If you struggle with how your facial skin looks because of fine lines, dark spots, or sun damage, Plano Aesthetics can offer you a skin analysis at our Plano, TX office to see if you qualify for intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) with Lumecca. An IPL photofacial is a skin rejuvenation treatment for adult men and women with hyperpigmentation and wrinkle issues on their face and neck. IPL may not be an invasive procedure, but it can be very effective and produce great results. Cosmetic surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Caruth sends intense wavelengths of light that heat the skin just enough to ignite the natural regeneration process and boost collagen production. Over time, you should see a healthier layer with a more even tone and less dark spots.
IPL Ideal Candidates
IPL works deep within the layers of your skin to improve many complexion concerns (especially sun spots and brown lesions) with little or no downtime. Candidates for IPL at Plano Aesthetics may have a combination of concerns with their skin, including sun damage, rosacea, hyperpigmentation (brown spots), wrinkles, rough texture, large pores, flushing, freckles, melasma, age and sun spots, or broken capillaries. Dr. Jeffrey Caruth will assess your skin to see if you are a candidate for IPL at your private consultation.
IPL Procedure Technique
IPL is performed inside our Plano, TX office in about 20 – 30 minutes in our minor procedures room if performed alone. To start the treatment, the technician will clean and dry the skin to be treated before covering your eyes with special laser shields. IPL by Lumecca is administered using a handheld device that passes over the skin while emitting pulses of laser energy. While most patients will feel some discomfort during the IPL, it is generally tolerable for the short treatment time.
What to Expect with IPL
There is minimal downtime associated with a photofacial, but you will leave your appointment with your skin a little swollen and pink. This will decrease on its own as the day continues — it can be concealed with makeup if you want. Plano Aesthetics advises patients keep an ointment on the skin's surface to decrease irritation and speed healing. It also helps to take an anti-inflammatory medication to reduce swelling. Over the course of several days, the sun damage and other irregularities that rested under the skin will come to the surface and then begin to flake off. It's important to keep your skin protected from the sun at all times after a photofacial and to not pick at your skin. While you should see some visible results after the first session, your skin will attain the best results after several IPL sessions. Dr. Jeffrey Caruth recommends approximately 4 – 6 Lumecca treatments performed about once a month at Plano Aesthetics.
IPL Frequently Asked Questions
What areas can be treated?
Lumecca IPL is safe for use on most areas of the body, but the most common treatment zones are those that are regularly exposed to the sun, including the face, neck, upper chest, hands, legs, and arms.
Do I need to prepare my skin for treatment?
There is no special protocol that you need to follow prior to treatment. However, it’s important that you avoid excessive sun exposure and tanning for one month prior to the treatment and in the weeks following.
Is Lumecca IPL okay for all skin types?
IPL is safe for most skin types, but deeper olive or brown skin tones may be prone to unintended pigmentation following an IPL treatment. It’s important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caruth prior to treatment so that he can evaluate your skin and determine if IPL is the right treatment for you.
How many sessions are required?
Unlike other IPL technologies, Lumecca can typically produce results in as little as a single session. However, most patients elect to undergo 4 – 6 treatments for the most dramatic results. Dr. Caruth will create a customized treatment plan according to the condition of your complexion and your aesthetic goals.
Are there any side effects?
Immediately following treatment, you should expect to experience a slight warming sensation and redness that typically subsides within a few hours. Some patients will be sensitive to sunlight immediately following treatment. Plano Aesthetics recommends avoiding direct sunlight exposure and tanning for at least six weeks following treatment.
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IPL Get Your Glow Back
You probably didn't worry too much about your skin when you were a child, but now that environmental damage like sun spots, wrinkles, and other blemishes are appearing, you now may be interested in how to improve your complexion. We invite you to learn more about IPL laser treatments by calling our Plano, TX office and scheduling a skin consultation with Dr. Caruth. With IPL laser treatments at Plano Aesthetics, we can go deep within the layers of your skin to help bring back a bright glow and a clear complexion.