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Do Not Use a Numbing Spray - Florida

I have had IPL several times. I looked online at...

I have had IPL several times. I looked online at videos and read several articles, and people always talked about how they had to have damage in order to get results. I had some on my face, and honestly, I did not see much in the way of results. I had some reduction in redness, but no sloughing of brown spots, etc. I had my chest done and I was able to tolerate a higher level of pain. I did notice some immediate results in my chest area. Because I wanted to see quicker improvements I decided to get a numbing cream and apply it myself before going this last time. After having the procedure I started to experience intense itching. I had a rash breakout on my chest and below my breasts. I think the mixture of numbing spray, gel and cream that was applied after caused an allergic reaction. The next day my chest broke out in a rash. I do not know what the end result of all of this will be..I am just glad it is not my face, but I do want to warn people to not apply the numbing cream. If you cannot tolerate the pain, the heat level is too high.

Sorry..I wanted to update that I used a numbing...

Sorry..I wanted to update that I used a numbing spray, not cream. It contained lidocaine. Sorry if there was confusion.

I wanted to update 2 weeks later. The breakout is...

I wanted to update 2 weeks later. The breakout is gone and my skin is smoother, but my spots are still there and my skin is still discolored from sundamage. I also still have broken capillaries in the chest area. This is my second IPL treatment on the chest. The first was very mild as I did not use numbing cream. I had no breakout and very mild results. As you can see I had a major reaction with this one and the results were a little more dramatic, but I am not sure if they are enough to justify the reaction. I suppose I will have to wait and see since IPL is supposed to take up to six weeks to really make a difference.
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It was not the technicians fault that I had this reaction. She warned me about numbing the area first.

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