When you struggle with how your facial skin appears because of dark spots or sun damage, Luminary Plastic Surgery can perform a skin analysis at our Houston, TX office to determine if you qualify for IPL (intense pulsed light) therapy with Lumenis. A photofacial with Lumenis is a skin rejuvenation treatment for adult men and women with hyperpigmentation issues on their neck and face. A photofacial may be a noninvasive process, but it can be highly effective and create great outcomes. Plastic surgeon Dr. Ryan Couvillion uses intense pulses of light energy that heat the skin cells to ignite the natural healing process and increase the production of collagen. Over time, you should begin to see a healthier complexion with an improved tone and less dark spots.
IPL Ideal Candidates
Lumenis IPL reaches the deeper layers of your skin to improve several complexion concerns (particularly brown lesions and sun spots) with minimal or no downtime. Candidates for IPL at Luminary Plastic Surgery will have a combination of concerns with their complexion, such as rosacea, sun damage, brown spots (hyperpigmentation), rough texture, visible pores, redness, freckles, melasma, sun and age spots, or broken capillaries. Dr. Couvillion will examine your complexion to determine if you will benefit from IPL at your initial consultation.
IPL Procedure Technique
Lumenis IPL is performed at our Houston, TX office in around 20 – 30 minutes in a minor procedures room if no other treatments are performed. To prepare for the process, your technician will wash and dry your skin before protecting your eyes with special laser shields. The IPL is performed using a handheld wand that will pass over the skin while emitting laser energy pulses. While many patients may have mild discomfort throughout the IPL, it's usually bearable given the short treatment length.
What to Expect with IPL
There usually is no downtime needed with an IPL photofacial, but you may leave our office with your complexion a little red and inflamed. This will decrease naturally as the day continues — it may be masked with cosmetics if you prefer. Luminary Plastic Surgery advises you to keep cream on the skin's surface to minimize any irritation and promote healing. It may also help to use an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine to help ease swelling. Over the course of 2 – 5 days, the sun damage and other irregularities under the skin will rise to the surface skin layers and then start to flake away. It is crucial to protect your skin with sunscreen as often as possible after an IPL photofacial and to not pick at your skin. While you will have some visible improvements after your first treatment, your complexion will attain ideal results with multiple IPL treatments. Dr. Couvillion suggests that most patients get 3 – 6 sessions performed monthly at Luminary Plastic Surgery.
IPL Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Lumenis cost?
Every patient's case is unique so your cost for IPL will be dependent on your condition. Luminary Plastic Surgery offers monthly specials, and we take many forms of payment. In your initial consultation, your technician can estimate costs and recommend how many sessions are needed for optimal results.
How quick are the results from IPL?
Improvements can be seen following each treatment, but the best results can be seen a month after a full series of treatments is completed. It is normal for patients to respond differently to every treatment session. You will notice a gradual improvement of blotchiness, redness, sun spots, and age spots.
What are the possible side effects of IPL with Lumenis?
Most patients have mild, temporary side effects, like redness, swelling, blisters, possible bruising, or crusting. This should subside within a day or two after the procedure. Your skin will be extra sensitive to the sun, and damaging UV rays can impact your results. You should also wear sunscreen to avoid problems, like spots and redness.
Do I need to prep for IPL?
Patients about to undergo a Lumenis IPL treatment are asked to skip sun exposure and self-tanners for about 2 – 4 weeks before their procedure. You should stop using minocycline, tetracycline, doxycycline, or Retin-A/Renova a few days before your treatment and may be asked to take aspirin or ibuprofen a week before your procedure to help prevent bruising. You also need to protect the treated areas with sunscreen between sessions.
Why should I get multiple IPL sessions?
A full series of IPL photorejuvenation is recommended to provide gradual, natural-looking improvements to your complexion. Every treatment will fade spots and other surface irregularities. Multiple treatments also produce longer-lasting improvements.
IPL Get Your Glow Back
Even if you didn't think much about your skin's health when you were a child but took notice once skin damage, like hyperpigmentation and other problems, started to appear, you now may be interested in how to improve your complexion. We encourage you to find out more about Lumenis IPL laser treatments by contacting our Houston, TX office and making an appointment for a skin consultation with Dr. Couvillion. With IPL laser treatments at Luminary Plastic Surgery, we can reach the deeper layers of your skin to help bring back a bright glow and a clear complexion.