It went ok. A few weeks ago the technician there put on 3 layers of chemical peel instead of the ONE that I was supposed to have gotten and as a result, I was housebound for days with redness/dryness/surface sores. It healed ok but I DID raise a bit of hell about being treated improperly and needless to say - and as I made very clear to the woman doing my IPL -- I was very very nervous and hesitant about letting anyone there touch my face again. But I went ahead and had it done. It wasn't bad at all.
I have light skin with some sun damage, I'm 43 years old. Pain was minimal and very tolerable - felt like a small rubber band snap. The light was horrible though - thats what really bothered me, and the closer they got to my eyes, the worse it was. But still - tolerable.
Afterward, I wasn't very red at all. As of tonight I notice a few very small "coffee grounds" near my temple, and the sun damage on the right side of my face might be a bit darker. These pictures were taken with my iphone and on them I can see redness in the shape of the IPL device - but didn't notice them in the mirror. I have a scar on my right cheek from a sunspot that the dermatologist burned off with liquid nitrogen and it looks worse than it did before - and there is some darkness around the edge. I was told the darkness could lighten up - but the white scar wont change much. No real difference yet.
I was told that if my face felt hot to apply cold - a bag of snow or some peas. That wasn't necessary. No pain right now - just my cheek bone area beneath my eyes feels ever so slightly irritated. After seeing the horrible stories here I am scared to death what may happen next, and probably wont get any more of these although I was told 3 would be necessary. It's just not worth it to me and if it didn't start out with a Groupon for microdermabrasion and a chemical peel - I probably wouldn't even be doing this.
Important to add: This was not done by a medical doctor. It was in a spa, done by the manager who is an aesthetician.