What should I expect from my IPL treatment?
- During treatment, pigmented areas will darken. Over the next 24 hours pigmented areas will darken about 50% their original color. The pigment may darken and heal. Pigment may “scab” and begin to flake off in the next 5-7 days.
- It is important that you don’t pick at scabs; this can cause hypo-pigmentation and possible scarring.
- Most patients will require 3 treatments to achieve desired results.
- Following laser treatments, it is beneficial to schedule maintenance facial treatments, and continue to use recommended skin care treatment products at home.
Pre Treatment Care
- Avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen daily and do not tan at all) for 2 weeks before treatment.
- Do not apply self-tanners or spray tans for 2-3 weeks prior to treatment.
- Do not use any retinol or retinoid products on the area to be treated for 48 hours before
- Let your doctor or nurse know if you have a history of hyperpigmentation.
- If you have a history of fever blisters, notify your doctor or nurse.
- You must notify the physician or nurse if you have had any cosmetic tattooing on or near the area to be treated.
Post Treatment Care
- Avoid sun exposure for 3 weeks after your final IPL treatment.
- Use of a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB with the highest SPF possible. It is critical when receiving any laser treatments, and is recommended for maintenance of results. Any sun exposure may darken or burn treated areas.
- Tylenol is recommended post treatment if continued discomfort occurs.
- Avoid any additional laser treatments or peels in treated areas for 3 weeks or until complete healing has occurred.
- You may apply ice packs, cool towels or Aloe-Vera to alleviate discomfort. Avoid any topical products until skin feels back to normal. This is not typically required.
- Call the office if any questions or concerns arise.
- Your physician may recommend a topical steroid if swelling is observed.