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Day 3 of an IPLtreatment the Area Appears to Be Redder with Some Coffee Ground Spots.

is this normal?

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IPL treatment

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It sounds like you are responding well to the IPL treatment.  Do not pick at the "coffee ground" spots, instead allow them to flake off over the next 1-2 weeks.  It is also important to minimize your sun exposure as well. 


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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IPL Treatment

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Yes this is normal.  Coffee ground spots means that you have had a good result from this treatment.  Allow the them to break up on their own and do not scrub or pick at them. 

Craig N. Creasman, MD
San Jose Plastic Surgeon
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IPL treatment

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Coffee ground spots mean that your brown spots were successfully treated.  Wash gently, use moisturizers, do not pick and use sun protection.  You should have a good result.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist
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