One of the most significant developments in the field of laser/light based treatments within the past decade would have to be intense pulse light. Unlike conventional lasers, intense pulse light contains a spectrum of wavelengths of light, this allows the targeting of both melanin (pigment) and haemoglobin (redness) with the skin. The intense pulse light technology therefore allows treatment of a variety of skin conditions, including uneven pigmentation, brown spots, broken facial capillaries, rosacea and hair removal. The net result is a more even complexion, with smoother and clearer skin. It is particularly effective for rosacea and facial redness when combined with Laser Genesis. For uneven pigmentation and to improve skin texture, the combination of Limelight and Pearl Fusion is without peer.

What is LimeLight?

There are a lot of intense pulse light systems on the market. They vary considerably in their effectiveness and safety profile. At Facial Artistry, we use a medical grade intense pulse light from Cutera called Limelight. Being a powerful pulse light system, patients require fewer treatment sessions to achieve the desired result compared to other pulse light systems. It also allows fine tuning of a number of treatment parameters as needed to ensure safety.

What areas can be treated?

The LimeLight  is ideal for any part of your face, neck and decolletage 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.

What does the treatment do?

By selecting Program A, B or C, your practitioner can customise 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. 

What do treatments feel like?

When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation. Gel is recommended to cool the skin before vascular treatments. Anesthesia or pain medicine is typically not required. 

How long will the treatments take?

Treatments time depends on the area of the body being treated. However, most treatments should take less than one hour. 

How many treatments will I need?

One to three treatments are usually sufficient to see results. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sundamaged skin.

Who does the treatment?

At Facial Artistry, we believe that patient safety is paramount. As such, all Limelight treatments are either carried out by Dr Bernard Leung or Elise Birchall, our fully qualified dermal therapist.

What happens after the treatment?

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. 

When will I see results?

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. 

Will the spots and redness reappear over time?

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.

Please click on the following link to read more about Cutera LimeLight.

To request an appointment with Dr Bernard Leung please email us or call us on 02 6255 8988.