Does IPL hurt to have done?
Is IPL Treatment Painful?
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Is IPL Painful?
Also, the cooling apparatuses now used are much more sophisticated, giving an even more comfortable treatment experience. You should always have these treatments done at an office of a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon, and check with them on which machine they are using. Make sure it is one of the newer models with a squared pulse: Lumenis One, Lumenis M22 and Alma Harmony are some of these devices in 2014.
Minimizing pain associated with IPL
IPL (intense pulsed light) or photofacial laser treatment can be painful depending on the type of laser machine that your doctor has. Discomfort can be minimized with numbing cream followed by Saran wrap to be applied 45-60 minutes prior to IPL treatment.
We've heard and answered this question many times with our new patients. While the industry standard answer is that it feels like a rubber band snapping on the face, we like Dr. Hedden's description a bit better. Hot grease splatter is a pretty accurate description. Variations in the pain level can be attributed to the individual pain tolerance, gender (men are bigger babies), condition being treated, device being used and the treatment settings.
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IPL can be painful
Yes, IPL can be uncomfortable at the time of treatment. Some people attribute it to hot grease popping out on you. IPL has been described to feel like a bad sunburn after the initital treatment.Redness and irritation usually last only a couple of hours with the help of topical hydrocortisone1% applied immediately after. Chemical peel at a light percentage can also treat pigmented areas.
Depends on your sensitivity level
Is IPL Painful
IPL is not supposed to be unbearable.. but you should feel something when undergoing treatment. Make sure the technician is certified and does all the necessary tests prior to your treatment..i.e Fitzpatrick skin test, and spot test to ensure that you are a good candidate for IPL
Undergoing IPL / BBL treatments should not cause significant discomfort. We do not use any topical anesthetic for patients undergoing these treatments alone as they tolerate the procedure very well with only the use of refrigerated gel and a gentle breeze with a fan in the room. The addition of topical anesthetic actually decreases the safety factor of the treatment as the patient is not able to give feedback to the provider on how their skin feels during the course of the treatment.
I use the Sciton Joule platform to perform Broad Band Light treatments and this device provides excellent results with a large sapphire crystal to cool and protect the epidermis appropriately.
Jacque P. LeBeau, MD
Minimizing discomfort during IPL treatment
Treatment with IPL feels like a cool rubber band snap. Some patients are able to tolerate this well, but for those that find it painful, topical numbing cream can be used that can make the procedure completely painless.
IPL does not need to hurt
IPL treatments feel like a quick snappy sting but with the application of cold gel and blowing of cold air you scarcely feel anything. Seek a provider who uses the cold gel and Zimmer cold air.
Often times patients describe IPL treatment as a hot rubber-band snap to the skin. In our office, we use topical numbing cream prior to the IPL treatment. This along with gel and cool blown air are very helpful in decreasing the discomfort associated with the treatment.
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