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Just Had IPL for Broken Capillaries/redness on Face. So Far, So Good.

I just had IPL form a derm to reduce broken...

I just had IPL form a derm to reduce broken capillaries and redness from sun damage/rosacea. It did hurt a bit. It felt like a tiny needle prick each time. The nose are was very sensitive. Might be worth the anesthesia if you are sensitive to pain.

It burned afterward for about 3 hours and looked like a bad sunburn. I applied ice pack to my cheeks off and on for first day. I slathered on Aloe Vera gel too. Second day now and I still have swelling and redness in some areas. Face feels like leather where treatment was. I also see some veins that are worse than before. I hope these go away after a few days.

I would never do this and try to go back to work. I think you need to have a few days off unless you don't care how you look to others.


Now I am on day 5. I found I had 3 areas that turned very bloody and oozing. 2 in fold of nose and 1 on chin. Then I have that nasty bluish vein on cheek that came up. I think all are subsiding, but those oozing areas are just gross. It must be where doc used too intense of pulse and burned me. One bad thing was he didn't tell me ANYTHING to expect. Said I'd be fine and beautiful in a day. That was bad doctoring in my opinion. All I learned, I learned on my own. I did find a great moisturizer called CeraVe (at CVS/Walgreens)It has helped my skin soooo much! I put it on the paces he used laser and it holds moisture great. I also use Cetaphil to wash. Read all this online.
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Hi, I had IPL over two months ago and had the same issues with my nose...has yours healed? I feel like mine never will, but it gets a bit better every day. I think the nose is a very sensitive area and takes longer to heal.I use Cerave too and I agree, it's awesome. I wouldn't use Cetaphil though as it's very drying. I have sensitive skin that reddens easily too and the only cleanser that doens't irritate is Aveeno calming cleanser. My facialist advised me to stop using cetaphil because it has some drying chemicals in it. Good luck!

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Notice you said it felt like tiny pinpricks. Mine felt like hot rubber bands beingsnapped on me, and was almost so painful I couldn't stand it. I am starting to think the doctor had settings that were too high. Wish I had known what the "right" amt of pain was - I would stopped it if I knew that a certain level of pain indicated a problem.
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Glad to hear you had a good result. I too had red scary looking areas, except mine didn't look better than before the IPL, even after a month of healing - in fact they looked worse! Too bad. Going for for another f/u appt soon ....see what the doc says ....
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That's a great improvement. I wish I could get my mother to do this, she has broken capilliaries which she hates.

I have her skin, esp the redness aroudn the nostrils, but have had great results from IPL. I wish I'd known about it long ago.
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Dr Jones at Greensboro Dermatology

My doctor has been doing this for 10 years.

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