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Photofacial (IPL)

LimeLight

LimeLight

Photofacial (IPL) Orange County

Get an even and smooth tone with a Photofacial (IPL)!

IPL or Intense Pulsed Light treatment, otherwise known as a photofacial, is a great solution to treat pigmentation, redness, or small blood vessels that makes your skin tone uneven. Pigmentation may be a result of years of damage caused by environmental factors such as the sun. 

What is a LimeLight Photofacial (IPL)?

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) sources emit diffuse (noncoherent) light energy with different wavelengths (polychromatic). IPL devices are used to target cells with color (chromophores) and subsequently treat pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, freckles) but also treat many other conditions (vascular lesions, rosacea) as the heat emitted helps destroy blood vessel walls. Although not as effective as Laser Hair Removal, IPL may be used for removing unwanted hair.

The first IPL device was FDA approved for telangiectasias or spider veins in 1995. One of the most well known IPL devices is the Cutera LimeLight. This device may be customized for different skin tones and skin conditions to produce excellent results with minimal discomfort.

Treatment

Treatment time may vary based on the size of the treatment area but generally takes about 20-30 minutes. You will be required to wear dark glasses to protect your eyes from the light rays. The procedure involves minimal discomfort, and a local anesthetic may be used for enhanced comfort. The treatment results can be seen in a few weeks after the treatment, but for optimal results, multiple follow-up treatments for every 4 weeks may be recommended.

Before / After

LimeLight Photofacial (IPL) Benefits:

  • Reduces hyperpigmentation to even out skin tone
  • Reduces the appearance of pigmented lesions (age spots, sun spots, freckles)
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
  • Reduces pore size
  • Treats skin redness and flushing
  • Treats Rosacea
  • Reduce the appearance of scars (acne, trauma)
  • Treat vascular lesions (broken capillaries, blood vessels, telangiectasia)
  • Stimulates collagen and elastin production
  • Tightens skin
  • Hair Removal

LimeLight Photofacial (IPL) Pre & Post Care Instructions

Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment.
  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should be cleanly shaved.
  • Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for 4 weeks prior to treatment and use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily to ensure coverage against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Avoid self-tanners 4 weeks prior to treatment.
  • Consult with your physician if you have been on photosensitizing medication within the last 12 months.
  • Avoid chemical peels and laser treatments in the area to be treated for 2 weeks prior to your treatment.
  • Avoid skin irritants (products containing hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, retinoids, vitamin c, etc.) 3 days prior to your treatment.
  • Avoid waxing, tweezing, and use of chemical depilatories 1-2 weeks prior to treatment.
  • If you have a history of cold sores of Herpes Simplex Virus, you may be recommended to take an antiviral medication before treatment.
  • Notify the office staff if you develop a cold sore, acne, open lesions in the area being treated, or experience any type of illness prior to your treatment.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for 3 days prior to treatment.
  • The longevity of neuromodulators and/or dermal fillers done any time within 6 months prior to face treatment may be affected. Avoid neuromodulators and/or dermal fillers 2 weeks before your treatment.
  • Notify the office staff if you develop a cold sore, acne, open lesions in the area being treated, or experience any type of illness prior to your treatment.

Post-Treatment Instructions

  • Avoid sun exposure for 1 week after treatment and use a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 daily to ensure coverage against UVA and UVB rays.
  • Avoid self-tanners 2 weeks after treatment.
  • Bruising, redness, and swelling may occur and resolve with time. 
  • Avoid heat, saunas, hot tubs, and strenuous activities for 1-2 days.
  • Avoid skin irritants (products containing hydroxy acids, hydroquinone, retinoids, vitamin c, etc.) 3 days post-treatment. 
  • Avoid waxing, tweezing, and use of chemical depilatories 1-2 weeks after treatment.
  • Avoid chemical peels and other laser treatments in the treated area for 2 weeks after your laser treatment.
  • If you experience any side effects, such as hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation, prolonged redness or 
swelling, a histamine reaction, or blistering, call or come in for instructions on treatment.
  • You may experience a sunburned sensation immediately following treatment. Although rare, some light swelling is possible.
  • Avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for 3 days after treatment.
  • The darkening of freckles and other areas is normal. If this occurs, do not pick or exfoliate the areas. They will flake off or lighten on their own over the next week if on the face and over the next several weeks if on the body.
  • If you experience a burn, gently cleanse the area and use hydrocortisone cream on the area several times a day for the next week. If the mark opens, also use antibiotic ointment over the hydrocortisone cream. Please notify us immediately of any burns.
  • Use SPF 30 or higher daily in the treated area.
  • You may generally resume normal skincare regimen after 3 days following treatment.
  • Makeup may be applied the day after your treatment.
  • Contact the office or seek medical attention if any concerning or unusual side effect occurs.