What Side Effects Can Be Expected from IPL Photorejuvenation?

Is it normal to have striped swelling on the entire face after IPL photorejuvenation? It went from red and swollen to a quilted pattern. It has been 7 hours since the procedure.

Doctor Answers 2

Can Be Normal

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This can be a normal result of IPL. Do not panic. This usually will go away as long as you were not burnt. Please give this 48 hours. Sometimes this is a normal reaction to an intense treatment.

However, if this does not resolve itself within three days, you should return to your physician. This is especially true if you have bar marks after the procedure. This would be from a burn. Fortunately, it can be corrected but it is not easy.

Virginia Beach Dermatologist

There is usually a couple days of downtime

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IPL is a safe treatment as long as it’s done correctly and accordingly to your skin type. The downtime includes redness, darkening of the pigment and swelling for 3-4 days after the procedure. Most patients need 3-5 treatments for the best results. Try to avoid using any harsh exfoliating products or prescription strength creams for a weeks prior to your procedure and avoid sun exposure to prevent skin damage.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.