Put an End to Skin Drama
A uniform skin tone is an indication of healthy, young skin. Self Care LA now offers energy-based therapies like Lumecca that balance out skin color and address pigmented and vascular lesions. You'll see a dramatic improvement in how your skin appears and how clear it is with just one use. Lumecca uses photothermolysis for a comfortable, effective light treatment.
Lumecca uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to rejuvenate the skin. It targets age spots, sun damage, pigmentation (vascular lesions, port-wine stains, spider veins, freckles), and rosacea. The face, neck, décolletage, and hands are the most common areas for treatment.
Lumecca by InMode® is an intense pulsed light procedure that diminishes dark spots, spider veins, and acne. At Self Care LA, aesthetic medicine specialist Bharat Kothakota, MD, MPH, is the only provider on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, California, to provide Lumecca IPL services. Call Self Care LA or book an appointment online today to schedule a treatment consultation.
Intense Pulse Light (IPL) devices penetrate all layers of the skin without causing damage. They were initially used to treat telangiectasias or spider veins. However, the technology has evolved into a ‘photorejuvenation’ treatment. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology has been around for a while. The results are dramatic and well-studied. The Lumecca IPL by InMode is considered the gold standard of IPL devices. As the light pulses heat the skin's surface, pigmented spots are pulled to the surface. Pigmented lesions will darken and flake off over the next few days. Once heated up, vascular lesions will start to darken and flake off. IPLs stimulate collagen production to improve pore size, making your skin firmer and smoother. For true skin tightening, we recommend radiofrequency devices such as Morpheus8 or EvolveX.
Even Skin Tone
Schedule a consultation in our luxurious boutique med spa, conveniently located in Santa Monica, CA. We’ll review your medical history and aesthetic goals and tailor a treatment plan that’s right for you. We do what we do, and we do it well! Trust your skin with the skin experts at Self Care LA today!
Because of the hyperpigmentation risk, we recommend a pre-treatment plan for all our patients. You cannot be actively tanned at the time of the procedure. We also recommend that you do not plan to tan actively after the procedure or use retinoids at least six weeks before treatment. We strongly encourage patients to look closely at their facial products. Previously, retinoids could only be obtained through a prescription. But retinoids are added to many over-the-counter facial products, and patients might not know that before they start IPL treatments.
Depending on the size of the area being treated, each treatment takes about 30 minutes. First, you'll put on safety glasses. Then, your provider will put an anesthetic or cooling gel on the area before moving the handpiece over it. As the calibrated light waves pulse and heat the top layer of your skin, pigmented spots will rise to the surface. Over the next few days, these flakes of color will get darker and fall off. (If you are treating a vein, you might see it turn white or blanch, then flake off.) The heat from the instrument also encourages the body to produce its own collagen, which helps minimize the appearance of pores and tighten and smooth the skin. The average number of treatment sessions is two; however, this can vary depending on the extent of your skin damage.
Lumecca IPL Recovery, Results, and Aftercare
Because IPLs do not injure the skin surface, there is no true downtime. Patients do experience some redness for a few hours but will resolve it that same day. Your skin will be red and sensitive for a day or two, like a sunburn. After the treatment, we do recommend reliable sunscreen protection. We like to use products from Skinceuticals, like the CE Ferulic, to optimize results and reduce downtime. After a week, you can resume your topical retinoids and exfoliating products. Avoid anything irritating like waxing, laser, or microdermabrasion for a few weeks. You'll need to avoid direct sunlight and protect yourself with a sunscreen of SPF 30 or higher for the next six weeks.
Your final result will be long-lasting, but how long it lasts depends on how well you take care of your skin. For example, wearing sunscreen daily will protect your skin from further damage. However, to repair further damage would require another round of treatments.
IPL treatments are not painful and do not require topical anesthetics. However, we can make the treatment much more comfortable by using cooled ultrasound gel during the treatment.
Lumecca is an FDA-cleared device that is safe when there is a careful patient selection and it is performed by a skilled medical professional. IPL devices are designed for Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-IV. Melanin absorbs light energy; therefore, darker skin types (Fitzpatrick V and VI) can develop hyperpigmentation or burns from the procedure. If you doubt whether you would be a candidate for IPL, we can always perform a ‘patch test' on a non-visible area to see how the treatment would affect you.
We at Self Care LA understand this is an elective, cosmetic procedure and would not risk you leaving worse off than when you came in. With that being said, we will always caution on the safer side of settings and adjust future sessions based on how you tolerate them. There is insufficient data to support whether IPL treatments are safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
The cost of an Intense Pulse Light (IPL) treatment can vary widely, depending on the specific lesion being treated, the coverage of the area being treated, and the number of treatments. While patients often see nearly immediate improvement, it often takes anywhere between three to five treatments spaced a month apart to achieve desired results.
Because there’s no numbing required, we can often complete a treatment session in under an hour.
IPL devices are designed for Fitzpatrick Skin Types I-IV. Melanin absorbs light energy; therefore, darker skin types (Fitzpatrick V and VI) can develop hyperpigmentation or burns from the procedure.
IPLs like Lumecca can be combined with treatments like Morpheus for synergistic benefits. We can treat on the same day, but the combination treatment can slightly lengthen the downtime. There is a benefit of alternating treatments with Clear and Brilliant. While Clear and Brilliant can address pigment issues, it also can address skin texture. However, it is recommended to stagger treatments by a month as they both cause controlled damage to the skin. The combination of Hydrafacials and Lumecca IPLs can provide really glowing and youthful skin. We do recommend these treatments be staggered by two weeks, though.
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