Is IPL safe if I have Acute Porphyria Cutanea Tarda? I am in remission and am not bothered by the sun.
Doctor Answers 2
IPL, Lasers, Ultherapy in Acute Porphyria Cutanea Tarda
IPL safe in PCT?
Theoretically the porphyrins in PCT are only activated around 400 nanometers - the end of the UVA range. IPL is visible light - starting at 400. However, definitions vary as to where UVA stops and visible light starts so I would stay away from any IPL treatment below 500 nanometers for sure. See a physician experienced with IPL who is willing to research this. If you were my patient I would do more research and also perform a test spot prior to treatment. Also, there may be other treatments to address you concerns - maybe you don't need IPL.
Best to you,
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.