Nothing beats a relaxing day lounging by the pool or sunbathing on a white, sandy beach. Those hours of sun worshipping may have produced a gloriously beautiful tan, but over time, sun damage may have also caused the appearance of those dreaded age spots.

Limelight is an intense pulsed light, IPL, device invented to combat age spots, skin redness, tiny veins and sun damage. The non-invasive treatment works to rejuvenate your skin.

Cutera Limelight is a very sophisticated form of Intense-Pulsed Light (IPL) treatment. Typical improvements with IPL may be subtle, but in many cases that is all the patient needs to return to a state of healthy, glowing skin. More sun damaged skin will usually have a dramatic improvement. Sun exposure and aging can cause discoloration and broken capillaries, causing the skin to appear older or somewhat dull. Limelight serves as a very effective means of correcting conditions of this type, and the precise tuning options incorporated into the device make it superior to other IPL offerings.

Limelight is perfect for the patient with both red and brown discoloration. Limelight also treats discrete vessels versus the diffuse erythema.

What are the points of difference between Cutera Limelight and other IPL’s?

The Limelight is a medical grade, non-invasive light-based treatment for skin rejuvenation. The procedure offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photo damage.

The Limelight is ideal for any part of the face, neck and décolletage with skin redness, tiny veins or brown spots. Light brown spots, which were previously difficult to treat, respond very well to treatment.

By selecting Program A, B or C, Dr Beaini can customize the Limelight treatment to a specific skin type and selectively treat the brown and/or red pigmented areas on the skin. It is the heating of the pigmented brown or red cells that causes the therapeutic effect. When the pulse of light is delivered, patients will experience a mild pinching or stinging sensation.

Immediately following a Limelight treatment, brown spots will start to darken and skin may appear slightly red. The treated area may be mildly swollen. This typically lasts a few hours. 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 tiny veins will decrease and the mottled look of the complexion will improve.

The Limelight combines the benefits of three distinct light based devices into one solution with a wavelength range of 520 – 1100nm.

This range of wavelengths allows for both haemoglobin (red) and melanin (brown) absorption.

Each of Limelight’s three pre-set modes shift the wavelength spectrum to optimize treatments.

In addition, the pulse widths and cooling are tailored to each of the applications in a way that no other flashlamp device can to achieve optimum performance.

What is the Limelight Facial?

The Limelight Facial is a new, non-invasive approach to skin rejuvenation using Cutera’s Limelight. The procedure offers the advantage of improving skin tone and surface imperfections associated with aging and photo damage. The result is an exceptionally effective skin rejuvenation treatment with minimal discomfort.

What areas can be treated?

The Limelight Facial is ideal for any part of your face, neck and décolletage 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, Dr Beaini can customize your Limelight Facial 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.

Which patients benefit from Limelight treatment?
  • Uneven skin tone or unwanted red/brown pigmentation.
  • Small blood vessels, broken capillaries, or vascular lesions that are visible on the skin.
  • Minor imperfections or abnormalities of the skin texture.
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. Anaesthesia or pain medicine is typically not required, however patients are offered a numbing cream to increase comfort.

How long will the treatments take?

Treatment 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. Conditions such as rosacea may require six treatments and then follow up treatment. Additional treatments may be recommended, especially for excessively sun damaged skin. Darker spots are targeted first and then treatment is adjusted to lighter pigmented or vascular lesions on subsequent visits. Treatments are usually spaced one month apart. Being a medical grade treatment, at Zinc Clinic we always perform a test patch to optimise results and reduce the chance of any undesirable outcomes.

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. Redness and swelling can be significant after treatment for rosacea.

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 such as zinc 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.