Avoid any tanning for 3-4 weeks prior to treatment AND use SPF 30+ sunscreen. It is extremely important to wear sunscreen daily and avoid intentional sun exposure to prevent adverse reactions to your treatment such as burns, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
Do not use self-tanning lotion or spray tan for 4 weeks prior to treatment. This can result in adverse reactions such as burns, hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation.
For your safety, any patient arriving with a tan or sunburn may be rescheduled.
One week before treatment
Stop all “irritating” skincare treatments including retinol, glycolic acid, hydroquinone, exfoliating scrubs and Clarisonic cleanser for 3 days prior to your treatment.
Day of treatment
The treatment area needs to be clean and free of makeup, lotions or sunscreens.
Be sure to notify your provider if there have been any changes to your health or your medications since your last visit. Some medications may cause you to be more sensitive to IPL treatment and may result in burns or an allergic reaction.
Notify your provider of any cold sores, rashes, or open wounds ANYWHERE on your body (not just in the treatment area).
What to expect after treatment
You may experience discomfort, mild redness, swelling, itching and/or irritation during and immediately after the treatment. This is a sign that the treatment worked. Redness lasting less than 24 hours is a typical skin reaction to the treatment.
Areas of pigmentation will turn darker brown in color and may become scabby. They will slough off on their own. Do not exfoliate.
Vascular lesions that are treated will turn darker red in color before they begin to fade.
Severe burning, severe itching, and severe swelling are NOT normal. If this occurs, please contact our office immediately.