Hi KikiLisa, I also had a very bad experience with IPL. I went for 5 sessions, I started in February of 2011 and had a session overy 3 weeks. First of all the pain was really bad, I had tears coming down my eyes constantly because of the pain, I was afraid the lady that did the treament was using too much intensity and I mentioned it to her several times during the course of my sessions but she kept denying it.
After the sessions, I would go home and my face would be swollen but the worst part is that I would notice marks in my face that were not there before and I tried to convince myself that they were just temporary. I mentioned this as well during the course of my treatment to the esthetician, and she told me not to look at my skin under the microscope and made me feel I was just being paranoid.
I went to do IPL because I had some acne scars on my left cheek and she decided to do the treatment on both cheeks and I find that both of them look worse now especially my left cheek which was the one that already had problems and now I have more scars on that side.
Looking at the pictures you posted, I also noticed that the wrinkles that you now have on your skin are similar to the wrinkles that I have got at the sides of my mouth which I never ever had before I did this treatment. I thought they were due to Retinol which is something this lady put me on in between the IPL sessions, but I'm pretty sure now they are due to the laser. I also feel very self conscious and I feel like I'm obsessed in getting my skin to look better, I want people to look at me when I talk and not at my scars. I went to a clinic in Toronto to do these treatments, I also thought I was in good hands and I'm very dissatisfied with the results. I would not recommend IPL to anyone for any reason and if I could go back, I would never do it. Now I just use serums with vitamin C and hyaluronic acid to give some life back to my skin, I don't know what else to do or try and I'm also scared that the scars would get worse if I did peels or something else.