Limelight IPL

Cutera® LimeLight IPL is an intense pulse light treatment, also known as IPL photo facial or photo-rejuvenation. Limelight is a unique technique we use at MC Laser to create visible improvement in the health and appearance of damaged or aging skin.

Is your skin in need of a transformation?

Cutera® LimeLight IPL makes complete skin transformation possible. It is known to be the best procedure to address skin redness, tiny veins, brown spots, and sun damage. Whatever your skin concerns are, LimeLight IPL offers safe, effective treatments all while giving your skin a lift and your confidence a boost.

In just a few treatments, you’ll see visible improvements when it comes to:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sun damage
  • Freckles
  • Age/brown spots
  • Rosacea and facial redness
  • Acne and acne scars
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How Does Photo Rejuvenation Work?

Limelight IPL delivers intense pulses of light energy into the deep layers of the skin, causing the blood vessels and collagen below the epidermis to constrict, reducing redness and wrinkles. The light is also absorbed by the pigmented cells. The pigment breaks down into smaller particles, before rising up to the surface of the skin, where then it looks like coffee grinds. Within 5-7 days, it will flake away as part of the body’s natural healing process.

The treatment may cause a slight tingling sensation when the light pulses on the skin. Cooling gel is applied to provide comfort. The entire process is non-invasive and produces excellent, consistent results. Limelight IPL photo-facial is only recommended for lighter skin types and non-tanned skin.

What Does Photo Aging Mean?

Photo aging is the result of sun exposure prematurely damaging the health and appearance of your skin. UVA and UVB causes sun spots, discoloration, wrinkles, and many other negative effects that cause skin to look aged before its time.

This happens because the ultraviolet light from the sun penetrates the outer layer of the skin, called the epidermis, and the second layer of skin, called the dermis, and damages the cells underneath. This leads to excess creation of pigment to protect your skin from the sun’s rays. The sun is the number one cause of premature skin aging, but this can be prevented by protecting your skin whenever you expose it to the sun. Protecting your skin with a high quality sunscreen also reduces your risk of skin cancer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Upon your arrival, we will begin your consultation by completing a medical history questionnaire. We will proceed to an in-depth VISIA™ complexion analysis to evaluate your skin so that we can give you the best recommendation for your skin’s health and appearance.

While Limelight is ideal for many clients, there are a few instances where it would not be the best treatment for you. Avoid photofacials if you have any of the following:

● Use of Acutane

● Vitiligo

● Cold sores (pre-treatment with antiviral is required)

● Keloid scarring

● Increased skin pigmentation when healing

● Dark skin tones

● Dark tan

● Lupus

● Skin cancer lesions

● Extreme sensitivity to light

● Pregnancy and breast feeding

Please try to ensure you follow these rules before you come for your Limelight facial:

● No tanning 4 weeks before Limelight IPL photo facial. You cannot have a tan when you receive this treatment.

● Stop the use of all Retin-A and Glycolic acid products a week before your treatment.

● If possible, come to your appointment without make-up.

● Even though there isn’t any downtime, we recommend not planning major events for two to three days after your first treatment to see how your skin reacts.

You may experience a mild tingling sensation like a snap of elastic as the light goes over your skin. The sensation is slight and does not last very long. A calming and soothing balm is used right after the treatment to help relieve any discomfort.

Limelight IPL is a great treatment to be used on the face, neck, décolleté, back, arms and hands. It is the right treatment for men and women looking to get rid of sun damage and age spots, as well as skin redness, spider veins fine lines and wrinkles.

One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun-damaged skin.

The process of skin rejuvenation begins. Immediately following treatment, your skin may appear slightly red and swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness. If you experience significant redness and swelling afterwards, apply cold compresses every 15 minutes. You can take Tylenol for discomfort. The brown spots will start to darken and scab, and your skin texture begins to look coarser, similar to coffee grinds. Within 5-7 days, the coarse skin will slough off and reveal a healthy, new, rejuvenated complexion. Avoid the sun or direct light for the first 2 weeks after the treatment.

For the first week after treatment:

● Avoid hot water on the treated area.

● Keep the area hydrated and protected with 30+ SPF sunscreen.

● Stay out of direct sun, especially for the first 48 hours after treatment to minimize the risk of hyper-pigmentation in the skin. Sun exposure may lead to the production of blotchy dark pigmentation which may take several months to fade.

● Avoid skin care products such as retinol, skin scrubs and exfoliants, and AHA/BHA acid products for the first week after Limelight IPL treatment.

● Do not use saunas or steam rooms, or take hot showers, or baths.

● Avoid strenuous exercising for 24-72 hours.

● Keep clothing from rubbing the treated area.

● Do not get hairspray on the treated area.

● Resume regular skincare 7 days post-treatment.

With the use of proper medical grade skincare and physical sunscreen, Limelight Photo Rejuvenation lasts for several years. With time and natural aging, it is recommended to get one maintenance treatment once a year to maintain results and restore your appearance in only one treatment.

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