How Long After Pregnancy for IPL Treatment?

How long after pregnancy (assuming you're not breastfeeding) should you wait to undergo an IPL treatment?

Doctor Answers 3

IPL is Fine after Pregnancy but Beware of Melasma

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It is safe to undergo an IPL laser procedure after pregnancy but there is one issue to think about.  It is not uncommon for women to experience an increase in brown pigmentation during pregnancy.  This is related to hormonal changes during the pregnancy and is called melasma.  Unlike brown spots that are caused by sun exposure, which are easily treated with IPL, the result of IPL on melasma is less reliable.  Approximately 30% of melasma patients will find improvement with IPL, 30% will see no change, and 30% of melasma patients will have worsening of their pigmenation with IPL treatment.  For this reason, we counsel caution in using IPL immediately after pregnancy

Naples Facial Plastic Surgeon

IPL after pregnancy

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It is safe to have IPL treatments after pregnancy as long as you do not have melasma, often called the mask of pregnancy.  You should not be tanned going into your treatments and should not tan for at least 3 weeks after your treatments.  Use sun protection.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

IPLs After Pregnancy...NOT Breastfeeding.

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You can get an IPL treatments as long as you are not pregnant or breastfeeding.  There is no time restriction period after pregnancy (as long as you are not breastfeeding).

Hope this helps



Dr. Grant Stevens        Marina PlasticSurgery Associates          Marina del Rey, CA         The

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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