IPL Was Painful, with Awful, Lumpy Swelling Afterward - Dallas, TX
I'm a 56 y/o male who had benign skin cancer...
I was also advised that I would be red (like a sunburn) for an hour afterward and that there might be minor swelling. That was not the case. The same day, my face had extremely lumpy swelling that looked like very bad acne scarring or the skin of a burn victim. I had read the next day would be worse, and it was. I couldn't leave the house. Only today, 3 days later, do I look relatively normal, and even now there is pretty significant swelling.
I think part of the reason for the extreme swelling is that men have strong beard follicles and IPL tends to swell worse around the follicles. Anyway, at the rate the swelling is subsiding I estimate it will take a full week to be back to normal. I'm posting this because of the many comments made from doctors that there will be slight swelling and that most patients can return to work the same day. I didn't even look halfway presentable until 3 days after the procedure, and I was completely freaked out that the swelling was lumpy and that I couldn't really find anything about this in this forum.
The good news is that even the lumps do go away, and I can already see improvement in the pigmented areas. I feel that it worked, but I don't think I would do it again.