When you struggle with how your facial skin appears because of dark spots or sun damage, Lou Plastic Surgery can perform a skin analysis at our Houston, TX office to determine if you qualify for Lumecca IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy. A photofacial with Lumecca is a skin rejuvenation treatment for adult men and women with hyperpigmentation issues on their neck and face. A photofacial may be a noninvasive process; however, it can be highly effective and create great outcomes. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek C. Lou uses intense pulses of light energy that heat the skin cells to ignite the natural healing process and increase the production of collagen. Over time, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved tone and less dark spots.Download Brochure
IPL Ideal Candidates
Lumecca reaches the deeper layers of your skin to improve several complexion concerns (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no downtime. Candidates for Lumecca at Lou Plastic Surgery will have a combination of concerns with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, visible pores, redness, freckles, melasma, sun and age spots, or broken capillaries. Dr. Lou will examine your complexion to determine if you will benefit from IPL at your initial consultation.
IPL Procedure Technique
Lumecca is performed at our Houston, TX office in around 20 – 30 minutes in our minor procedures room if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the treatment, your technician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with special laser shields. The IPL is performed using a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting laser energy pulses. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the IPL, it's usually bearable given the short treatment length.
IPL What to Expect
There usually is no downtime needed following a photofacial treatment, but you may leave our office with your complexion a little inflamed and red. This will decrease naturally as the day continues — it may be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Lou Plastic Surgery advises you to keep cream on the skin's surface to minimize any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to ease swelling. Over the course of 2 – 5 days, the sun damage and other irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then start to flake away. It is critical to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after a Lumecca treatment and to not pick at your skin. While you will have some visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will attain ideal results with multiple Lumecca treatments. Our team suggests most patients receive 3 – 6 sessions performed monthly at Lou Plastic Surgery.
How fast are the results from Lumecca?
Improvements can be seen following each treatment, but the best results can be seen a month after a full series of treatments is completed. It is normal for patients to respond differently to every treatment session. You will notice a gradual improvement of blotchiness, redness, sunspots, and age spots.
What are the possible side effects of IPL?
Most patients have mild, temporary side effects, like redness, swelling, blisters, crusting, or bruising. This should subside within a day or two after the procedure. Your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun and damaging UV rays can impact your results. You should also wear sunscreen to avoid problems, like spots and redness.
Do I need to prep for Lumecca?
Patients about to undergo an IPL treatment are asked to skip sun exposure and self-tanners for about 2 – 4 weeks before their procedure. You should stop using minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline or Retin-A/Renova a few days before your treatment, and may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen a week before your procedure to help prevent bruising. You also need to protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
A full series of Lumecca photofacials are recommended to provide gradual, natural-looking improvements to your complexion. Every treatment will fade spots and other surface irregularities. Multiple treatments also produce longer-lasting improvements.
Get Your Glow Back
Even if you didn't worry too much about the health of your skin in your youth, now that imperfections such as hyperpigmentation and other issues are appearing, you may be interested in improving your complexion. We encourage you to find out more about Lumecca laser treatments by contacting our Houston, TX office and making an appointment for a skin consultation with Dr. Lou. With Lumecca at Lou Plastic Surgery, we can reach the deeper layers of your skin to help bring back a bright glow and a clear complexion.