Lumecca is a device that uses intense pulsed light (IPL) for skin rejuvenation. Manufactured by InMode, it targets:
- age spots
- sun damage
- pigmentation issues /freckles
- vascular lesions, spider veins and rosacea
It can be used on several areas of the body, with the most common areas of treatment being the face, neck, décolletage, and hands.
Key Benefits of Lumecca IPL
- High efficiency of treatment due to high peak power and optimised output.
- Reduces treatment time thanks to large spot size and high pulse repetition rate.
- Strong sapphire cooling tip results in higher treatment comfort. (If you have a darker skin tone and darker than Fitzpatrick levels I-IV then Lumecca IPL is an unsuitable treatment for you.)
How does Lumecca IPL work?
Each treatment takes about 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area. First, you’ll wear protective goggles. Then a cooling gel is placed on the skin before moving the handpiece across the targeted area.
During treatment there will be a bright flash of light from the Lumecca handpiece, and a sensation on your skin that feels like a light snap from an elastic band. Redness and a slight warming of the skin are normal after treatment and usually subside within an hour. Over the next 24-48 hours you may see a darkening of pigmented lesions flake off, leading to an evening out of skin tone. After treating vascular lesions you may see the vein blanch and disappear or a colour change in vessel which dissipates after a few days.
Pre/post treatment advice
- No intense sun exposure 3 weeks pre and post your IPL treatment.
- No sunbed usage
- No retinol usage one week pre and post your treatment.
- No fake tan to be worn.
- No facial waxing one week pre and post IPL
- Allow 14 days post anti-wrinkle injections.
Contraindications for Treatment
- Pregnancy or breastfeeding
- Under 18 years of age (unless there is parents consent)
- Pacemaker or internal defibrillator or any electronic Implant such as glucose monitor
- Permanent implant in the treated area such as metal plates and screws, silicone implants or an injected chemical substance.
- Current or history of cancer, especially skin cancer, or pre-malignant moles
- Impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases such as AIDS and HIV, or use of immunosuppressive medications
- Severe concurrent conditions such as cancer, cardiac disorders, epilepsy, uncontrolled hypertension, and liver or kidney diseases
- A history of diseases stimulated by heat, such as recurrent Herpes Simplex in the treatment area (prophylactic treatment may be given)
- Any active condition in the treatment area, such as sores, psoriasis, eczema and rash as well as excessively/freshly tanned skin.
- History of skin disorders such as keloid scarring, abnormal wound healing, as well as very dry, cracked, ulcerated, infected and fragile skin
- Tattoos, permanent make-up, pigmented lesions (to be kept)
- Any medical condition that might impair skin healing
- Poorly controlled endocrine disorders, such as diabetes or thyroid dysfunction
- Any surgical, invasive, ablative procedure in the treatment area in the last 3 months or before complete healing.
- Use of Isotretinoin (Accutane) within 6 months prior to treatment
- Pigmented lesions will become darker for a period of 1-2 weeks before starting to lighten.
- Local inflammation around the lesions, manifested as some redness and swelling may accompany the response, as part of the healing process.
- Blood capillaries will clot and appear darker for 1-2 weeks before disintegration.
- Some skin tightening may occur immediately, which may decline for 1-2 months, but will improve then, as new collagen fibers are produced.
- No complete clearance is guaranteed
- Treatment requires a number of sessions. Exact number of sessions is individual
- There may be some discomfort and transient redness and/or swelling associated with treatment.
- The possible side effects of the treatment include: local pain, skin redness (erythema), swelling (edema), damage to the natural skin texture (crust, blister, burn), change of pigmentation (hyper- or hypo-pigmentation), and scarring. Although these effects are rare and expected to be temporary, any adverse reaction should be reported immediately.
- Wear spf 50 daily and remember to reapply throughout the day.
- Make-up can be reapplied the day following your treatmen
Ideal maintenance timeline
Once completing your treatment plan ideally you would return for one Lumecca IPL session every 6-12 months. This will be decided based on your specific treatment needs.