How Many IPL Photofacial Treatments Are Required
For optimal results, a series of 3–5 IPL Photofacial treatments are usually required and are 3-4 weeks apart. To maintain the results, follow-up IPL Photofacial treatments may be given once a year.
We ask that our patients stop using retinoids 2 days before treatment with IPL Photofacial and have no suntan or artificial color on their skin. Your skin must be as close to its natural shade as possible before each treatment. If you are tan, the time needed to fade properly depends on your skin type. Self-tanning must be discontinued two weeks before each treatment.
IPL does not damage the skin’s surface, unlike dermabrasion and laser resurfacing. Therefore, there is virtually no recovery time. However, for about 5 days after IPL Photofacial treatments, avoid retinoids, glycolics, exfoliators, or any other topical skin care product which may irritate the skin. Apply moisturizer and sunscreen during this time. You may also apply makeup. A good home skincare routine and the daily use of sunscreen are important to maintaining the results of this treatment. We can help you determine what is right for your skin.
Possible Side Effects
Immediately following treatment, the skin usually appears red. Brown-pigmented spots darken, and capillaries are more visible. The lesions will continue to darken until they flake off or are absorbed by the body. In rare instances, swelling, bruising, and/or blistering may occur.