I am a light-skinned female interested in IPL to remove freckles from sun on my chest, shoulders and back. After reading many of the horror stories of long-term, permanent side effects from IPL gone-wrong, I am now very worried.
I am concerned about getting permanent round/rectangular burns on my skin from the device. Are there lower, safer settings I can instruct my provider to use? Are "test patches" helpful for determining how I will respond to IPL? Also, I have 2-3 tiny patches of hypopigmentation from the sun. Am I at a greater risk for developing more hypopigmentation after IPL?