Risks involved with IPL laser treatments for rosacea?
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IPL is a photofacial -- get Fraxel with Microneedling or combine with IPL and microneedling/PRP
IPL for rosacea
As a fellow rosacea sufferer, I can give you both my professional opinion, and my experiences as a patient. IPL treatments for rosacea tend to have more intense downtime than IPL performed for brown spots and sun damage. Immediately after the treatment, your skin will feel tight and hot, very similar to the way it feels after a sunburn. You should expect 1-2 days of swelling, and possible bruising as well. I tell my patients that, while bruising is not common, it is impossible to predict who will and who will not have it, so everyone should plan "as if". An IPL treatment for rosacea is not a procedure to have within a few days of a graduation, a wedding, or any other big event.
That being said, more serious complications, such as scarring, burning, etc., are exceptionally rare in the hands of an experienced provider.Good Luck!-Dr. Flora Waples
IPL treatments of rosacea are very safe if performed by experienced physicians
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Risks from IPL for rosacea
There are potential risks with any light based procedures such as lasers or IPL. It depends on a variety of factors, the most important being your Fitzpatrick Skin Type. The lighter or whiter you are in general, the less the risk. In addition, it is important to goto a practice or a provider who has experience in the treatment of your skin type. There are many devices on the market and while some are certainly better than others, they pretty much do the same thing. IPL is a broad band light and it is used to treat both brown and red discoloration on the skin. Some devices have specific filters that can treat one or the other.
IPL for rosacea
IPL for rosacea
Thank you for your question loshinn7. IPL is a treatment that can address redness such as that seen in patients with rosacea. I have performed thousands of IPL treatments to address rosacea, sun damage, etc. Complications are rare. Sometimes there is redness and swelling after a treatment. If a person has a history of cold sores, they may appear after a treatment; this can be treated with valacyclovir and should be started before a treatment as a preventative measure for those with a history of cold sores. Very rarely blisters are seen; this is treated with good wound care measures usually without serious sequelae. Hyperpigmentation can be address with topical products. Scarring can be treated with fractional lasers. These side effects are very rare in my experience. It is important to find a doctor with experience in such treatments. Please consult with your doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!