Limelight IPL Photofacial Overview
Treats: Brown spots, broken capillaries, spider veins, and kin redness
Length: 15-30 minutes
Anesthesia: None needed
Side Effects: Mild swelling and redness for about one day, brown spots will darken before flaking off
Risks: Minimal when this treatment is performed by an experienced provider
Recovery: Most patients return to regular activities immediately following the procedure
Duration of Results: Removal of brown spots and visible vessels is permanent
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The Limelight intense pulsed light (IPL) photofacial is an effective way to treat skin pigmentation and vascular issues such as brown spots, broken capillaries, spider veins, and skin redness. The IPL used at Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, NC, has three wavelengths to choose from. Different choices in wavelengths allow us to customize treatments for the best results. Any part of the face, neck, chest, or body with uneven skin tone, diffuse redness, rosacea, or sun damage can be safely treated with Limelight IPL.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. Our experienced team, including Heather Bryant, MPAS, PA-C, Amanda Piligian, PA-C, Courtney Whitley, FNP-C, and Terri Edson, medical aesthetician, all perform our nonsurgical treatments like the Limelight IPL photofacial.
With a fully accredited surgery center and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
The LimeLight photofacial is a non-invasive approach to skin revitalization using Cutera’s LimeLight IPL. The procedure offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and sun damage.
By selecting different settings on the device, we can customize your LimeLight photofacial to your skin type and selectively treat the brown and red pigmented areas on your skin. The wavelengths target the melanin in the pigment or blood in the visible vessels to eliminate the markings without damaging surrounding skin and tissue.
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The LimeLight IPL offers the following benefits for our patients:
- Fades sun spots, freckles, broken capillaries, and skin redness
- Can be used over the entire body, including the face, neck, chest, arms, hands, legs, and back
- Can be combined with other laser procedures, such as Laser Genesis
- Takes 15-30 minutes to complete most treatments
- Does not require any anesthesia or numbing medication
- Produces little to no discomfort or downtime
- Results in improvement after the first treatment
Intense pulsed light is delivered in a rapid pulse that can feel like a warm or a pinching sensation. Some patients describe it as similar to an elastic band flicking your skin. We may use a cooling or lubricating gel to optimize the treatment as well as protect the skin. However, anesthetic cream or pain medicine is rarely required. You should find the experience very tolerable with little pain.
Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken, and your skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. These side effects typically last a few hours or possibly longer. Makeup can be applied to cover the redness. Within 1-3 weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will diminish, and your mottled complexion will improve.
In our office, exosome therapy can help speed up the healing process after your treatment. By applying exosomes directly to your skin post-treatment, we’ve seen significant results in reducing redness and expediting your recovery. Many of our patients have noticed a visible reduction in redness within just 24 hours following exosome therapy after their laser treatment, which is much faster compared to the usual 48-72 hours. What’s more, exosomes contain growth factors that can stimulate collagen production and lessen the appearance of sun damage-induced pigmentation.
If you are interested in a LimeLight IPL photofacial, contact Carolina Facial Plastics to learn more. Schedule your consultation by calling (704) 842-3644 or completing our online contact form.
Frequently asked questions
The LimeLight photofacial is ideal for treating skin redness, telangiectasia (tiny veins), or brown spots on the face, neck, or décolleté. Light, low-contrast brown spots, which were previously difficult to resolve, respond very well to this treatment.
Treatment time depends on the area of the body being treated. However, most treatments should take less than one hour. Facial treatments can be as quick as 15 minutes.
Depending on the severity of their skin damage, patients may require 1-6 treatments spaced about one month apart. Those with more extensive sun damage will need 3-6 treatments, while those using the treatment for prevention may only need one treatment. Once desired results are obtained, we recommend a yearly LimeLight IPL treatment to maintain the results and treat any additional sun damage that might appear.
Downtime after a LimeLight IPL treatment is minimal. This laser does not damage the outer layer of skin but rather penetrates the dermis to improve skin from the inside out. Following a LimeLight IPL treatment, most patients can resume their daily activities immediately.
However, for best healing, it is recommended that you refrain from activity that involves excessive sweating for several days and avoid direct sun for a minimum of two weeks.
Treated spots will not reappear, but new ones can develop with more sun damage. If new spots or vessels form, they can be treated with additional sessions. 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, symptoms can be improved and managed with regular IPL treatments.