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IPL: Bad Idea. Really Bad - Pointe-Claire, QC

Who invented this "advanced technology"?...

Who invented this "advanced technology"? If you want to look years older, have acne-prone skin and discover new wrinkles on your face everyday, then go right ahead and have this treatment. But seriously...save your skin and opt out. Everyone is clammoring for this thing and it's a sham. It basically sucks the color, the life, and the vitality right out of your face. PS: there is ZERO proof in any medical journal that this treatment actually stimulates collagen production. Also, long term effects haven't been studied. All those who've been sucked in might end up with major problems down the road. This experience has pretty much ruined my beauty and my social life.

Hi Kikilisa,

I'm sorry to hear about your experience. You said it "sucked the color out of your face," do you mean it caused Hyperpigmentation?  

-Britt

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Britt, to answer your question, I don't think it's hyperpigmentation, but the texture has changed. Rosy cheeks are gone and replaced with rough skin, and I forgot to mention that my face feels like it's on fire 24/7.
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Oh my! What did your doctor say? Have you seen anyone else about the burning? I looked up some info for you in our expert Q&A about side effects. Keep me posted.

-Britt

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Just updating my review. It's been about 5...

Just updating my review. It's been about 5 months since my last IPL and I urge people to think very carefully about this before they do it. The aftermath has been a nightmare and I am still dealing with many terrible side effects. Here is a short list of side effects: Fat loss, changed skin texture, micro-scarring, nerve damage to face, facial numbness. This procedure, in my opinion, penetrated too deep and has caused thermal damage to the underlying and outer dermis. Lunchtime procedure my ass!

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

List Pros & Cons, Advice you can offer others

I was told my skin would be rejuvenated and that...

I was told my skin would be rejuvenated and that there was no risk, no downtime. This proved to be false. The technician who did my procedure was not willing to admit something had gone wrong, when it is quite obvious that something has. When I showed her the micro-scarring that has occurred she claimed this was "dehydration". There is no way that the scars on my face due to IPL are due to dehydration considering I drink plenty of water and follow a very healthy, vitamin-packed diet.

I just had a chem peel on Friday. I'm suppose to have the IPL for acne on this coming Friday. They set me up for a membership plan. So much a month for so many points then you trade your points for treatments. After reading these conversations I'm scared to have the IPL. I'm 34, and look young for my age. I have acne on my jaw line for years and just want it gone. I'm curious how many people end up with damage vs having a good outcome? They told me it'd take 4 treatments just as mentioned above. I'm now stuck in a years membership that from what I'm reading might give me more acne then what I already have. This is what they do, how do they stay in business if this is typical outcome? I just don't know what to do! The place is a medspa and gets rave reviews for years. But you can pay for reviews or write fake ones.
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I've had a chem peel now and 1 IPL treatment. I'm not having any problems with any of it. My skin has peeled like it should and my skin looks heathier. I have 1 week till my next appointment.
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Really? So after reading all this, you still had an IPL? OK... I won't judge. I simply wish you the best. Let us know how things progress over time, if you feel you'd like to...
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Face still burns, I'm almost one year out from...

Face still burns, I'm almost one year out from this thing. The burning is very difficult to take. Skin looks like an elephant, as you see in the pics. Face is much less plump, skin is less elastic. Total disaster. I am horrified by what has happened to my face! Please think twice before having this done.
What do you recommend for getting rid of brown age and sun spots?
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Kori, certain peels can address these, as can mild bleaching creams used over a period of time. Best to avoid the sun and wear sunscreen and look into natural face masks made with ginger and lemon juice, both agents known to lighten skin. Hydrogen peroxide also is a wonderful agent for lightening acne scars, so I imagine it can help with age spots too. Using IPL for age spots is much too risky.
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Sorry....I forgot you were in QC. In case you don't know already The Cleveland Clinic is a multispecialty academic medical center currently regarded as one of the top 4 hospitals in the United States as rated by U.S. News & World Report.

Also found intersting when I googled IPL and aging. Dr. Obagi of Obagi Skincare does not do IPLs because he finds them aging...

http://www.bellasugar.com/Dr-Obagi-Antiaging-Skin-Care-2906738
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Wow is all I can say. I am going to post a few...

Wow is all I can say. I am going to post a few more pictures soon. The skin does not recover from this. It continues to deteriorate. The fat loss is progressive and ongoing. It is soooo soooo sad.
HIPPA is to protect the identity of the patient, they could post in general if they wanted to.
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Yes, and some choose too, but others feel it is not worth the potential risk.

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no, they are not, but they still use other lasers.

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Just to be a bit more specific, I had 2 BBL Sciton...

Just to be a bit more specific, I had 2 BBL Sciton treatments to the face. The first was in Sept. 2009 and the second in Aug. 2010. The settings used the first time: Filter:560; Frequency: 13J, 12ms; Degrees: 16. The second time: Filter:575; Frequency: 11J, 14ms; Degrees: 16.
In the year that followed my first treatment, I noticed less elasticity, more wrinkles, and some minor fat loss. I attributed all this to basic aging. After my 2nd treatment a year later, the fat loss, loss of elasticity and change in skin texture were so rapid and aggressive that it allowed me to put everything together. The IPL treatment is responsible for the unfavorable changes in my skin. I am extremely regretful I ever decided to have this procedure done and urge anyone out there to think very carefully before going ahead with an IPL.
Hi all, I've started BBL treatments to treat mild rosacea and tiny vessels on my face and I'm super-duper happy with the results. So, I suspect outcomes have a lot to do with the equipment used, the settings and the skill of the practitioner.
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KikiLisa, thank you for posting about your experience with IPL. I am shocked, although I shouldn't be. You've saved everyone who reads this. I wanted to suggest that you maybe try purple plates to see if they can help at all with the quality of your skin. This is not a mainstream product but personally I have had success using one of the EIP purple discs to heal a chronic wrist pain condition and I have ordered quite a few and have given them out like candy to friends and family. People have sworn to me that they have helped regulate blood pressure, helped do away with a painful neuroma in the foot, and helped with general healing of wounds. It's worth a try, they're not expensive either. Maybe you could achieve some improvement in the texture of your skin...
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Thank you for the suggestion, I will look into it! 
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Gone baby, gone.

The youthful skin I had before IPL is gone baby, gone. My skin has no elasticity left in it. If I wear glasses or a hat, the lines left on my skin from doing so stay present for hours. I have constant acne problems and my skin never recovered. It is still full of lines, indents, pock marks and scarring. To make matters worse, my health is in a sorry state. I truly believe IPL contains harmful radiation and it has damaged me internally as well. I have a constant, debilitating fatigue. No amount of rest resolves it. My family doctor has diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome, while my Naturopath has diagnosed me with adrenal burnout and anemia. At the age of 39, I have loose skin now hanging underneath my chin (i.e. turkey neck). I believe that these treatments should be banned.
This happened to me too. You are not crazy. Thank god I just had my forehead done. Obviously it works for some women. But just as obvious , I mean, there are so many pictures of this on the web now, is the fact that a lot of women get huge pores and fat loss from ipl. I remember thinking it looked like my forehead was melting over time. I wore bangs and got botox which helped. Btw I got mine from a board certified plastic surgeon. This procedure is risky, and if you happen to be one of those who reacts badly to it--the damage is both real and in some cases irreversible.
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This doctor should be held accountable for this. He not only ruined her skin but he also ruined her life in so many other ways for money. He needs to be held accountable for this. And so do all the other doctors and spas who cause damage to peoples faces and lives.
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I just has my 3rd IPL treatment. The first two went well. This last treatment left me with brown dots on the checks of my skin. I was told they would disappear in two weeks. It has been 4 days now. I am very nervous after reading these posts.
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Montreal Plastic Surgeon

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this Dr.'s practice because I was not taken seriously when I returned with complications due to IPL. My skin has been severely damaged but I was told this was due to dehydration. This is just plain insulting. My skin is not dehydrated, it's damaged.

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