Severe skin damage and wrinkles after IPL?

I m 26, caucasian, with flat brown and red acne scars. I was reading into IPL treatments, but have come across many people who have had the treatments at even reputable places and have had their skin damaged in a way that cannot be fixed. A typical example with photos and links in her subsequent posts: What causes this to happen? Why isn't this ever mentioned by doctors when discussing the risks?

Doctor Answers 2

IPL and complications

I agree with Dr. Emer that IPL is unlikely to cause wrinkles on the skin. Transient burns and overpigmentation of the skin when used on darker skin types are more common. 

Best, 
Dr. Karamanoukian 
Los Angeles


Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Skin Damage After IPL

IPL does not cause wrinkles but can cause burns and dyspigmentation if not used appropriately by someone who is experienced. Do not compromise your care for cost or distance.  Best, Dr. Emer.

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 165 reviews

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