Is it important to go to a doctor for an IPL?
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Go With An Expert for Best Results--IPL Treatments
You're going to want to see an expert for your IPL treatments to get the best results. I recommend getting a formal evaluation with a cosmetic dermatologist. Best, Dr. Emer
IPL by a professional.
Thanks for your question. In general, IPL is a safe procedure. There are some contraindications to IPL however and caution should be exercised. Off-brand machines can cause burns or uneven results. Individuals with darker skin should not receive IPL either. At our clinic we do a test patch first. We recently saw a patient that went to get IPL at an inexpensive spa. She went for skin lightening and her skin kept getting darker and darker. When we did a test patch, she was too sensitive to IPL and we saw that she was developing post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation or PIH. We switched her regimen to skin lightening facials and peels instead.
Safety first; I hope this helps.
Thank you for your question. IPL can cause a lot of damage when it is not done incorrectly. I think it is worth the money to go to someone you trust that has experience with IPL and the settings based on your skin type. Best of luck!
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