Please observe the following
instructions after your IPL treatment
- You may use sun-screen
and makeup immediately post treatment.
- For 3-5 days post treatment
(or as long as your skin is pink), the skin
should be treated lightly.No harsh creams
(glycolics, Benzyl Peroxide, or Retin A).
Tepid water only. Avoid sun exposure.
- If crusted areas appear
after treatment, they should be kept soft
with a lubricating cream such as Aquaphor
or Vaseline. The darkened areas are scheduled
to fall off in 1-4 weeks. The face usually
resolves faster than the neck or chest. In
the rare possibility that any open areas
should occur, Bacitracin may be used, 3 times
a day. If crusting occurs, avoid picking
at it. Any change in pigmentation will usually
resolve in a few months.
- Apply 1% hydrocortisone
cream to the treated area every 12 hours
for the first 48 hours after treatment if
needed, i.e., the
skin may feel sunburned.
- Occasionally swelling
occurs the day following treatment. You may
take 1 Benadryl tablet as needed every 3-4
hours to reduce swelling.
- Moisturize with Aloe Vera
gel or any light moisturizer, like Cetaphil.
- Chemical Peels or microdermabrasion
may be done 2 weeks after treatment, only
if all areas of sloughing have resolved.
- Use of a sunblock of 30
spf or greater is mandatory.
Remember, you are here to resolve sun damage!
- Cold Sores: A person who
has already had cold sores can experience
an outbreak in response to sunlight and trauma.
The IPL light can (rarely) trigger one of
these outbreaks in someone who has already
had cold sores. If you have a history of
cold sores, please let us know. We will give
you a prescription for an anti-viral medication.
RESULTS: Maximum results
for discoloration is usually seen about the
The appearance of fine lines
are usually noticeable less after the 3rd treatment.
Chest and neck discoloration
require at least five treatments.
One treatment per decade of life is recommended
for optimal results.
NOTE: For further skin refinement, Medium
Chemical Peels are recommended following a
series of IPL treatments.
Please call the office if
you have any questions or concerns following
your treatment. Our office number is: 949-646-3376.