Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- How many IPL treatments will I need?
- How much will my IPL treatments cost?
- What can I do in between treatments to speed the outcome of IPL therapy?
Pre-procedure prep for IPL laser (photofacial): Avoid sun exposure for at least two weeks prior to IPL treatment Also avoid oral and topical medications that increase your skin's sensitivity to light. Wear sunscreen when outdoors.
On the day of treatment: Shave any hair obstructing the treatment site. If not, you'll likely lose it along with your pigmented lesions. For late-day appointments, protect your skin with sunscreen in the morning.
What To Expect
Some physicians spread a cold gel over the treatment site before guiding the IPL handpiece over the pigmented areas ti be treated, (Newer devices no longer require this gel.)
After IPL treatment, skin may appear pink or red. Your pigmented lesions may darken before lightening, lasting a few days to a week.
Who should do it: Many states allow for IPL treatment to be performed by aestheticians. For pigmented lesions, however, it's best to consult a medical doctor, like a board certified dermatologist.
Duration: Full facial IPL treatments take 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Smaller pigmented lesions could be treated in even less time.
How Painful Is It?
IPL is considered a tolerable treatment, and you shouldn't feel anything worse than a pinch (or a lot of pinches).
Options for anesthesia: Topical lidocaine can minimize any discomfort during IPL therapy, though it's certainly. Many clients stick it out.