Skin Resurfacing (IPL)

IPL Facial Rejuvenation at Allure Anti-Aging and Aesthetics in Huntington Beach, CA

You’ve probably heard that your skin is your body’s largest organ. It protects you in many ways. However, as you age, it becomes more vulnerable to environmental damage, discoloration, scarring, wrinkles, and stretch marks, all of which can negatively impact your self-esteem and make you feel embarrassed about your appearance.

Lumecca from Allure

Now, the cutting-edge treatment option “Intense Pulsed Light Therapy”, or IPL, is helping patients achieve younger, healthier-looking skin without having to resort to surgical procedures that require a longer recovery period. Allure is proud to offer the most effective IPL treatment available, Lumecca IPL by InMode.

This page covers all aspects of IPL. If you have pressing specific questions about your skin, feel free to call us at 714-804-5460 or schedule a consultation.

All About Intense Pulsed Light

Intense pulsed light technology, or IPL, powerfully addresses a wide variety of skin issues. It is a non-invasive way to help create smoother, clearer, and brighter skin permanently. You can remove years of skin damage and improve color, tone, and texture. The Lumecca IPL treatment operates using photothermolysis, delivering a photofacial comfortably through light. Lumecca is a non-ablative laser capable of treating sun damage, rosacea, age spots, and uneven skin texture – without damaging the top layer of the skin. Safely delivering 3x more energy through fast pulse repetition, patients often experience results in 1-3 sessions compared to 5-6 sessions with standard IPL’s. Our clients love it because it is versatile enough to offer both cosmetic and therapeutic results. It is also an effective, non-invasive, and affordable alternative to surgery.

With IPL, we can improve the appearance of skin almost anywhere on your body, including your face, neck, chest, arms, and hands. The SharpLight device allows us to treat a variety of skin types and imperfections, including the following:

Laser technology can deliver energy deep into the dermis, which minimizes wrinkle depth in just one treatment.

The laser light is powerful enough to kill the hair follicle, which destroys its ability to produce undesirable body hair. Unlike with shaving and waxing, the results of laser hair removal are permanent.

When used on stretch marks, the laser helps improve their appearance by producing new collagen, which boosts the skin’s structure and resiliency.

The brief pulses of laser light break down scar tissue and encourage your skin to produce new, healthy tissue.

The laser energy can stimulate your skin as deep as the dermis, which results in healthier and more younger-looking skin.

Lighter freckles, sun spots, age spots, and rosacea translate into an even skin tone. Sealing broken capillaries also removes blemishes.

Laser light targets and constricts the blood vessels that cause unsightly veins, making them appear less prominent on the surface of the skin.

Who Is Qualified to Get IPL?

We can tailor your IPL treatment regimen depending on your desired results and the issues you wish to address. Since the SharpLight tool has such a wide range of capabilities, it can deliver different levels of strength and meet various requirements for recovery time.

Laser skin resurfacing is ideal for women and men who want to fade skin pigmentation issues, smooth out wrinkles and scars, and improve overall skin tone and texture without undergoing surgery. Your skin type and laxity will dictate the subtleties of treatment.

IPL is a photorejuvenation treatment, ideal for anyone whose goal is to refine skin texture and even out skin discoloration. IPL enables us to improve the appearance of multiple flaws, including sun damage, aging, acne, rosacea, enlarged pores, vascular lesions, and fine lines.

 

What Can I Expect During Treatment?

As with any treatment we provide, we will do everything we can to ensure your safety and comfort during your session. First, we will clean the treatment area and apply a cool gel to your skin before using the IPL device. We’ll also provide you with protective eyewear during your session. Other than an anesthetic, additional pain management isn’t necessary because the laser light is gentle.

Most of our patients report that each pulse of the laser feels like the mild sting or snap of a rubber band against their skin. The length of your session will depend on the size of the area you wish to treat, though average treatment time is 20 to 30 minutes. When the procedure is finished, we may provide a cold compress for several minutes if you wish to lessen any discomfort, although patients often wave away this step due to the minimal pain involved. The final step is the application of moisturizer and sunscreen.

What Can I Expect After Treatment?

With little skin damage involved, IPL recovery time is short. Immediately following an IPL treatment, your skin will feel warm and may be red, usually subsides quickly. We will send you home with thorough post-procedure care instructions.

Redness persists depending on your skin type and often dissipates within a few hours. In rare cases, redness or dark spots take a week or more to fade. Our acne patients report longer recovery times, but it’s these patients who are most amazed by IPL’s power to even skin tone and texture.  

You must avoid sun exposure entirely for several days and wear sunscreen for at least two weeks. When you take these precautions, intense pulsed light therapy results will last for a year or more.

Does IPL Work?

We’ve found that IPL treatments are highly effective, but your specific results will depend on the type of treatment you receive.

For most patients, within two to three weeks of the first treatment, skin will look and feel smoother, with an improved tone and texture. After additional treatments, you can expect to notice a decrease in redness, dark spots, fine lines, and pore size. Freckles and age spots may initially look darker before fading away gradually.

How Many IPL Sessions Will I Need?

Your specific treatment regimen will vary depending on your goals and what issues you are hoping to address, but most people see the best results from receiving three to five sessions. We space these sessions three to four weeks apart and follow them up with touch-up appointments twice a year to maintain the best results.

Where Should I Get My Treatment?

Your best choice for any laser procedure is to have a certified medical professional perform it in the comfort of a well-equipped wellness center. At Allure Anti-Aging & Aesthetics, we are proud to offer a wide range of minimally invasive treatment options like IPL to help our clients in the Huntington Beach area look and feel their best, naturally. No matter what services you choose from our extensive menu, we are confident you’ll be satisfied with your results.

To learn more about intense pulsed laser skin rejuvenation with SharpLight technology, contact us to schedule an appointment for your complimentary personalized consultation. We will evaluate your skin, learn about your aesthetic goals, and determine what procedures will provide you with maximum benefits. Call us at 714-804-5460 anytime with your questions.