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What is Lumecca?

Lumecca is a premier intense pulsed light (IPL) system designed to effectively reduce pigmentation without downtime or recovery. IPL works by emitting gentle light energy pulses into the skin where pigment exists, damaging the cells and causing them to gradually slough off. This process is painless and effective, making it a great option for redness, dark spots, pigmented acne scars, spider veins, sun damage, and rosacea. It can also help to prevent acne formation and stimulate collagen production. IPL can be used on all areas of the body and can be optimized for all skin tones.

Am I a Candidate for Lumecca?

Lumecca works best for Fitzpatrick skin types 1-3. Fitzpatrick skin types are classified by the skin’s tone and responsiveness to UV rays. This means Lumecca works best on skin types that are more sensitive to UV exposure and are lighter in tone. Our laser technicians can help determine if your Fitzpatrick skin type is suitable for Lumecca treatment.

How is Lumecca Performed?

Lumecca can be completed in a quick and easy treatment session. First, your skin will be cleansed and prepared with a specialized gel. Then, the Lumecca handpiece is applied to the skin. Most patients can tolerate the treatment well, since the light energy feels similar to a light rubber band ‘snap’. However, we can supply a topical numbing cream if needed, since each patient has a different level of tolerance. Once the area has been sufficiently treated, you can return home. Overall, this treatment can take around thirty minutes to complete.

What Can I Expect After Lumecca?

Many patients begin to see improvement after just one treatment, although we recommend a package of 3-5 treatments, each performed one month apart. In the days and weeks following treatment, you may see the treated pigmentation become darker. This is because the damaged cells rise to the surface of the skin before they slough off. It’s extremely important to wear sunscreen during this time since your skin will be photosensitive. You may experience some redness after treatment, but this subsides quickly.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Lumecca?

Lumecca is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device. This is a non-invasive treatment that uses a bright light to improve red and brown pigment.

How does Lumecca work?

This light therapy treatment minimizes pigment variations in the skin, providing a brighter appearance in the overall complexion.

Can I get these treatments year-round?

At CARE, we aim to provide the safest and most effective treatments. We find that the spring, fall, and winter seasons are better for corrective treatments. During the summer months, we focus on skincare maintenance. Because of increased sun exposure, there is an increased risk for hyperpigmentation due to the skins photosensitivity post-treatment.

Are Lumecca treatments painful?

Most patients tolerate Lumecca very well. The sensation is typically described as a \u201crubber band snapping the skin.\u201d Our Lumecca device also has a cooling tip which improves comfort during treatment. Treatment areas may have a mild sunburn sensation for a few hours afterward, which is normal.

How long does a Lumecca treatment take?

Total treatment time will depend on how many areas are treated, and the size of each area. Most treatments take between 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Is Lumecca good for any skin type?

Lumecca is considered to be a type of light therapy energy delivery device. As a general rule, Lumecca should be used with caution on those with higher Fitzpatrick skin types (Types IV-VI) and darker skin tones.

Can anyone get Lumecca?

Darker skin types may NOT receive Lumecca as the risk for burning and hyperpigmentation is much higher. The best candidates have a pale to medium skin tone. The energy level and settings will be adjusted based on your skin type. Additionally, IPL is controversial for patients with certain skin conditions such as melasma because it may result in further hyperpigmentation without improvement. All patients are carefully screened and educated prior to treatment to ensure they are a good candidate.

Why should I consider Lumecca?

Lumecca helps to even out the tone of your skin and may help your complexion appear brighter. It addresses sunspots, broken capillaries, rosacea, and hyperpigmentation from scarring.

Is Lumecca only for the face?

No! Lumecca is approved to treat all body areas including the face, neck, chest, arms, back, legs, etc. Many patients even like to treat the back of their hands to help fade brown spots.

How many treatments will I need?

We recommend a minimum of 3 treatments, performed about 3-6 weeks apart. However, more treatments may be recommended for best results.

When will I see results?

Final results are achieved at 2-3 weeks. The brown spots and red capillaries will appear darker initially and gradually fade until that time.

How long do results last?

This varies from patient to patient and depends on what is being treated. Capillary treatment is considered permanent – however, new capillaries are likely to form over time requiring additional sessions. Additionally, brown spots may be effectively reduced after a few treatments – however, new brown spots may appear over time and with sun exposure. For this reason, we typically recommend \u201cmaintenance\u201d treatments every year. You can \u201cextend\u201d the life of your results by avoiding excessive sun exposure, wearing SPF >30 daily, and adhering to a good skincare routine.

What will I look like afterwards?

The treatment areas will appear red (like a sunburn) and slightly puffy. Some brown spots may appear to have a \u201ccoffee-grind\u201d appearance, and red capillaries may initially appear dark blue or purple after being treated. Bruising is possible when treating capillaries but not common.

When can I go back to work?

You may resume all normal activities immediately after treatment including light exercise. Most patients feel comfortable returning to work within 1-3 days after most of the redness and swelling have resolved.

Can Lumecca be used to target specific types of spots, like age spots or freckles, more effectively than others?

Lumecca is the most advanced non-surgical, intense pulsed light (IPL) treatment. Lumecca mainly treats sun damage and age spots at the face, neck, and chest. These spots are typically red or brown in pigment.

Are there any pre-treatment preparations or post-treatment care routines I should follow to optimize the results of Lumecca spot removal?

To optimize results, we require patients to have strict sun restrictions prior to and following Lumecca treatments. Patients must stay out of the sun and wear sunscreen SPF 30+ daily for 2 weeks prior to treatment and two weeks after treatment. Patients must stop any type of harsh topicals for one week prior to the appointment. This includes, but is not limited to, retinols, glycolic, salicylic acid, and sunless tanner. We also recommend prophylactic Valtrex if a patient has a history of cold sores. We instruct patients to take Valtrex the day before, the day of, and the day after treatment. For the first 5 days post-treatment, patients should only use gentle cleansers to avoid further skin irritation.

Is Lumecca safe to use in conjunction with other cosmetic procedures or skincare treatments?

We do not typically recommend patients combine aggressive or ablative skincare treatments while completing a series of Lumecca treatments. However, patients can still receive aesthetic services, such as Botox and fillers, during a series of Lumecca treatments. It is important to discuss your comprehensive, customizable treatment plan with your provider to suit your specific needs.

Are there any limitations or contraindications for using Lumecca on certain areas of the body, such as delicate skin around the eyes?

There are no limitations or contraindications for using Lumecca on certain areas of the body. Common areas treated with Lumecca include the face, neck, chest, and hands (areas that are more exposed to the sun). We do not recommend Lumecca for patients with Fitzpatrick skin types above 3 due to the increased risk of hyperpigmentation.

Can Lumecca spot removal help improve the appearance of spots caused by medical conditions like melasma or vitiligo?

Lumecca may improve the appearance of pigmentation. In many cases, we recommend trying a test spot due to the unpredictability of how some patients may respond. Patients may respond differently to light energy, and spot treatments can be very telling. Lumecca is not typically the best recommended treatment for melasma, as it can sometimes worsen the appearance. Lumecca can also be used to treat rosacea. Lumecca has not been proven to help treat vitiligo because Lumecca addresses red and brown pigmentation.

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