacial, Intense Pulsed Light) is a cosmetic procedure designed to produce younger and healthier looking skin. Why the different names? Although there are many names associated with “Intense Pulsed Light,” their actions all have the same end target; brown spots and redness. At Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, we provide this Intense Pulsed Light treatment with the Cutera LimeLight, as we have found that this particular light therapy is able to be adjusted to each individuals specific skin care needs.
A variety of skin conditions, such as red complexion, rosacea, fine lines, large pores, freckles and pigmented spots can be treated using LimeLight treatments.
These skin conditions are often caused by aging, sun exposure, genetic predisposition, and other factors like smoking, certain medications, and environmental factors…just to name a few.
Pigmented spots and areas of redness selectively absorb the intense pulsed light delivered by our Cutera LimeLight treatment, resulting in cosmetic improvement, without peeling the skin. The process will leave the skin with a clearer, glowing, youthful appearance – making this one of our most popular procedures.
What Is Intense Pulsed Light-LimeLight?
It takes about 30-minutes in which intense pulses of light are used to penetrate deep into the skin. The LimeLight treatment then causes collagen and blood vessels below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness, pigment and age lines. The procedure involves only minimal discomfort, while the redness and swelling that sometimes occur after treatment disappear shortly. Most benefits of the LimeLight occur gradually in the weeks following the series of treatments.
Limelight can erase skin damage and treat a variety of skin conditions, such as:
· Broken capillaries
· Sun and smoke damage
· Small Veins
· Mild acne scars
· Enlarged pores
· Dull complexion
· Uneven pigmentation
· Pigmented freckles and age spots
· Red flushing skin (including Rosacea)
· Liver spots
· Fine lines and wrinkles
Who is an ideal candidate for the LimeLight procedure?
LimeLight can be used to treat redness caused by acne, rosacea, hyperpigmentation and facial veins, as well as the fine lines and wrinkles caused by aging or sun damage. And if your skin has been discoloured as a result of smoking, alcohol use, or hormonal changes, an IPL can smooth and refine your complexion.
Who is CANNOT have the IPL procedure?
IPL cannot be used on:
- Dark skinned patients
- Recently tanned patients
- Pregnant patients
- Patients with Melasma (in most cases I suggest alternative treatments as Intense Pulsed Light can worsen this condition)
- Patients who have had chemotherapy, radiation, or used of Accutane in the last 6 months.
Is there any down time associated with LimeLight procedure?
LimeLight involves relatively little discomfort and no downtime. Unlike many laser techniques, the procedure is non-ablative, meaning no skin is removed during treatment. This contributes to the easy recovery and low risk associated with the LimeLight, while allowing patients to return to their everyday routine immediately. In cases where patients have brown spots, the brown spots can get darker, then they will get crusty & fall off in a few days. After treatment the skin may look a little flushed. The flushed look will soon fade away leaving the skin looking younger and rejuvenated.
Things that have to be avoided for 24 hours post treatment:
- Working out (sweating)
- Hot tub, Hot Sauna, Steam Room
- Washing treated area with hot water
- No acids, retinols, waxing, scrubs, acne drugs for 5-7 days
How does LimeLight work?
During LimeLight skin rejuvenation treatment, high energy light waves are used to reduce or eliminate many common effects of aging, including facial wrinkles and skin discolorations. LimeLight also encourages the production of collagen, a natural protein that fills in wrinkles, making the skin smooth and supple. SIX (6) full-face IPL sessions spaced 3-4 weeks apart are normally required for optimal results, but your practitioner can discuss what is best for you. Maintenance treatments are great to do as well to keep your skin looking healthy and younger.
How long does LimeLight last?
The longevity of LimeLight rejuvenation results will largely depend on you; results last as long as you maintain proper skin care, including daily wear of an adequate SPF. Of course we all keep aging and that is why at Vitenas Cosmetic surgery, we like to keep an on-going relationship with our patients. That way your skin care specialist, who knows your skin, will help you design a routine to keep your skin looking its best.