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LUMENIS IPL

A cutting-edge solution for sun damage,
skin tightening, and more

What is the Lumenis IPL?

Lumenis IPL, or Intense Pulsed Light, is a system that uses pulses of light waves to treat many skin conditions. Subjecting the skin to these varying wavelengths of light can treat many pigmentation changes such as hyperpigmentation from sun damage or flushing and redness from rosacea.

When IPL pulses of a particular wavelength reach their target pigments (melanin, red or blue pigment in small vessels) it heats and destroys those pigment molecules. As the body heals and cleans up naturally, the skins normal healthy appearance is restored.

Lumenis IPL can be used for many different treatments such as sun damage or brown spots, flushing, and redness, hand rejuvenation, and skin tightening, because of this versatility in its light wavelength.

Lumenis IPL for Sun Damage/Brown Spots

Lumenis IPL is also a very effective treatment for sun damage and sunspots. As discussed, Lumenis IPL’s light wavelengths can be tuned to target certain color pigments while leaving other tissues unaffected. This allows for the perfect way to target darker spots on the skin. By delivering IPL pulses to the sunspots where concentrations of melanin create dark patches, the melanin can be heated and broken down without disruption to surrounding tissues of normal pigmentation. The skin’s youthfulness is then restored with a more even tone.

Lumenis IPL for Rosacea/Facial Flushing

Rosacea is a complex condition that has a very crucial vascular component to it. Vascular abnormalities can lead to a red, “flushed” complexion that can be quite frustrating cosmetically. Luckily, the Lumenis IPL can utilize its variety of light wavelengths to target the many different types of capillaries and blood vessels that contribute to Rosacea-related redness. By delivering pulses deep into the skin, these blood vessels can be selectively heated and removed as the body heals up from the procedure, without causing any harm to the surrounding skin areas and layers. This results in a much more even complexion as the redness subsides. IPL is one of the most effective treatments for rosacea and flushing of the skin.

Lumenis IPL for Birthmarks

Lumenis IPL can also be used to effectively treat both types of birthmarks, pigmentation birthmarks and vascular birthmarks. The former describes birthmarks due to concentrations of pigmentation that lead to dark patches, and the latter refers to birthmarks that form from abnormal networks of dilated blood vessels. Because Lumenis IPL can use its large light wavelength variety to target many different skin conditions, it offers a great treatment for both birthmark types. Whether it’s tuned to target melanin molecules in pigmentation or the vascular branches that create redness, it can selectively heat and destroy these pigments, even out the skin tone, and reduce the appearance of the marks and patches. The treatments may not be effective for significantly raised birthmarks, but further evaluation with Dr. Brandish may help determine its efficacy.

Lumenis IPL for Skin Tightening

Another great application for Lumenis IPL is skin tightening [link to page]. With age, the skin’s collagen gets depleted and its integrity can be compromised. Using Lumenis IPL’s customizable wavelengths, the deeper layers of the skin can be targeted. Heating these tissues can help break down compromised collagen and stimulate the production of new collagen, giving the skin a tightened and refreshed look. The collagen-building process in the body is natural and takes time, so results tend to form over several weeks-to-months like all other collagen-stimulating devices/treatments.

Lumenis IPL for Aging Hands

Lumenis IPL is a very effective treatment for aging skin of the hands. With a multitude of factors such as aging and sun exposure, the skin on the hands can begin to exhibit thinning, wrinkles, and brown pigmented spots. Thanks to the Lumenis IPL’s ability to target certain components of the skin with different wavelengths, each of these things can be selectively treated. IPL pulses can be set to address the pigmentation of brown sunspots and help stimulate collagen production to tighten and reinvigorate the skin’s structure. These pulses heat the corresponding tissues they target, and as healing occurs from this thermal activity the body disposes of the broken down pigmentation and structurally-compromised molecules in the skin. The hands are then restored to a great, even skin tone and tightening forms as collagen rebuild itself in the deeper skin layers.

How long do results last?

Results with the Lumenis IPL depend on the treatments being provided. With its variety of treatment applications comes a variety of longevity, but results tend to be long-lasting overall. It’s important to note that the most effective treatment regimens may require multiple sessions over time. Maintenance may be required to preserve long-lasting results.

New collagen production from IPL skin tightening, treatment to the hands and face for pigmentation changes, and other results from IPL procedures can last years if the skin is well cared for thereafter.

What should I expect with the treatment?

To start, you and Dr. Brandish will develop an individualized treatment plan to determine if Lumenis IPL is the best tool for the desired result.

At the session, the patient will rest with eye protection to protect from the IPL’s light. The patient’s skin will be cleansed and prepped before a thin layer of cool gel is applied. The IPL handpiece is then placed on the desired treatment area and IPL pulses are initiated as needed. Each treatment is specifically tailored for the skin type, type of pigment, or skin condition. Each pulse produces a mild sensation, but the potential use of cooling gel, numbing topical agent, and the IPL cool tip all contribute to making treatment more comfortable.

Sun exposure should also be limited for a couple of days after treatment and a good sunscreen regiment is always advised to reduce any risk of unwanted pigmentation effects.

Are there side effects to be aware of
with Lumenis IPL?

Side effects with the Lumenis IPL may vary slightly depending on what treatment it’s being used for, but generally side effects include:

-Some mild discomfort during treatment
-Redness and swelling after treatment
-More rarely: changes in skin pigmentation, bruising or  blistering

These side effects are generally mild and dissipate within a few hours or days following treatment.

Lumenis IPL Summary

Lumenis IPL utilizes light pulses of varying wavelengths that can target different lesions of the skin selectively while having the ability to also stimulate collagen. Because of its versatility in light wavelength, it can be used to treat surface-level vascular abnormalities, hyperpigmentation lesions such as sun damage or age spots, and even deep dermis layers for collagen stimulation. When light pulses reach these tissues, heat destroys the pigment molecules so the body can degrade them and naturally heal the treatment areas. It’s thus a powerful way to get rid of bothersome cosmetic conditions such as spider veins, rosacea/facial flushing, birthmarks, hand aging, sunspots/sun damage, and much more. Lumenis IPL provides a safe, versatile, and long-lasting treatment for numerous cosmetic conditions.

How do I get started?

If you’re interested in hearing more or in scheduling an appointment, contact our office at

and we’ll take care of you. We offer free consultation appointments as well if you’d like to simply go over any problem areas and see if the Lumenis IPL or other treatment options may be the most effective solution.