Have I been burned by my IPL treatment or is this normal?
Byon 11 Nov 2012
This is a photo of my chest one day after my first IPL treatment. No test area was treated. I have not been in the sun for over two months and am not using any tanning products or bronzers. I sent this photo to the MedSpa where I had the treatment and they told me this is "normal" and I will have a great result. I do not have any pain. Today is day #2 post treatment and I am seeing the first of the "coffee grounds" effect and am having some mild itching. I would appreciate any comments/input, including how long it will be before the rectangular marks to resolve. Obviously, I cannot wear any clothing that exposes my chest...I look like a freak of nature! The MedSpa recommended a 1% cortisone cream, a mild moisturizer like Cetaphil and absolutely no picking. They said I can use my Clairsonic scrubber after five days have passed. I am REALLY freaked out that this is not normal.