Does IPL Remove Redness Instantly or over Time?

When you have IPL will you see an instant improvement in redness (capillaries and general overall redness) immediately after the procedure is finished or do you get additional reduction in redness over time?

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Redness Treated Effectively with Comination of IPL & Laser

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The redness of rosacea can be treated very effectively over 5-7 IPL treatments. The small capillaries can be effectively  treated with 1-2 laser treatmenst using a 1064 nm laser such as Sciton's Clearscan. Hope this helps.

Fairfax Plastic Surgeon
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IPL/Laser Results Immediate?

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Hi BotoxNewbie.  The results of laser of laser or IPL treatments usually show over a series of treatments.  In some cases (like spider veins), we see immediate closure of the veins, whereas with Rosacea, it is a slow fading of the general redness over a series of treatments.

With that said, we would recommend Pulsed dye lasers for diffuse redness abd KTP or long pulsed Yag lasers for small veins.  

To see examples of Rosacea before and after photos with laser treatments, click the link below.

Harold J. Kaplan, MD
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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IPL and redness

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Rosacea is a generic term used to describe redness of the face, often with associated hypervascularity.  Most patients will notice improvement with 1 IPL treatment but will continue to have consistent treatments of at least 3 due to the chronic nature of the underlying skin condition.  

Treating rosacea often involves investigating the inciting cause of redness (there is a whole list) and this can be coupled with either IPL or a laser device.  The newer IPL (Intense Pulsed Light) systems are much more effective at treating than older devices.  This is in part due to changes in flash lamp technology and other tweaks in the technology such as placement of cutoff filters.  Since rosacea is a chronic condition patients will often need repeated treatments of IPL or any other treatment to be effective.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Worth the wait

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It's worth completing a series of IPL treatments to see the clearing of the area you are concerned about.  It will and can look worse after the first few appointments, sometimes little crusts will form over the regions which have excessive red and brown colour visible.  These crusts fall off in a few days and clear beautiful skin is revealed below.  Immediately after an IPL treatment you will be red and sometimes there is edema (swelling) in the area.  It will clear in a few hours.

IPL is still one of the leading treatments for redness and sun damage.  It takes a little patience to make it through the series of treatments but it is worth the wait.

Dr. Mulholland

SpaMedica Toronto, Canada

R. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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IPL or FotoFacial and redness, broken vessels

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IPL or FotoFacial works extremely well on redness or broken vessels over a period of time.  The light breaks down the vessel and it may looked resolved after treatment, but blood will partially fill those vessels up again, so staying on a regimen of 3 weeks between treatment (X 3-5 treatments) will greatly diminish the appearance of redness.  I always tell my patients that they will then need maintenance treatments (usually single treatment) a couple of times a year to maintain those results.  SPF on a daily basis will help prevent further damage.

Mario J. Imola, MD, DDS
Denver Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Are results from IPL instant?

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Some redness is immediately improved, but long-term effects also occur from IPL and take several months. Additionally, multiple treatments are always necessary, usually done 3-4 weeks apart.

Removing redness with IPL

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IPL is a great treatment for reducing redness, fine blood vessels (capillaries/telangiectases), tightening the skin a little and improving the overall texture and look of the skin. Larger blood vessels may require a different laser such as PDL or KTP. Generally 4-6 treatments are advised, roughly 3-4 weeks apart. Regular sunscreen use should complement this, and annual maintenance IPL therapy is advised in many cases. ~Dr. Benjamin Barankin, Toronto Dermatology Centre.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

IPL treatment

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Immediately after getting an IPL treatment, your skin will be more red and sensitive.  It will look a little worse, before looking better.  Depending on what is being targeted, it usually takes at least 3-5 treatments before seeing an improvement.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Does IPL Remove Redness Instantly or in Time?

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IPL is done for both tiny capillary blush redness and more discretely visible red vessels. Small vessels can often be removed with one treatment, but there is a reaction to the treatment that lasts for a week or two before the closed down blood vessel and the surrounding inflammation that still looks red goes away.

Treating rosacea or blush redness lightens the redness treatment after treatment, but there is still some inflammation after each treatment that lasts for a day or two. Gradually the redness lightens, but not instantaneously in either case.

Small cherry angiomas, red spots, turn dark after treatment and take a week or two to heal and disappear.

Robert M. Lowen, MD
Mountain View Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 53 reviews

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