I had IPL about two weeks ago. I have a small, slightly raised facial mole that was pigmented and removed after my second treatment. It went from being dark brown in color to light pink. I'm wondering if the pigment will eventually return and if so, how long will it take? I've had this mole examined in the past with no concerns of cancer.
Will Pigmentation in Mole Recur After IPL?
Doctor Answers 1
The mole will likely remain lighter after IPL.
Dark brown, benign facial moles (melanocytic nevi) can lose alot of pigment after IPL. Sometimes they become invisible. Usually this is deemed to be a favorable outcome. In the future, if you have any moles you'd like to keep the same color, ask your doctor to cover them with a small piece of white tape before the procedure.
Have a question? Ask a doctor
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.