Once a patient receives a comprehensive consultation with one of our skincare professionals and IPL is recommended, patients are responsible for complying with our pre-treatment recommendations. These include:
- No sun exposure or tanning beds for at least two weeks prior to treatment
- No use of Retin A or other exfoliating acids
- No self-tanner
- No use of antibiotics that cause photosensitivity
What can I expect at the time of treatment?
The system is calibrated based on the appropriate settings for each patient, and the light energy is applied to the skin in a slow, rhythmic manner. Skin will feel like a mild sunburn post-op that can last up to 1-2 hours. Slight swelling or tenderness is rare but possible. For areas of pigmentation, the pigmented areas will appear darker before they appear lighter.
What areas of the body can be treated?
- Full face (or specific areas of the face)
Are there any side effects?
In rare cases, prolonged redness may occur, resulting in possible hyperpigmentation (brown/red discoloration) or hypopigmentation (skin lightening), which typically resolves within months.
Avoid hot showers or saunas for 24 hours. Also, avoid topical acids, scrubs, or loofah sponges until the treated area has returned to its pre-treatment condition, about one week. Sun exposure or tanning beds should be avoided for about two weeks post-op, as the area treated will be more photosensitive. Sunscreen should be applied every day.