What is ReLume?
ReLume Phototherapy is a light-based procedure that is safe, non-invasive and painless. It is primarily used in the treatment of areas of hypopigmentation and is an effective treatment for restoring pigment loss associated with traumatic scars, surgery scars, trauma scars, burns, stretch marks, cosmetic surgery scars, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing.
How does ReLume work?
ReLume restores pigment through the delivery of intense light, which travels through the top layer of the skin to activate the melanocytes in the treatment area. This promotes increased melanin, which increases pigment and evens out the skin color to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks.
What areas of the body does ReLume treat?
ReLume is appropriate for use on all areas of the body. Areas of the body that are the most common locations for stretch marks, including the upper arms, abdomen, thighs, lower back, breasts and buttocks are common treatment areas, as are areas of the body with scars that are hypopigmented.
Who is a candidate for ReLume?
Patients who are generally in good health and who have areas of hypopigmented skin, such as burns, scars or stretch marks, are good ReLume candidates. Those with newer, shallow, light stretch marks or scars generally experience the most satisfying results from this procedure. Patients interested in receiving ReLume treatments should consult with a provider in their area to determine their candidacy.
How is ReLume performed?
Each ReLume treatment ranges from 15 to 30 minutes and is a painless, non-invasive outpatient procedure performed in an office setting or medspa. The provider will use a handheld device to administer the treatment, which delivers intense light to the area being treated.
What is the recovery like?
Patients who receive ReLume do not experience downtime or a period of recovery after the procedure. They are able to return directly to work or everyday activities, and sessions can even be scheduled to take place during a lunch break. Although there is no specific post-treatment care required, providers generally recommend avoiding sun exposure during the 24 to 48 hours following their treatment session and wearing sunscreen whenever outdoors.
What will the results be like?
The results from ReLume treatments vary among patients, with some patients realizing noticeable results right away and other patients noticing results after a few sessions. Most ReLume patients see gradual results that become more noticeable as they progress through their treatment sessions. Patients typically experience the best results when the scars and stretch marks being treated are newer or shallow, as opposed to stretch marks and scars that are deeper or older. Most patients will require six to 20 sessions scheduled one to two weeks apart to achieve optimal results.
What are the risks?
As a painless, non-invasive cosmetic procedure, ReLume patients experience no pain or discomfort during the treatment and there are no known risks associated with this procedure. Possible side effects include itchiness, redness, blistering and swelling in the treatment area, which should subside within a few days of receiving treatment.
Is ReLume approved for use in the U.S.?
Yes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ReLume for use in the U.S. for restoring pigmentation to hypopigmented areas.
Is ReLume covered by insurance companies?
Patients seeking ReLume treatments will need to consult with their medical insurance carrier to determine if this procedure will be covered. For the most part, procedures that are not medically necessary, such as cosmetic procedures, are generally not included in medical insurance coverage. However, there are several payment options for procedures that are not covered by medical insurance providers. During your consultation with your provider, you may want to inquire about these options, such as in-house payment plans and external loan programs specifically designed to meet the funding needs of patients seeking cosmetic procedures.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging Staff
Updated: Fenruary 4, 2010