Thank you for posting your question. The recovery time for IPL depends on the depth and aggressiveness of the treatment. For the "coffee ground" brown spots, it typically take one to two weeks for them to diminish. Every patient is different and has different recovery time, so keep an open mind and follow up closely with your physician to address any concern. Best of luck.
How long can I expect to have "coffee ground" markings on my face after my 1st IPL?
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It will usually take 7-10 days for most of the brown spots to lift off. We usually reccomend a package of 3 treatments over 90 days to have the best results.
About a week
Usually the spots will last about a week, lessening a little bit each day. The time can vary slightly depending on the severity.
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