An In-Depth Look at this Innovative IPL Treatment for Radiant Skin
Sun damage, melasma, rosacea, hyperpigmentation, you name it—Lumecca IPL will give you long-lasting, beautifully radiant skin.
Lumecca is an effective, non-ablative Intense Pulse Light (IPL) skin treatment that reduces the appearance of discolouration in the skin while improving the health, texture, and overall appearance of skin.
If you’re tired of redness, blemishes, scarring, sun spots, and other common skin concerns, then here’s everything there is to know about this popular skincare treatment.
What is Lumecca IPL?
Lumecca IPL by InMode is an effective, safe, and non-surgical Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) technology that uses selective photothermolysis to treat a variety of common skin issues, such as hyperpigmentation (dark spots) caused by ageing and sun damage, blemishes, rosacea, and scarring.
Lumecca IPL treatments also rejuvenate the skin by boosting collagen production, which reduces the signs of ageing, such as fine lines, and resulting in skin that is more even in complexion and texture and more radiant overall.
What Does It Treat?
While Lumecca is most effective at reducing redness caused by rosacea and hyperpigmentations from all causes and improving skin tone in general.
Here is a complete list of the conditions that Lumecca IPL can treat:
- Spider veins
How Does It Work?
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment uses a non-ablative energy source—a broad spectrum light in the visible and near-infrared range—to target pigments in the skin, such as age spots and the blood cells in broken capillaries.
The pigments absorb the heat from the light and break down. And the body reabsorbs the remaining pigment fragments, or the fragments are sloughed off during the skin’s normal regeneration cycle, with the pigments fading over time.
The light energy also stimulates collagen production by reaching into the deeper layer of skin—the dermis—and stimulating cells called fibroblasts. Over the course of several treatments, this increase in collagen production results in smoother, softer skin, along with a reduction in the appearance of pores, wrinkles, and textured irregularities.
Where Can It Be Used To Treat Hyperpigmentation?
Lumecca IPL can be used to treat hyperpigmentation from sun exposure on almost any area of the body. However, the most common treatment areas are those where sun damage most often occurs, such as the hands, face, neck, chest, and shoulder.
Who Should Try It?
Those with frustrating blemishes, discolouration, and other skin concerns, such as hyperpigmentation caused by sun damage, should consider trying Lumecca IPL.
You can also try it if you:
- Are not pregnant or nursing
- Do not have a medical condition that impairs skin healing
- Do not have an active skin condition in the treatment area, such as eczema, psoriasis, sores, or a rash
- Do not have a history of cancer, especially skin cancer
- Do not have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator
- Have not been using Accutane for the past six months
What to Expect From a Treatment
At the beginning of a Lumecca IPL treatment, your clinician will apply a cooling gel over the treatment area and give you protective goggles to wear. They will then gently place a small handpiece on your skin to transmit flashes of light to the target areas.
A treatment that covers the entire face typically takes around 20 to 30 minutes. After the treatment, your clinician will wipe off the gel, and you can go back to your regular day-to-day activities.
After the treatment, you also may experience mild, temporary redness in the treatment area that will disappear after a few hours. And sometimes, the pigmentation can become darker before sloughing off in about a week.
You should avoid the sun for up to 72 hours after treatment and use a broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen.
After treatment, you should also expect:
- Skin with a more even texture
- Reduced appearance of fine lines
- Reduced pore size
- Reduced appearance of blood vessels
- Firmer, more resilient skin due to an increase in collagen production
Is It Painful?
The pulses of light are often described as feeling like a rubber band snapping over the skin, and your skin might feel warm for 24 to 48 hours after treatment.
But, overall, Lumecca IPL treatments are usually well-tolerated without the use of analgesia, especially since it uses liquid cooling through its sapphire cooled tip.
How Often Do I Need To Get It Done?
Although you will likely notice visible results after your first treatment, most people require five treatments to get the optimal results.
Some people may only need one to four treatments, while others may need upwards of six treatments, depending on their treatment needs, such as the severity of skin damage and the issue being treated—e.g., vascular vs sun damage.
Treatments are also usually spaced three to six weeks apart.
How Long Do Results Last & When Will I See Results?
You will likely start to notice results a few days after the first treatment. And your skin will continue to look more radiant over time, with the most noticeable results beginning one to two weeks after treatment.
With proper skin care, a healthy lifestyle, and avoiding sun damage, your results can last for an extended period of time.
What Are the Risks Involved?
Since IPL targets pigments in the skin, your skin is at risk of burning if you have the treatment done while tanned. So avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks before treatment.
IPL skin care treatment is a safe and effective way to treat a number of skin concerns while giving you smooth, beautiful, and radiant skin.
Visit Dr. Tosoni to see how Lumecca IPL can help your skin look and feel its best.
Dr. Caroline Tosoni pursued her Medical Degree at McMaster University and completed her post-graduate medical residency in Family Medicine through the University of Ottawa in 1998. Fluently bilingual in French and English, she opened her medical practice in Ottawa in July of 1998. Since 2000, Dr. Tosoni has focused her medical practice on Cosmetic Dermatology and has received extensive training and obtained multiple certifications in various medical cosmetic enhancement procedures such as Phlebology, Botox® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers, SoftLift,™ BeautiPhication,™ Belkyra injections, CoolSculpting,™ Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Laser Medicine. Dr. Caroline Tosoni is also proficient in the treatment of Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and Migraine Headaches with Botox® Therapeutic. In 2015, Dr. Tosoni’s practice officially received a Focused Practice in Dermatology designation by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association.