IPL Treatment Recommendations
A mild sunburn-like sensation is normal. This usually resolves within 2-24 hours but
may persist for up to 72 hours post treatment. Apply an ice pack, cool wet cloths, refrigerated witch
hazel or chilled aloe vera gel every hour for 15 minutes
every hour to sooth the treated area until symptoms
subside. In addition to cooling apply 1% hydrocortisone
cream to the treated area every 12 hours for
the first two (2)days (48) hours after treatment.
After the first 48 hours, keep the area moisturized
with Aloe Vera gel or any light fragrance -free moisturizer.
Make up may be worn as soon as the redness subsides.
Bathe/shower with warm water only for the first
two (2) days after IPL treatment. DO NOT use hot
water or "soak" in the tub. Avoid saunas,
Jacuzzis or strenuous exercise for 48 hours. Treated
areas may be temperature sensitive. Cool showers or
baths may provide relief.
Use a gentle, nonabrasive cleanser that is free
of artificial fragrance, detergent, color and oil. Avoid use of astringents or toners for 48 hours. Thereafter, we recommend toners that contain the complete
group of antioxidant vitamins A,C, and E. Avoid using
skin irritants (Retin-A, Benzyl Peroxide, glycolic
acid, chemical peels for two weeks post treatment
and for two weeks prior to subsequent treatments).
If your treatment was a foto-facial microdermabrasion
and or a light peel is recommended after two weeks
post treatment has elapsed.
Avoid aggressive scrubbing and exfoliating the
skin with loofa sponges, scrub brushes or abrasive
scrubs until the treatment area has returned to its
Foto-facial lesions may initially look raised and/or
darker with a reddened perimeter. The lesions will
gradually turn darker over the next 24-48 hours. It
may turn dark brown or even black. The lesion will
progress to scabs/crusting and will start flaking
off in 2-3 days. The lesion is usually healed
in 7-10 days. It will continue to fade over the next
2-4 weeks. Do not pick, scratch or remove scabs. This
will prevent the chance of infection and scarring.
Hair removal stubble will appear 7-21 days
after treatment. This is not new hair growth, but
the treated hairs being purged from the follicle. Do not pluck, tweeze, wax, or pick at the stubble
as this will interfere with the success of future
hair reduction treatments. Shaving is the only method
of hair removal permitted. Hairs that were in the
resting phase at the time of treatment may enter the
active phase in 1 to 6 months depending on the body
If blisters or open areas occur allow them to heal
spontaneously. If healing is delayed apply silvadene
cream. Do not apply any petroleum-based products such
as Neosporin. Possible side effects may include,
local swelling, dry skin, mild tenderness or whitehead
like bumps. Symptoms may be present immediately or
for a couple days after your treatment. A non-steroid
anti-inflammatory such as acetaminophen will help
reduce discomfort. Avoid Advil, Motrin or ibuprofen.
Avoid exposure to the sun, wear protective
clothing, and use sun block of at least 30 SPF
or greater daily throughout the treatment process
(5 to 8 months). A good sun block will contain zinc
oxide or titanium dioxide and will protect against
both UVA and UVB rays. Apply the size of a quarter
and reapply every two hours for maximum protection.