The limelight is a non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation using intense pulsed light (IPL). The procedure offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photo damage. IPL is ideal for any part of your face, neck, décolleté or hands with skin redness, telangiectasia (tiny veins) or brown spots. Light (low contrast) brown spots, which were previously difficult to resolve, respond very well to treatment.
Your provider will customize your LimeLight treatment to your skin type and selectively treat the brown and/or red pigmented areas on your skin. It’s the heating of the pigmented brown or red cells that causes the therapeutic effect.
When the pulse of light is delivered, you may experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. We utilize cold gel to cool the skin before treatments and numbing cream is available if you prefer. Treatment time depends on the area of the body being treated. However, most treatments should take less than an hour.
One to six treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun damaged skin. Immediately following treatment, brown spots will start to darken and your skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few hours and possibly a day or longer. Make-up can be applied to cover the redness. Within one to three weeks, the darkened spots will flake off and fade. Diffuse redness or telangiectasia will decrease and your mottled complexion will improve.
New brown spots, telangiectasia and diffuse redness may appear with new sun damage; however they too can be treated. 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 its appearance can be improved.