Lumecca IPL, 1st Treatment for Sun Damage and Rosacea. Portland, OR

I am 45 yrs old and have moderate sun damage from...

I am 45 yrs old and have moderate sun damage from my youth. I also have thick, ruddy Irish skin that is prone to acne, large pores, the whole bit. I decided to get the IPL package with my aesthetician, whom I really trust. For $400, I can have multiple treatments. This way she feels like she can be conservative in her approach and do spot treatments over a period of time.

My treatment wasn't unpleasant, but it does snap & sting a fair amount. When it was done, she said there was no aftercare, which I thought was odd. I used a collodial silver & lavender mineral water spray and put CeraVe light moisturizer on it twice a day. She said allow 7 days before coming back in for a follow-up treatment, but I could tell it was going to take at least 7 days to even see how this was going to turn out, and probably even longer to really see the full results. I'm sure she was following the instructions the Lumecca manufacturers suggest, but just from my own experience doing peels and with a Fraxel laser treatment a few years ago, I knew doing 2 treatments so close together was not good advice.

After about 5 days, I was very unhappy with how my skin looked. It had gotten really irritated, I had broken out in clogged pores, new acne and even an almost cystic pimple was developing near my lip. I had larger pores all over (which I didn't before), and my previously bad areas (the inner cheeks by my nose have that slight orange peel texture) had gotten much worse. I decided I needed to intervene and speed up the cell renewal that was maybe happening (?) and so I did an at-home 15% TCA peel and left it on for about 1 minute. I know TCA is a strong at-home peel, but I have done these many times before and felt confident with how my skin would take it.

It turned out to be a VERY good idea, because after 2 days with Aquaphor on my face, healing from the peel, my skin started looking very nice. I am not 3 weeks post-IPL & peel, and I can say there is a significant reduction in redness in my skin. My right cheek has rosacea more so than my left cheek, and for a while there I was afraid it had been aggravated by the procedures, as it did get noticeably redder, but that seems to have subsided. My skin is basically much more clear and even-toned than it was before and all of the break-outs, large pores and orange-peel skin is gone.

Overall, I'd say this was worth it. But I am hesitant to try it again on my face. I'm going to use my follow-up visits to treat the skin on my chest, neck and hands. I'll post pics when I get those done.

3 sessions in total

I had a total of 3 IPL's on my face after speaking with my Aesthetician. She emphasized that the Lumecca IPL was better than older types and I didn't need to be worried about adverse effects. This laser is designed for cumulative effects. I didn't have the same reaction to the 2nd or 3rd treatments. My skin tolerated it much better each time. After the series, I have clearer skin and the Orange peel texture & large pored are significantly diminished. Worth it!
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I like my Practicioner a lot, she does a great job with Botox and seemed to take a safe approach with this laser. My comments in this review are more about the procedure than the doctor. I don't think the information given to Practicioners by the manufacturer is always correct. I was given advice re. frequency of treatments as well as aftercare that I don't think was totally sound.

3 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
2 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
5 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
5 out of 5 stars Wait times
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