Skin Blemishes And Pigmentation in Burlington, Ontario

The superficial quality of your skin can have a great impact on your overall appearance. People who have skin that is free and clear of obvious red or sun spots tend to look healthier and have a more even tone, while those who have blemishes like hyperpigmentation may not look as healthy. At The MedSpa at Burlington Plastic Surgery we know that treating skin blemishes and pigmentation concerns is effective with an intense pulsed light treatment like Lumecca IPL.

Lumecca IPL at a Glance

Basic Description

Non-invasive intense pulsed light therapy used for improving blemishes such as sun spots, red spots (telengectasias, rosacea, cherry angiomas) and skin texture and tone

Treatment Length

Approximately 30 minutes or less per area


Can resume activities immediately, approximately 2-5 days for redness


Starting at $175/small area, $450/package of 3

Skin Blemishes & Pigmentation

In general, a blemish is any patch of skin that has a different pigment than the surrounding skin tone. Good examples of blemishes can include sun damage, freckles, small red spots or vessels and other dark spots on the skin that occur as a sign of aging or wound healing. Blemishes can also refer to a generally uneven skin tone caused by conditions like rosacea, which can also include symptoms such as redness and broken vessels on the face.

Lumecca IPL can treat several superficial skin concerns, including age-related damage from the sun and chronic skin conditions like rosacea that may require ongoing treatment. Using an advanced technology treatment like Lumecca IPL is a good option for anyone who is struggling with blemishes and pigmentation concerns.

How Lumecca IPL Works

Intense pulsed light therapy works by using special devices that generate specific wavelengths of light energy to target pigmented skin cells on the surface of the skin. These light wavelengths will encourage the skin to shed dead skin cells more quickly, which will help your skin appear more evenly toned. These wavelengths can also be used to break up broken capillaries on the skin and reduce inflammation in the skin that contributes to easy flushing.

What Should You Expect From Intense Pulsed Light Treatment?

What can you expect from this FDA-approved treatment? Usually, your appointments will take about 30 minutes. This particular light therapy system is non-ablative, meaning it will not harm the surface of the skin, so you should not expect a prolonged recovery time.

During your treatment, a special device will be applied to your skin to target areas where there are blemishes and pigmentation concerns. Most people find this treatment very comfortable.


To prepare for light therapy treatment, you will need to avoid direct contact with the sun for at least two weeks. Although these treatments are very safe for skin, they can trigger melanin production if you are not careful about sun exposure before your treatment. If you plan to be outside for any length of time two weeks before your appointment, you should be sure to wear a minimum of SPF 30 or SPF 50 if you have fair skin.


After your treatment, it’s also important to avoid unprotected exposure to the sun to prevent any pigmentation concerns. Although there is no formal recovery period associated with this treatment, you may need to follow a few aftercare instructions during the first few days after your treatment. Some of these instructions may include not using certain skincare products, keeping your skin moist, and drinking plenty of water.

How Soon Will You See Results?

You will usually be able to see the initial results from your treatment within only a few days. Your initial results may appear as moderate skin darkening in areas that have been treated; these newly darkened areas will be naturally shed from the skin over the first week following your treatment. As the skin cells shed, you will notice that the underlying skin has a brighter, more even tone.

For the treatment of broken vessels, you may notice that the color of the vessel may darken or have a different color the first few days following your treatment. This is expected and, like the rest of your skin, any treated red areas will eventually flake off and fade away.

Your Skin Texture May Also Improve

Some people will also notice that this treatment improves the overall texture of their skin. This is because some light wavelengths can also stimulate the production of collagen, which can tighten the skin surface to correct enlarged pores, soften fine lines, and help the skin appear smoother.

How Many Treatments Will You Need?

Most people will require a few treatment sessions with this light therapy system to see optimal results. The number of treatments you need will be determined by your skin condition and your aesthetic goals. Most people will be able to achieve their desired goals within about three treatments, which will be spaced four weeks apart. You may require more treatments if you are addressing a chronic skin condition like rosacea.

How Can You Maintain Your Results?

The best way to maintain the results of your treatment is to avoid future hyperpigmentation. You can do this by being sure to wear SPF 30 or greater every day. Your results will last for as long as you can keep your skin healthy and even-toned. If you have a chronic skin condition, then you may want to identify any specific triggers your condition may have, such as certain foods, weather, or skincare products.

Are You a Good Candidate?

Most people are considered good candidates for this treatment. If you have uneven skin tone or mild to moderate pigmentation concerns, such as sun spots or rosacea, you may be an ideal candidate.

You will need to attend a consultation appointment to assess your skin type and condition in order to determine whether or not you’re eligible for this treatment. We may ask about your skin condition and certain information like any medications or supplements you may be taking. Those who have taken Accutane in the last six months may not be eligible for this treatment yet.

Erase Skin Blemishes With IPL Treatments

If you’re tired of skin blemishes that are making you feel self-conscious about your appearance, then you may want to consider a treatment like Lumecca IPL. This treatment gently resurfaces and restores the appearance of your skin in only a few treatments. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.

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Jessica Shih, MD, FRCS(C)

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon

Dr. Shih is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, born and raised in Burlington. She completed her undergraduate degree from Cornell University before completing her medical doctorate and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery residency at the University of Toronto. She then completed a subspecialty fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University.

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