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How was Your IPL Recovery?

  • 4 years ago

What did you experience post-IPL skin treatment?  Was it a long recovery, short, painful, quick?  Please share!

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i have still not recovered from my IPL, it has been 2 months and i cant go outside in the sun without covering my face. I can't even drive without covering my face. I had to buy scarves and UV face shields just to go out and get my mail. if I am exposed to direct sunlight for even one minute my face will start to get itchy. Then my skin becomes inflamed and red and gets very dry and starts to peel. I have these red pigmentation problems for days after any sun exposure. if i stay out of the sun my skin is fine, its smooth and has a nice texture. I have to spend several days out of the sun for my face to return to its normal texture. once i go back into the sun it erupts and the process starts all over again. its awful, i have ruined my face, my summer and all my hobbies. i can't go play volley ball, run or play any outdoor sports because the sun is out. i have been living like a vampire for 2 months. everything i am reading online is leading me to believe this is not going to go away and the damage is permanent has anyone else had severe sensitivity to the sun after IPL treatments? how long did it last before you could go outside again?
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I posted a review on this. My IPL for rosacea redness and pigmented lesions (mostly PIH) resulted in a good week of downtime due to the heat bursting a blood vessel and giving me what looked like a dark red bruise 1/4" x 1/4", with sharp edges (not blurry edges like a normal bruise) that did not turn blue, it just faded slowly and left more broken blood vessels in its wake. I got new broken blood vessels in treated areas. I also got a slightly smaller burned area that bubbled up and left a new PIH scar. I also got a severe rosacea flare with those pustules that have new little spider blood vessels in them from the inflammation. Overall that lasted about 20 days. Starting 9 days after the IPL, I then started getting DAILY random tiny supeficial small bleeds all over my face. That is still ongoing at about 46 days post IPL, so hmm, 46 days for recovery and still ongoing???? I don't know when my "recovery" will end. My tx and setings were: Fitz Type II ( think I border on III), Sciton Profile BBL, 560 nm filter for vascular, 18j w/ adapter, no pw noted, cool 25, 515 nm filter for pigment, no adapter, pw20, cool 20. SO SORRY I did IPL I am wishing I turned the car around and left the $$ on the table!
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I just had a IPL this morning and my face was a little red for the first hour now my face is back to normal so when do you start seeing the brown spots get darker it has been 9 hours since I had it done
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How is your skin going? I had mine done yesterday and the first half my face she did too low a heat so had to redo it and after it only stung for an hour in a few spots. So far 23 hours later I have had a few black little dots fall off but that's about it and no pain just ithy
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Can you wear make up the next day after getting the ipl?
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Yes, immediately as a matter of fact. However, if your skin is really white, like mine, the spots will darken and for next few days it will be visible no matter what you use. Do it on Fri if possible.
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I used Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) effective treatment from bellamedspa and shown great results.IPL vein therapy is a non-invasive treatment for spider veins. It may also treat reticular veins, age spots, and sun damage. IPL works by selectively damaging or destroying small spider veins and small vascular birthmarks
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Did you do it for veins?
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Hello guys am a little confused and was wondering if any of you experienced the same thing I did after IPL.I recently had my third session so i know about the down time and the flaking.Well after the brown spots started flaking i noticed my skin looked very clean and refreshed.A few days later the spots i had on my face came back,and all because i was out in the sun for approximately 20-30 min without sunblock.I had a hat but abviously it wasn't enough to protect my skin for that little bit of time.Also I use proactiv as my daily cleanser,and am wondering if it could have been one of the reasons why the spots came back.I called the nurse that did my IPL she said she will give me one more session for free.So am going back next Friday.I really hope it all goes well.
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Theycameback: I also had some initial improvement of pigmented areas that then came back, and this was w/me using SPF30 daily, and SPF50 and hats RELIGIOUSLY if I was going to be outside for more than say 30 minutes. I woudn't even step out on my back porch to let the dog out w/o spf30 at minimum. My experience has been that unless you live in a cave in absolute darkness, the pigment clearing of IPL is very shortlived and not worth the $$. Given all the other problems my one IPL tx gave me, I dont think I would ever hve another IPL tx, and I will recommend to my friends and family to stay away!!!! I would say topical lighteners and good sunblock and hatsare probably more effective, carry less risk, and are less expensive.
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Good grief this is worring me! The machine used for IPL today was at a different provider and I was unaware it was any different than what was previously used on me by another provider until I got there (an hour away from my home). She knew exactly what machine was used by the other provider as they are in the same area and they know each other. I have to say that I don't know what this was. The proceedure done previously produced the same results the maybe 6 times I had it done over a period of a couple years. Pulled up brown spots which came off in about 5 days. There feeling was pretty much the same during and after but my face was redder after this one (subsided after a few hours), veins disappeared immediately after previous machine use but they are considerably darker after this one. Proceedure at 3:00 today and it is now a bit after midnight. There is some swelling setting in and possibly brusing which did not happen at all after the previous ones. I was also told no down time and brown would flake off 5 to 7 days after. I am worried about how long brown will be around and even more worried about the darkened veins and slight swelling and brusing present as most likely they will be worse in the a.m. Idk, maybe I'm just seeing the negatives but I was not prepared for more than 5 days tops of being out of the public eye. What is considered typical and normal in recovery??
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On my third day of IPL. Still swollen and can barely open my mouth to brush my teeth. I had this in conjunction w/the erbium laser, fresh peel. No amount of makeup can mask the coffee ground like substance on my face. No way, no how. I also feel like someone took elmers glue and painted my entire face and dared me to take it off. I got the same speech about no down time, easily covered by makeup on the third day. Not true. Over the past year, I have been on prescription retin a w/hydraquinoine and had two chemical peels, so you'd think mine would'nt have been so bad. The lady that said she looked like a 90 yr old woman who was left out in the sun for a month was dead on.
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I know it's bad, but the results are amazing!
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Had the procedure done 4 days ago and there is absolutely NO makeup that can cover the dark black spots that cover my face! There clearly is "down time" unless you enjoy going out into public looking like a FREAK! These better "flake off" pretty damn soon or that Dr. is going to have a whole lot of my face in HER FACE about misrepresenting the procedure and the effects that come with it!!
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question: One side of my face is healed but has 3 white rectangles. Looks like I was slapped or something. I've read that this is caused by the laser probe. When I went for my appt. yesterday to take care of the "wounds", the assistant said I must have been out in the sun too much. I haven't left my house except to drive to their office! They are totally avoiding this issue. So, I read that follow-up laser will take care of that problem. Considering my recent experience with that I'm more than reluctant to do that. Anyone know any other ways to get rid of the marks? Will they resolve on their own in time? I swear this mess just never ends.
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hello again. I now have a "skin" over the open sores to help things heal. Other issues are resolving. Down to 1/4 of my face with open sores, scabs and such. The doctor has been very good about seeing me as needed and doing all follow-up at no charge.
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oh, to clarify, the open sores are on my nose and the area long my nose from eye to mouth. not scattered over my face.
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Finally found someone's story who I can relate to. I had to worst staph infection and have had it for about 2 in a half years now. My face is still covered 1/4th of the way with open sores and scabs. Isn't it so terrible ?!!
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I just commented to another poster. If you go go away with anything from this post, it should be expectation management. It is high time we start going into the office and say, "hey, I need to take this slowly. I cannot have a messed up, socially unacceptable face for more than xxx days. I have heard stories of burns and antibiotics, and that is not the experience I want!"
It seems like the setting has been entirely too high on a few of you. It isn't acceptable.
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Hello: I agree. I thought I did the right thing by checking the doctor's credentials etc. and going to someone board certified. But, that isn't who does the actual procedure. Also, get everything in writing from cost to exactly what they are going to do and show that to the person actually doing any procedure. What I think happened with me, aside from the setting too high and not being informed of prossible complications and down time is that they had poor communication. What was discussed at the initial consulatation and what they did were two different things and no one had anything written down other than "mother's day special". Well, that was a discount I was to receive and I believe the technician thought it was the service. I had no idea there was no clarification. I did point out the spots to be removed but clearly the technician must have though those were my main concern, not the actual services to be done. Lesson learned (although I will NEVER do this again) is to state clearly exactly what is to be done and not assume they have it in your chart correctly or that anyone communicated with anyone else. Anyway, there were 4 people involved and none appeared to talk to the other.

My face is FINALLY not hurting so much and I will have a lot of scabs and long healing. My nose and area long my nose to my mouth is getting scabs. I'm praying I don't have scars from this.
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Omg, you must have an infection! I'm so sad for you!
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No pus or anything like that. When I went to the doctor Thursday they said there was a lot of edema and inflammation. These little white spots come up and then blood comes from those. Have even more today. I've called the answering service so I can speak with the doctor on call today. Want seen today or first thing in the morning. This is truly unreal. I will miss more work, missed two graduations, cancelled a 4 day trip to see my grandson that has cancer and on and on and on. Its been a week now and still in pain, swelling and so on. So incredibly sick of this. This has more than disrupted my life!!
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Sigh. Yep, now on oral antibiotics. Will be another week before this is healed. At least the doctor called me personally. Today is the first day I don't have horrible pain. This has been unreal. A nightmare. Your life literally comes to a halt. Will miss work this week too. Two weeks lost wages is going to seriously impact my family this month. No fun.
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Maybe you can discuss the lost wages with your physician. I would definitely discuss options, and perhaps even get legal advice. Have you kept a photo journal as someone suggested in this string? I feel so bad for you. :*(
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Based on everything you've said, your results are so far outside of the norm and the doctor's assistant admitted as much. When all is done, and you are sure that you don't have any permanent scars or issues that will need any ongoing treatment, I would make a demand for lost wages and pain and suffering. And if they refuse, I would take them to small claims court for the money. This is beyond unacceptable. I would also file a complaint with the state medical board. I had a pretty horrible recovery but nothing compared to what you are experiencing. It's wrong, you should be made whole financially, and they need to stop doing these procedures if they can't do them correctly. I hope you are doing better today.
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