Lumecca is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) laser treatment that helps improve and brighten texture and reduce skin irregularities, including sun damage, freckles, pigmentation, and superficial vessels. Lumecca IPL treatment is a popular anti-ageing treatment that is quick with visible results after the first or second session.

Using the Lumecca IPL treatment, Dr Spengane targets oxyhemoglobin found in the blood vessels and melanin, which causes pigmented lesions in the skin that may appear to be brown. In addition, IPL treatment increases the formation of new collagen resulting in improved skin texture, which helps reduce pore size and the appearance of wrinkles. The most common treatment area includes areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face, neck, décolletage, arms and hands.

How does Lumecca IPL work?

Lumecca IPL laser treatment involves the use of photo-thermolysis, which is delivered in specific wavelengths of light that interact with red and brown pigments of the skin. These skin pigments absorb the light and are then destroyed. As a result, Lumecca IPL has a high specificity and selectivity for pigmentation and redness due to sun damage. As a result, this is one of the most powerful treatments used to treat skin pigmentation problems.

What are the benefits of Lumecca IPL treatment?

In 1-4 sessions, Lumecca IPL treatment improves the appearance of:

  • list imageAge spots (red/brown pigmentations)
  • list imageVascular lesions such as facial telangiectasias (spider veins) and poikiloderma
  • list imageRosacea (redness)
  • list imageFreckles
  • list imageSun damage
  • list imageMelasma in specific patients

Regrettably, IPL technology is NOT SUITABLE for dark skin types (4-6). This is due to the fact that IPL targets melanin; thus, darker skin has a higher risk of burning. In addition, the heat generated by IPL can also increase the appearance of dark spots.

Skin Type

What to expect on the day of your appointment?

  • list imageYou should arrive without creams or make-up in the treatment area.
  • list imageThe duration of your appointment depends on the size of the treatment. Your appointment may take 30-45 minutes.
  • list imagePre-treatment photos and treatment consent will be taken.

What to expect after your procedure?

You may experience the following:

  • list imageYour skin may appear pink (resembling mild sunburn) for a few hours after treatment. It may be temperature sensitive for several days after treatment.
  • list imageBrown spots and freckles may appear darker during the healing process.
  • list imageBlistering and crusting are rare; however, if you experience these, apply a thin layer of Bactroban/Nuban/Supiroban 2 times a day for three days.
  • list imageIt may take 4-6 weeks to see the full result.
  • list imageLucemma IPL treatment sessions are designed to provide no downtime; however, occasionally, you may find that your cheeks and under-eye areas may be slightly puffy after the IPL treatment.
  • list imageYou may use cold compression for approximately 5 minutes on the treated area and 10 minutes off the treatment area several times an hour to help ease both redness and swelling. NEVER apply direct ice or ice pack to the face and always cover with a cloth.
  • list imageYou should sleep your head elevated for the first night to help decrease any swelling you may experience.

Skincare before the treatment

Skincare before Lucemma IPL treatment involves:

  • list imageCleanse skin twice a day (do not use alcohol-containing products)
  • list imageMoisturize skin twice a day
  • list imageSunscreen everyday SPF > 50.
  • list imageAvoid topical irritant agents for one week before treatment (retinoids etc.). If unsure, chat to Dr Spengane.

Precautions to take before the procedure

Mandatory precautions that you should take before Lucemma IPL treatment include:

  • list imageAvoid direct, excessive sun exposure or tanning one month prior to treatment.
  • list imageAvoid any surgical, invasive, ablative procedure in the treatment area in the last three months or before complete healing.
  • list imageUse of Isotretinoin (Roaccutane/Oratane/Accutane) within six months prior to treatment.
  • list imageAvoid retinol/retinaldehyde/resorcinol containing night or day cream one week before and one week after treatment.
  • list imageIf there is an active condition present in the treatment area, such as sores, psoriasis, eczema, and any other rash, it must be adequately treated and should be resolved prior to treatment.
  • list imageActive herpes simplex (cold sores) or a history of cold sores in the treatment area (prophylactic treatment must be given one week before the treatment) to prevent reactivation.

How to take care of your skin after treatment

Proper skincare after IPL is very similar to the care used to prepare and typically involves:

  • list imageCleansing the skin twice a day
  • list imageMoisturize area twice a day
  • list imageAvoid any sun exposure. After the skin has peeled off and has stopped, you should use sunscreen every day. New skin is more susceptible to sun damage.
  • list imageYou may apply make-up immediately after the treatment if the skin is intact.


Recovery takes approximately 5-10 days.

How many treatment sessions are required?

The number of Lumecca IPL treatments varies from 2-5 sessions every 3-4 weeks. Pigmented lesions usually require fewer sessions than the vascular lesion.

Everyone's skin is different; thus, treatment depends on how your skin responds.

Erythematotelangiectatic Rosacea and Photopigmentation - before and after images

Before treatment of photopigmentation (sun spots)

Before treatment photopigmentation (sun spots)

Before treatment photopigmentation (sun spots)