IPL Photofacial

IPL Photofacial Pre-Treatment Instructions

  • Patients should avoid excess sun exposure before IPL treatment.
  • Patients should avoid using any topical retinol containing products at least 48 hours before treatment.
  • Patients should avoid drinking red wine or taking blood thinners, such as aspirin and fish oil supplements, the day before the procedure.

IPL Photo Facial Post Treatment Instructions

A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected.  This usually lasts 2-24 hours, but can persist up to 72 hours.  Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, resolving in 2-3 days.  

Until redness has resolved, it is recommended to avoid the following:

  • Applying cosmetics to the treated area
  • Retinol use for 48 hours post-treatment
  • Exercise causing excessive perspiration or activities that may raise body temperature
  • Swimming, in pools with chlorine
  • Hot tubs, baths, and saunas
  • Sun exposure and tanning in treated areas
  • Scrubbing and exfoliation in the treated area

In the morning following the treatment, treat the area with a mild cleanser and then apply Vitamin CE serum for 1 week post-treatment. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 45 or higher daily.

Lesions may initially look darker and will naturally shed in an average of 7-21 days and continue to fade over the next 6-8 weeks.