Its only midly uncomfortable (and not bad at all if you get numbing cream). I've received numerous facial and chest IPLs over the years. I have only gotten 1 on my chest in the past (I have freckles/brown spots, cherry angiomas, broken capillaries, etc.) - basically I have a lot of sun damage, and received an IPL session on my chest in conjunction with my CO2 laser full face procedure... more
I had a lot of sun damage from years in the sun plus a 2 year tour to Hawaii. I had been told that IPL would have AMAZING results on my skin. I had kind of. Amass. It almost looked like I had blush on all the time. During the summer, my complexion was kind of "lacey". I had my treatment in November '11. It wasn't painful, but it wasn't relaxing either. A square hand piece... more
(That's $450 per session, I will probably need 3.)
I had one session of Fraxel: restore at $2750 (at my derm), had a very bad reaction to it and saw no results, decided to try IPL for hyper-pigmentation and rosacea-induced redness. I am 36, very pale (red hair, blue eyes), have always had freckles but have started to get larger blotchy brown spots and redness/broken capillaries on my... more
I'm now 67 years old. Had IPL from shoulders to fingertips to remove a sea of age spots in 2006. Pain was minimal (like a rubber band snap against the skin). 5 years later and VERY few of these ugly things have re-appeared. In 2009, had the triple laser treatment (IPL, Microlaser Peel, and Profractional laser - all in one session) on face. Pain was minimal because of numbing cream and mild... more
I've had IPL done on my face three times. I pay $325 each time. I have never been burned, and each time I get it done the brown spots on my face get lighter and lighter. In fact, right now my skin tone is so even, I don't know when I'll need IPL again... probably not until after next summer. My IPL is performed by an R.N., and my laser settings were determined by an M.D. I think... more
I had 5 IPL treatments a year ago to treat sun damage - lots of freckles and overall uneven pigment issues. I have light skin, English/Irish ancestry, dry and sensitive so have to be careful with products.
I would rate the treatment as painful. I learned to take a pain killer a half an hour before the treatment to make it more bearable, and that helped, but it still made my eyes... more
RealSelf Sponsors must meet eligibility requirements to qualify as a featured doctor.