Lumecca is an advanced new generation device that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) to selectively target and treat skin conditions through selective photothermolysis. Because of the broad spectrum of the IPL light source this device is unique, as opposed to lasers, in the ability to filter the light spectrum to target various chromophores (colors) in the skin. Optimized for light and dark skin, Lumecca increases the potential for clinicians to treat a variety of skin types and conditions ranging from facial pigmentation, superficial vessels and redness, skin textural issues and/or photo-damage from the sun. A cooling tip is used to protect the skin in contact with the device and decrease any discomfort. Lumecca can be used to deliver a photofacial or even to improve sun damaged skin on the body such as the chest, arms, hands and legs.
Skin conditions treated with lumecca
- Actinic keratosis
- basal cell carcinoma
- Bowen's disease (squamous cell carcinoma)
- Acne vulgaris
- sebaceous gland hyperplasia
- Photo-damage induced dyspigmentation and vascular changes
- Poikiloderma of Civatt
- Broken capillaries/telangiectasis
- Vascular Lesions (small blood vessels)
- Pigmented Lesions (freckles, liver spots, birth marks)
What to Expect During Treatment
- Protective eyewear is given to the patient
- A topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin for added comfort during the procedure. (Optional)
- A cooling gel, which reduces the sensation of heat from the hand piece, is applied to the treatment area
- The smooth glass surface of the IPL hand piece is placed directly over the treatment area
- Precisely calibrated light waves, which vary in intensity according to the type of skin, the location of the treatment area and treatment type, and the depth of energy penetration required for optimal results, are emitted by the hand piece
- Treatment continues over a single, specified area (face, chest, arms or legs) with a series of brief, even passes
- After 30 – 40 minutes, the session is complete. The patient may experience a slight redness to the treatment area, which usually disappears in an hour.
- Over a series of treatments (usually 2-4, at 3-4-week intervals) the treatment area becomes clear of spots, birthmarks, discoloration or unwanted vessels
- Patients may be prescribed a special skin care regimen to increase the effectiveness of the treatment and protect the skin
what to expect after treatment?
After your treatment your skin will be slightly flushed. Flushing will progress to a suntanned look as sunspots or vascularities will become slightly darker. If your treatment was directed towards photo-damage, pigmented areas will flake off over 2-3 days (slightly longer on the chest). If your treatment was directed towards redness and broken capillaries, you may see larger vessels become darker as the body resorbs them and smaller vessels may disappear immediately. Your skin will be more sensitive to the sun and exfoliative skin care agents during the 2 weeks following your treatment. Your provider will discuss with you specific ways to protect your skin and prevent reoccurrence.