I was paranoid to get IPL done. But I did a lot of research online and found a top-notch dermatologist who is board certified AND is a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine. And she did a great job.
This is only the first of 5 treatments. However, I feel much better now that I've had my first treatment. My best advise to anyone considering IPL treatment is to NOT cut corners on finding the best-qualified person to do the job... one with a lot of experience working with lasers. This is your face and body we're talking about. Don't cut corners.
Also, generally speaking, if the person doing your laser treatment is board-certified, it won't be cheap- prepare to pay at least $500 per session (for face) at dermatologist's office. You're paying for their training and experience. And I recommend going to a dermatologist's office (not a day spa that uses estheticians).
Final tip: be sure to have them rub a numbing cream on your face 30 minutes before you go in for the IPL treatment. It will really lessen the intense pain of the laser.