How Intense is the Pain in IPL? I Have Mild Rosacea.

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IPL and pain

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IPL can feel like a snap of a rubber band, not painful at all.   Most clients go without topical numbing cream and can tolerate the treatment quite well.  We have the Lumenis One IPL system which has a great cooling system which numbs the pain.  Good luck!

Bellevue Facial Plastic Surgeon

Pain is controlled with the energy settings in IPL

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Pain is controlled with the energy settings in IPL.. 
The higher the settings the more the pain, but in some cases the better the results.

Edward Lack, MD
Chicago Dermatologist

IPL for Rosacea

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Most patients treated with IPL report a mild sting or "snap" sensation, and usually rate the pain as 2 or 3 out of 10.  Topical anesthetic cream can reduce this, as well.  Afterwards, patients experience a mild sunburn like sensation which usually lasts only a few hours.  

Pain of IPL

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IPL feels a bit like a rubber band snapping on your skin.  A little topical local and you'll be fine.  Feels like a very mild sunburn that night then it is gone by the next day.

Alternatives to IPL

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IPL is an excellent light source for a wide pallate of cosmetic complaints, but excellent alternatives exist and can achieve better results with less time and frankly less risk, particularly for rosacea.  The V-beam laser or Gemini KTP laser are both favorites for treating facial redness and have exceptional safety track records and offer a better therapeutic window for achieving great results with less risk.  Consult with a dermatologist or plastic surgeon who may understand the alternatives if you are worried about getting a 1-size-fits-all treatment with IPL.

IPL painful?

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It feels a bit hot, there is no need for anesthesia however.  Ask your specialist to give you a couple of test spots so you have an idea.

How painful are IPL treatments for rosacea

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We use Sciton's Broad Band Light (IPL) to treat diffuse redness from rosacea.  Our patients do report some mild stinging, comparable to a rubberband snap, when the light pulses are delivered.  But they all tolerate the procedure very well.

Afterwards, what our patients report and what is the desired effect is the feeling of a very mild sunburn or heat for 2-3 hours.

Emily Altman, MD
Short Hills Dermatologic Surgeon

IPL pain in Rosacea treatment

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We have used the Syneron Aurora for several years. It combines  Intense Pulsed Light with Radiofreqency.

The Radiofreqency penetrates a little deeper than the Intense Pulsed Light, this way we obtain collagen remodeling at two different levels.

We don't use topical anesthetics (Numbing creams) for this procedure, as it is nearly painless.

IPL for rosacea - is it painful?

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We use the Cutera laser platform.  Both the IPL and "laser genesis" settings have little pain.  The patients report, at worst, a mild sting.  Most of the time, they're chatting away while we perform the treatment!

IPL PhotoFacial treatments for mild rosacea are not painful.

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We have been using the Palomar StarLux IPL system for PhotoFacials and permanent hair removal since 2007 with excellent results. Facial treatments to reduce redness are not painful. There is no need for topical anesthetic, and you should notice diminished redness after 3-4 treatments.

All the best from NJ.

Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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