IPL PHOTOREJUVENATION BEFORE AND AFTER TREATMENT CARE
Prior to Treatment
- Do not pluck, wax, use a depilatory or undergo electrolysis in the areas you wish to have treated for 6 weeks prior to laser hair removal.
- Do not tan the areas to be treated for 4 weeks prior to treatment.
- Avoid using self-tanning products for 2 weeks prior to treatment.
- Some redness and swelling in the area is normal after treatment and may feel similar to a sunburn. This should resolve within several hours to several days after treatment.
- Gently clean area twice daily.
- Avoid irritants (glycolics, retinoids etc.) for seven days after treatment.
- Apply sunscreen for 6 weeks over the treated area.
Tips for Fewer Side Effects
Most patients receiving IPL treatment experience minimal to no side effects after this treatment. However, a small percentage of patients may experience minor side effects, such as swelling, slight scabbing and blisters. Listed below are some simple but important instructions that will help minimize side effects and help you achieve the best possible results from your treatment:
- Avoid direct sun exposure during the full course of treatment. This means no tanning of any kind, including tanning booths and artificial tanning lotions. Use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen of 30 + SPF and reapply every 2-3 hours, especially facial areas. Your sunblock should contain Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide as the active ingredients.
- The treated area must be treated gently. The skin might feel slightly sunburned for couple of days. Do not rub, scratch or pick at the treated area. Avoid hot baths or showers for the first 24-48 hours.
- For swelling or redness, apply cold Aloe Vera gel and for itching or irritation, apply 1% Hydrocortisone cream to affected areas.
- Rarely, a small blister or scab may form. Leave it alone, if intact. If skin breaks or a blister opens, apply an over-the-counter topical Bacitracin ointment to the area and reapply regularly to keep area moist and well- covered with medication. Do not pick to reduce the risk of scarring.
- Avoid irritating topical products such as Retin- A, glycolic acid, lactic acid or astringents for 2-4 days. You may use makeup on the treated areas as long as the skin is not broken or blistered.
- Avoid sports, including swimming and strenuous exercise, for 1-2 days following the laser treatment. Chlorine and perspiration may irritate sensitive, lasered areas.
- Discontinue use of any Retin-A or Hydroquinone products 2-3 days prior to your next treatment.
- Please refrain from taking aspirin or ibuprofen products for 5 days prior and 5 days following your treatments. If you need to take pain medications, Tylenol is permitted.
ARE YOU A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR A COSMETIC PROCEDURE?
Use these as a guide:
- Good Physical Health
- Emotionally Prepared
- Realistic About Your Desired Results
- Know Your Risks
- Be Prepared to Heal