Limelight Intense Pulsed Light in Washington DC

Limelight Intense Pulsed Light

Limelight Intense Pulsed Light

  • The Cutera LimeLight IPL system utilizes a cutting edge system of wavelengths ranging from 520-1100nm to target low contrast or high contrast pigmentation.  
  • Since this system is so tunable, Dr. Sherber can generate inflammation against the unwanted spots  – which is how the body will clear them from the skin – without inflaming the surrounding skin.  

Our approach

  • Dr. Sherber uses a ginger approach with this technology, spot-treating rather than treating 100% of the skin surface to minimize downtime and to focus the energy where it is most needed.
  • Often, Dr. Sherber will perform spot treatment with LimeLight after full face, neck, chest, and hands treatment with the *Clear+Brilliant* or *Perméa* lasers.
  • Depending on the depth of the pigmentation, several treatments spaced several weeks apart may be required.


  • IPL cannot be performed on tanned skin as it risks permanently damaging the skin’s pigmentation.
  • Deeper skin tones may not be ideal candidates for this treatment.  We will perform a test spot if needed to ensure safety before treatment.

 Preparing for Treatment

  • Do not plan intense sun exposure in the days before or after treatment.
  • Do not use self-tanners in the week preceding treatment.

 What to Expect

  • Depending on the area being treated, the skin may be prepped with numbing cream.  
  • The treatment feels like rubber band snaps, and often only one pulse is needed on each spot.
  • Over the following days, the pigmentation breaks up into a ‘coffee grounds’ or peppered appearance, and then disappears.

Other Options

  • For sunspots in areas that need more global rejuvenation such as improvements in texture and luminosity, the Perméa may be the preferable treatment.

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