Are you unhappy with sun damage, rosacea, and uneven pigmentation on your face that makes your skin look tired or old? IPL photorejuvenation can help restore the vitality of red, blotchy, or sun-damaged skin. Dr. Friedlander offers Lumecca™ to address skin irregularities and create a healthy and youthful complexion. She will use her knowledge and expertise to recommend a tailored treatment plan that will leave your skin rejuvenated and refreshed.Have a Question
What is Lumecca™?
Lumecca™ is a safe, non-ablative skin treatment that uses powerful Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy to improve the appearance of your skin. Lumecca™ is one of the most powerful IPL devices available, leading to clearance in as few as one to two treatments, unlike other IPL devices that typically require four to six treatments.
What is the science behind IPL?
IPL targets the deeper dermis, where the cells and blood vessels reside. It works through a process called selective photothermolysis. Unlike lasers, which use a single wavelength, IPL consists of multiple wavelengths, allowing a single device to treat many different problems. Pigment and blood vessels respond to specific wavelengths by absorbing them, converting the light to heat. The heat disintegrates the cell containing the pigment or the vessel. The pigment is lifted out of the tissue, and gradually makes its way to the surface, leading to improvement in your pigmentation, sun damage, capillaries (blood vessels), and redness as well as skin irregularities on the face, neck, hands, chest, arms, and legs. The treatment also stimulates collagen production in the skin, resulting in photorejuvenation that will leave you loving your skin.
Why do I need a Photofacial?
We are exposed to a variety of toxins on a daily basis. Sunlight, radiation, and pollution combined with the natural aging process lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and changes in texture and color of our skin. Despite the use of sunscreen and a good skin care regimen, ongoing damage to the skin occurs every day. A photofacial is one means of restoring a healthy, youthful glow to our skin. IPL photorejuvenation treatment uses high-energy light waves to reduce or eliminate many common effects of aging, including facial wrinkles and skin discolorations. The treatment is effective immediately with no downtime. We can’t eliminate the threat of environmental factors, but we can utilize light energy to reverse much of the damage to our skin.
Am I a Candidate for Lumecca™?
You may be a good candidate for Lumecca™ if you are light-skinned (Fitzpatrick I-IV) and struggle with one or more of the following skin issues:
- Brown spots (age spots)
- Sun damage
- Rosacea (facial redness)
- Spider veins on the face
- Freckles anywhere on the face or body
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Enlarged pores
- Acne scars
There are contraindications to the procedure. You may not be a candidate for IPL photofacial if you have a tan, are darkly pigmented (as with Fitzpatrick V-VI skin), or if you have melasma. Dr. Friedlander will review your medical history with you to ensure the procedure is appropriate. She may suggest other interventions to help lift and lighten your skin.
What areas can be treated with Lumecca™?
Photodamage occurs on all areas of the body regularly exposed to the sun. Lumecca™ can be used to treat all of these areas. The most common areas treated are the face, neck, décolletage, and hands.
What will my treatment with Lumecca™ be like?
Lumecca™ is performed in the comfort of the office. You will be given goggles to protect your eyes from the bright flashes of light. A cool gel is applied to the area being treated. The handpiece will deliver brief pulses of bright light that will feel similar to a rubber band snapping on your skin. You will notice some slight redness and a warm feeling on your skin after the treatment, but this resolves quickly. A Lumecca™ treatment takes about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Is Lumecca™ painful?
Lumecca™ is a safe and gentle treatment. It has a strong, sapphire cooling tip that reduces discomfort and optimizes your results. You may experience some slight redness and skin sensitivity following your Lumecca™ session, but this will subside after a few hours.
What will my recovery be like?
Since Lumecca™ is a minimally invasive procedure, you can resume all regular activities the same day as your treatment. Darkening of the pigmented areas will occur as the pigment lifts out, and you may see “coffee grounds” on your skin. This will slough off in three to five days, leaving a smoother, less blotchy appearance. The most important thing that you can do is to avoid direct sun exposure and tanning for four weeks after (and before) the treatment and make sure to apply sunscreen liberally to protect your skin.
What results can I expect?
In one to two weeks, you can expect a much smoother skin tone and a bright, healthy complexion after your Lumecca™ treatment. The pigmented areas become darker, flaking off after several days, resulting in a more even skin tone and color. The vessels may become darker as well, showing improvement after several days. A gradual improvement in redness can be expected. While results are typically noticeable after the first treatment, you may require multiple sessions to achieve the look you want. For the best results, your treatments should be performed between three and four weeks apart. Dr. Friedlander will determine the best course of action to make sure you are left with beautiful, radiant skin.
What risk and side effects are involved?
While all procedures do carry some risk, most patients do not experience any problems after their Lumecca™ treatment as long as they stay out of the sun. Post-treatment hyperpigmentation is uncommon.
Schedule a Lumecca™IPL PhotoFacial
If you are interested in Lumecca™ and would like to learn more about this treatment, you can contact Dr. Friedlander at her New Jersey practice at 973-524-7124 or schedule a consultation with us online today!