Is IPL safe if I have Acute Porphyria Cutanea Tarda? I am in remission and am not bothered by the sun.

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IPL with PCT

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Thank you for your question Jlynnp. I understand your concern. IPL is a great treatment for facial rejuvenation. PCT is not a contraindication to having IPL treatments. However appropriate settings must be used.

Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

IPL, Lasers, Ultherapy in Acute Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

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There are plenty of other anti-aging options that might work better for you, such as Ultherapy. Please see an expert. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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IPL safe in PCT?

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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,
Dr. Norcom

Derek Norcom, MD
Portland Physician

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