What is Lumecca IPL?
Lumecca IPL (Intense Pulse Light) effectively fades and removes age spots, sun spots, freckles, vessels and general skin redness to greatly improve overall skin tone, texture and radiance. IPL skin treatments work by transmitting heat from the IPL light through to the concern areas. The IPL technology is attracted to dark pigmentation, effectively drawing the discolouration to the surface of the skin, allowing the dermis to begin the healing process of correcting the blemishes.
What does the treatment involve?
Before we can perform an IPL treatment we must first perform a test patch on an area of your skin to help our technicians to determine the best settings for your individual treatment. An IPL patch test is performed in clinic in the days leading up to your first IPL treatment. We perform a small number of test shots in the treatment area with slightly different machine settings in order to see how your skin and pigmentation respond. This is to ensure that you get the best results possible on the day of treatment and more importantly to ensure your safety on the day. Generally only one test patch appointment is required however some clients will require additional test patching if their pigmentation does not respond easily. Once we have determined the best settings for your skin type we will get you back into clinic for your first IPL treatment.
During your IPL treatment a cool gel is applied to the skin and you will be given goggles to protect your eyes. A hand piece is placed on your skin and pulses of light are emitted to treat the skins imperfections. The firing of the IPL feels like the flicking of an elastic band, and does not require local anaesthetic cream or analgesics beforehand. Treatments can take as little as 5-10 minutes, or up to 45minutes, depending on the area treated. Immediately after treatment the area reddens and may feel like sunburn for 2-12 hours and some swelling of the pigmented lesions may be seen. If large areas or many spots are being treated, significant swelling can occur. By day two, the pigment starts to darken, and over the next few days and weeks crusts over and falls away. This will take 5 - 7 days on the face and 10 - 20 days on the body.
How many treatments will I need?
This will vary depending on the severity of your imperfections and pigmentation. Some clients may require a single treatment, while others will require ongoing treatments to achieve the best possible results. Your technician will discuss the expected number of treatments, along with expected results during your consultation.
As a guide, we generally recommend 2-4 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart.
We currently offer packages of IPL at a discounted rate.
How long will the results last?
For most clients the results are permanent however exposure to sun may cause some pigmentation to return. Use of a broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is essential to minimise the risk of re-pigmentation. To ensure optimal skin health and long term skin clarity a maintenance treatment can be performed if necessary.
What does the treatment cost?
Prepay package of 3 save 10%
Compulsory test patch (to be performed within the week prior to having treatment) $50, redeemable on first treatment
Spot treatment $100 + $20 per extra spot (ie. 3 spots $140)
Full Face $299
Face, Neck & Décolletage $599
Half Back $349
Full Back $499
Half arms incl. Hands $399
Full Arms incl. Hands $499
Who can have this treatment?
IPL is not suitable for dark skin types or for treatment of hormonal pigmentation. This treatment is also not suitable to have during pregnancy (fine while breastfeeding). IPL is not suitable for those who have been on Roaccutane in the last 6 months, have open wounds, infections, rosacea, psoriasis or dermatitis in the area to be treated.
Pre and Post Care Information
All clients must be using a Tyrosinase Inhibitor for a minimum of 14 days pre-treatment and for the duration of the treatment. This is for the safety and effectiveness of treatment. This can be purchased in clinic.
A compulsory test patch must be performed within the week prior to having this treatment.
Avoid unprotected sun exposure for 4 weeks prior to any IPL treatment.
The skin must be free from spray tan or tanning creams.
If treating an area covered in hair, the hair must be shaved 12-24hrs prior to coming for your treatment.
Apply ‘Skinstitut Laser aid’ every 4 hours after your treatment of IPL, this is available to purchase at the time of your treatment.
Use of a broad-spectrum SPF50 sunscreen is essential to minimise the risk of re-pigmentation.
During the weeks following treatment your pigmentation will crust and flake away, please do not prematurely pick or remove this pigment as you may cause scarring or post-inflammatory hyper-pigmentation.