I had an IPL photofacial for dark spots and freckles sun damage. It has been 3 weeks since my first treatment. Advice?
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Post IPL Pigment Recurrence
Typically a series of 3-4 IPL treatments is recommended with a yearly to every other year maintenance treatment. Medical grade sunscreen with SPF 30 containing zinc daily is important. As well as using a prescription containing topical Hydroquinone 4% such as Obagi Nu-Derm system or Tri-luma cream to suppress recurrence of pigmentation. A wide brimmed hat is recommended upon more than 30 minutes of sun exposure. Also, an over the counter supplement called Heliocare can be taken by mouth for additional antioxidants which aid in protecting from sun exposure. Make sure to bring to the providers attention the specific spot concerning you while you are still getting your initial treatment for evaluation.
Questions after an IPL photofacial
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Recurring pigment after IPL
1) persistent/recurrent lentigo (the sun spot needs to be re-treated)
2)postinflammatory change (the inflammation associated with the healing process has left a dark spot - this is more common in darker skin types)
3) a type of skin cancer called lentigo maligna (this is more unlikely, but you should have the lesion evaluated to make sure it is a regular sun spot)
I had an IPL photofacial for dark spots and freckles sun damage.
Hope this helps,
Dr. Gus Diaz
Lumenis National Center of Excellence.