The Limelight Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) facial by Cutera is a new, non-invasive approach to skin revival. The procedure offers the benefits of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photodamage. This treatment can target many different areas including the face, neck, and décolleté, as well as concerns such as skin redness, brown spots, and telangiectasia.
Your Seattle Skin & Laser practitioner will customize your LimeLight IPL Facial to your skin type and unique skin concerns. This treatment is effective due to the heating of pigmented brown or red cells, breaking them down for a more even and youthful skin tone.
What to Expect from Treatment
During your treatment session, your skin will first be cleansed and prep with a special toner to remove any oils for clean and dry skin. A cooling gel will also be applied to the skin for vascular treatments. The IPL applicator will then be pressed firmly over the treatment area. When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. Anesthesia or pain medicine is typically not required.
The length of treatment will depend on the size of the treatment area. However, most people can expect their treatment to take less than one hour.
One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun-damaged skin.
Results and Recovery
Immediately after your Limelight treatment, any brown spots will start to darken, and your skin may appear slightly red and swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Makeup can be applied to cover the redness if desired.
Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease, and your mottled complexion will improve.
New brown spots, telangiectasia, and diffuse redness may appear with new sun damage; however, they too can be treated. Remember to always apply broad-spectrum sunscreen when outdoors to minimize sun damage and the appearance of new spots and diffuse redness. Rosacea is chronic and cannot be “cured” with any laser or light source, however, its appearance can be improved.